FWA Footballer of the Year

For his performances in the 2015–16 season, Jamie Vardy won the award.

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year (often called the FWA Footballer of the Year, or in England simply the Footballer of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football.[1] The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season, when the inaugural winner was Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews. The latest winner of the award as of 2015–16, is Jamie Vardy of Leicester City. Eight players have won the award on more than one occasion, the most recent being Cristiano Ronaldo, who won his second award in the 2007–08 season. Thierry Henry has won the award on the most occasions, having won three times in four seasons.

The winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Football Writers' Association (FWA), which comprises around 400 football journalists based throughout England.[2] The award was instigated at the suggestion of Charles Buchan, a former professional footballer turned journalist and one of the Association's founders.[3]

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WinnersEdit

The award has been presented on 69 occasions as of 2015, with 60 different winners. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season.[4] The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in English football, namely the Professional Footballers' Association's Players' Player of the Year award (PPY),[5][6][7] Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY),[8] the Young Player of the Year award (YPY),[6][7][9] and the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year award (FSF).[10]

 
Neville Southall's 1985 win was the last time a goalkeeper received the award.
 
Dennis Bergkamp won the award in the 1997–98 season.
 
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
 
Cristiano Ronaldo also won the award consecutively, in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons.
 
Steven Gerrard won the award in 2009, becoming the first Liverpool player to do so for nineteen years.
 
The trophy awarded to the Footballer of the Year from 2015 onwards
Year Player Club Also won Notes
1947–48   Stanley Matthews Blackpool
1948–49   Carey, JohnnyJohnny Carey Manchester United [11]
1949–50   Mercer, JoeJoe Mercer Arsenal
1950–51   Johnston, HarryHarry Johnston Blackpool
1951–52   Wright, BillyBilly Wright Wolverhampton Wanderers
1952–53   Lofthouse, NatNat Lofthouse Bolton Wanderers
1953–54   Finney, TomTom Finney Preston North End
1954–55   Revie, DonDon Revie Manchester City
1955–56   Trautmann, BertBert Trautmann Manchester City
1956–57   Finney, TomTom Finney Preston North End [12]
1957–58   Blanchflower, DannyDanny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1958–59   Owen, SydSyd Owen Luton Town
1959–60   Slater, BillBill Slater Wolverhampton Wanderers
1960–61   Blanchflower, DannyDanny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1961–62   Adamson, JimmyJimmy Adamson Burnley
1962–63   Matthews, StanleyStanley Matthews Stoke City [13]
1963–64   Moore, BobbyBobby Moore West Ham United
1964–65   Collins, BobbyBobby Collins Leeds United
1965–66   Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton Manchester United
1966–67   Charlton, JackJack Charlton Leeds United
1967–68   Best, GeorgeGeorge Best Manchester United
1968–69  
 
Book, TonyTony Book
Mackay, DaveDave Mackay
Manchester City
Derby County
1969–70   Bremner, BillyBilly Bremner Leeds United
1970–71   McLintock, FrankFrank McLintock Arsenal
1971–72   Banks, GordonGordon Banks Stoke City
1972–73   Jennings, PatPat Jennings Tottenham Hotspur [14]
1973–74   Callaghan, IanIan Callaghan Liverpool
1974–75   Mullery, AlanAlan Mullery Fulham
1975–76   Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan Liverpool
1976–77   Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes Liverpool
1977–78   Burns, KennyKenny Burns Nottingham Forest
1978–79   Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish Liverpool
1979–80   McDermott, TerryTerry McDermott Liverpool PPY [15]
1980–81   Thijssen, FransFrans Thijssen Ipswich Town
1981–82   Perryman, SteveSteve Perryman Tottenham Hotspur
1982–83   Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish Liverpool PPY
1983–84   Rush, IanIan Rush Liverpool PPY
1984–85   Southall, NevilleNeville Southall Everton
1985–86   Lineker, GaryGary Lineker Everton PPY
1986–87   Allen, CliveClive Allen Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1987–88   Barnes, JohnJohn Barnes Liverpool PPY
1988–89   Nicol, SteveSteve Nicol Liverpool
1989–90   Barnes, JohnJohn Barnes Liverpool
1990–91   Strachan, GordonGordon Strachan Leeds United
1991–92   Lineker, GaryGary Lineker Tottenham Hotspur
1992–93   Waddle, ChrisChris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
1993–94   Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1994–95   Klinsmann, JürgenJürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
1995–96   Cantona, EricEric Cantona Manchester United
1996–97   Zola, GianfrancoGianfranco Zola Chelsea
1997–98   Bergkamp, DennisDennis Bergkamp Arsenal PPY
1998–99   Ginola, DavidDavid Ginola Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1999–00   Keane, RoyRoy Keane Manchester United PPY
2000–01   Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham Manchester United PPY
2001–02   Pirès, RobertRobert Pirès Arsenal
2002–03   Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY
2003–04   Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY [16]
2004–05   Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard Chelsea FPY [17]
2005–06   Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal [18]
2006–07   Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY, YPY [19]
2007–08   Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY
2008–09   Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Liverpool FPY [20]
2009–10   Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United PPY [21]
2010–11   Scott ParkerScott Parker West Ham United [22]
2011–12   van Persie, RobinRobin van Persie Arsenal PPY, FPY [23]
2012–13   Bale, GarethGareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur PPY, YPY [24]
2013–14   Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez Liverpool PPY, FSF [25]
2014–15   Hazard, EdenEden Hazard Chelsea PPY [26]
2015–16   Vardy, JamieJamie Vardy Leicester City [27]

