The first round of finalists for the 2018 Northwest Football Awards have been announced, as the awards mark its eleventh year of recognising the best talent of the beautiful game in the region.
Finalists for the player categories will be announced on Tuesday, 16th October and fans can still cast their votes for their players of the season here: http://www.northwestfootballawards.com/northwest-football-awards-2018/vote-nwfa-2018/
All awards will be announced and presented by the BBC’s Dan Walker at the Northwest Football Awards at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford on Monday, 12th November.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, who led his team to a record breaking 100 points, will face tough opposition from Wigan Athletic’s Paul Cook, Mickey Mellon from Tranmere Rovers and John Coleman of Accrington Stanley for the coveted Manager of the Year award. The 2017/18 season was unprecedented for Northwest football, with managers from across all leagues achieving promotions and enjoying record seasons.
Additionally, a number of clubs will be competing for the fiercely contested Community Club of the Year categories, celebrating Clubs’ significant and important work in their communities. Going head-to-head in the Premier League category is Burnley FC in the Community, Everton in the Community and Manchester City Football Club – City in the Community.
In the all other leagues category, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust take on Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Preston North End Community and Education Trust, Tranmere Rovers – More Than a Football Club and Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
Other clubs up for honours include, Manchester United Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Accrington Stanley Football Club and Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
Meanwhile, voting for the Player of the Year and Rising Star categories, along with the Fan TV Channel of the Year, remains open until Friday, 12th October.
Laura Wolfe, speaking on behalf of the Northwest Football Awards, said: “This year saw our judging panels facing some really tough decisions. The quality of the entries was hugely impressive, and the range of work carried out by the clubs in our regions continues to be an example for other clubs to follow.
“We are looking forward to an incredible night celebrating Northwest football on 12th November.”
Community Club of the Year – All Other Leagues, in association with the PFA
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust
Preston North End Community and Education Trust
Tranmere Rovers – More Than a Football Club
Wigan Athletic Community Trust
Community Club of the Year – Premier League, in association with the PFA
Burnley FC in the Community
Everton in the Community
Manchester City Football Club – City in the Community
Community Initiative of the Year, in association with the PFA
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust – Coaching 4 Confidence
Burnley FC in the Community – Whitehough Outdoor Centre
Everton Football Club – Home Is Where The Heart Is
Preston North End Community and Education Trust – The Greatest Ever Women’s Football Team: The Dick, Kerr Ladies
Wigan Athletic Community Trust – Healthy Hearts
Promoting Inclusion Award, in association with Kick it Out
Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC
The Everton Family – Positively Promoting Equality and Diversity – Everton Football Club
#UnitedandMe – Manchester United Foundation
Wigan Athletic FC – Together
Business and Professional Services to Football
Niche Sport Media
RedStar Education Limited
Best Club Marketing, Sponsorship or Engagement
Everton Football Club – Rovio and Everton Football Club
Liverpool Football Club – Kop Kids, presented by Joie – Mo Salah Prank
Tranmere Rovers – Super White Campaign
Wigan Athletic FC – Thousands or Journeys. One Destination.
Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine and Performance
Paul Caton, Accrington Stanley FC
Matt Barrass, Bolton Wanderers Football Club
Grant Downie, Manchester City Football Club
Football Journalist of the Year
Ciaran Kelly, Manchester Evening News
Marc Iles, The Bolton News
Matt Scrafton, The Blackpool Gazette
Manager of the Year
John Coleman, Accrington Stanley Football Club
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City Football Club
John Askey, Macclesfield Town Club
Micky Mellon, Tranmere Rovers Football Club
Paul Cook, Wigan Athletic Football Club
To be revealed on the night
Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Football
Player of the Year and Fan TV
Finalists to be announced on Tuesday, 16th October.
For more information, to attend or to vote, please visit www.northwestfootballawards.com. Voting for all Player of the Year and Rising Star Award categories closes on Friday, 12th October.