Maltese Player of the Year

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The Maltese Player of the Year Award is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year in Maltese football. The award has been presented since the 1954–55 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (MFA).

The first winner of the award was Floriana player Lolly Debattista, and the current holder is Andrew Cohen of Gżira United, who is also the record holder with four awards to his name.

Winners[edit]

Nicky Saliba won the award in the 1991–92 and 1998–99 seasons.
Noel Turner won the award in the 1995–96 and 2002–03 seasons.
Gilbert Agius won the award three times (1996–97, 2000–01 and 2007–08).
Mario Muscat won the award in 1997–98.
Stefan Giglio won the award in 2003–04.
Kevin Sammut is the only Marsaxlokk player to win the award in the 2007–08 season.
Andrew Cohen is the only player to win the award four times (2004–05, 2005–06, 2014–15 and 2017–18).
Key
Player (X) Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
§ Denotes the club were Premier League champions in the same season
Maltese Player of the Year winners
Year Player Club Notes
1954–55 Lolly Debattista Floriana§
1955–56 Tony Nicholl Sliema Wanderers§
1956–57 Joe Bonnici Sliema Wanderers§
1957–58 Joe Cilia Valletta
1958–59 Alfred Vella James Floriana
1959–60 Louis Theobald Hibernians
1960–61 Joe Zammit Valletta
1961–62 Lolly Borg Floriana§
1962–63 Edwin Schembri Valletta§
1963–64 Joe Cilia (2) Valletta
1964–65 unassigned
1965–66 Ronnie Cocks Sliema Wanderers§
1966–67 Eddie Theobald Hibernians§
1967–68 Alfred Debono Floriana§
1968–69 John Privitera Hibernians§
1969–70 Joe Cini Sliema Wanderers
1970–71 Eddie Theobald (2) Hibernians
1971–72 Edward Darmanin Sliema Wanderers§
1972–73 Freddie Debono Valletta
1973–74 Willie Vassallo Floriana
1974–75 Eddie Vella Valletta
1975–76 John Holland Floriana
1976–77 Raymond Xuereb Floriana§
1977–78 John Holland (2) Floriana
1978–79 Ġużi Xuereb Hibernians§
1979–80 Norman Buttigieg Hibernians
1980–81 Leli Fabri Sliema Wanderers
1981–82 Ernest Spiteri Gonzi Hibernians§
1982–83 Carmel Busuttil Rabat Ajax
1983–84 Charles Muscat Żurrieq
1984–85 Leonard Farrugia Valletta
1985–86 Carmel Busuttil (2) Rabat Ajax§
1986–87 Raymond Vella Ħamrun Spartans§
1987–88 John Buttigieg Sliema Wanderers
1988–89 Charles Scerri Hibernians
1989–90 Michael Degorgio Ħamrun Spartans
1990–91 Raymond Vella (2) Ħamrun Spartans§
1991–92 Nicky Saliba Valletta§
1992–93 Joe Brincat Ħamrun Spartans
1993–94 Silvio Vella Rabat Ajax
1994–95 Michael Woods Hibernians§
1995–96 Noel Turner Sliema Wanderers§
1996–97 Gilbert Agius Valletta§
1997–98 Mario Muscat Hibernians
1998–99 Nicky Saliba (2) Valletta§
1999–2000 Ernest Barry Sliema Wanderers
2000–01 Gilbert Agius (2) Valletta§
2001–02 Adrian Mifsud Hibernians§
2002–03 Noel Turner (2) Sliema Wanderers§
2003–04 Stefan Giglio Sliema Wanderers§
2004–05 Andrew Cohen Hibernians
2005–06 Andrew Cohen (2) Hibernians
2006–07 Kevin Sammut Marsaxlokk§
2007–08 Gilbert Agius (3) Valletta§
2008–09 Clayton Failla Hibernians§
2009–10 Shaun Bajada Birkirkara§ [1]
2010–11 Roderick Briffa Valletta§ [2]
2011–12 Clayton Failla (2) Hibernians [3]
2012–13 Paul Fenech Birkirkara§ [4]
2013–14 Ryan Fenech Valletta§ [5]
2014–15 Andrew Cohen (3) Hibernians§ [6]
2015–16 Roderick Briffa (2) Valletta§
2016–17 Bjorn Kristensen Hibernians§
2017–18 Andrew Cohen (4) Gżira United [7]

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning years
Hibernians 17 1959–60, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2016–17
Valletta 14 1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2013–14, 2015–16
Sliema Wanderers 11 1955–56, 1956–57, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1987–88, 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2002–03, 2003–04
Floriana 8 1954–55, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1967–68, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78
Ħamrun Spartans 4 1986–87, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93
Rabat Ajax 3 1982–83, 1985–86, 1993–94
Birkirkara 2 2009–10, 2012–13
Żurrieq 1 1983–84
Marsaxlokk 1 2006–07
Gżira United 1 2017–18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Domenic Aquilina (17 July 2010). "Birkirkara's Bajada named Malta's best". UEFA. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Domenic Aquilina (2 July 2011). "Sky is the limit for Malta's best Briffa". UEFA. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Domenic Aquilina (5 July 2012). "Failla scoops Maltese player of the year award". UEFA. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Domenic Aquilina (15 June 2013). "Fenech lands Maltese player of the year award". UEFA. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Domenic Aquilina (28 June 2014). "Valletta midfielder Fenech is Malta's finest". UEFA. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Domenic Aquilina (20 June 2015). "Cohen named player of the year in Malta". UEFA. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cohen captures top award a record fourth time". Malta Football Association. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.