The annual North West Football Awards took place last night. The finalists were selected by representatives of the PFA, the Football Foundation, FIFA, the BBC and FC Business.
Voting was open to the public to create shortlists for the Player of the Year Awards for the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and Conference as well as the “Rising Star” Award. Manchester United were represented on the shortlists for many of the categories.
Michael Carrick was shortlisted for Premier League Player of the Year. The three other nominated for the award were Everton’s Leighton Baines, Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher and Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta. Unfortunately, Carrick lost out to Carragher.
Robin Van Persie’s volley against Aston Villa was nominated for Goal of the Season. The other contenders were Baines’ free-kick at Newcastle, Danny Ings’ goal for Burnley against Nottingham Forest, Daniel Sturridge’s strike at Villa, Aguero’s effort against Liverpool and Cristian Montano’s goal against Stevenage. Van Persie won the award that was voted for by the attendees on the night.
Sir Alex Ferguson picked up the Manager of the Year award for his last season season at United’s helm in which he guided the club to it’s 13th Premier League title. He was also awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Football award.
Last year’s Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the year winner Ben Pearson, was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award. That award was won by Nick Powell last year after his fantastic season at Crewe Alexandra.
Pearson was hoping to follow Powell’s footsteps but faced stiff competition from Everton’s Ross Barkley and Blackpool’s Tom Ince. The other nominees were City’s Marco Lopes, Liverpool’s Jerome Sinclair and Morecambe’s Jack Redshaw. Unfortunately, Pearson missed out on the award which was won by Jerome Sinclair.
The club was shortlisted for the Best Club Marketing Campaign for it’s “Matchday VIP” campaign alongside Everton and Wigan Athletic. United didn’t win and lost out to Everton.
Head Physiotherapist, Rob Swire, was nominated for the new “Fabrice Muamba Award for Medical & Sports Science Professional”. He was up against Accrington Stanley’s club doctor Joyce Watson and Stockport County’s Head Physiotherapist Rodger Wylde. Rob Swire won the award but was unable to collect as he traveled with the team for their Champions League tie with Real Sociedad.
The Neville family won the Contribution to Sport Award. Neither Phil or Gary were able to attend due to work commitments.