Congratulations to a real football hero
Our McDonald’s People’s Award Winner for 2016 says being presented his award by Wales and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will live with him forever.
The coach of Brymbo Juniors, who is so committed to his players that he even attends matches the morning after night shifts, said he was ‘proud’ and ‘privileged’ after receiving the award with a record number of votes.
He said: “The people of Wrexham and beyond got behind me and voted for me. That is a great feeling.
“To be handed the award by somebody like Ryan Giggs, who has been a great player over the years, is just fantastic.”
But even though he was honoured to receive the award off Giggs, meeting his hero Ian Rush at our Cardiff City Stadium awards ceremony, was one of the highlights of the Liverpool fan’s big day.
After the ceremony, he tweeted: "Was gr8 meeting welsh and liverpool legend Ian Rush at the McDonalds community awards was a honour as I'm a red."
The father-of-two regularly works 12-hour shifts but still finds time to train the 50 children in Brymbo’s U9 and U12 section.
He said: “I work 12-hour shifts, four days, four off, four nights and the majority of time is taken up by football when I'm off.
“Whether it's training, match days, sorting kit out.
“Generally I only miss matchdays if I'm a day shift on the weekend.
“If I'm nights, I will get up for the kids because I don't want them to miss out.
“I just get the pleasure of seeing kids enjoying themselves.
“I'm also a local lad, so I'm giving back to the community and I want to give my best to give the players the best chance of becoming the next Gareth Bale.”