OFF the back of their double winning season, Southwick Football Club manager John Kilgarriff has paid tribute to his backroom team that made success possible.
In his first full season as a manager, Kilgarriff led Wickers to the County League Division 3 title and also won the Sussex Intermediate Cup.
He was assisted by Tony Gratwicke and first team coaches Tony Dineen and Scott Stenning and Kilgarriff said: “Everyone has been quick to congratulate me and the team, which has been fanastic, but my backroom boys haven’t had the credit they deserve, so I want to say just how important they’ve been.
“They all worked extremely hard through the whole season, helping me with the coaching, getting the ground ready and bringing experience and knowledge to the table.
“Scotty and the two Tonys have been invaluable and have been the unsung heroes of everything we did this season, so I just wanted to give them some well deserved coverage as everyone has spoken to me over the season.”
Kilgarriff revealed that Stenning will step down for next season owing to work commitments, but is hopeful that Gratwicke and Dineen will continue on the coaching staff as Wickers return to senior football.
Southwick won the Division 3 title by a point from runners-up Sidlesham, while they lifted the Sussex Intermediate Cup after a 1-0 victory over Arundel Reserves in the final.