Tony Whelan picked up the Eamonn Dolan award, which looks to recognise an individual or group making an exceptional contribution to football coaching and/or coach development within the Academy environment.
United’s Academy programme adviser joined the club back in 1990 and is a very worthy recipient of the award, named in the memory of the late Exeter City and Reading coach.
“I had the privilege of meeting Eamonn some years ago,” said Tony.
“He was always a very uplifting person and a wonderful coach and coach developer.
“I am very humble to receive this particular award in his honour and worthy of carrying on his legacy.
“But I don’t think you ever win those awards on your own. People share it with you, who I’ve worked with over the years. It has been a privilege to work at the club with some wonderful people. They all share it with me. I dedicate it to them.”