Port Vale F.C. Player of the Year

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The 2011 winner, John McCombe.
Mark Grew, winner in 1989 and 1992.
Martin Foyle, winner in 1995 and 1999.
Sam Collins won the award in 2003, after 49 appearances in 2002–03.
Anthony Griffith won the award in 2010, having gained popularity for his 'tigerish displays'.

The Port Vale Player of the Year award is voted for annually by Port Vale's supporters in recognition of the best overall performance by an individual player throughout the football season. Towards the end of each season, fans are invited to cast their votes for this award.

The inaugural award was made to Roy Sproson in 1967, and became an annual event from 1969. David Harris, Ray Walker, Mark Grew, Neil Aspin, and Martin Foyle have all won two awards during their time at Vale Park. Foyle also went on to manage the club. No player has won the award more than twice. Eamonn O'Keefe and Anthony Griffith represented Ireland and Montserrat respectively at international level, though both players were born in England. Tom Pope, winner in 2013, stated that "To be voted for by the fans like this is a massive honour for me. It means such a lot, more than the other [PFA] awards I've been lucky enough to win."[1]

Winners[edit]

Year Level[A] Name Position[B] Nationality Reference Notes
1967 4 Sproson, RoyRoy Sproson Defender  England [2] [C]
1969 4 Wilson, RonRon Wilson Defender  Scotland [2]
1970 4 Green, JohnJohn Green Midfielder  England [2]
1971 3 McLaren, TommyTommy McLaren Striker  Scotland [2]
1972 3 Morgan, SammySammy Morgan Striker  Northern Ireland [2]
1973 3 Williams, RayRay Williams Striker  England [2]
1974 3 Harris, DavidDavid Harris Defender  England [2]
1975 3 Connaughton, JohnJohn Connaughton Goalkeeper  England [2]
1976 3 Ridley, JohnJohn Ridley Midfielder  England [2]
1977 3 Harris, DavidDavid Harris Defender  England [2] [D]
1978 3 Beamish, KenKen Beamish Striker  England [2]
1979 4 Wright, BernieBernie Wright Striker  England [2]
1980 4 Beech, KennyKenny Beech Midfielder  England [2]
1981 4 Bromage, RussellRussell Bromage Midfielder  England [2]
1982 4 Moss, ErnieErnie Moss Striker  England [2]
1983 4 Cegielski, WayneWayne Cegielski Defender  Wales [2]
1984 3 O'Keefe, EamonnEamonn O'Keefe Striker  Ireland [2] [E]
1985 4 Webb, AlanAlan Webb Defender  England [2]
1986 4 Arnold, JimJim Arnold Goalkeeper  England [2]
1987 3 Jones, AndyAndy Jones Striker  Wales [2]
1988 3 Walker, RayRay Walker Midfielder  England [2]
1989 3 Grew, MarkMark Grew Goalkeeper  England [2]
1990 2 Aspin, NeilNeil Aspin Defender  England [2]
1991 2 Walker, RayRay Walker Midfielder  England [2] [D]
1992 2 Grew, MarkMark Grew Goalkeeper  England [2] [D]
1993 3 Taylor, IanIan Taylor Midfielder  England [3]
1994 3 Aspin, NeilNeil Aspin Defender  England [4] [D]
1995 2 Foyle, MartinMartin Foyle Striker  England [5]
1996 2 McCarthy, JonJon McCarthy Midfielder  Northern Ireland [6]
1997 2 Mills, LeeLee Mills Striker  England [7]
1998 2 Ainsworth, GarethGareth Ainsworth Midfielder  England
1999 2 Foyle, MartinMartin Foyle Striker  England [D]
2000 2 Widdrington, TommyTommy Widdrington Midfielder  England
2001 3 Brammer, DaveDave Brammer Midfielder  England [8]
2002 3 Goodlad, MarkMark Goodlad Goalkeeper  England [9]
2003 3 Collins, SamSam Collins Defender  England [10]
2004 3 McPhee, StephenStephen McPhee Striker  Scotland [11]
2005 3 Paynter, BillyBilly Paynter Forward  England [12]
2006 3 Pilkington, GeorgeGeorge Pilkington Defender  England [13]
2007 3 Sodje, AkpoAkpo Sodje Striker  England [12]
2008 3 Harsley, PaulPaul Harsley Midfielder  England [14]
2009 4 Anyon, JoeJoe Anyon Goalkeeper  England [15]
2010 4 Griffith, AnthonyAnthony Griffith Midfielder Montserrat Montserrat [16]
2011 4 McCombe, JohnJohn McCombe Defender  England [17]
2012 4 Loft, DougDoug Loft Midfielder  England [18]
2013 4 Pope, TomTom Pope Striker  England [19]
2014 3 Pope, TomTom Pope Striker  England [20] [D]
2015 3 O'Connor, MichaelMichael O'Connor Midfielder  Northern Ireland [21]
2016 3 Grant, AnthonyAnthony Grant Midfielder  England [22]

Wins by playing position[edit]

Position Number of
winners [F]
Midfielder 16
Striker 16
Defender 11
Goalkeeper 6

Wins by nationality[edit]

Nationality Number of
winners[F]
 England 39
 Northern Ireland 3
 Scotland 3
 Wales 2
 Ireland 1
Montserrat Montserrat 1

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ For ease of reading, the complexities of the frequent renaming of the various divisions have been simplified to a number, reflecting the official "Level" of competition in the English league system. For more information see English football league system#Structure.

B. ^ For a full description of positions, see Association football positions.

C. ^ Inaugural winner.

D. ^ Second award.

E. ^ First non-British winner.

F. ^ Multiple winners are counted multiple times.

References[edit]

Specific
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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Kent, Jeff (1990). The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. p. 305. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  3. ^ Kent 2010, p. 288
  4. ^ Kent 2010, p. 11
  5. ^ Kent 2010, p. 106
  6. ^ Kent 2010, p. 190
  7. ^ Hayes, Dean (1998). Port Vale Football Club: An A-Z. Sigma Leisure. p. 102. ISBN 1850586101. 
  8. ^ "David Brammer". crewealex.net/. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Player Of The Year Announced". port-vale.co.uk. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "It's a clean sweep as Super Sam is Top Man". port-vale.co.uk. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
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  13. ^ "Awards". port-vale.co.uk. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Player of the Year". port-vale.co.uk. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Player of the Year- Winners". Port Vale F.C. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  16. ^ Owen, Jon (12 May 2010). "Port Vale: Griffith takes home top accolade". The Sentinel. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "Player of the Year Awards 2011". port-vale.co.uk. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  18. ^ "Loft grateful for award success". The Sentinel. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tom Pope wins player-of-the-year award". The Sentinel. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Baggaley, Mike (5 May 2014). "Tom Pope named Port Vale player of the year". The Sentinel. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Baggaley, Mike (3 May 2015). "Michael O'Connor dominates Vale's awards night". The Sentinel. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Baggaley, Mike (8 May 2016). "Anthony Grant wins prestigious Supporters' Club award". The Sentinel. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
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