CLUB captain Richard Huckfield has been named Dudley News Sports Personality of the year for 2014, earning 55% of the overall vote.

Huckfield, 30, led ‘Dale to the Baker Joiner Midland Football Alliance title and JW Hunt Cup trophy respectively in the 2013-14 season.

Former Tipton Town defender Huckfield beat Commonwealth Games double gold medal winning star Jodie Stimpson, wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley, Halesowen Town forward Ben Haseley and Stourbridge born shot putter Rachel Wallader to claim the prestigious award.

Speaking to @TiviFCofficial, Huckfield, who played in Saturday’s 3-1 at Loughborough Dynamo said it was a memorable moment in his career and thanked everyone at Tividale Football Club for their support during his time at the club.

He said “It’s fantastic to have won the award, I’d like to thank everyone who has voted for me.

“The lads and staff have been giving me grief since I was first nominated!!!

“Although my name was nominated, this is a team effort and everyone at this football club should be extremely proud of the success over the past 18 months.

Manager Ian Long is delighted that both Huckfield and Tividale’s hard work has been recognised.

“I’m really pleased for Richard, he’s a great leader, both on and off the field.

“To be fair, we’ve all been giving him some stick over the past month but on a serious note he’s a worthy winner of the award.

“I worked with Rich at Tipton and he’s been fantastic here at Tividale.

“I’m proud of Richard but the players and staff have all played their part in this, too.”


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