FWA Footballer of the Year

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For his performances in the 2017–18 season, Mohamed Salah won the award.

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year (often called the FWA Footballer of the Year, or in England simply the Footballer of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football.[1] The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season, when the inaugural winner was Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews. The latest winner of the award as of 2017–18 is Mohamed Salah of Liverpool. Eight players have won the award on more than one occasion, the most recent being Cristiano Ronaldo, who won his second award in the 2007–08 season. Thierry Henry has won the award on the most occasions, having won three times in four seasons.

The winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Football Writers' Association (FWA), which comprises around 400 football journalists based throughout England.[2] The award was instigated at the suggestion of Charles Buchan, a former professional footballer turned journalist and one of the Association's founders.[3]

Winners[edit]

The award has been presented on 71 occasions as of 2018, with 64 different winners. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season.[4] 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 Professional Footballers' Association's Players' Player of the Year award (PPY),[5][6][7] Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY),[8] the Young Player of the Year award (YPY),[6][7][9] and the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year award (FSF).[10]

Neville Southall's 1985 win was the last time a goalkeeper received the award.
Dennis Bergkamp won the award in the 1997–98 season.
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo also won the award consecutively, in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons.
Steven Gerrard won the award in 2009, becoming the first Liverpool player to do so for nineteen years.
The trophy awarded to the Footballer of the Year from 2015 onwards
Year Player Club Also won Notes
1947–48 England Stanley Matthews Blackpool
1948–49 Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey Manchester United [11]
1949–50 England Joe Mercer Arsenal
1950–51 England Harry Johnston Blackpool
1951–52 England Billy Wright Wolverhampton Wanderers
1952–53 England Nat Lofthouse Bolton Wanderers
1953–54 England Tom Finney Preston North End
1954–55 England Don Revie Manchester City
1955–56 Germany Bert Trautmann Manchester City
1956–57 England Tom Finney (2) Preston North End [12]
1957–58 Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1958–59 England Syd Owen Luton Town
1959–60 England Bill Slater Wolverhampton Wanderers
1960–61 Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower (2) Tottenham Hotspur
1961–62 England Jimmy Adamson Burnley
1962–63 England Stanley Matthews (2) Stoke City [13]
1963–64 England Bobby Moore West Ham United
1964–65 Scotland Bobby Collins Leeds United
1965–66 England Bobby Charlton Manchester United
1966–67 England Jack Charlton Leeds United
1967–68 Northern Ireland George Best Manchester United
1968–69 England
Scotland
Tony Book
Dave Mackay
Manchester City
Derby County
1969–70 Scotland Billy Bremner Leeds United
1970–71 Scotland Frank McLintock Arsenal
1971–72 England Gordon Banks Stoke City
1972–73 Northern Ireland Pat Jennings Tottenham Hotspur [14]
1973–74 England Ian Callaghan Liverpool
1974–75 England Alan Mullery Fulham
1975–76 England Kevin Keegan Liverpool
1976–77 England Emlyn Hughes Liverpool
1977–78 Scotland Kenny Burns Nottingham Forest
1978–79 Scotland Kenny Dalglish Liverpool
1979–80 England Terry McDermott Liverpool PPY [15]
1980–81 Netherlands Frans Thijssen Ipswich Town
1981–82 England Steve Perryman Tottenham Hotspur
1982–83 Scotland Kenny Dalglish (2) Liverpool PPY
1983–84 Wales Ian Rush Liverpool PPY
1984–85 Wales Neville Southall Everton
1985–86 England Gary Lineker Everton PPY
1986–87 England Clive Allen Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1987–88 England John Barnes Liverpool PPY
1988–89 Scotland Steve Nicol Liverpool
1989–90 England John Barnes (2) Liverpool
1990–91 Scotland Gordon Strachan Leeds United
1991–92 England Gary Lineker (2) Tottenham Hotspur
1992–93 England Chris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
1993–94 England Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1994–95 Germany Jürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
1995–96 France Eric Cantona Manchester United
1996–97 Italy Gianfranco Zola Chelsea
1997–98 Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal PPY
1998–99 France David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1999–2000 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Manchester United PPY
2000–01 England Teddy Sheringham Manchester United PPY
2001–02 France Robert Pirès Arsenal
2002–03 France Thierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY
2003–04 France Thierry Henry (2) Arsenal PPY, FPY [16]
2004–05 England Frank Lampard Chelsea FPY [17]
2005–06 France Thierry Henry (3) Arsenal [18]
2006–07 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY, YPY [19]
2007–08 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (2) Manchester United PPY, FPY
2008–09 England Steven Gerrard Liverpool FPY [20]
2009–10 England Wayne Rooney Manchester United PPY [21]
2010–11 England Scott Parker West Ham United [22]
2011–12 Netherlands Robin van Persie Arsenal PPY, FPY [23]
2012–13 Wales Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur PPY, YPY [24]
2013–14 Uruguay Luis Suárez Liverpool PPY, FSF [25]
2014–15 Belgium Eden Hazard Chelsea PPY [26]
2015–16 England Jamie Vardy Leicester City [27]
2016–17 France N'Golo Kanté Chelsea PPY [28]
2017–18 Egypt Mohamed Salah Liverpool PPY, FPY [29]

