Saturday 14th May seen Portadown hold their 2021/22 End of Season Dinner at the Seagoe Hotel where the latest Hall of Fame Inductees where awarded as well as the annual Player of the Year Awards where handed out. Compered by Dave Wiggins, first up was the Hall of Fame inductees, but not without the surprise of the night as PFC Director of Football announced that Paul Doolin had agreed a 2 year contract as Ports Manager much to the delight of the room and then Paul himself was surprised as the club entered him in to the PFC Hall of Fame for his contribution on the pitch in the 1990’s over two spells, lifting a plethora of trophies.
Next up was the Hall of Fame inductee, the late David Mills who had his award picked up by his son Ethan followed by the late Kevin McKeever with Maureen, Shane and Megan McKeever collecting the award on his behalf. An emotional moment as memories of the two former Ports Stalwarts are fondly remembered by his family, teammates, coach and supporters.
Vinny Arkins was next to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, remembered for his flowing blonde hair, amazing goal record and his knack for winning headers in both his own and the opposition box.
Hall of Fame Inductees 2021/22
David Mills' son Ethan picks up the Hall of Fame award on behalf of his late father, presented by Hall of Fame inductees, Philip Major and Gregg Davidson.
Kevin McKeever's Hall of Fame award is picked up by Maureen, Shane and Megan McKeever and presented by Ports' former Assistant Manager, Bob Nesbitt.
After the Seagoe Hotel laid out a fantastic meal, it was straight into the Player of the Season Awards with the following winners:
PFC Travel Club Player of the Year: Michael Ruddy
Nat Richardson Trophy for Outstanding Contribution on and off the pitch: Greg Hall
Shamrock Reds Player of the Year: Jethren Barr
Eden Reds Ronnie Stinson Player of the Year: Michael Ruddy
Richhill Reds Player of the Year: Michael Ruddy
Richhill Reds Young Player of the Year: Reece Jordan
Portadown U20s Player of the Year: Jake Willis
Players Player of the Year: Greg Hall
PSS Clubman of the Year: Stuart Andrews
We Are Ports Player of the Year: Michael Ruddy
Michael Ruddy collects his We Are Ports Player of the Year from representatives of the Sintson, Mills, McKeever and Richardson families.
Greg Hall is awarded with the Nat Richardson Award (Outstaning contribution both on and off the pitch) for the 2021/22 Season by Steven and Paul Richardson
Jethren Barr is awarded the Shamrock Reds Player of the Year for 2021/22 (collected by Michael Ruddy on behalf of Jetren)
All pictures by Chris Beverland.