PFAI Young Player of the Year

The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland Players' Young Player of the Year (often called the PFAI Players' Young Player of the Year, the PFAI Young Player of the Year, or simply the Young Player of the Year) award is given to the footballer in the top-flight of Irish football, the League of Ireland, who is seen to have been the best player of the previous season and is under 23 years of age.

The shortlist is compiled by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (the PFAI), and then the winner is voted for by the other players in the league.

The award was first given in 1982, and was won by Bohemians player Jacko McDonagh. The most recent winner of the PFAI Young Player of the Year award was Jamie McGrath of Dundalk.

UEFA Euro 2016 saw three former winners of the award making appearances at the finals tournament in France, with two of them (Wes Hoolahan of the Republic of Ireland and Niall McGinn of Northern Ireland) scoring goals for their countries.

List of winnersEdit

Highlighted players are winning the award for a second time.

2010sEdit

Year Player Club
2019   Daniel Mandroiu Bohemians
2018   Jamie McGrath Dundalk
2017   Trevor Clarke Shamrock Rovers
2016   Sean Maguire Cork City
2015   Brandon Miele Shamrock Rovers
2014   Daryl Horgan Dundalk
2013   Richie Towell Dundalk
2012   Christopher Forrester St Patrick's Athletic
2011   Enda Stevens Shamrock Rovers
2010   Shaun Williams Sporting Fingal

2000sEdit

Year Player Club
2009   Conor Powell Bohemians
2008   Niall McGinn Derry City
2007   Mark Quigley St Patrick's Athletic
2006   Kevin Deery Derry City
2005   Paddy McCourt Derry City
2004   Daryl Murphy Waterford United
2003   Éamon Zayed Bray Wanderers
2003   Wes Hoolahan Shelbourne
2002   Robbie Martin UCD
2001   Richie Foran Shelbourne
2000   Richie Baker Shelbourne

1990sEdit

Year Player Club
1999   Richie Baker Shelbourne
1998   Colin Hawkins St Patrick's Athletic
1997   Gary Beckett Derry City
1996   Michael O'Byrne UCD
1995   Billy Woods Cork City
1994   Jim Crawford Bohemians
1993   Richie Purdy Dundalk
1992   Tony McCarthy Shelbourne
1991   Barry Ryan Limerick
1990   Vinny Arkins /   Tony Cousins Shamrock Rovers / Dundalk

1980sEdit

Year Player Club
1989   Liam Coyle Derry City
1988   Paul McGee Bohemians
1987   Martin Bayly Sligo Rovers
1986   Liam O'Brien Shamrock Rovers
1985   Peter Coyle Limerick
1984   Joe Hanrahan UCD
1983   Ken DeMange Home Farm
1982   Jacko McDonagh Bohemians

Breakdown of winnersEdit

Winners by clubEdit

Club Number of wins
Bohemians 5 (1982, 1988, 1994, 2009, 2019)
Dundalk 5 (1990, 1993, 2013, 2014, 2018)
Shamrock Rovers 5 (1986, 1990, 2011, 2015, 2017)
Derry City 5 (1989, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008)
Shelbourne 5 (1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
St Patrick's Athletic 3 (1998, 2007, 2012)
UCD 3 (1984, 1996, 2002)
Cork City 2 (1995, 2016)
Limerick 2 (1985, 1991)
Sporting Fingal 1 (2010)
Waterford United 1 (2004)
Bray Wanderers 1 (2003)
Sligo Rovers 1 (1987)
Home Farm 1 (1983)

Winners by countryEdit

Country Number of wins
  Republic of Ireland 34 (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  Northern Ireland 5 (1989, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008)
  Libya 1 (2003)

TriviaEdit

  • In 2000, Richie Baker became the first – and so far only – player to win the award twice. He achieved this feat by winning the award in successive seasons
  • In 1990, the award was shared between Vinny Arkins and Tony Cousins. This is the only year that the award was shared.
  • In 1989, Liam Coyle became the first player from outside of the Republic of Ireland to win the award.

See alsoEdit

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