PFA Young Player of the Year

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This article is about the men's award. For the women's award, see PFA Young Women's Player of the Year.
Eden Hazard is the current holder of the award.

The Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year (often called the PFA Young Player of the Year, or simply the Young Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player aged 23 or under at the start of the season who is adjudged to have been the best of the season 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). The first winner of the award was Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie. The current holder is Eden Hazard, who won the award for his performances throughout the 2013–14 campaign for Chelsea.

Although the award is open to players at all levels,[1] all winners to date have played in the highest division of the English football league system. As of 2012, only Ryan Giggs, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney have won the award on more than one occasion. Only five players from outside the United Kingdom have won the trophy,[2] compared with nine winners of the main PFA Players' Player of the Year award. Although they have their own dedicated award, players aged 23 or under at the start of the season remain eligible to win the Players' Player of the Year award, and on three occasions the same player has won both awards for a season.

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.[3] The players themselves consider the award to be highly prestigious, because the winner is chosen by his fellow professionals.[4]

Winners[edit]

The award has been presented on 40 occasions as of 2013, with 37 different winners.[5][6][7] 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 PFA Players' Player of the Year award (PPY),[6][7][8] the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (FWA),[9] and the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY).[10]

Ryan Giggs was the first player to win the award twice.
Robbie Fowler was the second two-time winner.
Wayne Rooney was the third player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first Portuguese player to win the award.
Year Player Club Also won Notes
1973–74 England Beattie, KevinKevin Beattie Ipswich Town
1974–75 England Day, MervynMervyn Day West Ham United [11]
1975–76 England Barnes, PeterPeter Barnes Manchester City
1976–77 Scotland Gray, AndyAndy Gray Aston Villa PPY [12]
1977–78 England Woodcock, TonyTony Woodcock Nottingham Forest
1978–79 England Regis, CyrilleCyrille Regis West Bromwich Albion [13]
1979–80 England Hoddle, GlennGlenn Hoddle Tottenham Hotspur
1980–81 England Shaw, GaryGary Shaw Aston Villa
1981–82 England Moran, SteveSteve Moran Southampton
1982–83 Wales Ian Rush Liverpool
1983–84 England Walsh, PaulPaul Walsh Luton Town
1984–85 Wales Hughes, MarkMark Hughes Manchester United
1985–86 England Cottee, TonyTony Cottee West Ham United
1986–87 England Adams, TonyTony Adams Arsenal
1987–88 England Gascoigne, PaulPaul Gascoigne Newcastle United
1988–89 England Merson, PaulPaul Merson Arsenal
1989–90 England Le Tissier, MatthewMatthew Le Tissier Southampton
1990–91 England Sharpe, LeeLee Sharpe Manchester United
1991–92 Wales Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs Manchester United
1992–93 Wales Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs Manchester United [14]
1993–94 England Cole, AndyAndy Cole Newcastle United
1994–95 England Fowler, RobbieRobbie Fowler Liverpool
1995–96 England Fowler, RobbieRobbie Fowler Liverpool
1996–97 England Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham Manchester United
1997–98 England Owen, MichaelMichael Owen Liverpool
1998–99 France Anelka, NicolasNicolas Anelka Arsenal [15]
1999–2000 Australia Kewell, HarryHarry Kewell Leeds United [16]
2000–01 England Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Liverpool FPY [17]
2001–02 Wales Bellamy, CraigCraig Bellamy Newcastle United [18]
2002–03 England Jenas, JermaineJermaine Jenas Newcastle United [19]
2003–04 England Parker, ScottScott Parker Charlton Athletic
Chelsea
[20]
2004–05 England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United [4]
2005–06 England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United FPY [6]
2006–07 Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FWA, FPY [21]
2007–08 Spain Fabregas, CescCesc Fabregas Arsenal [22]
2008–09 England Young, AshleyAshley Young Aston Villa [23]
2009–10 England Milner, JamesJames Milner Aston Villa [24]
2010–11 England Wilshere, JackJack Wilshere Arsenal [25]
2011–12 England Walker, KyleKyle Walker Tottenham Hotspur [26]
2012–13 Wales Bale, GarethGareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur PPY, FWA
2013–14 Belgium Hazard, EdenEden Hazard Chelsea [27]

Breakdown of winners[edit]

By country[edit]

Country Number of wins Winning years
England England
29
1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1995, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
Wales Wales
6
1982–83, 1984–85, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2001–02, 2012–13
Scotland Scotland
1
1976–77
France France
1
1998–99
Australia Australia
1
1999–2000
Portugal Portugal
1
2006–07
Spain Spain
1
2007–08
Belgium Belgium
1
2013–14

By club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning years
Manchester United
8
1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1996–97, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
Arsenal
5
1986–87, 1988–89, 1998–99, 2007–08, 2010–11
Liverpool
5
1982–83, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2000–01
Aston Villa
4
1976–77, 1980–81, 2008–09, 2009–10
Newcastle United
4
1987–88, 1993–94, 2001–02, 2002–03
Tottenham Hotspur
3
1979–80, 2011–12, 2012–13
West Ham United
2
1974–75, 1985–86
Southampton
2
1981–82, 1989–90
Chelsea
2
2003–04, 2013–14
Ipswich Town
1
1973–74
Manchester City
1
1975–76
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
West Bromwich Albion
1
1978–79
Luton Town
1
1983–84
Leeds United
1
1999–2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year". England Football Online. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2008. 
  2. ^ The total of five includes Cyrille Regis, who was born in French Guiana but represented England at international level.
  3. ^ "United trio lead nominations for PFA award". The Times. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Rooney secures young player prize". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 24 April 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  5. ^ Keogh, Frank (20 April 2001). "Too much too young?". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 April 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "England – Players Awards". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ Day is the only goalkeeper to have won the award.
  12. ^ First non-English winner, also first player to win two awards in a single season.
  13. ^ First winner of the award born outside the United Kingdom, although he went on to become an England international.
  14. ^ First player to win the award twice, and first to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  15. ^ First winner of the award from mainland Europe.
  16. ^ "Keane claims award double". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 April 2000. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Sheringham wins second award". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 29 April 2001. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Players honour Bellamy". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 April 2002. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Henry honoured by peers". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 April 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Henry retains PFA crown". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 April 2004. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  21. ^ First player to win four awards in a single season.
  22. ^ "Ronaldo named player of the year". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 April 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  23. ^ "Giggs earns prestigious PFA award". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Rooney is PFA player of the year". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  25. ^ "Spurs' Gareth Bale wins PFA player of the year award". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 17 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  26. ^ "Arsenal striker Robin van Persie named PFA Player of the Year". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  27. ^ "Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker wins PFA Player of the Year award". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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