It was a huge success story for individuals, clubs and leagues in the Portsmouth area at the annual Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards evening.
The Portsmouth Divisional FA area dominated the FA Community Awards, taking four of the seven available prizes.
Two stalwarts of local football, Terry Allison and Brian Hughes, received 50-year national FA medals in recognition of their contributions to the sport.
Both have been involved in virtually every area of the game – playing, managing, refereeing and administrating.
Terry still volunteers with the Portsmouth Saturday League and Brian remains the man in the middle for many local league games.
The biggest cheer of the evening was for Portsmouth Powerchair FC.
They were set up by Warsash Wasps and Fareham Borough Council seven years ago to give disabled children the chance to play the game.
It’s been a big success story, crowned when they won the South East Powerchair Football League.
Pete Sowton has been involved at many levels over the last few decades and he was named outstanding contributor to community football, with 21-year-old Tim Godfray named young volunteer of the Year.
The Meon Valley League were the top FA Charter Standard League for the third season running and Whiteley Wanderers Youth were the season’s number one community club.
Along with long-service awards for several other individuals, clubs Fleur de Lys and West Meon FC were also recognised for their high standards on and off the pitch – and there was even a referee’s service award for the current Mayor of Fareham, Michael Ford.
Former England international, Mark Wright, was present and talked about the 1990 World Cup.
There was also the opportunity for guests to be pictured with the FA Cup and Premier League trophy.