ONE of Ruthin Town Football Club’s players is the first to receive a trophy brought in honour of a club legend.

Following the death of Peter Garner at the beginning of this year, his children and some of his friends decided to purchase a cup in his memory that would then be awarded annually to Ruthin Town’s Young Player of the Season.

The very first recipient of the new prize was the 2019/20 Ruthin Town Young Player of the Season Daniel Goldston, who was presented the trophy by one of Peter’s sons, Matt, and club chairman Andy Edwards.

Peter Garner died aged 67 on February 4 of this year. He was a well-known figure in Ruthin for his love of sports, not just football, but rugby and cricket too.

He played for Ruthin Town in the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s but is still held in high regard to this day.

He is estimated to have played more than 150 games for the club and notched in excess of 20 goals a season during his most productive campaigns as a centre forward.

In the matchday programme that followed his death in February, for Ruthin's Cymru North encounter with Conwy Borough, Mr Garner was described as a 'real character and presence in the dressing room and on the pitch'.

As well as the new Peter Garner prize presented to Daniel Goldston, other Ruthin Town players also received their 2019/20 awards recently.

Osian Davies picked up the Supporters Player of the Year, as well as Manager's Player awarded by departing first team manager Chris Hardy, who has been replaced by the management team of Phil Hudson and Tommy Holmes for 2020/21 (full story on page 55).

Players Player of the Season for the first team was Gwion Owen.

For The Reserves side, Dan Goldston was again successful as he picked up the Managers Player of the Season prize, whilst the Players Player of the Season went to Iwan Davies.

Meanwhile, Dan Smith had a season to remember as he won both the Manager's Player and Player's Player of the Season prizes for the Ruthin Town Development squad.