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Norwich City F.C. Player of the Season

Five men standing on a grass football pitch, wearing yellow shirts, green shorts and yellow socks.
Iwan Roberts, who won the award twice.

The Norwich City Player of the Season award is voted for annually by Norwich City's supporters, in recognition of the best overall performance by an individual player throughout the football season.[1] As a mark of respect, the trophy is named The Barry Butler memorial trophy after the club captain who was killed in a car accident on 9 April 1966.[2]

This is the more prestigious of just two awards made by Norwich City itself each year to its players, the other being the 'Young Player of the Year' accolade.[3] The 2003–04 winner Craig Fleming made clear just how important this award is to Norwich City players, "It is something you dream of winning... it is such a prestigious award".[4] Other awards available are awarded by other bodies, namely the Capital Canaries, Norwich City Independent Supporters Association and the "Ambassador Club".[5]

Since the inaugural award was made to Terry Allcock, eight players have won the award twice and one three times, Grant Holt in 2010, 2011 and 2012.[6] World Cup winner Martin Peters was the first to win the trophy in consecutive seasons, a feat since emulated by strikers Kevin Drinkell and Iwan Roberts, as well as Holt.[7] Just two winners have gone on to manage the club, Dave Stringer,[8] the 1972 winner, and double-winner Bryan Gunn.


Voting mechanismEdit

This award is voted for by the fans of the club. Toward the end of the season, fans are invited to vote, either by submitting a paper slip to the club's Carrow Road offices, or by email or text message, with the winner being the player that polls the most votes.[9] A percentage of the votes from the 'Player of the Month' awards throughout the season also count towards the final votes for Player of the year.[9]

List of winnersEdit

  Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame inductee[10]
† Player currently on the playing staff of the club

Season Level/Tier[nb 1] Name[11] Position[nb 2] Nationality Caps[nb 3] Notes
1967 2 Terry Allcock Defender[nb 4]   England Inaugural winner.
1968 2 Hugh Curran Striker   Scotland 5
1969 2 Ken Foggo Winger   Scotland
1970 2 Duncan Forbes Defender   Scotland
1971 2 Ken Foggo Winger   Scotland Second award.
1972 2 Dave Stringer Defender   England Went on to manage the club, 1987–1992.[12]
1973 1 Kevin Keelan Goalkeeper   England First goalkeeper to win the award, and retained it the following year.
1974 1 Kevin Keelan Goalkeeper   England[nb 5] Second award.
1975 2 Colin Suggett Midfielder   England
1976 1 Martin Peters Midfielder   England 67
1977 1 Martin Peters Midfielder   England 67 Second award.
1978 1 John Ryan Winger   England
1979 1 Tony Powell Defender   England
1980 1 Kevin Bond Defender   England No voting for award this year
1981 1 Joe Royle Striker   England 6
1982 2 Greg Downs Defender   England
1983 1 Dave Watson Defender   England 12
1984 1 Chris Woods Goalkeeper   England 43
1985 1 Steve Bruce Defender   England Won the award in his first season with Norwich, who were Football League Cup winners but suffered relegation to the Second Division.
1986 2 Kevin Drinkell Striker   England Won the award in his first season with Norwich, who were promoted back to the First Division as Second Division champions.
1987 1 Kevin Drinkell Striker   England Second award. His goals helped newly promoted Norwich finished fifth in the First Division.
1988 1 Bryan Gunn Goalkeeper   Scotland 6
1989 1 Dale Gordon Midfielder   England
1990 1 Mark Bowen Defender   Wales 35
1991 1 Ian Culverhouse Defender   England
1992 1 Robert Fleck Striker   Scotland 4
1993 1 Bryan Gunn Goalkeeper   Scotland 6 Second award.
1994 1 Chris Sutton Striker[nb 6]   England 1
1995 1 Jon Newsome Defender   England
1996 2 Spencer Prior Defender   England
1997 2 Darren Eadie Winger   England
1998 2 Matt Jackson Defender   England
1999 2 Iwan Roberts Striker   Wales 15
2000 2 Iwan Roberts Striker   Wales 15 Second award.
Consecutive wins for first time since 1987.
2001 2 Andy Marshall Goalkeeper   England
2002 2 Gary Holt Midfielder   Scotland 10
2003 2 Adam Drury Defender   England
2004 2 Craig Fleming Defender   England
2005 1 Darren Huckerby Striker / Winger   England
2006 2 Gary Doherty Defender[nb 7]   Ireland 34 First non–British winner.
2007 2 Darren Huckerby Striker / Winger   England Second award.
2008 2 Dion Dublin Striker / Defender   England 4 The oldest winner at the age of 39; retired at end of season.[13]
2009 2 Lee Croft Midfielder / Winger   England
2010 3 Grant Holt Striker   England Won the award in his first season with Norwich, who sealed promotion to the Championship as League One champions.
2011 2 Grant Holt Striker   England Second award for the player, whose goals helped Norwich reach the Premier League with a second successive promotion as Championship runners–up.
2012 1 Grant Holt Striker   England Third Award for the player, whose goals helped Norwich reach their highest league finish for 18 years.
2013 1 Sébastien Bassong Defender   Cameroon 15 First African/ Non European to win the award[14]
2014 1 Robert Snodgrass Winger   Scotland 15 Reserve goalkeeper Carlo Nash actually led the fan poll due to a protest vote.[15]
2015 2 Bradley Johnson Midfielder   England
2016 1 Jonny Howson Midfielder   England
2017 2 Wes Hoolahan Midfielder   Ireland 37
2018 2 James Maddison Midfielder   England
2019 2 Teemu Pukki Striker   Finland 72 First winner from continental Europe

