Greater Manchester cleans up as Man City, United, Bolton, Salford, Altrincham and more win at the North West Football Awards

Manchester will always dominate when it comes to football.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 7th November 2023

It was a night full of celebration for football in Manchester on Monday evening as five different local teams were honoured at the 2023 North West Football Awards.

Held at the Emirates Old Trafford on what was a typically wet night in Greater Manchester, it was also raining in recognition as local clubs throughout the English football pyramid picked up a number of awards across multiple categories.

Not only did Erling Haaland and Pep Guardiola win Premier League Player and Manager of the Season for 2023 (of course), but Manchester City‘s Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw won Women’s Player of the Year, as well as Manchester United star Mary Earps picked up this year’s Impact Award.

Here’s what she had to say after picking up yet another personal accolade in a much-decorated 12 months for the Lionesses‘ World Cup hero.

Things also stayed close to home further down the league, with Bolton Wanderers’ Dion Charles, Salford City’s Elliot Watt and Altrincham FC’s Josh Lundstram all winning POTY for League One, League Two and the National League, respectively.


Bolton also picked up the PFA’s Community Club of the Season award, with Lancashire side AFC Fylde coming a close second and being “highly commended” for the work over the year or so, City Xtra winning best Fan Media and BBC Radio Manchester’s Natalie Pike winning Northwest Football Broadcaster of the Season. A huge haul for the 10 boroughs all told.

You can see the full list of winners down below:

  • Rising Star — Adam Mayor, Morecambe
  • Women’s Rising Star — Missy Bo Kearns, Liverpool
  • National League Player of the Season — Josh Lundstram, Alty FC
  • League Two Player of the Season — Elliot Watt, Salford
  • League One Player of the Season — Dion Charles, Bolton
  • Championship Player of the Season — Josh Cullen, Burnley
  • Premier League Player of the Season — Erling Haaland, Man City
  • Women’s Player of the Season — Khadija Shaw, Man City
  • Billy Seymour Impact Award — Mary Earps, Man United
  • PFA Community Clubs of the Season — Everton and Bolton
  • Unsung Hero: Ted Morris — Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association
  • Fabrice Muamba Award for Football Medicine and Performance — Alan Raw
  • Manager of the Season — Pep Guardiola, Man City
  • Lifetime Contribution Award — Alex Williams MBE

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In truth, we’re always chuffed but never too surprised to see the awards collected in and around Greater Manchester as the region’s rich football heritage speaks for itself.

It was only last month that Man City picked up Men’s Club of the Year for the second year running following their incredible treble-winning season.


But it isn’t just football that this city does best; we’d go so far as to say Manchester is a sporting mecca; in fact, we have — many times:

@the.manc Trafford is the sporting capital of Manchester ⚽️🏏 #trafford #oldtrafford #manchesterunited #ifly #indoorskydiving #altyfc #chillfactore #manchesteroriginals ♬ Exercise – Vin Music

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Featured Images — Erling Haaland (via Instagram)/North West Football Awards (via X)