The splendid, hand-carved trophy was jointly presented to the former men’s National League in 1993 by the Birkenhead and Newport and Maindee Olympic clubs in memory of one of their finest players, Pete Olson.
These days, the award goes to the top marksman in the Super 5s – and Liam Neill’s 28 goals were crucial in Poly’s march to the title.
Originally, it was presented to the top scorer in all Division 1 matches, which explains why the trophy records the names of many of Britain’s finest sharp-shooters – including Colin Burgess (Lancaster), Mike Cowburn (Tyldesley) and Tom Curwen (Lancaster), plus Lancaster’s Scott Carpenter, who achieved a century of goals or more in consecutive seasons, 2006 and 2007.
Scott’s father George was the first player to record the goals ton in the League when he played for Durham City – he managed it twice exactly two decades earlier, 1986 and 1987.
The presentation to Liam was made by League President Trevor Pledger.