SFWA Footballer of the Year

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Henrik Larsson has won the award twice.

The Scottish Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year (often called the SFWA Footballer of the Year, or simply the Scottish Footballer of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in Scottish football.[1] The award has been presented since the 1964–65 season, and the winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Scottish Football Writers' Association (SFWA), which comprises over 100 football journalists based throughout Scotland.[2] The first winner was Celtic's Billy McNeill, and the first non-Scottish winner was Mark Hateley of Rangers in 1994. Five players have won the award on more than one occasion, the most recent being Barry Ferguson, who won his second award in the 2002–03 season.

The award was instigated in 1965, eight years after the association was founded, and committee member Allan Herron was charged with obtaining the permission of the Scottish Football Association to make the first award. Each member of the association casts one vote and also nominates a runner-up. In the event of a tie for first place the number of runner-up votes is taken into consideration.[2] Although it is the older of the two awards, the SFWA award is considered by the players themselves to be of secondary importance to the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year because the winner of the PFA Scotland award is chosen by his fellow professionals.[3]

List of winners[edit]

The award has been presented on 50 occasions as of 2012, with 44 different individual players winning. On one occasion the award was presented collectively to the Scotland national squad.[4] The table also indicates where the winning player also won the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year award (SPFA).[5] In 2012–13, Leigh Griffiths became the first player to win the SFWA award and the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award in the same season.[6]

Brian McClair won the award in 1987.
Ally McCoist was the 1992 winner.
Shunsuke Nakamura was the 2007 winner.
Season Player Club Also won Notes
1964–65  SCO McNeill, BillyBilly McNeill Celtic
1965–66  SCO Greig, JohnJohn Greig Rangers
1966–67  SCO Simpson, RonnieRonnie Simpson Celtic
1967–68  SCO Wallace, GordonGordon Wallace Raith Rovers
1968–69  SCO Murdoch, BobbyBobby Murdoch Celtic
1969–70  SCO Stanton, PatPat Stanton Hibernian
1970–71  SCO Buchan, MartinMartin Buchan Aberdeen
1971–72  SCO Smith, DaveDave Smith Rangers
1972–73  SCO Connelly, GeorgeGeorge Connelly Celtic
1973–74  SCO Scotland World Cup squad
1974–75  SCO Jardine, SandySandy Jardine Rangers
1975–76  SCO Greig, JohnJohn Greig Rangers [note 1]
1976–77  SCO McGrain, DannyDanny McGrain Celtic
1977–78  SCO Johnstone, DerekDerek Johnstone Rangers SPFA [note 2]
1978–79  SCO Ritchie, AndyAndy Ritchie Morton
1979–80  SCO Strachan, GordonGordon Strachan Aberdeen
1980–81  SCO Rough, AlanAlan Rough Partick Thistle
1981–82  SCO Sturrock, PaulPaul Sturrock Dundee United
1982–83  SCO Nicholas, CharlieCharlie Nicholas Celtic SPFA
1983–84  SCO Miller, WillieWillie Miller Aberdeen SPFA
1984–85  SCO McAlpine, HamishHamish McAlpine Dundee United
1985–86  SCO Jardine, SandySandy Jardine Heart of Midlothian [note 3]
1986–87  SCO McClair, BrianBrian McClair Celtic SPFA
1987–88  SCO McStay, PaulPaul McStay Celtic SPFA
1988–89  SCO Gough, RichardRichard Gough Rangers
1989–90  SCO McLeish, AlexAlex McLeish Aberdeen
1990–91  SCO Malpas, MauriceMaurice Malpas Dundee United
1991–92  SCO McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist Rangers SPFA
1992–93  SCO Goram, AndyAndy Goram Rangers SPFA
1993–94  ENG Hateley, MarkMark Hateley Rangers SPFA [note 4]
1994–95  DEN Laudrup, BrianBrian Laudrup Rangers SPFA [note 5]
1995–96  ENG Gascoigne, PaulPaul Gascoigne Rangers SPFA
1996–97  DEN Laudrup, BrianBrian Laudrup Rangers
1997–98  SCO Burley, CraigCraig Burley Celtic
1998–99  SWE Larsson, HenrikHenrik Larsson Celtic SPFA
1999–00  SCO Ferguson, BarryBarry Ferguson Rangers
2000–01  SWE Larsson, HenrikHenrik Larsson Celtic SPFA
2001–02  SCO Lambert, PaulPaul Lambert Celtic
2002–03  SCO Ferguson, BarryBarry Ferguson Rangers SPFA
2003–04  SCO McNamara, JackieJackie McNamara Celtic
2004–05  WAL Hartson, JohnJohn Hartson Celtic SPFA [note 6]
2005–06  SCO Gordon, CraigCraig Gordon Heart of Midlothian
2006–07  JPN Nakamura, ShunsukeShunsuke Nakamura Celtic SPFA [note 7]
2007–08  ESP Cuéllar, CarlosCarlos Cuéllar Rangers
2008–09  SCO Caldwell, GaryGary Caldwell Celtic [7]
2009–10  SCO Weir, DavidDavid Weir Rangers [8]
2010–11  HON Izaguirre, EmilioEmilio Izaguirre Celtic SPFA [9]
2011–12  SCO Mulgrew, CharlieCharlie Mulgrew Celtic SPFA [10]
2012–13  SCO Griffiths, LeighLeigh Griffiths Hibernian [6]
2013–14  SCO Commons, KrisKris Commons Celtic SPFA [11]

