The 2019/20 grassroots football season saw the debut of Hype Train Football Club, with our maiden campaign finishing after 16 games in mid-March due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more and watch as we crowned the achievements of our two 'Goal of the Season' winners from this past season, with Callum Parr-Jones's Berks & Bucks FA Goal of the Season win, following Martin King's Football in Berkshire 'PlaySport UK' award of the same name. All aboard.
Our Goal of the Season Awards:
Based in Reading, Hype Train FC are affiliated with, and under the umbrella of, the Berks & Bucks FA - a County FA covering several counties and thousands of teams across Saturday and Sunday football leagues.
The team at the BBFA launched a county-wide effort to find the best goal in the region, with eleven goals nominated for contention. Each goal had to go through a round of polling on the BBFA's official Twitter account, with a total of five goals shortlisted for a panel of specialists.
Of the five shortlists goals, Hype Train FC had three on the ballet, with Sam Paddon, Callum Parr-Jones and Martin King all winning their respective polls.
The panellists who reviewed the chosen goals were England Cerebral Palsy national team player, Martin Sinclair, former Wigan Athletic captain and FA Cup winner, Emmerson Boyce, and the host of the BBFA's The Grassroots Football Coach Podcast, Mark Rivers.
In a reveal on Twitter, the panellists got together on a video chat and ultimately decided that Callum Parr Jones's effort against AFC Cressex on February 8th 2020 was the best goal in the county, beating off competition from Slough Town FC's Scott Davies (second place), as well as from a teammate in Sam Paddon (third place).
This is the second Goal of the Season award that the team has won this season, with Martin King winning the Football in Berkshire 'PlaySport UK Goal of the Season Award' on July 30th 2020 for his strike against Cressex in the same game. King's award was decided by a panel within the Football in Berkshire website and was The Hype Train's first-ever award of any kind in our five-year existence as a football and sports website.
Goal of the Season Award Presentation:
With our training facility opening in Septemeber we were able to present Parr-Jones and King with their glass trophies to kick-off training on Wednesday 16th September 2020. Check out the below video clip of the club's Manager, Robert Austin, presenting the awards to our award winners.
View the gallery of our Award FC trophies presented to Parr-Jones and King:
Thoughts from Hype Train FC General Secretary, Robert Austin:
"Given that the our first season was cut short, the saving grace of our efforts came from moments of brilliance by two players who I've got nothing but respect for. When the Berks & Bucks FA told me that Callum wouldn't be awarded an actual trophy for scoring the best goal in Berkshire, we decided to bestow the honour of an award ourselves.
It took a while for both of them to be at training at the same time so we could finally hand out the awards and I really hope Martin and Callum appreciate the token of our gratitude - it was great to celebrate something with the team in the midst of an uncertain world right now when you don't know when your next game of football will be!
Credit for the awards goes to the team at Awards FC (@Awards_FC_) for helping up shape and craft these lovely commemorative awards - they look fantastic and are on brand with what we wanted to showcase for a couple of incredible moments that defined our maiden season as a club.
I'm fully embracing the challenge of retaining both of our awards next season so we can showcase our efforts this time next year!"
Watch highlights of our award winning goals against AFC Cressex:
Want to know more about The Hype Train?
The Hype Train is an entertainment website founded in 2015, specialising in Fantasy sports reporting, starting with Fantasy Premier League (FPL), before expanding to MLS Fantasy coverage in 2018.
We pride ourselves in providing beautiful graphics, statistics, in-depth analytical reporting and free weekly insight for hopeful players attempting to climb rankings tables. We are also occasional media reviewers, with a keen interest to review games, live sport, and professional wrestling.
In 2019, Hype Train Football Club was formed, becoming the first Fantasy Football website to take to the field. HTFC is a socially active team across social and web channels, providing regular match highlights, match reports, comprehensive player statistics and unique player profiles.
The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog' in 2016 by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), and were again shortlisted as a finalist in 2019 in the 'Best Fantasy Football Blog' category.