SCUNTHORPE UNITED LONDON AND SOUTH EAST SUPPORTERS CLUB

JOHN BIRKETT MEMORIAL SHIELD

SULSESC’s annual Player of the Year award is presented in memory of former club chairman John Birkett, who sadly died in May, 1998 at the age of just 46 after a short battle against lymphatic cancer.

At the time, John was SULSESC’s longest-serving chairman. He lived in Balmoral Road in Leyton, literally a stone’s throw from the main entrance to Orient’s ground.

SULSESC get-togethers at John’s house became a pre-match ritual before away games at Orient, with members enjoying beers and a barbecue in his back garden before leaving the house at 2.58 pm in plenty of time to claim a spot on the away end terrace in time for kick-off!

David Harle was SULSESC’S first POTY in 1988, United’s final season at the Old Show Ground.

After John’s death, the Memorial Shield was commissioned and has been presented every year since.


PLAYER OF THE SEASON - ROLL OF HONOUR

1987-88 David Harle

1988-89 Tony Daws

1989-90 Andy Flounders

1990-91 Andy Flounders

1991-92 Paul Longden

1992-93 Matt Elliott

1993-94 Matt Carmichael

1994-95 Alan Knill

1995-96 Tony Ford

1996-97 Steve Housham

1997-98 Chris Hope

1998-99 Jamie Forrester

1999-00 Lee Hodges

2000-01 Andy Dawson

2001-02 Mark Jackson

2002-03 Tommy Evans

2003-04 Andy Butler

2004-05 Andy Butler

2005-06 Andy Keogh

2006-07 Joe Murphy

2007-08 Jack Cork

2008-09 Gary Hooper

2009-10 Paul Hayes

2010-11 Josh Lillis

2011-12 Sam Slocombe

2012-13 Mark Duffy

2013-14 Sean McAllister

2014-15 Paddy Madden

2015-16 Paddy Madden

2016-17 Murray Wallace

2017-18 Funso Ojo

2018-19 Lee Novak