Unsung hero award given to ‘Mr Latics’ Gordon Lawton

FORMER Oldham Athletic stalwart Gordon Lawton, who lived in Shaw, has been honoured with a posthumously presented prize at the Leesa NorthWest Football Awards.

Lorraine Lawton (centre) receives the award from BBC North West presenter Beccy Barr

Gordon, who passed away aged 63 in June, was the winner of the Unsung Hero Award, which was accepted on behalf of the family by his wife, Lorraine.

He worked for the current League One side for more than 30 years, fulfilling a number of different roles including: programme editor, club commentator, media manager and football secretary.

The Awards, now in their 10th year, recognise those who achieved footballing excellence on and off the field during the 2016/17 season.

Other major winners at the event at the Point, Emirates Old Trafford, included former Manchester United and Manchester City star, Brian Kidd, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was presented with his accolade by City defender, Vincent Kompany, and members of United’s Class of ’92 including: Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville plus Nicky Butt.

City playmaker, David Silva, won Premier League Player of the Year while Blues starlet, Phil Foden, a member of England’s Under 17’s World Cup winning squad, received Rising Star of the Year.


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