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Sampford and Crook Win Youth Awards

6 April 2017

Awards for most promising U14 and U15 players presented at Fleetwood game

Two awards were presented at the game against Fleetwood Town, with Harry Sampford winning the Kevin Durham Memorial Trophy and Callum Crook the Randal Bates Trophy.

The Kevin Durham Memorial Trophy is named in honour of respected local footballer Kevin Durham, who died shortly before he could realise his dream of playing league football with Barnet. The trophy is awarded to the most promising under-15 player and this season it has been won by Harry Sampford. Harry is a striker with lots of speed, ability and an eye for goal, having scored 15 in 20 games so far this season. Previous winners include Callum O'Dowda and Miles Welch-Hayes.

The Randal Bates Trophy is a new trophy named in honour of United's under-14s Boys Academy coach Randal Bates, who died in 2016. It will be an annual award presented to the Oxford United U14 player who, in the opinion of the judges, best exemplifies the qualities that Randal stood for: passion for the game, dedication, hard work and a continuous commitment to improve both himself and the players around him. The first Randal Bates Trophy was won by Callum Crook, who is exactly the type of player that Randal would have loved to have worked with. Callum's positive attitude and selfless commitment have been an example to everybody and he is a worthy recipient of the trophy.

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