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. The current holder is Shaun Bajada of Birkirkara. As of 2009, only one player - Gilbert Agius of Valletta - has won the award on three occasions.

Winners[edit]

The award has been presented on 54 occasions as of 2009.

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 is the only player to win the award three times (1996–97, 2000–01 and 2006–07).
Mario Muscat won the award in 1997–98.
Stefan Giglio won the award in 2003–04.
Andrew Cohen won the award in the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons.
Kevin Sammut is the only Marsaxlokk player to win the award in the 2007–08 season.
Season Player Team
1954-1955 Lolly Debattista Floriana F.C.
1955-1956 Tony Nicholl Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1956-1957 Joe Bonnici Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1957-1958 Joe Cilia Valletta Football Club
1958-1959 Alfred Vella James Floriana F.C.
1959-1960 Louis Theobald Hibernians Football Club
1960-1961 Joe Zammit Valletta Football Club
1961-1962 Lolly Borg Floriana F.C.
1962-1963 Edwin Schembri Valletta Football Club
1963-1964 Joe Cilia Valletta Football Club
1964-1965 unassigned
1965-1966 Ronnie Cocks Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1966-1967 Eddie Theobald Hibernians Football Club
1967-1968 Alfred Debono Floriana F.C.
1968-1969 John Privitera Hibernians Football Club
1969-1970 Joe Cini Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1970-1971 Eddie Theobald Hibernians Football Club
1971-1972 Edward Darmanin Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1972-1973 Freddie Debono Valletta Football Club
1973-1974 Willie Vassallo Floriana F.C.
1974-1975 Eddie Vella Valletta Football Club
1975-1976 John Holland Floriana F.C.
1976-1977 Raymond Xuereb Floriana F.C.
1977-1978 John Holland Floriana F.C.
1978-1979 Guzi Xuereb Hibernians Football Club
1979-1980 Norman Buttigieg Hibernians Football Club
1980-1981 Leli Fabri Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1981-1982 Ernest Spiteri Gonzi Hibernians Football Club
1982-1983 Carmel Busuttil Rabat Ajax Football Club
1983-1984 Charles Muscat Żurrieq Football Club
1984-1985 Leonard Farrugia Valletta Football Club
1985-1986 Carmel Busuttil Rabat Ajax Football Club
1986-1987 Raymond Vella Ħamrun Spartans Football Club
1987-1988 John Buttigieg Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1988-1989 Charles Scerri Hibernians Football Club
1989-1990 Michael Degorgio Ħamrun Spartans Football Club
1990-1991 Raymond Vella Ħamrun Spartans Football Club
1991-1992 Nicky Saliba Valletta Football Club
1992-1993 Joe Brincat Ħamrun Spartans Football Club
1993-1994 Silvio Vella Rabat Ajax Football Club
1994-1995 Michael Woods Hibernians Football Club
1995-1996 Noel Turner Sliema Wanderers F.C.
1996-1997 Gilbert Agius Valletta Football Club
1997-1998 Mario Muscat Hibernians Football Club
1998-1999 Nicky Saliba Valletta Football Club
1999-2000 Ernest Barry Sliema Wanderers F.C.
2000-2001 Gilbert Agius Valletta Football Club
2001-2002 Adrian Mifsud Hibernians Football Club
2002-2003 Noel Turner Sliema Wanderers F.C.
2003-2004 Stefan Giglio Sliema Wanderers F.C.
2004-2005 Andrew Cohen Hibernians Football Club
2005-2006 Andrew Cohen Hibernians Football Club
2006-2007 Gilbert Agius Valletta Football Club
2007-2008 Kevin Sammut Marsaxlokk
2008-2009 Clayton Failla Hibernians Football Club
2009-2010 Shaun Bajada[1] Birkirkara Football Club
2010-2011 Roderick Briffa[2] Valletta Football Club
2011-2012 Clayton Failla[3] Hibernians Football Club
2012-2013 Paul Fenech[4] Birkirkara Football Club
2013-2014 Ryan Fenech[5] Valletta Football Club
2014-2015 Andrew Cohen[6] Hibernians Football Club

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning years
Hibernians
15
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
Valletta
12
1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2006–07
Sliema Wanderers
11
1955–56, 1956–57, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1987–88, 1995–96, 1999–00, 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
1
2009–10
Marsaxlokk
1
2007–08
Żurrieq
1
1983–84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Domenic Aquilina (17 July 2010). "Bajada il migliore a Malta" (in Italian). Uefa.com. 
  2. ^ Domenic Aquilina (2 July 2011). "Briffa punta in alto" (in Italian). Uefa.com. 
  3. ^ Domenic Aquilina (5 July 2012). "Failla miglior giocatore a Malta" (in Italian). Uefa.com. 
  4. ^ Domenic Aquilina (15 June 2013). "Fenech giocatore maltese dell'anno" (in Italian). Uefa.com. 
  5. ^ Domenic Aquilina (28 June 2014). "Fenech il migliore a Malta" (in Italian). Uefa.com. 
  6. ^ Domenic Aquilina (20 June 2015). "Cohen il migliore a Malta" (in Italian). Uefa.com. 

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