Gerrard playing for Liverpool F.C. in 2014
Lampard playing for Chelsea in 2014
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Frank Lampard of Chelsea were joint winners in 2015

The Professional Footballers' Association Merit Award (often called the PFA Merit Award, or simply the Merit Award) is an award given by the Professional Footballers' Association (the PFA) for meritorious service to football.[1]

The award was first given in 1974, and was won (jointly) by Bobby Charlton and Cliff Lloyd. The latest winner of the award is Cyrille Regis.

List of winnersEdit


Year Winner(s) Note
1974   Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, OBE First winners of the award
  Cliff Lloyd
1975   Denis Law CBE First winner of the award from outside England
1976   George Eastham OBE
1977   Jack Taylor OBE
1978   Bill Shankly OBE
1979   Sir Tom Finney OBE


Year Winner(s) Notes
1980   Sir Matt Busby OBE
1981   John Trollope MBE
1982   Joe Mercer OBE
1983   Bob Paisley OBE
1984   Bill Nicholson OBE
1985   Ron Greenwood CBE
1986   England World Cup squad 1966
1987   Sir Stanley Matthews CBE
1988   Billy Bonds MBE
1989   Nat Lofthouse OBE


Year Winner(s) Notes
1990   Peter Shilton OBE
1991   Tommy Hutchison
1992   Brian Clough OBE
1993   Manchester United European Cup squad 1968
  Eusébio First winner of the award from outside Great Britain
First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom
1994   Billy Bingham MBE
1995   Gordon Strachan OBE
1996   Pelé First winner of the award from outside Europe
1997   Peter Beardsley MBE
1998   Steve Ogrizovic
1999   Tony Ford MBE


Year Winner(s) Notes
2000   Gary Mabbutt MBE
2001   Jimmy Hill OBE
2002   Niall Quinn
2003   Sir Bobby Robson CBE
2004   Dario Gradi MBE
2005   Shaka Hislop CM
2006   George Best
2007   Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
2008   Jimmy Armfield OBE
2009   John McDermott


Year Winner(s) Notes
2010   Lucas Radebe
2011   Howard Webb
2012   Graham Alexander
2013 Manchester United Class of '92
2014   Donald Bell VC
2015   Steven Gerrard MBE[2]
  Frank Lampard OBE [2]
2016   Ryan Giggs OBE[3]
2017   David Beckham OBE
2018   Cyrille Regis MBE[4]
2019   Steph Houghton MBE [5] First female to receive award.

Breakdown of winnersEdit

Winners by countryEdit

Country Number of wins
  England 28
  Scotland 8
  Northern Ireland 2
  Trinidad and Tobago 1
  Republic of Ireland
  South Africa


  1. ^ PFA Merit Award 1974-2007 Archived 15 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Gerrard & Lampard share PFA Merit Award". 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ Sports, PA. "Ryan Giggs wins PFA Merit award". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "PFA Merit Award winner Cyrille Regis". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "PFA Merit Award winner Steph Houghton". Retrieved 29 April 2019.

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