The managers, players and fans who have collected awards for their efforts in August
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Jamie Fullarton (FC Halifax Town)
FC Halifax have looked a different proposition since Jamie Fullarton took the reins back in February. The club looked destined for relegation.
Fast forward to August and, having survived the drop, they’re now full-time and top of the Vanarama National League.
Wins over Gateshead, Dagenham and Redbridge, Maidstone, Barrow and Braintree catapulted the Shaymen to the summit.
During pre-season, Fullarton promised attacking football and plenty of goals to go along with it and that’s exactly what his side have delivered.
August saw Fullarton guide his team to five wins, score 12 goals and make their home ground a fortress – with a 100% record, conceding only once at the MBI Shay.
There’s no doubting that this season’s National League looks to be one of the most competitive in recent years. But you wouldn’t back against Fullarton and FC Halifax Town based on their current showing.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Akil Wright (Wrexham)
It’s been a superb start for Wrexham this season. At the end of the opening month of the campaign, the side were second in the league with only one defeat to their name.
Akil Wright has played every minute of the Red Dragons’ season so far and although someone who isn’t too accustomed to the headlines, he’s proving to be a crucial cog in the midfield for Sam Ricketts’ men if they are to have a successful campaign.
Ruled out with injury in his first spell with the club, he’s back permanently in Wales and is already a fan favourite at the Racecourse Ground due to his hard-working attitude.
After rounding off August with a man-of-the-match performance against Bromley, the 22-year-old is more than deserving of the award.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Jeff Hall (Chesterfield)
Jeff Hall of Chesterfield has won August’s Volunteer of the Month for the Vanarama National League.
Jeff has been a long-standing volunteer at the club for many years, most notably on the Spire Lotto where he spends several days each week visiting homes and businesses to collect weekly subscriptions.
On match days, he meets and greets the club’s hospitality guests and makes sure they are welcomed and know where they need to go.
Even if things aren’t going well, Jeff remains positive and is a well-known and popular figure, not only at the club but in the town too where fans will often stop him for a chat about the team’s fortunes. His love for Chesterfield shines through at all times.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH- MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Jamie Vermiglio (Chorley)
Seven games in a month is never going to be easy. But Jamie Vermiglio and Chorley don’t do things by the book.
Not only did the Magpies finished August top of the table by five points – they did so in emphatic style – winning all seven of their games, conceding only once.
It’s an unbelievable opening month given the turbulent summer at Victory Park. Vermiglio had huge shoes to fill after the surprise resignation of Matt Jansen.
But it’s a challenge the 36-year-old was never going to shy away from. His intentions from the off were simple – win the league.
Amongst decent wins against York City, Nuneaton Borough, Blyth Spartans and Curzon Ashton, are hard fought victories against Guiseley and Hereford. But the stand out result was a 4-0 demolition of Southport.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Matt Stenson (Leamington)
This time last year, Leamington had lost six of their opening games in the month of August.
A year on and it’s a completely different story – fifth in the league with only one defeat to their name at the end of August, and things look to be on the up for the Brakes.
Their brilliant start is no small part down to the goals of striker Matt Stenson.
The 24-year-old has taken to the National League North like a duck to water since signing from Barwell in the summer and scored six goals throughout August.
Crucial goals against Boston United and Bradford (Park Avenue), as well as goals against Guiseley, FC United of Manchester and AFC Telford United caught the eye.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH- VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Anne Hall (Stockport County)
Anne Hall has won Volunteer of the Month for Stockport County in the Vanarama National League North.
There isn’t anything that Anne won’t do to help Stockport County.
A long-serving volunteer with the ‘Help The Hatters’ team of volunteers, she can be found during the season cleaning the changing rooms, referee’s room, showers, players’ lounge and boardroom.
Over the summer, Anne painted the Players & Officials’ entrance, the Boardroom and office corridors and the Directors’ Box, as well as the admin office, ready for the new campaign
The club are extremely grateful for the dedication and commitment Anne shows to them, as well as her sister Jan.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH- MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Alan Dowson (Woking)
After the shock of relegation last season, Woking started again. Alan Dowson came in and immediately assembled a new squad as the Cards looked to bounce straight back.
After late wins against East Thurrock United and St Albans City, it was clear from the off that Woking wouldn’t be doing things the easy way.
Three wins either side of their only defeat – against Wealdstone – saw Dowson’s men leapfrog much fancied Billericay Town and Chelmsford City.
August was wrapped up with a solid away win against Eastbourne Borough. That added to wins against Hemel Hempstead Town, Truro City and Oxford City, makes it impossible to ignore Alan Dowson’s achievements this month.
Despite being a new group, Woking have played with the character more familiar with a team who have been together for years.
Scoring 13 goals and conceding six, they found themselves on top of the pile, two points clear of their nearest challengers as August concluded.
Alan is a former Darlington player, having appeared for the club in 1993.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Jake Robinson (Billericay Town)
From the very first game of the season Jake Robinson staked his claim for Player of the Month louder than any other player in the league.
Robinson scored all four goals for Billericay Town during their opening day rout of Truro City and he certainly started as he meant to carry on.
Add those goals to crucial goals against Wealdstone and Weston Super Mare and the striker single handily won his side nine of their 16 points so far this season.
At the end of August, the striker had bagged a total of nine times as Ricay began to look like early season title contenders.
The striker now has a half century of goals for Billericay in all competitions and will more than certainly add to that total this season.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH- VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Eamon Cranstone (Hungerford Town)
Eamon Cranstone has won Volunteer of the Month for Hungerford Town in the Vanarama National League South.
Eamon is the Hungerford Town’s “Jack of all Trades”; there to do whatever needs doing on match days, come rain or shine.
This includes looking after the car parking for visitors, welcoming the opposition’s players and officials and supporters of both Clubs. His journey to Bulpit Lane is a walk of several miles from his home but he’s there every game.
Eamon is always ready and willing to do any jobs at short notice if anyone is away, such as manning the turnstiles.
He is a true non-league volunteering hero in every sense of the word and gives up his time generously to help his club compete at this high level of football.