Breakdown of winners[edit]

By country[edit]

Country Number of wins Winning years
England England
36
1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010-11, 2015–16
Scotland Scotland
9
1964–65, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1990–91
France France
7
1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2016–17
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
4
1957–58, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1972–73
Netherlands Netherlands
3
1980–81, 1997–98, 2011–12
Wales Wales
3
1983–84, 1984–85, 2012–13
Germany Germany
2
1955–56, 1994–95
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
2
1948–49, 1999–2000
Portugal Portugal
2
2006–07, 2007–08
Italy Italy
1
1996–97
Uruguay Uruguay
1
2013–14
Belgium Belgium
1
2014–15
Egypt Egypt
1
2017–18

‡ — two winners

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning years
Liverpool
13
1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2017–18
Manchester United
9
1948–49, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10
Tottenham Hotspur
9
1957–58, 1960–61, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2012–13
Arsenal
8
1949–50, 1970–71, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2011–12
Leeds United
4
1964–65, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1990–91
Chelsea
4
1996–97, 2004–05, 2014–15, 2016-17
Manchester City
3
1954–55, 1955–56, 1968–69
Everton
2
1984–85, 1985–86
Stoke City
2
1962–63, 1971–72
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2
1951–52, 1959–60
Preston North End
2
1953–54, 1956–57
Blackpool
2
1947–48, 1950–51
West Ham United
2
1963–64, 2010-11
Leicester City
1
2015–16
Blackburn Rovers
1
1993–94
Sheffield Wednesday
1
1992–93
Ipswich Town
1
1980–81
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Fulham
1
1974–75
Derby County
1
1968–69
Burnley
1
1961–62
Luton Town
1
1958–59
Bolton Wanderers
1
1952–53

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year". England Football Online. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "About the FWA". Football Writers' Association. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "FWA Footballer of the Year Award". Football Writers' Association. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "England – Players Awards". RSSSF. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC. 20 April 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ Frank Keogh (20 April 2001). "Too much too young?". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "The FSF Awards in association with William Hill (Monday 16th Dec)". Football Supporters’ Federation. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  11. ^ First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom.
  12. ^ First player to win the award twice.
  13. ^ First player to win the award with two different clubs.
  14. ^ Also won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1976 to become the first player to win both awards.
  15. ^ First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  16. ^ First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  17. ^ "Lampard scoops award from writers". BBC. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  18. ^ First player to win the award three times.
  19. ^ First player to win four awards in the same season.
  20. ^ "Steven Gerrard wins Footballer of the Year award". The Times. London. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Wayne Rooney nets writers' player of the year award". BBC. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  22. ^ "West Ham's Scott Parker wins Football Writers' award". BBC. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "Arsenal's Robin van Persie named FWA Footballer of the Year". BBC. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Bale named FWA Footballer of the Year". Football Writers’ Association. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Luis Suárez wins Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award". Guardian. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Eden Hazard wins Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award". SkySports. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "Jamie Vardy named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year 2015/16". Sky Sports. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  28. ^ "N'Golo Kante wins Football Writers' Association award". BBC Sport. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  29. ^ "Mohamed Salah named writers' Footballer of the Year". BBC Sport. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 

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