PFA Merit Award

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Gerrard playing for Liverpool F.C. in 2014
Lampard playing for Chelsea in 2014
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Frank Lampard of Chelsea were joint winners in 2015

The Professional Footballers' Association Merit Award (often called the PFA Merit Award, or simply the Merit Award) is an award given by the Professional Footballers' Association (the PFA) for meritorious service to football.[1]

The award was first given in 1974, and was won (jointly) by Bobby Charlton and Cliff Lloyd. The latest winner of the award is David Beckham.

List of winners[edit]


Year Winner(s) Note
1974 England Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, OBE First winners of the award
England Cliff Lloyd
1975 Scotland Denis Law CBE First winner of the award from outside England
1976 England George Eastham OBE
1977 Scotland Jack Taylor OBE
1978 Scotland Bill Shankly OBE
1979 England Sir Tom Finney OBE


Year Winner(s) Notes
1980 Scotland Sir Matt Busby OBE
1981 England John Trollope MBE
1982 England Joe Mercer OBE
1983 England Bob Paisley OBE
1984 England Bill Nicholson OBE
1985 England Ron Greenwood CBE
1986 England England World Cup squad 1966
1987 England Sir Stanley Matthews CBE
1988 England Billy Bonds MBE
1989 England Nat Lofthouse OBE


Year Winner(s) Notes
1990 England Peter Shilton OBE
1991 Scotland Tommy Hutchison
1992 England Brian Clough OBE
1993 England Manchester United European Cup squad 1968
Portugal Eusébio First winner of the award from outside Great Britain
First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom
1994 Northern Ireland Billy Bingham MBE
1995 Scotland Gordon Strachan OBE
1996 Brazil Pelé First winner of the award from outside Europe
1997 England Peter Beardsley MBE
1998 England Steve Ogrizovic
1999 England Tony Ford MBE


Year Winner(s) Notes
2000 England Gary Mabbutt MBE
2001 England Jimmy Hill OBE
2002 Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn
2003 England Sir Bobby Robson CBE
2004 Italy Dario Gradi MBE
2005 Trinidad and Tobago Shaka Hislop CM
2006 Northern Ireland George Best
2007 Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
2008 England Jimmy Armfield OBE
2009 England John McDermott


Year Winner(s) Notes
2010 South Africa Lucas Radebe
2011 England Howard Webb
2012 Scotland Graham Alexander
2013 Manchester United Class of '92
2014 England Donald Bell VC
2015 England Steven Gerrard MBE[2]
England Frank Lampard OBE [2]
2016 Wales Ryan Giggs OBE[3]
2017 England David Beckham OBE

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by country[edit]

Country Number of wins
 England 27
 Scotland 8
 Northern Ireland 2
 Trinidad and Tobago 1
 Republic of Ireland
 South Africa


  1. ^ PFA Merit Award 1974-2007
  2. ^ a b "Gerrard & Lampard share PFA Merit Award". 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Sports, PA. "Ryan Giggs wins PFA Merit award". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 

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