Perkins picks up another gong

David Perkins
David Perkins

Wigan Athletic star David Perkins was in typically modest mood after being named League One Player of the Year at Monday night’s MBNA Northwest Football Awards in Manchester.

The veteran midfielder swept the board at Wigan’s own in-house awards night back in May, and he was also recognised across the north west for his pivotal role in helping Latics win promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.

“I’m happy to get the award and it was a great season for the club,” he said. “But our success was all about the team.”

Chairman David Sharpe was on hand at the glittery event at Old Trafford cricket ground to see Perkins pick up the accolade.

He added: “David was one of the most consistent players in the whole division.

“This is just reward for a top professional, who is a credit to football and a credit to our club.”

Latics were also recognised in two other areas on the night.

The Unsung Hero award went to Frank Melling of Wigan Athletic Community Trust, in recognition of his outstanding volunteering work and contribution within Wigan’s disability football programme.

The Community Initiative of the Year, in association with the PFA also went to Wigan Athletic Community Trust for its ‘Pathway 2 Participation’ social inclusion programme for young people who are at risk of offending, and keeping them otherwise occupied elsewhere from doing so.

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was named Premier League Player of the Year.

The 24-year- old Brazil international has been in fine form this year, with his goals and impressive performances for the Reds seeing him become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Andre Gray was named Championship Player of the Year after the striker’s 23 goals helped to fire Burnley to promotion last season and saw him named top scorer in the division.

The League Two Player of the season award went to Accrington Stanley forward, Billy Kee, who has found the net 21 times in 52 appearances for the club.

James Norwood, star striker for Tranmere Rovers collected the National League Player of the Year title after scoring 19 goals last season for the non-league giants – and having already scored seven league goals this season.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford was named the region’s Rising Star of the Year after bursting onto the scene as a relative unknown in February and scoring on his Manchester United and England debuts at the age of just 18 - becoming the youngest ever English player to score in his first senior international game.