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Eoghan O'Connell Is A North West Football Awards Finalist

13 October 2020

The judging panel has met, the public votes have been counted and the finalists have been chosen.

Rochdale Football Club is delighted to announce that Captain Eoghan O’Connell is on the final shortlist for next month’s North West Football Awards.

Following a public vote, the Dale Skipper will now go forward and represent the Club at the Ceremony, which is being held virtually this year.

O’Connell is up for League One Player of the Season alongside three others – Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley), Liam Feeney (Blackpool) and Paul Coutts (Fleetwood Town).

Now in its 13th year, and in these strangest of times, the 2020 Pitching In Northwest Football Awards Ceremony on Monday, 9th November will be unlike ever before, but will be no less exciting, seeing honours awarded to those who have achieved footballing excellence both on and off the pitch in the unprecedented 2019/20 season, from grassroots level through to the elite level of the beautiful game. 

All honours for the Pitching In Northwest Football Awards 2020 (NWFA) will be announced in a digital ceremony taking place across the Northwest Football Awards’ social channels and website from 10.00 am on Monday, 9th November.

This year, the NWFA is honoured to again be supporting the Darby Rimmer Foundation.  Former Liverpool, Rochdale and Bolton Wanderers footballer, Stephen Darby, together with his close friend and former British Forces veteran, Chris Rimmer, set up the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation after Stephen’s sudden retirement from football in September 2018, on being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), aged just 29. MND is a degenerative condition that affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord function. There is currently no cure. 

Laura Wolfe, speaking on behalf of the Pitching In Northwest Football Awards said, “Despite the unprecedented times that we find ourselves in, the entries this year were no less impressive and the judges’ decisions were more difficult than ever.  It was important that we, at the NWFA, even in this most difficult of years, went ahead with the 2020 Awards and recognised the incredible work going on at all levels of the game across our region, both on the pitch and behind the scenes.  As well as the trophies and celebrations at the upper levels of the game, at the other end of the scale, it has been a tough year off the field for many of our clubs, and it would be remiss of us not to recognise this and show our support for the clubs, staff and fans who have been through and still continue to live through such tough times.”

Click HERE to the final shortlist in full. 

To follow the awards being announced on Monday, 9th November from 10.00 am, go to: www.northwestfootballawards.com

Or follow live throughout the day, via: Twitter: @NWFAwards | Instagram: @NWFAwards | Facebook: @NWFAwards


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