Breakdown of winnersEdit

By countryEdit

Country Number of wins Winning years
  England
36
1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010-11, 2015–16
  Scotland
9
1964–65, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1990–91
  France
6
1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
  Northern Ireland
4
1957–58, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1972–73
  Netherlands
3
1980–81, 1997–98, 2011–12
  Wales
3
1983–84, 1984–85, 2012–13
  Germany
2
1955–56, 1994–95
  Republic of Ireland
2
1948–49, 1999–00
  Portugal
2
2006–07, 2007–08
  Italy
1
1996–97
  Uruguay
1
2013–14
  Belgium
1
2014–15

‡ — two winners

Winners by clubEdit

Club Number of wins Winning years
Liverpool
12
1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 2008–09, 2013–14
Manchester United
9
1948–49, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10
Tottenham Hotspur
9
1957–58, 1960–61, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2012–13
Arsenal
8
1949–50, 1970–71, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2011–12
Leeds United
4
1964–65, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1990–91
Chelsea
3
1996–97, 2004–05, 2014–15
Manchester City
3
1954–55, 1955–56, 1968–69
Everton
2
1984–85, 1985–86
Stoke City
2
1962–63, 1971–72
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2
1951–52, 1959–60
Preston North End
2
1953–54, 1956–57
Blackpool
2
1947–48, 1950–51
West Ham United
2
1963–64, 2010-11
Leicester City
1
2015–16
Blackburn Rovers
1
1993–94
Sheffield Wednesday
1
1992–93
Ipswich Town
1
1980–81
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Fulham
1
1974–75
Derby County
1
1968–69
Burnley
1
1961–62
Luton Town
1
1958–59
Bolton Wanderers
1
1952–53

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year". England Football Online. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "About the FWA". Football Writers' Association. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "FWA Footballer of the Year Award". Football Writers' Association. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "England – Players Awards". RSSSF. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC. 20 April 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "PFA's Official Fan's Player of the Year: Previous Winners". The Professional Footballers' Association. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  9. ^ Frank Keogh (20 April 2001). "Too much too young?". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "The FSF Awards in association with William Hill (Monday 16th Dec)". Football Supporters’ Federation. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  11. ^ First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom.
  12. ^ First player to win the award twice.
  13. ^ First player to win the award with two different clubs.
  14. ^ Also won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1976 to become the first player to win both awards.
  15. ^ First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  16. ^ First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  17. ^ "Lampard scoops award from writers". BBC. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  18. ^ First player to win the award three times.
  19. ^ First player to win four awards in the same season.
  20. ^ "Steven Gerrard wins Footballer of the Year award". The Times. London. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Wayne Rooney nets writers' player of the year award". BBC. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  22. ^ "West Ham's Scott Parker wins Football Writers' award". BBC. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "Arsenal's Robin van Persie named FWA Footballer of the Year". BBC. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Bale named FWA Footballer of the Year". Football Writers’ Association. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Luis Suárez wins Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award". Guardian. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Eden Hazard wins Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award". SkySports. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "Jamie Vardy named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year 2015/16". SkySports. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 

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