PFA Players' Player of the Year

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Gareth Bale became the fourth player from Tottenham Hotspur to win the award in 2011, and was the winner again in 2013.

The Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year (often called the PFA Players' Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, or simply the Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year in English football.[1] The award has been presented since the 1973–74 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).[2]

The current holder is Gareth Bale, who won the award playing for Tottenham Hotspur, for the second time in three seasons. The first winner of the award was Leeds United defender Norman Hunter. As of 2013, only Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale have won the award on two occasions, and only Henry and Ronaldo have won the award in consecutive seasons. Of the five, only Shearer won his awards playing for two different teams. Although there is a separate PFA Young Player of the Year award for players under the age of 23, young players remain eligible to win the senior award, and on three occasions the same player has won both awards for a season, Andy Gray in 1976–77, Ronaldo in 2006–07 and Bale in 2012–13

Every spring, each member of the association votes for two players.[3] A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the PFA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in London a few days later.[4] The award is regarded by the players themselves as extremely prestigious, with Teddy Sheringham describing it in 2001 as "the biggest personal award you can get in the game",[5] and John Terry stating in 2005 that he considered it "the ultimate accolade to be voted for by your fellow professionals whom you play against week-in and week-out".[6]

Winners[edit]

The award has been presented on 40 occasions as of 2013, with 35 different winners.[7][8][9][10] 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 Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (FWA),[11] the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY),[12] and the PFA Young Player of the Year award (YPY).[8][9][13]

Andy Gray was the first player to win the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same season.
Mark Hughes was the first player to win the Player of the Year award twice.
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Year Player Club Also won Notes
1973–74 England Hunter, NormanNorman Hunter Leeds United
1974–75 England Todd, ColinColin Todd Derby County
1975–76 Northern Ireland Jennings, PatPat Jennings Tottenham Hotspur [14]
1976–77 Scotland Gray, AndyAndy Gray Aston Villa YPY [15]
1977–78 England Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton Nottingham Forest
1978–79 Republic of Ireland Brady, LiamLiam Brady Arsenal [16]
1979–80 England McDermott, TerryTerry McDermott Liverpool FWA [17]
1980–81 Scotland Wark, JohnJohn Wark Ipswich Town
1981–82 England Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan Southampton
1982–83 Scotland Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish Liverpool FWA
1983–84 Wales Rush, IanIan Rush Liverpool FWA
1984–85 England Reid, PeterPeter Reid Everton
1985–86 England Lineker, GaryGary Lineker Everton FWA
1986–87 England Allen, CliveClive Allen Tottenham Hotspur FWA
1987–88 England Barnes, JohnJohn Barnes Liverpool FWA
1988–89 Wales Hughes, MarkMark Hughes Manchester United
1989–90 England Platt, DavidDavid Platt Aston Villa
1990–91 Wales Hughes, MarkMark Hughes Manchester United [18]
1991–92 England Pallister, GaryGary Pallister Manchester United
1992–93 Republic of Ireland McGrath, PaulPaul McGrath Aston Villa
1993–94 France Cantona, EricEric Cantona Manchester United [19]
1994–95 England Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1995–96 England Ferdinand, LesLes Ferdinand Newcastle United
1996–97 England Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Newcastle United [20]
1997–98 Netherlands Bergkamp, DennisDennis Bergkamp Arsenal FWA
1998–99 France Ginola, DavidDavid Ginola Tottenham Hotspur FWA
1999–2000 Republic of Ireland Keane, RoyRoy Keane Manchester United FWA
2000–01 England Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham Manchester United FWA
2001–02 Netherlands van Nistelrooy, RuudRuud van Nistelrooy Manchester United FPY
2002–03 France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal FWA, FPY [21]
2003–04 France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal FWA, FPY [22]
2004–05 England Terry, JohnJohn Terry Chelsea
2005–06 England Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Liverpool
2006–07 Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United FWA, FPY, YPY [23]
2007–08 Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United FWA, FPY [24]
2008–09 Wales Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs Manchester United [25]
2009–10 England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United FWA, FPY [10]
2010–11 Wales Bale, GarethGareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur [26]
2011–12 Netherlands van Persie, RobinRobin van Persie Arsenal FWA, FPY [27]
2012–13 Wales Bale, GarethGareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur FWA, YPY [28]

Breakdown of winners[edit]

By country[edit]

Country Number of wins Winning years
England England
18
1973–74, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10
Wales Wales
6
1983–84, 1988–89, 1990–91, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
France France
4
1993–94, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04
Scotland Scotland
3
1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
3
1978–79, 1992–93, 1999–2000
Netherlands Netherlands
3
1997–98, 2001–02, 2011–12
Portugal Portugal
2
2006–07, 2007–08
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
1
1975–76

By club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning years
Manchester United
11
1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Tottenham Hotspur
5
1975–76, 1986–87, 1998–99, 2010–11, 2012–13
Arsenal
5
1978–79, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12
Liverpool
5
1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 2005–06
Aston Villa
3
1976–77, 1989–90, 1992–93
Everton
2
1984–85, 1985–86
Newcastle United
2
1995–96, 1996–97
Leeds United
1
1973–74
Derby County
1
1974–75
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Ipswich Town
1
1980–81
Southampton
1
1981–82
Blackburn Rovers
1
1994–95
Chelsea
1
2004–05

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year". England Football Online. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Ronaldo picks up the double". The Daily Mail (London). 23 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "United trio lead nominations for PFA award". The Times (London). 16 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Sheringham wins second award". BBC. 29 April 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Terry claims player of year award". BBC. 24 April 2005. Retrieved 24 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC. 20 April 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Rooney is PFA player of the year". BBC. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "England – Players Awards". RSSSF. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Frank Keogh (20 April 2001). "Too much too young?". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  14. ^ First non–English winner, also first player to win both the PFA and FWA awards, having won the FWA award in 1973.
  15. ^ First player to win two awards in a single season.
  16. ^ First winner from outside the United Kingdom.
  17. ^ First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  18. ^ First player to win the award twice.
  19. ^ First winner of the award from outside the British Isles.
  20. ^ First player to win the award with two different clubs.
  21. ^ First player to win three awards in a single season.
  22. ^ First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  23. ^ First player to win four awards in a single season.
  24. ^ "Ronaldo named player of the year". BBC. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  25. ^ Stafford, Mikey (26 April 2009). "Ryan Giggs pays tribute to manager after adding another trophy to cabinet". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  26. ^ "Spurs' Gareth Bale wins PFA player of the year award". BBC. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  27. ^ "Arsenal striker Robin van Persie named PFA Player of the Year". BBC. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  28. ^ "Gareth Bale wins PFA Player of Year and Young Player awards". BBC Sport. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 

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