Lifetime award for former Blackpool boss Parkes

Tony Parkes with his award
Tony Parkes with his award
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Former Blackpool boss Tony Parkes received a Lifetime Contribution accolade at this week’s Northwest Football Awards.

The 66-year-old retired after leaving Blackpool in the summer of 2009.

He arrived at Bloomfield Road in December 2005 to assist new manager Simon Grayson. When Grayson left for Leeds three years later, Parkes became manager for the second half of the 2008-9 season, which ended with Pool 16th in the Championship.

Despite falling out with chairman Karl Oyston that summer and being replaced by Ian Holloway, Parkes played a huge part in the success which followed by signing both Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell.

Before joining Pool, Parkes spent 18-years as a coach at Blackburn Rovers, where he made more than 300 appearances as a player and served as caretaker manager six times.

The awards evening at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground was attended by a host of football’s big names. The Player of the Year award went to Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was shortlisted in the League One Player of the Season category put lost out to Preston defender Paul Huntington.

The Gazette’s William Watt was nominated for Football Journalist of the Year, a title awarded to Tony Barrett of The Times.