Finalists announced for MBNA Northwest Football Awards
The finalists have been announced for the MBNA Northwest Football Awards, with accolades such as Manager of the Year, Community Initiative of the Year and Unsung Hero on offer.
The winners will be announced at a black tie awards ceremony at the Point, Emirates Old Trafford, on Monday 14 November.
The MBNA 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 2015/2016 season.
Keeley Baptista, Kick It Out’s Programmes Manager, is a member of the judging panel alongside the PFA’s Dennis Leman, Colin Bridgford, CEO of Manchester County FA, as well as senior football broadcast journalists from BBC Radio Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire.
Finalists for the Manager of the Year award, which has previously been won by the likes of Sean Dyche, Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson, include Nick Cushing, manager of newly-crowned Women’s Super League champions Manchester City Women, as well as Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, joint managers of Salford City Football Club.
Other awards handed out on the evening include the Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine and Science, a Lifetime Achievement Award, Player of the Year and Rising Star Award.
Voting for the awards remains open to the public until 12pm on Friday 21 October. Fans can cast their votes at www.northwestfootballawards.com/vote/.
You can read the full list of finalists below:
Community Initiative of the Year, in association with the PFA
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust – Wanderers Fitter Fans
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust – Motivate!
Burnley FC in the Community – Parents on the Ball
Everton in the Community – Blue Mile
Preston North End Football Club – Women and Girl’s football at Preston North End
Wigan Athletic Community Trust – Pathway 2 Participation
Premier League Community Club of the Year, in association with the PFA
Everton in the Community
MCFC City in the Community Foundation
Community Club of the Year- All other Leagues, in association with the PFA
Burnley FC in the Community
Preston North End Football Club
Tranmere Rovers Football Club
Wigan Athletic Community Trust
UCFB Business and Professional Services to Football
ATPI Sports Events
Match Day Creative
Best Club Marketing Campaign/Sponsorship or Engagement Campaign
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust – BWFC Club Together sponsored by Inchcape Volkswagen
New Vauxhall Astra – Players Prank – Liverpool Football Club
Robbie Fowler is new LFC (Store) Manager – With the LFC Credit Card
Standard Chartered – Liverpool Football Club
Tranmere Rovers Football Club – Tranmere Rovers – Super White Army 2 #SWA2
Football Journalist of the Year
David Conn – The Guardian
Jack Dearden – BBC Radio Manchester
Marc Iles – The Bolton News
Simon Stone – BBC
Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine and Science, in association with the FMA
Dr Thomas Little – Preston North End Football Club
Dr Joyce Watson – Accrington Stanley Football Club
Kathryn Wise – Liverpool Ladies Football Club
Michael Kinsella – Tranmere Rovers Football Club
Phil Mason – Bolton Wanderers Football Club
Frank Melling – Wigan Athletic Community Trust
Rose Woolrich – Manchester City Football Club
Masters in Sporting Directorship Manager of the Year
Gary Caldwell – Wigan Athletic Football Club
John Coleman – Accrington Stanley Football Club
Nick Cushing – Manchester City Women’s Football Club
Sean Dyche – Burnley Football Club
Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley – Salford City Football Club