Source: North East Manchester Advertiser
FC United's newly-crowned fans’ player of the season Adam Jones insists he has no regrets about joining the Rebels – despite having suffered promotion heartbreak for the fifth year running.
Centre-half Jones’s debut campaign with FC ended just as his previous four had at Curzon Ashton – with defeat in the play-offs.
But, having been chosen by United’s fanatical supporters as the club’s top performer of 2011/12, the towering defender is adamant he made the right choice in swapping the Tameside Stadium for Gigg Lane.
Jones said: "Even though the season didn’t end the way we’d hoped, it was still really enjoyable for me personally.
"I’m not one for change, so leaving Curzon after six years was a big decision, but the way I was welcomed by everyone here was amazing and it has been fantastic for me ever since.
"Being named supporters’ player of the season is the icing on the cake and it has left me with a massive sense of achievement. FC United, as everyone knows, is all about the fans, so for me to have been singled out by them is really special.
"I can’t describe how it feels when they sing my name – it means so much."
Meanwhile, winger Carlos Roca has also spoken of his delight at being voted player of the year by FC’s junior fans.
He said: "This award means an awful lot to me because I try to be an exciting player and to do things which are a little bit out of the ordinary. Sometimes they come off, sometimes they don’t.
"But if our young supporters enjoy watching me that’s really great because hopefully it will inspire a few of them to try to play the same way."
Roca’s 25-yard screamer in FC’s FA Trophy victory over Altrincham was chosen as the club’s goal of the season by the Didsbury and Withington branch of the Rebels’ supporters’ club.
Striker Matthew Wolfenden was voted player of the year by his team-mates, while keeper James Spencer, who missed the Evo-Stik Premier play-off final defeat to Bradford Park Avenue with an injured hand, was manager Karl Marginson’s choice as FC’s star turn.
Spencer, Jones and skipper Kyle Jacobs each collected other branch awards while FC’s under-18s boss Dave Brown named James Brooks as his top player, with Alex Stones carrying off the players’ player prize.