Former Burnley striker Rodriguez nominated for award

FORMER Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez has been shortlisted as a finalist for the npower Championship Player of the Year honour at this year’s Northwest Football Awards, as he looks to retain his title.

In a year when clubs from the North West have dominated the headlines, with both Manchester giants battling it out for the 2011/12 Premier League title in one of the most dramatic seasons in living memory, Liverpool winning the League Cup and Everton continuing to impress under the shrewd management of David Moyes, the judges on the panel for the 2012 Northwest Football Awards have completed the difficult task of shortlisting the region’s Player of the Year nominations for the top five divisions.

Burnley fans can now cast their vote to back Rodriguez, who joined Southampton in the summer, and help decide which players will receive the various other awards. The other player nominated for the npower Championship Player of the Year is Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste.

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Fans can vote for their Player of the Year online by visiting and through the Northwest Football Awards Facebook account at

Those submitting their vote also have the opportunity to enter a competition for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Northwest Football Awards. The closing date for fans’ votes is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 29th.

Consisting of professionals across all aspects of the game, including PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor OBE and former FA Chief Executive Mark Palios, the panel have announced the finalists that will be competing for various honours at the awards ceremony, which takes place on Monday, November 12th at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s ‘The Point’ and will be presented by BBC Sport’s Dan Walker.

Burnley have been named as finalists in the following categories; Community Initiative of the Year, Best Club Marketing Campaign and Best Club Sponsorship Engagement/Partnership.

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Tickets and tables for his year’s Northwest Football Awards are still available, for more information visit

• The Burnley Express has launched a FREE football app which is now available to download on iPhone and Android devices.