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Johnny Haynes Trophy Winner 2019

22nd August 2019

Johnny Haynes Trophy Winner 2019
Presentation of Johnny Haynes Trophy to Tyrese Francois
Photo by Jed Leicester/BPI/Shutterstock

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust was last night proud to present the Johnny Haynes Trophy to Tyrese Francois as the inaugural winner of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust Academy Player of the Year.

The presentation took place on the pitch at half time during Fulham’s exciting 4-0 victory over Millwall. Trust Chair Tom Greatrex, Treasurer Owen Smith and Board Member Chris Gilbertson joined Academy Director Huw Jennings for the presentation.

Francois received his award alongside Connor McAvoy, who was named Fulham’s Premier League Scholar of the Year.

The Johnny Haynes Trophy will be awarded annually to Fulham’s Academy Player of the Year, voted on by Academy staff and players across the Under-16 to Under-23 age groups.  

Chris Gilbertson

Chris Gilbertson

Supporting the work Fulham do at academy level is of key importance to the Trust, and by creating and sponsoring this award we hope to provide a small token of inspiration to future generations of Fulham Academy players.

With two products of the Fulham Academy shining for the First Team last night, the Trust is delighted to be able to support and help to showcase the exemplary work being done by Huw Jennings and his staff.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Huw Jennings said 

We’ve had really good relations with the Fulham Supporters’ Trust who have been very proactive in trying to promote our work.

Huw Jennings, Fulham FC Academy Director
Presentation of 2019 Johnny Haynes Trophy to Tyrese Francois
Photo by Jed Leicester/BPI/Shutterstock

Australian central midfielder Francois, 19, becomes the first recipient of the Johnny Haynes Trophy.  A technically gifted player, he featured extensively for the Whites during preseason, starting against Cambridge United and Oxford United and featuring from the bench in all but one of the other fixtures. 

Jennings told

This is great for Tyrese who shows an exemplary attitude and works hard to give his maximum. It’s pleasing that Tyrese embodies the key virtues we promote here of hard-work, honesty and humility.

Huw Jennings, Fulham FC Academy Director

The Trust would like to take this opportunity to formally congratulate Tyrese and his family on a well-deserved award and wish him the best for his future career. We think we speak for all Fulham fans when we say we hope to see Tyrese featuring for the Fulham first team for years to come.

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