Coulson scoops Player of the Season award

Scarborough Athletic forward Michael Coulson was celebrating on Sunday after he was named as the Player of the Season in the Evo-Stik North for the 2017/18 season.

The 30-year-old, currently top scorer in the division with 32 goals for Boro, was presented with his trophy at the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League 2018 Player of the Season Awards night at the Brooklands Holiday Inn near Barnsley.

Coulson, who returned to play for his hometown club in the summer from Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone, has led the attack for Steve Kittrick’s team superbly this season, helping Boro to 2nd place in the league table with just four games of the season to go.

He was on target again on Saturday with two goals in the 4-0 win over Brighouse Town to keep the Seadogs right in the mix for an automatic promotion place going into the final fortnight of the campaign.

Speaking after the game, Boro boss Steve Kittrick praised the impact that Coulson has had since his return.

“As a manager, Coulo is a quality player and really shouldn’t be playing at this level. He could grace the National League or the National League North, but he’s chosen to come here, which has been fantastic for us.

“He deserves all the praise that he gets, because he found it difficult when he first came here, but he’s settled in and is probably going to finish as the top goalscorer in the league now.”

There was further recognition for Boro with skipper Dave Merris joining Coulson in the Team of the Season for the Evo-Stik North, chosen by the managers of the teams in the division.

After making it down to the five finalists before a public vote, Nathan Valentine missed out on the NPL Show Fans Player of the Year accolade, which won by former Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca from South Shields.

Former Scarborough FC defender Billy Ayre was recognised in the 'Team of All Time' as part of the Northern Premier League’s 50th anniversary celebrations this season. Billy was a huge favourite with Boro supporters, playing 116 matches and scoring 20 goals, helping Scarborough to FA Trophy glory in both 1976 and 1977 before moving on to Hartlepool for £1,500 fee in Summer 1977. He later played for Mansfield and Halifax and managed Halifax, Blackpool and Scarborough in the Football League, and had coaching roles at Lincoln, Cardiff and Bury. Sadly, Billy died of cancer, aged just 49 in April 2002.

Boro Chairman Trevor Bull and Steve Kittrick at the Awards Night

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