PFA Fans' Player of the Year

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The ESPN Professional Footballers' Association Fans' Player of the Year (often called the PFA Fans' Player of the Year, or simply the Fans' Player of the Year) award is given to footballers in the top four flights of English football, the Premier League, the Championship, League One and League Two.[1]

The shortlist is compiled by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association (the PFA), and then the winner is voted for by the fans of the league. The prize is relatively highly regarded[citation needed] as it is voted for by the fans.

The award was first given in 2001, and was won by Steven Gerrard, Chris Bart-Williams, Brian Tinnion and Bobby Zamora, of Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively. The most recent winners of the award are Robin Van Persie, Jay Rodriguez, José Semedo and Lewis Grabban, of Arsenal, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United
(on loan) respectively.

List of winners[edit]

Highlighted players are winning the award for a second time.

2001[edit]

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership England Steven Gerrard Liverpool First winner of the award in the FA Premiership
Winning the award in addition to the Young Player of the Year award
First Division England Chris Bart-Williams Nottingham Forest First winner of the award in the First Division
Second Division England Emile Heskey Bristol City First winner of the award in the Second Division
Third Division England Bobby Zamora Brighton & Hove Albion First winner of the award in the Third Division

2002[edit]

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United First winner of the award from outside of England
First winner of the award from outside of Great Britain
First winner of the award from outside of the United Kingdom
First winner of the award from outside of the British Isles
Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
First Division England Dean Sturridge Wolverhampton Wanderers
Second Division England Bobby Zamora Brighton & Hove Albion First two-time winner of the award
First two-time winner of the award in two different leagues
Third Division England Matthew Taylor Luton Town

2003[edit]

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership France Thierry Henry Arsenal Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
First Division England Linvoy Primus Portsmouth
Second Division Wales Robert Earnshaw Cardiff City
Third Division England Leon Britton Swansea City

2004[edit]

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership France Thierry Henry Arsenal First winner of the award for two consecutive seasons
First player to win three awards for two consecutive seasons
Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
First Division England Darren Huckerby Norwich City
Second Division England Neil Moss Bournemouth
Third Division England Lee Harper Northampton Town

2005[edit]

League Player Club Notes
FA Premier League England Frank Lampard Chelsea Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship England Paul McKenna Preston North End
League One England Keith Southern Blackpool
League Two England Adam Barrett Southend United

2006[edit]

League Player Club Notes
FA Premier League England Wayne Rooney Manchester United Winning the award in addition to the Young Player of the Year award
Championship Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle Reading
League One England Darryl Flahavan Southend United
League Two England Karl Hawley Carlisle United

2007[edit]

League Player Club Notes
Premier League Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United First player to win all four main awards in the same year
First player to win all three PFA awards in the same year
Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Winning the award in addition to the Young Player of the Year award
Championship England Matthew Murray Wolverhampton Wanderers
League One England Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United
League Two Scotland Lee Peacock Swindon Town

2008[edit]

League Player Club Notes
Premier League Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship England James Beattie Sheffield United
League One England Jay Simpson Millwall (on loan from Arsenal) First winner of award whilst on loan at another club
League Two England Jack Lester Chesterfield

2009[edit]

League Player Club Notes
Premier League England Steven Gerrard Liverpool Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship England Marcus Tudgay Sheffield Wednesday
League One England Jermaine Beckford Leeds United
League Two Scotland Jordan Rhodes Brentford (On loan from Ipswich Town)

2010[edit]

League Player Club Notes
Premier League England Wayne Rooney Manchester United Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship Scotland Graham Dorrans West Bromwich Albion
League One England Rickie Lambert Southampton
League Two Denmark Kasper Schmeichel Notts County

2011[edit]

League Player Club Notes
Premier League Portugal Raul Meireles Liverpool
Championship England Danny Graham Watford
League One England Peter Clarke Huddersfield Town
League Two England Cody McDonald Gillingham

2012[edit]

League Player Club Notes
Premier League Netherlands Robin van Persie Arsenal Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship England Jay Rodriguez Burnley
League One Portugal José Semedo Sheffield Wednesday
League Two England Lewis Grabban Rotherham United

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by club[edit]

Club Premier League Championship/First Division League One/Second Division League Two/Third Division
1 Manchester United 5 (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010) 0 0 0
2 Arsenal 3 (2003, 2004, 2012) 0 0 0
3 Liverpool 3 (2001, 2009, 2011) 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 1 (2005) 0 0 0
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 2 (2002, 2007) 0 0
6 Watford 0 1 (2011) 0 0
7 West Bromwich Albion 0 1 (2010) 0 0
8 Sheffield Wednesday 0 1 (2009) 0 0
9 Sheffield United 0 1 (2008) 0 0
10 Reading 0 1 (2006) 0 0
11 Preston North End 0 1 (2005) 0 0
12 Norwich City 0 1 (2004) 0 0
13 Portsmouth 0 1 (2003) 0 0
14 Nottingham Forest 0 1 (2001) 0 0
15 Huddersfield Town 0 0 1 (2011) 0
16 Southampton 0 0 1 (2010) 0
17 Leeds United 0 0 1 (2009) 0
18 Southend United 0 0 1 (2006) 1 (2005)
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 1 (2002) 1 (2001)
20 Millwall 0 0 1 (2008) 0
21 Scunthorpe United 0 0 1 (2007) 0
22 Blackpool 0 0 1 (2005) 0
23 Bournemouth 0 0 1 (2004) 0
24 Cardiff City 0 0 1 (2003) 0
25 Bristol City 0 0 1 (2001) 0
26 Gillingham 0 0 0 1 (2011)
27 Notts County 0 0 0 1 (2010)
28 Brentford 0 0 0 1 (2009)
29 Chesterfield 0 0 0 1 (2008)
30 Swindon Town 0 0 0 1 (2007)
31 Carlisle United 0 0 0 1 (2006)
32 Northampton Town 0 0 0 1 (2004)
33 Swansea City 0 0 0 1 (2003)
34 Luton Town 0 0 0 1 (2002)

Winners by country[edit]

Country Premier League Championship/First Division League One/Second Division League Two/Third Division
1 England England 5 (2001, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) 9 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009), 2011) 10 (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), 2011) 10 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), 2011)
2  Portugal 3 (2007, 2008, 2011) 0 1 (2012) 0
3  France 2 (2003, 2004) 0 0 0
4  Netherlands 2 (2002, 2012) 0 0 0
5  Republic of Ireland 0 1 (2006) 0 0
6  Scotland 0 1 (2010) 0 0
7  Wales 0 0 1 (2003) 0
8  Denmark 0 0 0 1 (2010)

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