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Stuart Owen was named player of the year at Newton Aycliffe FC’s annual presentation evening.

The Newtonian made 48 appearances during the campaign as the Royal Blues ended 17th in the Northern League first division, after winning five of their last six fixtures.

Owen, a midfielder by trade, spent the majority of the season filling in at left-back but still managed to match his tally of five goals from last season.

Elsewhere, Danny Earl picked up a hat-trick of awards. The former Billingham Synthonia striker added the players’ player and the supporters’ player awards to his top scorer trophy, after netting 25 goals in 41 games after arriving from Norton & Stockton.

Summer signing Martin Young picked up the secretary’s player of the year, following an impressive debut season which saw him score six times in 41 appearances from midfield.

And the manager’s award went to Fred Woodhouse, who scored 10 goals in 49 outings and made a name as a striker after previously playing out wide.

Woodhouse topped his successful night off by being put under the brilliant hypnotist Adam Night’s spell.

Mark Wood was another volunteer in the night’s entertainment and the pair were made to undertake a variety of embarrassing acts.

Chairman Gary Farley added an emotional tribute to the late, great Frankie Swinburne, whose passing away during the campaign brought much sadness to the club.

Last year’s multiple award-winner Darren Craddock will leave the club in the summer after agreeing terms with local rivals Shildon.

The former Hartlepool United and York City centre-back joined his hometown club at the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign and went on to make 83 appearances for Allan Oliver’s side.

The 28-year-old leaves Moore Lane Park with a heavy heart.

He said: “I would like to thank the club for helping me enjoy my football again. It’s a fantastic club with fantastic people and I’m sad to leave.

“I have nothing but good things to say about the club and the people than run it.

“It was a privilege to play for my hometown club and I wish them all the best for the future.”