Chorley star Andy Teague says his dad is going to have to buy a new trophy cabinet at their home.
The 28-year-old, who helped Chorley clinch the NPL Premier Division title and promotion to the Conference North in April, collected the Betbright Step 3&4 Player of the Year at a prestigious ceremony at Fulham FC, where the best of non-league football was celebrated.
“It was great to be recognised and my award involved players from around nine divisions in non-league so it’s a great honour,” said Teague, who was notorious for his handlebar moustache before he shaved it off for charity at the end of the season.
“I didn’t know I had been nominated and then I saw it in the Non-League Paper and tweeted about it to get people to vote for me.
“It’s unusual for a defender to get nominated – it’s usually the strikers who get all the praise!
“I couldn’t believe it when I had won and it was superb to go to Craven Cottage with my girlfriend Charlotte to collect the award as I had never been there before.”
Dad Ken keeps all Andy’s trophies in a collection at his home in Preston.
“He has got quite a few now as I was also promoted with Chorley a couple of seasons ago, we won the Lancashire Cup, and my dad even has all my school ones,” he said.
“He says he is going to have to get a larger trophy cabinet now.
“This is the biggest one I have received though – it’s a whiskey decanter so I did tell my dad to rush out and buy a bottle of whiskey to go with it.”
Teague was loaned a new Nissan Juke by club sponsors Chorley Group for his trip to Fulham to collect the award.
“I loved it – I am actually going to try and haggle for a deal to get one,” he said.
Chorley Group business development manager Adam Turner said: “If Chorley get promoted again this season I might have to give him a Juke!
“We have a great partnership with Chorley FC and we wanted to support Andy and recognise what he and the club has achieved.”
Teague, a former Macclesfield trainee before injury hampered his career, is excited about the Conference North as the Magpies continue to move up the leagues.
“I think it will suit us to be honest,” he said.
“We get great attendances, the pitches will be better and we will rise to the challenge of playing against better teams.
“The NPL Premier is one of the hardest leagues to get out of and now we are ready for the next step.”