Margaret’s work with the Bicester club, which she founded in 1964, was recognised as part of the BBC South Sports Awards, held on the 2nd of December at the Grand De Vere Hotel, Southampton.
The ceremony, hosted by BBC’s Sally Taylor and Roger Johnson, saw some of the region’s best sporting talent being recognised for their achievements, with Margaret Simons being named BBC South Sports Personality of the Year.
Margaret, a former dinner lady, started the football club to give local youngsters something to do. She ran the club single-handedly until her retirement in 2001. However she remains a regular fixture and still lends her support from the touchline.
Following her success Margaret will join the other 14 Unsung Heroes finalists from across the country. These 15 regional winners will be joining the glittering BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham, on Sunday December 9, where a UK winner will be chosen.
The BBC South Sports Personality of the Year, as voted for by viewers, listeners & website users was Geoff Holt. More details can be found on Hampshire's website which is linked on the top right of this page.
The other BBC South Sports Awards winners were:
Guildford Heat Basketball Club
GB Women's Quadruple Sculls
David Smith, World Boccia Champion
(Treloar College, Eastleigh)
Adam Harrington, Gold medal swimmer
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Tony McCoy, Champion jump jockey
(Lambourn, West Berkshire)
Mark Robinson – Sussex Country Cricket Coach
NON LEAGUE TEAM
Geoff Holt – disabled yachtsman
Sarah Ayton – Yachtswoman
Margaret Simons – founder of Bardwell FC