Liverpool Take Top Honours At North West Football Awards
Liverpool Football Club were the big winners of the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) 2019 held in Manchester last night (Monday 11th Nov).
More than 550 guests attended the black-tie event, hosted by BBC’s Dan Walker at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Winners were named in nine player categories, as well as in a raft of other honours – including the highly sought-after Goal of the Season, as voted for by fans from around the world.
Champions League winners, Liverpool FC walked away with three awards with manager Jurgen Klopp scooping Manager of the Season whilst Virgil Van Dijk landed Premier League Player of the Season, and Trent Alexander-Arnold named Rising Star of the season for the second year running, in unanimous voting and judging decisions. Club legend, Ian Rush (pictured below with host Dan Walker) was on hand to collect the awards on behalf of the trio.
The highly anticipated Goal of the Season was awarded to Preston North End’s Alan Browne for his incredible strike against Bolton Wanderers as voted for by fans on Twitter.
The Lifetime Achievement accolade was awarded to Joe Royle for his achievements throughout his playing career for Everton, Manchester City and England as well as his managerial work with Everton, Oldham Athletic and Manchester City.
It was also a successful night for Manchester City’s women’s team with England Captain Steph Houghton, MBE being awarded the Women’s Player of the Season and Georgia Stanway receiving the Women’s Rising Star.
On collecting her award, Steph Houghton (pictured below), said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the fans for voting for this award. Last year was an unbelievable season for me as well as my club Manchester City. To be able to lead my country to a World Cup semi-final and win two trophies with my club was an incredible experience.”
Laura Wolfe of the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards, said: “The quantity and quality of entries continues to rise year on year and the effort that the clubs put into their entries is truly humbling. The array of footballing talent across this region is second to none and I congratulate each and every winner and thank everyone who submitted entries that made the job of our judging panel so demanding, but hugely inspirational.
“As soon as one year is over, we start planning for the next and we are excited to be working with our title sponsor, Ladbrokes for a second year running in 2020.”
During the night, tributes were also paid to the crucial role football clubs carry out in the community, with Manchester City’s City in the Community winning the hotly contested Community Club of the Season for the Premier League and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust winning the Award for clubs from all other leagues, for the incredible work that the Trust did for the community and its own staff during Bolton’s difficult season.
Burnley FC took home the accolade for Community Initiative of the Season for its hugely successful ‘The Leisure Box’, which has seen 29,000 visitors since it opened to the community in March.
The Promoting Inclusion Award, in association with Kick it Out was another hugely impressive category, with the non-league award going to Mid Lancashire Colts Junior Football League and the League honour being scooped by Manchester United for its #allredallequal campaign.
Business and Professional Services to Football went to Mills & Reeve, while the Best Club Marketing, Sponsorship and Engagement Campaign was awarded to Everton Football Club for its 2018/19 home kit launch with Umbro: Built to Last.
The Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine and Performance was awarded to three medical professionals who saved the life of former Premier League referee Eddie Wolstenholme, who suffered a critical heart attack and collapsed in the tunnel just an hour before Burnley’s kick off with Newcastle United. Dr Simon Morris and John Moorhouse of Burnley FC, and Dr Paul Catterson of Newcastle United FC were all there to accept their recognition award.
The ‘Unsung Hero’ accolade was presented to the staff behind the scenes at Bury FC for their tireless work and effort to save the club as it was facing expulsion from the Football League and ensure that Bury has a football club competing next season.
The Impact Award, which honours and recognises an individual who has made a significant positive impact on football in the region, was one of the night’s special awards. It is awarded to someone who has obviously delivered success on the pitch, but additionally, and just as importantly, given of their time off the pitch and used their position to contribute to and positively impact the wider community.
Full list of winners and finalists
Premier League Player of the Season
Liverpool Football Club – Virgil van Dijk – WINNER
Manchester City – Bernardo Silva
Manchester United – Luke Shaw
Championship Player of the Season
Blackburn Rovers Football Club – Danny Graham
Bolton Wanderers Football Club – Gary O’Neil
Preston North End Football Club – Ben Davies
Wigan Athletic Football Club- Reece James – WINNER
League One Player of the Season
Accrington Stanley Football Club – Sean McConville
Blackpool Football Club – Curtis Tilt
Fleetwood Town Football Club – Wes Burns
Rochdale AFC – Ian Henderson – WINNER
League Two Player of the Season
Morecambe Football Club – Luke Conlan
Macclesfield Town Football Club – Fiacre Kelleher
Oldham Athletic Football Club – Callum Lang
Tranmere Rovers Football Club – Scott Davies – WINNER
The National League Player of the Season
AFC Fylde Football Club – Danny Rowe – WINNER
Salford City Football Club – Carl Piergianni
Bolton Wanderers Football Club – Harry Brockbank
Burnley Football Club – Dwight McNeil
Liverpool Football Club – Trent Alexander-Arnold – WINNER
Manchester United -Mason Greenwood
Rochdale AFC – Luke Matheson
Wigan Athletic Football Club – Reece James
Women’s Player of the Season
Everton Women – Simone Magill
Fylde Ladies FC – Laura Merrin
Liverpool FC Women – Sophie Bradley-Auckland
Manchester City – Steph Houghton – WINNER
Manchester United Women’s FC – Katie Zelem
Women’s Rising Star
Burnley FC Women – Evie Priestley
Fylde Ladies FC – Georgia Stevens
Liverpool FC Women – Amy Rodgers
Manchester City – Georgia Stanway – WINNER
Fan Media Channel
Full Time Devils
Rovers Rear Guard
The Pie at Night
The Redmen TV – WINNER
Community Club of the Season – All Other Leagues, in association with the PFA
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust – WINNER
Tranmere Rovers in the Community
Wigan Athletic Community Trust
Community Club of the Season – Premier League, in association with the PFA
Burnley FC in the Community
City in the Community – WINNER
Everton in the Community
Liverpool Football Club Foundation
Community Initiative of the Year, in association with the PFA
Burnley FC in the Community – The Leisure Box – WINNER
City in the Community – City Play
Everton in the Community – The People’s Place
Michael Carrick Foundation – Carrick’s Boot Room
NCS Youth Board at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust
Kick it Out Promoting Inclusion Award
BE THE BEST COMMUNITY C.I.C
Bootle Bucks Inclusion F.C
Burnley FC – One Club for All
Everton FC – All Together Now
Manchester United – #allredallequal – WINNER
MID LANCASHIRE COLTS JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE – WINNER
The Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre and Football Club
Business and Professional Services to Football
Eleven Sports Media: Stadium TV & STATTV
Mills & Reeve – WINNER
Pro Football Academy
Best Club Marketing/Sponsorship or Engagement Campaign
Everton Football Club and Umbro’s 2019/2020 home kit launch: Built to Last – WINNER
Liverpool FC & BetVictor – Training SOS
Northwest Football Journalist of Broadcaster of the Season
Andy Bayes, BBC Radio Lancashire – WINNER
Marc Iles, The Bolton News – WINNER
Matt Scrafton, The Blackpool Gazette
Simon Hughes, The Athletic (formerly of The Independent)
Manager of the Season
Casey Stoney – Manchester United Women
Graham Alexander – Salford City Football Club
Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool Football Club – WINNER
Pep Guardiola – Manchester City
Micky Mellon – Tranmere Rovers Football Club