Sir Alex Ferguson versus Les Parry!

Nominations for further categories of the MBNA North West Football Awards 2011 have been announced including for Manager of the Year and Goal of the Year.

Tranmere Rovers are strongly represented in both categories, with Les Parry shortlisted in the Manager of the Year category alongside former Bury boss Alan Knill, Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini and Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson. I would think that this award is a foregone conclusion though, with the Rovers boss the obvious choice (no bias here, folks).

In all seriousness, the battle between the two managers of the Manchester clubs should be a close call. Mancini led City to their first major trophy for a long time by winning the FA Cup with victory over Stoke City at Wembley, while Sir Alex Ferguson won yet another Premier League title with United and led his side to the Champions League final where they were beaten by Barcelona.

In the goal of the year award, there are some stunning goals nominated for this award, which will give the judging panel a tough task to pick a winner.

The contenders are Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City at Old Trafford on February 12 2011, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s strike for Everton versus Wolves on April 9 2011, Liverpool’s Raul Meireles’ volley again against Wolves on January 22 2011, Blackpool striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s thunderbolt strike against Hull on August 5 2011 and finally, Tranmere’s Dale Jennings’ solo effort against Plymouth Argyle on November 13 2010.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony held at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester on Monday November 14.

For more information on the awards and how to get tickets for the event at Old Trafford, please visit


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