Summary of wins by playing positionEdit

Holt's achievements from midfield in 2001–2 were also recognised with the Capital Canaries Player of the Season award
Position[nb 8] Number of winners[nb 9]
Goalkeeper 6
Defender 17
Midfielder 9
Forward[nb 10] 15

Summary of wins by countryEdit

country Number of winners[nb 9]
 England 33
 Republic of Ireland 2
 Scotland 8
 Wales 3
 Cameroon 1
 Finland 1


  1. ^ The official "Level" of competition in the structure of the English league system.
  2. ^ For a full description of positions see Football Positions.
  3. ^ If blank, uncapped at full international level.
  4. ^ By this point in his career, the former forward was playing at "half-back".
  5. ^ Keelan was born in India, of English parents.
  6. ^ Played some games in defence, but scored 28 goals in all competitions and was then sold to Blackburn Rovers for a then national record fee of £5million.
  7. ^ Also played some games as a striker.
  8. ^ Doherty has been classed as a defender, Sutton as a striker, Allcock as a defender.
  9. ^ a b Multiple winners are counted multiple times.
  10. ^ Includes strikers and wingers.


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  2. ^ Eastwood, John; Mike Davage (1986). Canary Citizens. Almeida Books. p. 107. ISBN 0-7117-2020-7. As a mark of permanent respect...
  3. ^ "Roll up for the end of the year show". The Pink 'Un. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007. Top honour, of course, was the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy for player of the year.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "FLEMING HONOURED TO WIN AWARD". 7 November 2004. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2007.
  5. ^ "HUCKS ON A HAT-TRICK". 4 May 2007. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2007.
  6. ^ Grant Holt – My Norwich City achievements will take some time to sink in, Eastern Daily Press, 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Player of the Season – The Barry Butler Memorial Trophy". On The Ball, City. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Dave Stringer's managerial career". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 2 January 2005. Retrieved 15 October 2007.
  9. ^ a b "Race is on for Barry Butler trophy". The Pink 'Un. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 3 October 2007.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Canary stats – Norwich City Hall of Fame". Eastern Daily Press. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  11. ^ "Player of the Season 1967–2007". Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2007.
  12. ^ "Dave Stringer's managerial career". Archived from the original on 2 January 2005. Retrieved 15 October 2007.
  13. ^ "Tearful Dublin in Carrow farewell". BBC Online. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  14. ^ "Bassong Named Player of the Season". Norwich City FC. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Carlo Nash favourite to be Norwich City's Player of the Season (despite not playing a game) as fans hijack voting system". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 May 2014.