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The Football Writers' Association (FWA) is an association of football journalists and correspondents writing for English newspapers and agencies. It presents the Footballer of the Year Award, the oldest and most distinguished award given in the domestic game. In 2018, recognising the growth of the woman's game, it announced a Woman's Footballer of the Year Award.

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HistoryEdit

The choice to create the Football Writers' Association (FWA) was made on 22 September 1947 by journalists, Charles Buchan (News Chronicle), Frank Coles (Daily Telegraph), Roy Peskett (Daily Mail), and Archie Quick while aboard a boat in the middle of the English Channel that was returning from a football match in which England beat Belgium 5-2. Ivan Sharpe of the Sunday Chronicle was appointed chairman a month later, a position he held for the first six years of the FWA's existence and eight times in all in his long career. The men formalized a few of the newborn association's rules and regulations within one month. Some of the rules initially created were that membership to the FWA would be invitation only and that they would exclusively send invitations to “working journalists who are accredited football correspondents for newspapers and agencies.” It was also determined that the Football Writers' Association's headquarters would be in London, England and the membership fee would be five guineas for the first year of membership with a recurring annual payment of two guineas each year after. Furthermore, the men had decided that there would be a vote held annually for all members that would decide the recipient of the prestigious Footballer of the Year Award, which is still today the oldest and most distinguished award given in the domestic game. The award was originally presented at the annual dinner, which was held on the night before the FA Cup Final, but was later changed to the Thursday preceding every FA Cup Final. To mark the FWA's 70th anniversary newly created Life Members of the association will now receive the Ivan Sharpe Life Membership Award, while in 2018, the FWA announced it was awarding a Woman's Footballer of the Year award in recognition of the growth of the woman's game in this country. ed [1]

The Football Writers' Association TodayEdit

The FWA has experienced steady growth since its inception in 1947. Membership has grown to about four-hundred members. Changes in modern journalism have welcomed a more diverse range of members. In recent years, the association has modernized itself by changing the voting process for Footballer of the Year by making online voting available to its members as well as incorporating social media into its revamped web site. The Football Writers' Association continues to recruit new members openly in the same manner as was created by its founders in 1947.[1] On 24 April 2019, beIN Sports senior sports correspondent Carrie Brown was announced as the first female chair of the FWA.[2]

The FWA Footballer of the Year AwardEdit

Charles Buchan, one of the founding fathers of the FWA, had originally suggested that there be an award presented “to the professional player who by precept and example is considered by a ballot of members to be the footballer of the year." The award is the oldest and is considered to be the most prestigious award in British football. The award is presented annually. The first player to receive the award was Sir Stanley Matthews in 1948.[3]. In 2018 the FWA introduced their award for the Woman Footballer of the Year in recognition of the growth of the woman's game.

WinnersEdit

The award has been presented on 71 occasions as of 2018, with 63 different winners. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season (1968–69).[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] and Young Player of the Year award (YPY).[6][7][9]

 
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.
 
