TELEVISION interviews, mingling with the stars and winning awards - all in a night's work for Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman.
The Stanley boss won the Radio Lancashire Sports Personality of the Year award at the BBC North West Sports Awards held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on Monday night.
Coleman got 30 per cent of the vote holding off the challenge of Burnley's World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson and England all-rounder Andy Flintoff.
The other sportspeople up for the award were Preston snooker star Ian McCullock and wakeboarder Louise Moore.
Also in attendance at the awards were the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, who won Footballer of the Year, Sir Alex Ferguson, who picked up the Team of the Year award, along with boxer Ricky Hatton, Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher, Everton manager David Moyes and more.
"It was one of the best evenings of my life," said chairman Eric Whalley.
"Especially as I don't drink! It was great for Coley and Jimmy Bell, especially in light of the people they were up against. It again raises the profile of the club."
Coleman said he was shocked at winning the award.
"I didn't expect it at all. It was a complete surprise. I had never given it a thought that I would win it. But it is tribute to Eric, Jimmy and the players, as without them I wouldn't have won it. I would like to thank all the people who voted for me."
He admitted he enjoyed mingling with all the sports stars. "I tried to chase after Sir Alex to see if I could borrow some of his players but he made a sharp exit!"