PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year

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The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, formerly known as the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year, is named at the end of every Scottish football season. The members of the Professional Footballers' Association Scotland vote on which of its young members played the best football in the previous year. The award was first given in 1978, to Graeme Payne. The Bulgarian international Stiliyan Petrov was the first non-Scottish player to win the award, when he did so in 2001.

List of winners[edit]

Year Player Club
1977–78 Graeme Payne Dundee United
1978–79 Ray Stewart Dundee United
1979–80 John MacDonald Rangers
1980–81 Charlie Nicholas Celtic
1981–82 Frank McAvennie St Mirren
1982–83 Paul McStay Celtic
1983–84 John Robertson Heart of Midlothian
1984–85 Craig Levein Heart of Midlothian
1985–86 Craig Levein Heart of Midlothian
1986–87 Robert Fleck Rangers
1987–88 John Collins Hibernian
1988–89 Billy McKinlay Dundee United
1989–90 Scott Crabbe Heart of Midlothian
1990–91 Eoin Jess Aberdeen
1991–92 Phil O'Donnell Motherwell
1992–93 Eoin Jess Aberdeen
1993–94 Phil O'Donnell Motherwell
1994–95 Charlie Miller Rangers
1995–96 Jackie McNamara Celtic
1996–97 Robbie Winters Dundee United
1997–98 Gary Naysmith Heart of Midlothian
1998–99 Barry Ferguson Rangers
1999–00 Kenny Miller Hibernian
2000–01 Stiliyan Petrov[1] Celtic
2001–02 Kevin McNaughton[2] Aberdeen
2002–03 James McFadden[3] Motherwell
2003–04 Stephen Pearson[4] Celtic
2004–05 Derek Riordan[5] Hibernian
2005–06 Shaun Maloney[6] Celtic
2006–07 Steven Naismith[7] Kilmarnock
2007–08 Aiden McGeady[8] Celtic
2008–09 James McCarthy[8] Hamilton Academical
2009–10 Danny Wilson[9] Rangers
2010–11 David Goodwillie[10] Dundee United
2011–12 James Forrest[11] Celtic
2012–13 Leigh Griffiths[12] Hibernian
2013–14 Andrew Robertson[13] Dundee United
2014–15 Jason Denayer[14] Celtic
2015–16 Kieran Tierney[15] Celtic

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning seasons
Celtic 10 1980–81, 1982–83, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
Dundee United 6 1977–78, 1978–79, 1988–89, 1996–97, 2010–11, 2013–14
Heart of Midlothian 5 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1997–98
Rangers 5 1979–80, 1980–87, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2009–10
Hibernian 4 1987–88, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2012–13
Aberdeen 3 1990–91, 1992–93, 2001–02
Motherwell 3 1991–92, 1993–94, 2002–03
Hamilton Academical 1 2008–09
Kilmarnock 1 2006–07
St Mirren 1 1981–82

Winners by country[edit]

Country Number of wins Winning seasons
Scotland 35 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Republic of Ireland 2 2007–08, 2008–09
Belgium 1 2014–15
Bulgaria 1 2000–01

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Petrov in double awards chase". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 April 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Season review 2001/02". Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Season review 2002/03". Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sutton and Pearson earn Celtic award double". ABC News. 26 April 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Haggerty, Anthony (18 February 2009). "Hibs ace Derek Riordan eyes Scotland return". Daily Record. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Shaun Maloney at the Scottish Football Association
  7. ^ "Naismith nets young player prize". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Ireland's James McCarthy is Scotland's "Young Player of the Year"". Football Association of Ireland. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Davis crowned player of the year". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "David Goodwillie named Scotland's top young player". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Celtic duo Charlie Mulgrew & James Forrest scoop PFA player of the year awards". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Motherwell: Michael Higdon named player of the year". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Andrew Robertson: Dundee United defender wins PFA prize". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Celtic's Stefan Johansen named Scottish PFA player of the year". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Leigh Griffiths: Celtic forward named PFA Scotland Player of the Year". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.