Wayne Rooney gained the award in the 2009–10 season.
Year Player Club Also won Notes
1947–48   Stanley Matthews Blackpool
1948–49   Johnny Carey Manchester United [10]
1949–50   Joe Mercer Arsenal
1950–51   Harry Johnston Blackpool
1951–52   Billy Wright Wolverhampton Wanderers
1952–53   Nat Lofthouse Bolton Wanderers
1953–54   Tom Finney Preston North End
1954–55   Don Revie Manchester City
1955–56   Bert Trautmann Manchester City
1956–57   Tom Finney Preston North End [11]
1957–58   Danny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1958–59   Syd Owen Luton Town
1959–60   Bill Slater Wolverhampton Wanderers
1960–61   Danny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1961–62   Jimmy Adamson Burnley
1962–63   Stanley Matthews Stoke City [12]
1963–64   Bobby Moore West Ham United
1964–65   Bobby Collins Leeds United
1965–66   Bobby Charlton Manchester United
1966–67   Jack Charlton Leeds United
1967–68   George Best Manchester United
1968–69   Tony Book (joint winner) Manchester City
  Dave Mackay (joint winner) Derby County
1969–70   Billy Bremner Leeds United
1970–71   Frank McLintock Arsenal
1971–72   Gordon Banks Stoke City
1972–73   Pat Jennings Tottenham Hotspur [13]
1973–74   Ian Callaghan Liverpool
1974–75   Alan Mullery Fulham
1975–76   Kevin Keegan Liverpool
1976–77   Emlyn Hughes Liverpool
1977–78   Kenny Burns Nottingham Forest
1978–79   Kenny Dalglish Liverpool
1979–80   Terry McDermott Liverpool PPY [14]
1980–81   Frans Thijssen Ipswich Town
1981–82   Steve Perryman Tottenham Hotspur
1982–83   Kenny Dalglish Liverpool PPY
1983–84   Ian Rush Liverpool PPY
1984–85   Neville Southall Everton
1985–86   Gary Lineker Everton PPY
1986–87   Clive Allen Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1987–88   John Barnes Liverpool PPY
1988–89   Steve Nicol Liverpool
1989–90   John Barnes Liverpool
1990–91   Gordon Strachan Leeds United
1991–92   Gary Lineker Tottenham Hotspur
1992–93   Chris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
1993–94   Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1994–95   Jürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
1995–96   Eric Cantona Manchester United
1996–97   Gianfranco Zola Chelsea
1997–98   Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal PPY
1998–99   David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1999–00   Roy Keane Manchester United PPY
2000–01   Teddy Sheringham Manchester United PPY
2001–02   Robert Pires Arsenal
2002–03   Thierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY
2003–04   Thierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY [15]
2004–05   Frank Lampard Chelsea FPY [16]
2005–06   Thierry Henry Arsenal [17]
2006–07   Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY, YPY [18]
2007–08   Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY
2008–09   Steven Gerrard Liverpool FPY [19]
2009–10   Wayne Rooney Manchester United PPY [20]
2010–11   Scott Parker West Ham United [21]
2011–12   Robin van Persie Arsenal PPY, FPY [22]
2012–13   Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur PPY, YPY [23]
2013–14   Luis Suárez Liverpool PPY [24]
2014–15   Eden Hazard Chelsea PPY [25]
2015–16   Jamie Vardy Leicester City [26]
2016–17   N'Golo Kanté Chelsea PPY [27]
2017–18   Mohamed Salah Liverpool PPY [28]
2018–19   Raheem Sterling Manchester City [29]

The FWA Women's Footballer of the Year AwardEdit

In 2018 the FWA introduced their award for the Woman Footballer of the Year in recognition of the growth of the women's game.

 
Inaugural winner Fran Kirby

The award has been presented on one occasion as of 2018, with one winner. 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 PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year award (PPY),[30] and the PFA Women's Young Player of the Year award (YPY).[6][7][9]

Year Player Club Also won Notes
2017–18   Fran Kirby Chelsea PPY Inaugural winner of award[31]
2018–19   Nikita Parris Manchester City [32]

The FWA Tribute AwardEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b http://www.footballwriters.co.uk/about/
  2. ^ "CARRIE BROWN BECOMES FIRST FEMALE CHAIRMAN OF THE FWA". Football Writers' Association. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b http://www.footballwriters.co.uk/awards/
  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 c "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  7. ^ a b c "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. ^ a b Frank Keogh (20 April 2001). "Too much too young?". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2008.
  10. ^ First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom.
  11. ^ First player to win the award twice.
  12. ^ First player to win the award with two different clubs.
  13. ^ Also won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1976 to become the first player to win both awards.
  14. ^ First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  15. ^ First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  16. ^ "Lampard scoops award from writers". BBC. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  17. ^ First player to win the award three times.
  18. ^ First player to win four awards in the same season.
  19. ^ "Steven Gerrard wins Footballer of the Year award". The Times. London. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  20. ^ "Wayne Rooney nets writers' player of the year award". BBC. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  21. ^ "West Ham's Scott Parker wins Football Writers' award". BBC. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  22. ^ "Arsenal's Robin van Persie named FWA Footballer of the Year". BBC. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  23. ^ "Bale named FWA Footballer of the Year". Football Writers’ Association. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  24. ^ "Suarez humbled by FWA accolade". Football Writers’ Association. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  25. ^ "Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year 2015". Football Writers’ Association. 12 May 2015. Archived from the original on 15 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  26. ^ "Jamie Vardy voted FWA Footballer of the Year 2016". Football Writers’ Association. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  27. ^ "N'Golo Kante is Footballer of the Year". Football Writers’ Association. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  28. ^ "BREAKING – MO SALAH IS FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR | Football Writers' Association". footballwriters.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  29. ^ "STERLING AND PARRIS AT THE DOUBLE IN FWA AWARDS | Football Writers' Association". footballwriters.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  30. ^ "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year". England Football Online. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  31. ^ "Fran Kirby is FWA Women's Footballer of the Year | Football Writers' Association". footballwriters.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  32. ^ "FWA Footballer of the Year 2019: Raheem Sterling wins Football Writers' award ahead of Virgil van Dijk | Independent". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2019.

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