Bean crowned most valuable top-flight player
North Village talisman Ralph Bean jr capped off a memorable season for the Rams by scooping the Bermuda Football Association’s Most Valuable Player award at last night’s annual prize presentation.
Bean beat off competition from PHC striker Cecoy Robinson and Dandy Town’s Damon Ming to scoop his first ever Premier Division MVP title.
The striker, who was nominated for the award last year, helped his side win three titles last year including the Friendship, Dudley Eve and the Premier Division title.
The mercurial front man was presented with his trophy in front of BFA officials and supporters alike, and admitted that his achievements couldn’t have been done without a total team effort.
“This award ranks as the biggest I have gotten in my career, not only because it is the MVP award but because it shows that a total team effort was put forth my teammates and coaching staff to enable me to win this award,” said Bean jr.
“It is very difficult to get team success without a team, so thank you to them to make the past season memorable and exciting to be apart of.
“I would also like to thank the fans of the club for supporting us and having belief in the team and our ability and also the coaching staff, we couldn’t have won the things we did without either one of these sets of people.
“I have had a lot of people help me this year including coach Shaun Goater and a special thanks to my number one fan which is by sister for pushing me to strive for better things.”
Not to be left out, Village coach and Manchester City cult hero Goater won the Coach of the Year award, beating out Kwame Steede, from Devonshire Cougars, and St George’s Richard Todd for the top prize.
The coach has won an unprecedented number of titles in his short reign at the helm of the city club, and thanked all those involved in making the season a huge success.
“It is easy for a coach to accept the accolades of triumphs but I have to give a special thank you to my backroom staff for their support throughout the past season,” said Goater.
“To all those involved, it was a successful season, one that was filled with ups and downs, and hopefully we can repeat this success with the same focus and determination that we had last season.
“I couldn’t achieve this award without the players who put in the hard work, so thank you to them because they implemented the system that was set up for them and got the results, so thank you for helping me win this award.”
Also scooping awards on the night was Tumani Steede who grabbed his second Young Player of the Year in three years after losing out to Keishen Bean last time around.
The Friendship and Shield first round draws were also drawn, with X’Roads set to play Wolves in the opening round of the Shield, while Somerset Eagles and Young Men’s Social Club will do battle in the other first round match.
In the first round of the Friendship, Southampton Rangers will lock horns with Dandy Town, with the second first round match up scheduled to be Somerset Trojans versus Boulevard.
All venues are yet to be confirmed.