Accrington Stanley’s Piero Mingoia and Josh Windass were double winners at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards.

Winger Mingoia swept the board at Stanley’s presentation evening last season and won League Two Player of the Year at the awards at Lancashire Cricket Club last night.

He beat off opposition from Morecambe’s Shaun Beeley, Nathan Cameron of Bury, Carlisle’s Danny Grainger and Max Power of Tranmere Rovers.

And Windass collected the Mob Sport Rising Star honours seeing off Angelino from Manchester City, Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United, Zach Clough of Bolton, Preston’s Daniel Johnson and Chester’s Ben Heneghan.

The Awards ceremony was attended by 500 guests and hosted at the Point, Emirates Old Trafford by BBC TV and Radio presenter, Dan Walker.

All awards related to the 2014-2015 campaign with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero winning  the Premier League Player of the Season after his 26 goals.

City bagged a brace of trophies as England midfielder Jill Scott, a bronze medallist with the Lionesses at the 2015 World Cup, was crowned Women’s Player of the Year for a second successive time.

In the Championship, Blackburn Rovers’ Swedish born defender, Marcus Olsson was the winner while Preston’s Paul Huntington was voted top player in League One and Simon Grayson was Manager of the Year.

The National League Player of the Year trophy went to Southport’s former Preston defender, Luke Foster.

Everton’s England Under 19’s defender, Gabby George, became the inaugural winner of the women’s Rising Star accolade.

The Awards, now in their ninth year don’t only recognise achievement on the pitch but celebrate the work of the Northwest football family in all areas, especially the outstanding contribution from the club’s community departments.

Burnley  proved top of the table by winning the Premier League’s Community Club of the Year accolade while UCFB Burnley, a Higher Education facility offering degrees and executive education in the football business, sports and leisure industries, won Best Club Sponsorship & Engagement.

Award winners:

(a full list of nominees can be found at

Players of the Year:

Premier League: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Championship: Marcus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers)

League One: Paul Huntington (Preston North End)

League Two: Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley)

National League: Luke Foster (Southport)

Female Player of the Year:

Jill Scott (Manchester City)

Mob Sport Rising Star:

Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley)


Gabby George (Everton)

Manager of the Year:

Simon Grayson (Preston North End)

Community Initiative of the Year:

MUFC City in the Community-‘One City Disability Football’

Highly Commended:

Burnley FC- Danny Ings Disability Project

Community Club of the Year-Premier League

Burnley FC in the Community

Community Club of the Year-All other Leagues

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

Best Club Sponsorship & Engagement:

UCFB Burnley-Producing the sports industry’s most employable graduates

Best Club Marketing Campaign:

Everton FC-‘Chosen’-Everton’s 2015/2016 Season Ticket campaign

Professional Services to Football:

Mills & Reeve LLP

Business Service to Football:

Complete Sports Solutions

Journalist of the Year:

Tony Barrett-The Times

Unsung Hero:

Tony Coombes (Tranmere Rovers)

Fabrice Muamba award for Outstanding contribution to Football Medicine and Science:

Dave Fevre (Blackburn Rovers)

Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Football:

Tony Parkes