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by country[edit]

Country Number of wins Winning seasons
 Scotland
40
1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
 Sweden
2
1998–99, 2000–01
 Denmark
2
1994–95, 1996–97
 England
2
1993–94, 1995–96
 Spain
1
2007–08
 Japan
1
2006–07
 Wales
1
2004–05
 Honduras
1
2010–11

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning seasons
Celtic
19
1964–65, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
Rangers
16
1965–66, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2009–10
Aberdeen
4
1970–71, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1989–90
Dundee United
3
1981–82, 1984–85, 1990–91
Heart of Midlothian
2
1985–86, 2005–06
Hibernian
2
1969–70, 2012–13
Partick Thistle
1
1980–81
Morton
1
1978–79
Scotland
1
1973–74
Raith Rovers
1
1967–68

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First player to win the award twice.
  2. ^ First player to win SFWA and SPFA awards in the same season.
  3. ^ First player to win the award twice with two different clubs.
  4. ^ First non-Scottish winner.
  5. ^ First winner from outside the British Isles
  6. ^ Hartson shared the SPFA award with Fernando Ricksen.
  7. ^ First winner from outside Europe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neil Cameron (2008-04-10). "I Would Have Voted For Ranger Alan Hutton As Best Player, Reveals Shunsuke Nakamura". The Daily Record. Retrieved 2008-02-29. "We all have opinions about who is the season's best player and a year ago it was Nakamura who came out on top in voting for both the PFA and Football Writers' award." 
  2. ^ a b Jim Black. "Fifty years of passion and prose". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  3. ^ Stuart Lovell (2008-04-07). "Why Aiden should run away with player prize". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Scotland – Player of the Year". RSSSF. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  5. ^ Barnes, Stuart (2007). News of the World Football Annual 2007–08. Invincible Press. pp. p63. ISBN 978-0-00-725555-9. 
  6. ^ a b Forsyth, Roddy (17 May 2013). "Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths nets another accolade". Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Celtic ace Gary Caldwell scoops football writers award". Sunday Mail. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  8. ^ Halliday, Stephen (2010-05-08). "Walter Smith hails player of the year David Weir as 'best professional I have worked with' award". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  9. ^ "More awards for Izaguirre, Goodwillie and Paatelainen". BBC Sport. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Charlie Mulgrew caps fine season by being named Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year". Daily Telegraph. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Smith, Andrew (11 May 2014). "Chris Commons voted writers’ player of the year". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 11 May 2014.