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Northwest Football Awards Shortlists Announced

Wed 3rd Oct 2012 | Football Industry Events

The judges on the panel for the 2012 Northwest Football Awards have completed the difficult task of shortlisting all nominations for this year’s accolades.

Consisting of professionals across all aspects of the game, including PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor OBE, Editor of FC Business Ryan McKnight and former FA Chief Executive Mark Palios, the panel have announced the finalists that will be competing for various honours at the awards ceremony, which takes place on Monday 12 November at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s ‘The Point’ and will be presented by BBC Sport’s Dan Walker.

Whilst those players and managers that have enjoyed successful seasons are honoured, the awards also celebrate achievements across all areas of professional clubs – from the Premier League to the Blue Square Premier Division, including the best community initiatives, marketing campaigns and sponsorship engagement.

Special categories on the night will also recognise the Northwest Football Journalist of the Year, Manager of the Year, Goal of the Year, as well as a Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Football and an Unsung Hero Award.

The shortlists for the divisional Player of the Year awards will be announced in the near future, but the finalists for the following eight accolades have already been confirmed:


Community Initiative of the Year

• Burnley FC

• Macclesfield Town FC

• Manchester City Football Club

• Wigan Athletic Community Trust

• Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

• Morecambe Football Club Community Sports

• Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

• Everton FC


Community Club of the Year

• Everton in the Community

• City in the Community

• Wigan Athletic Community Trust

• Bolton Wanderers Community Trust


CSR Campaign of the Year

• Liverpool Football Club

• Manchester City Football Club


Best Club Sponsorship Engagement/Partnership

• UCFB and Burnley FC

• EA Sports and Manchester City Football Club

• TSMGI for Aon and Manchester United


Best Club Marketing Campaign

• Burnley Football Club

• Everton Football Club

• Manchester City Football Club


Northwest Professional Services to Football 

• Pinsent Masons

• George Davies

• SAQ® International


Northwest Business Services to Football

• SPORTS 360

• Rippleffect


Medical & Sports Science Professional

• Rob Swire, Head Physiotherapist, Manchester United FC

• Dr Peter Brukner, former Head Physiotherapist, Liverpool FC

• Dave Fevre, Head Physiotherapist, Blackburn Rovers FC

• Barry Drust, Sports Scientist with England and the FA

• Andy Mitchell, Head Physiotherapist, Bolton Wanderers FC


Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive-PFA, who is a strong supporter for the awards, said: "On behalf of the PFA we are delighted to have always been a part of the North West Football Awards since their inception.

"Manchester has been the home of the PFA since 1907 and we consider ourselves very fortunate to be located in such a football city and in a region that is blessed with football clubs who have made such an impact on our game and as such, we feel the North West should be proud to illuminate these Clubs and the work they do both in football and in their corporate social responsibility programmes for their communities."

Tickets and tables for his year’s Northwest Football Awards are still available, for more information visit www.northwestfootballawards.com

Posted by: Aaron Gourley




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