North West awards for PNE duo

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Simon Grayson has been named the MBNA North West manager of the year.

And he has been joined on the honours board by Lilywhites central defender Paul Huntington, who won the League One Player of the Year award for the region.

Grayson has been recognised for his achievement in guiding North End to promotion via the play-offs, where they defeated Swindon Town 4-0 in the final at Wembley.

He beat off stiff opposition from Bury's David Flitcroft, Manchester City women’s team boss Nick Cushing and former Liverpool ladies’ chief Matt Beard to scoop the top prize.

Huntington was a central figure in North End's promotion campaign, scoring nine goals from his defensive position including one in the play-off final.

The 28-year-old won the award ahead of Crewe's Ben Garratt, Ian Henderson, of Rochdale, Oldham Athletic's Mike Jones and Chris Maxwell of Fleetwood Town.

Laura Wolfe, managing director of Journey9 and the MBNA Northwest Football Awards, said:”I am delighted to say these awards have been the most successful in our history with record engagement from clubs and businesses alike.

“I would like to thank our sponsors MBNA for the second year running for supporting our vision and enabling us to achieve it.

“Also a huge thank you to the Northwest footballing community who help to make these Awards engaging and fiercely competitive-as all football should be.”