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:



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

Unsung Hero

Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Football

Impact Award


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  Voting for all Player of the Year and Rising Star Award categories closes on Friday, 12th October.