The Jakarta Post
English League One soccer club Tranmere Rovers praised the commitment of its Indonesian partners, the Santini Group, by giving them an award during its annual “The Not End of Season Awards” that was aired on the club’s YouTube channel on Saturday.
Club chairman Mark Palios gave the Santini Group the Normal Wilson award in recognition of its significant role in helping the club get back on its feet again after experiencing a period of financial turbulence.
“Luki and Wandi, our Indonesian partners, came forward when we had problems with the pitch. They agreed to make an investment to improve the pitch,” Palios said.
He also expressed appreciation for the investor’s commitment to carrying out its plan despite the uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lukito Wanandi, director of both the club and the Santini Group, said he was surprised to be given the award and said it was an opportunity to show that the group was committed to the club.
“The Santini Group wants to contribute to the club to improve the pitch despite the current turmoil. We are looking forward to seeing the new pitch and meeting with fans as soon as we are allowed to travel,” Lukito said.
The group has made investments into the club since last year and has planned a series of projects together, starting with improving the club’s pitch.
The club uses its annual “The Not End of Season Awards” to boost morale and acknowledge those who have made special contributions during the season.
Usually, the event is held at Prenton Park stadium, but this year it was held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by broadcaster and former player Ray Stubbs, five awards were given on the night: player of the season, young player of the season, goal of the season, player’s player of the season and the Normal Wilson award, which is dedicated to a friend of the club who made a huge contribution.
Club striker Kieron Morris, who was given a two-year contract mid last year, won the 2019-2020 player of the season award for the consistency with which he demonstrated his skills and made contributions on the pitch.
Midfielder Corey Blackett-Taylor won the young player of the season award. Blackett-Taylor, who joined Tranmere in June last year, has made 35 appearances for his new club. His shooting accuracy, passing ability and skill in penetrating deep behind the enemy’s line have shown that Blackett-Taylor is not only a promising player but will play bigger roles in the future.
Another midfielder, Olliver Ian Banks, won goal of the season for a miraculous goal he scored against Peterborough United.
Banks expressed appreciation for the award and said, “It was definitely one of my favorite goals.”
Veteran Liam Ridehelgh won the players’ player award for consistently delivering across his 200 appearances with the club.
Club vice chairman Nikola Palios also announced Janice Monty, who has helped the club organize its community programs, including during the pandemic, as the winner of the unsung hero of the year award.