LIVE: North West Football Awards
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- Jay Spearing nominated for Championship Player of the Year
- Bolton Wanderers Community Trust nominated for Community Initiative of the Year
Just spoken to Jay Spearing, very humbled by the award.
Premier league player of the year Jamie Carragher
"We've started slow but the last six or seven games we've kickedon. Fingers crossed that goes on."
"It's a big thank you to the fans."
"It was an opportunity to show what sort of player i was."
And now he gets interviewed live in stage. Bet he'll love that!
And the winner is Jay Spearing!
To present the award is Maurice Watkins CBE
Spearing, Rhodes or Ince?
Spearing, Rhodes or Ince?
Next up is the one I'm here for...
Next up is the one I'm here for...
Winner is John Welsh of Preston North End
League One player of the year...
Winner is Jack Redshaw of Morecambe
Mark Palios doing the honours.
Now for League Two.
Winner is George Horan of Chester City
Player of the year for the Conference next...
Winner is Toni Duggan of Everton.
Women's player of the year next..
Fergie joining us in a pre recoded interview.
"This is the last award I'll get" he joked.
And, of course, it is...
My money is on Ferguson...
Next is manager of the year.
Frank McParland came up to accept the award. Another ex Wanderer (director of football).
Winner is Jerome Sinclair of Liverpool.
Nearly there. Rising star award next.
Phelan saying he used to "hold back" Ferguson from making "strange decisions" at times.
United time and Micky Phelan.
And now Gary Owen.... Bit of a City love in, unsurprisingly orchestrated by Ian Cheeseman.
Paul Lake next. An ex Wanderers physio.
Shaun Goater being interviewed at the moment about out witting Gary Neville scoring against United. Side stepped the question as well as he did the full back that day.
That took longer than expected, but back now for the final part of the night.
Winner of the award goes to Manchester United's Rob Swire.
"Just getting him back to the football club alive and well is a miracle in itself."
Davo speaking about that night at White Hart Lane.
Fab isn't here tonight but Kevin Davies up to present the award
The fabrice Muamba award for medical services next up.
Oggy broke the Fergie leaving United story. Top class journo.
Mark Ogden wins it. But will he smile?
Journalist of the year has got some real luminaries on the short list this year.
Happen to know Andy Gartside works for them, so well done mate!
And it's own by Brabners
Brabners, Mills and Reeve and Pinsent masons up for this one
Professional services to football next
Won by Ripple Effect... Again not sure what they do, but sure they do it well.
Next up business services to football...
Winner is Liverpool FC and Standard Charter Trophy.
Best club sponsorship/engagement partnership next... It sure what that means.
And the winner is Everton, who seem to be populating half he room tonight.
Best club marketing campaign between Everton, Manchester United and Wigan.
Sodje on his age: "I've got a few passports."
"I don't get as wound up now when Liverpool lose or Manchester United win" - Carragher on being a pundit.
Jamie Carragher getting interviewed at the moment.
The unmistakable figure of Efe Sodje also with us his evening. Bandana and all.
Back again. Second part of the awards should be coming up soon.
Main course break now...
Jill and Neville Neville up on stage with Tracey. Gary and Phil were due to he here, but not on stage I'm told.
Contribution to North West football award... Goes to a family. the Nevilles!
CSR campaign of the year winner... Liverpool FC
Everton win the award outright.
Highly commended... morecambe
Community club of the year between Blackburn, Everton, Man City and morecambe
Joint winners are Everton.
Ian Laithwaite up to collect the award on behalf of the club.
Blackburn, Everton and morecambe up against them.
And BWCT are one of those nominated.
FA director John Hudson to award it.
First up... Community Initiative of the Year
"pies are tremendous. You'd love to hear me on the phone trying to describe them to the folks back home."
Roberto Martinez being interviewed on cup win.
"it'll be one to tell the grandchildren."
13 judges in total. Gordon Taylor also on the list.
Dan Walker back up on stage for first part of awards...
Just read a list of the judges - Emma Davies among them. Hopefully that gives Spearing an edge!
Starter out of the way. Should be the first chunk of three of the awards proper to come up now.
Goal of 2013 now being shown. I have to pick from Baines, Ings, sturridge, aguero, montano and van persie...
Hoping not to still be around by then. Salmon starter to come...
Mr Walker telling us there will be late night cheese served at around 1am...
Video montage of the highlights of north west football in 2013... But too much Wigan in there for my liking.
Dan Walker getting us going with a bit of pre match banter
Just to prove I am here...
Find it hard to imagine there are any footballers left elsewhere in the north west considering how packed it is...
And completing the Everton set, Roberto Martinez has just come in.
Took me a minute to decide who the incredibly tall person standing to my right was, but it's John Amaechi, the ex basketballer.
Sir Phillip Carter, of Everton lineage, is also among the Toffees contingent.
If I get bored tonight I might start photo bombing all the sky cameras that are hanging around...
Everton keeper Tim Howard in amongst the throng. The place is packed as we wait to enter the main room.
Apparently the host for this evening, BBCs Dan Walker, has just turned up after taxi trouble. Hopefully that's as controversial as tonight gets...
Very, very warm here. James Beattie sipping champagne just in front of me... Sadly I'm on the orange juice. And that doesn't make it easy to blog.
Phil Mason, I know him, club chaplain is in the house!
Not an easy place to be when you are as rubbish at facial recognition as I am...
Ex wanderer Gordon Taylor also joined us now.
Asmir Begovic, fresh from his goal at weekend, is another guest...
Happy to see Jay Spearing here. Fingers crossed for him against stiff opposition in Jordan Rhodes and Tom Ince
Table 19 I am heading for you...
Hurrah! Found where I am supposed to be!
I have at least grabbed a glass of orange juice, and just had a quick natter with Earl Barrett. Nice fella.
It's either that, or do this blog from the stairwell.
Sorry for the delay in tweeting. Still sorting out exactly where I am sitting... If your name's not on the list and all that!
Barnsley boss Dave Flitcroft here too.
Kevin and Emma Davies have also kindly offered me a place on their table if I end up homeless... Bless 'em.
Have bumped into the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust team, dressed to the nines. They are up for best community initiative - Hearts and Goals. Very good cause.
Well good evening all. I'm in the building but not sure yet where I am supposed to be sitting...
Can Jay Spearing beat Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes and Blackpool's Tom Ince to the top award in the Championship? Find out from 6.30pm at the annual gala dinner held at Lancashire Cricket Club.
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