Abbott and Miller on shortlist
Carlisle United’s Greg Abbott and Lee Miller have both been named as finalists in their respective categories for this year’s Northwest Football Awards.
Cumbrians’ boss Abbott has been shortlisted for this year’s Manager of the Year accolade, facing competition from Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and David Moyes of Everton.
The Manager of the Year Award has been shortlisted by an expert panel, which consists of managers and former managers including Joe Royle, Peter Reid, Brian Horton and Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Meanwhile, striker Miller has been named as a finalist for the League One Northwest Player of the Year Award and is up against former Tranmere Rovers defender David Buchanan – now of Preston North End – and Kieran Lee, formerly of Oldham Athletic.
Voted for by supporters, fans of all North West clubs have responded by voting in their thousands for their chosen Footballer of the Year and Rising Star, with shortlists whittled down to three finalists and the winner of each award announced at the awards ceremony itself.
And as a big thank you to fans ...
The Northwest Football Awards Gala Dinner is almost here and we've been inundated with requests from regular fans wanting to attend the event. Some of the clubs have asked us if there's anything we can do to make the tickets cheaper for regular fans.
To reward the fans for your support and votes, we are offering you the chance to attend and mingle with the stars on the evening by introducing a discounted fan rate.
There are only a certain amount of tickets available, so to secure your place and rub shoulders with your heroes, call 0161 831 0260.
Established five years ago, The Northwest Football Awards celebrates the achievements of the region’s 23 professional clubs, including the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City , Liverpool and Everton, with attendees such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Tom Finney, Joe Royle and Jimmy Armfield CBE.
The 2012 Northwest Football Awards, which will be hosted by BBC sports reporter Dan Walker, are taking place at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club on Monday 12th November, with awards for each division’s top manager and player being voted for by the public and the corporate awards being judged by a panel of experts.
Special categories on the night will honour the Northwest Football Journalist of the Year, Manager of the Year, Goal of the Year, as well as a Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Football and an Unsung Hero Award.
The focus of each of the other club awards, which include Community Initiative of the Year and Best Youth Development Programme, is on sustained quality, best use of resources and of people with knowledge, expertise and experience.
Professional clubs based in the Blue Square Premier League and above can nominate themselves for certain awards whilst nominations of organisations or people can extend beyond clubs to sponsors and partners.