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Colin Bloomfield Award Winners Announced

29 April 2016

Two Winners To Take In Peterborough Game

Both Aled and Sam will spend Saturday’s home match with Peterborough with the media team for a behind-the-scenes look at how a match day functions at the Greenhous Meadow and will be presented with their trophies at half-time.

“The feedback we’ve had in terms of running this in honour of Colin has been very positive and the entries we received have been of a very high standard and we’re delighted both Aled and Sam will join us at the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday.”

“Colin was truly one in a million and while we’ve been going round schools handing out posters or speaking to people in the media about the competition, everyone had the same opinion of him – he was a lovely lad,” said Simon.

Simon Wilderspin, who was involved in the Award, says the competition is a great way to honour someone who meant so much to so many people.

Sam Bayliss, from Minsterley, submitted an excellent piece on how football without fans is nothing. Tim Nash described it as: “Brave, innovative, inventive and a clever excursion too - not sure I've ever seen or read an analysis of the different crowd dynamics at a football ground in detail, so full marks for imagination - a possible feature writer in the making here.”

Stuart Dunn was equally impressed adding: "Aled came up with a lovely atmospheric piece capturing the mood perfectly of his first Gay Meadow experience as a young boy, Shrewsbury Town's epic FA Cup giant killing victory over Everton.”

Aled, from Llandudno, is a big Shrewsbury Town fan and wrote an enthralling piece entitled ‘The Day that Shaped My Future’ and recalled the meeting between Shrewsbury Town and Everton in that historic FA Cup encounter in 2003. Tim Nash said: “The passion and colour he brought was very intoxicating and made it a powerful piece to read."

With so much competition, it was tough to pick a winner from the two age categories but with help from BBC Radio Shropshire’s Stuart Dunn, the Shropshire Star’s Tim Nash, and Shrewsbury Town’s own Ian Whitfield - Aled Hughes, aged 17 and Sam Bayliss, 15 came out victorious.

We had many entries from young people from across Shropshire from match reports to interviews to reflective historic moments in football.

As a tribute, the club launched a Sports Writing Competition throughout Shropshire to encourage youngsters to pick up a pen and start writing.

Earlier this month, Shrewsbury Town Football Club launched the Colin Bloomfield Award to honour the former Journalist and Shrewsbury fan who heroically lost his brave battle with cancer last April, on the same day as his beloved Shrewsbury Town clinched promotion back to League One.

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