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Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs were among the winners at the 2008 North-West Football Awards on Monday night.

Sir Alex picked up an Outstanding Achievement Award for leading United to a memorable Double last season, while Giggs was named North-West Footballer of the Year for his continued influence on the pitch and charity work off it.

Sir Bobby Charlton, who himself received a lifetime contribution honour at this ceremony last year, picked up the award on Giggs' behalf at Manchester's Midland Hotel.

United's excellence off the field was also rewarded, as the club shared the Premier League award for Best Club Marketing Campaign with Liverpool.

Cristiano Ronaldo, however, missed out to Liverpool's Fernando Torres in the Premier League Player of the Year category, despite scoring 42 goals for United last season.

Charlton neverthless feels Ronaldo is rediscovering his best form after the winger took his Reds goal tally past the century mark with a brace against Stoke at the weekend.

"His rate of scoring is fantastic," said Charlton. "He had a great season last time and is heading for another one.

"Cristiano's free-kicks have not been going in - but thankfully they did last weekend."

The North-West Football Awards are in their second year and acknowledge the region's football heritage both on and off the field.

Judges this year included PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, Manchester United director Maurice Watkins and Paul Thorogood from the Football Foundation.

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I was at the midland hotel on sunday the night before these.It was a present from my fiancee whilst we over in Manchester to see Lee Evans (who was outstanding!!)

Anyhow i was sat in the 12 quid a round (for 2 people) bar when sat behind me was Kasey Keller and a few other Premiership chums.If only it was SAF,i think id have boycotted Lee Evans and sat on his knee!
 
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