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Fletcher ‘honoured’ to present Disability Awards

Albion captain ‘inspired’ after Hawthorns ceremony

DARREN Fletcher says he feels "inspired" and "honoured" to have dished out the gongs at The Albion Foundation Disability Awards.

The Baggies skipper joined Jonny Evans at The Hawthorns where the pair presented 45 prestigious trophies on Monday evening.

Fletcher also gave an impromptu speech in front of the 200-strong audience during which he described Albion as a ‘special’ community club. 

“I’ve had the best evening, I have not stopped smiling,” said the Scotland international.

“I’ve enjoyed myself so much and I’ve met some incredibly inspirational people.

“It has been a real honour for me to hear their stories and see their smiles.

“The platform The Albion Foundation gives them to achieve all their dreams is fantastic.

“The famous ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley gave a speech where he told everyone to not focus on what they can’t do but on what they can do.

“Even as a professional footballer that made me think about my own performance and what I do on the pitch. 

“You can really feel what a community club this is when you attend ceremonies like tonight.

“You get the family feel at this club. I recognise faces now from previous events and you have a connection with them. You bump into them, it’s happened a lot while I’ve been here, and that’s what makes it a special club.

“The room tonight was full of amazing, inspiring people who I very much enjoyed spending my evening with.”