Northwest Football Awards 2020 Announces Finalists

The finalists for the 2020 Pitching In Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) ceremony have been chosen following a meeting of awards judges and a  wide scale public vote.


Now in its 13th year, the Northwest Football Awards will be held on Monday, 9th November and will be unlike ever before following an unprecedented 2019/20 season, from grassroots level through to the elite level of the beautiful game. 


All honours for the Pitching In Northwest Football Awards 2020 (NWFA) will be announced in a digital ceremony taking place across the Northwest Football Awards’ social channels and website from 10.00 am on Monday, 9th November.


This year, the NWFA is honoured to again be supporting the Darby Rimmer Foundation.  Former Liverpool, Rochdale and Bolton Wanderers footballer, Stephen Darby, together with his close friend and former British Forces veteran, Chris Rimmer, set up the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation after Stephen’s sudden retirement from football in September 2018, on being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), aged just 29. MND is a degenerative condition that affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord function. There is currently no cure. 


Laura Wolfe, speaking on behalf of the Pitching In Northwest Football Awards said: “Despite the unprecedented times that we find ourselves in, the entries this year were no less impressive and the judges’ decisions were more difficult than ever. 


“It was important that we, at the NWFA, even in this most difficult of years, went ahead with the 2020 Awards and recognised the incredible work going on at all levels of the game across our region, both on the pitch and behind the scenes. 


“As well as the trophies and celebrations at the upper levels of the game, at the other end of the scale, it has been a tough year off the field for many of our clubs, and it would be remiss of us not to recognise this and show our support for the clubs, staff and fans who have been through and still continue to live through such tough times.”


To follow the awards being announced on Monday, 9th November from 10.00 am, go to: www.northwestfootballawards.com


Or follow live throughout the day, via:

Twitter: @NWFAwards  Instagram: @NWFAwards  Facebook: @NWFAwards





Kick It Out Promoting Inclusion Award

Better Things FC


Greater Manchester FC

Manchester United Foundation

Sir Tom Finney FC 

Social Inclusion Football League


Community Club of the Season – All Other Leagues (in association with the PFA)

Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

Preston North End Community and Education Trust


Community Club of the Season – Premier League (in association with the PFA)

Burnley FC in the Community 

City in the Community

Everton in the Community

LFC Foundation 

Manchester United Foundation


Community Initiative of the Season (in association with the PFA)

Burnley FC in the Community- Veterans Programme 

City in the Community – City Parks

Everton in the Community – Blue Family

LFC Foundation – Virtual Response 

Manchester United Foundation – Covid 19 Response

Preston North End Community Education Trust – Helping Hampers

Stockport County and the NHS


Best Club Marketing, Sponsorship or Engagement Campaign 

Everton and hummel – More Than Eleven kit launch

Liverpool Football Club – Carlsberg ‘Champions’ Campaign

Preston North End – #pneathome ‘Where in the world’ 


Northwest Football Journalist or Broadcaster of the Season

Oliver Kay – The Athletic

Mike Minay – BBC Radio Manchester

James Pearce – The Athletic


The Athletic Rising Star of the Season

Lewis Travis – Blackburn Rovers Football Club

Dwight McNeil – Burnley Football Club

Tommy Doyle – Manchester City

Mason Greenwood – Manchester United

Josh Harrop – Preston North End

Antonee Robinson – Wigan Athletic


The Athletic Women’s Rising Star of the Season 

Natasha Fenton – Blackburn Rovers Ladies Football Club

Evie Priestley – Burnley FC Women

Rinsola Babajide – Liverpool FC Women

Lauren Hemp – Manchester City

Lauren James – Manchester United Women’s Football Club


Player of the Season – National League

Scott Quigley – Barrow AFC

Matt Urwin – Chorley

Ash Palmer – Stockport County


Player of the Season – League Two

Sam Lavelle – Morecambe Football Club

Jonny Smith – Oldham Athletic Football Club

Ibou Touray – Salford City Football Club


Player of the Season – League One

Colby Bishop – Accrington Stanley Football Club

Liam Feeney – Blackpool Football Club

Paul Coutts – Fleetwood Town Football Club

Eoghan O’Connell – Rochdale Football Club


Player of the Season – Championship

Adam Armstrong – Blackburn Rovers

Daniel Johnson – Preston North End

Samy Morsy – Wigan Athletic


Player of the Season – Premier League

Nick Pope- Burnley Football Club

Jordan Henderson – Liverpool Football Club

Kevin De Bruyne -Manchester City


Women’s Player of the Season

Saffron Jordan – Blackburn Rovers Ladies Football Club

Lauren Bracewell – Burnley FC Women

Rachel Furness – Liverpool FC Women

Steph Houghton, MBE – Manchester City

Lauren James – Manchester United Women’s Football Club


Manager of the Season

Paul Cook – Wigan Athletic

Sean Dyche – Burnley 

Ian Evatt– Barrow AFC

Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool


Unsung Hero

To be announced on Monday, 9th November


Lifetime Contribution 

To be announced on Monday, 9th November 


Impact Award

To be announced on Monday, 9th November 


To view the full list of this year’s finalists, visit www.northwestfootballawards.com.


About the Pitching In Northwest Football Awards

The Pitching In Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) celebrates the region’s footballing elite and pays tribute to those who have achieved footballing excellence both on and off the field in the 2019/20 season. The NWFA recognises footballing excellence from the male and female football leagues from the National League though to Premier League. More at www.northwestfootballawards.com.


About Pitching In:

For more detailed background about the initiative, visit  https://gvc-plc.com/corporate-responsibility/pitching-in/


About the Darby Rimmer Foundation:


More information about the Darby Rimmer Foundation at www.darbyrimmermnd.co.uk.