Coulson focuses on promotion after player of the year success

Michael Coulson has had an excellent season for Boro
Michael Coulson has had an excellent season for Boro

Scarborough Athletic's Michael Coulson is setting his sights on promotion after a hugely successful Evo-Stik League awards night on Sunday evening.

Not only did the 30-year-old join Boro teammate Dave Merris in the Evo-Stik North team of the year, but he also scooped the division's player of the year honour.

This has capped a superb return to football in the town from Coulson, who has bagged 32 league goals since joining from Scottish Premier Division side St Johnstone.

He said: "I'm delighted to to receive this award, it means a lot as it is voted by other managers and coaches in the league.

"I want to say a big thanks to all the Scarborough Athletic staff and manager Steve Kittrick for giving me the opportunity to enjoy my football again, the lads have all been fantastic this season and without them it wouldn’t be possible.

"I also want to thank the fans who have give me unbelievable support all year.

"Well done to Mez (Merris) on his award, he’s had a great season.

"Now we need to put everything we have left into the next few games and achieve what we set out to at the start of the season and get promotion."

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 was won by former Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca from South Shields.

Former Scarborough FC defender Billy Ayre was named in the 'Team of All Time' as part of the Northern Premier League’s 50th anniversary celebrations this season.

Ayre 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.