Stoke City F.C. Player of the Year

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Current holder of the award, Jack Butland

The Stoke City Player of the Year award is an award presented to the Stoke City fans' player of the season. Towards the end of each season, fans are invited to cast their votes for this award. The winner is generally announced at an end-of-season awards dinner at either the bet365 Stadium or the King's Hall in Stoke-on-Trent.[1]

The inaugural award was made to Howard Kendall in 1978. Peter Fox has won the award a record three times, Mickey Thomas is the only other player to have once the award more than once. There have been 13 different nationalities to have won the award.


  •      denotes multiple recipients in the same season
  • Player (X) denotes the number of times a player has won the award

Player of the Year winners[edit]

2011 winner Robert Huth.
Belgian defender Carl Hoefkens won the 2006 award.
Winger Matthew Etherington won the award in 2010.
Academy product James O'Connor won the award in 2000.
Year Name Nationality Position
1978 Howard Kendall  England Midfielder
1979 Mike Doyle  England Defender
1980 Alan Dodd  England Defender
1981 Peter Fox  England Goalkeeper
1982 Peter Fox (2)  England Goalkeeper
1983 Mickey Thomas  Wales Midfielder
1984 Steve Bould  England Defender
1985 Sammy McIlroy  Northern Ireland Midfielder
1986 Keith Bertschin  England Forward
1987 Lee Dixon  England Defender
1988 Steve Parkin  England Defender
1989 Chris Kamara  England Defender
1990 Peter Fox (3)  England Goalkeeper
1991 Mickey Thomas (2)  Wales Midfielder
1992 Wayne Biggins  England Forward
1993 Mark Stein  South Africa Forward
1994 Ian Cranson  England Midfielder
1995 Lárus Sigurðsson  Iceland Defender
1996multiple award winners in the same season Mark Prudhoe  England Goalkeeper
Ray Wallace  England Defender
1997 Andy Griffin  England Defender
1998 Justin Whittle  England Defender
1999 Kevin Keen  England Midfielder
2000 James O'Connor  Ireland Midfielder
2001 Brynjar Gunnarsson  Iceland Midfielder
2002 Wayne Thomas  England Defender
2003 Sergei Shtanuk  Belarus Defender
2004 Ade Akinbiyi  Nigeria Forward
2005 Clint Hill  England Defender
2006 Carl Hoefkens  Belgium Defender
2007 Danny Higginbotham  England Defender
2008 Liam Lawrence  Ireland Midfielder
2009 Abdoulaye Faye[2]  Senegal Defender
2010 Matthew Etherington[3]  England Midfielder
2011 Robert Huth[4]  Germany Defender
2012 Peter Crouch[5]  England Forward
2013 Asmir Begović[6]  Bosnia and Herzegovina Goalkeeper
2014 Ryan Shawcross[7]  England Defender
2015 Steven Nzonzi[8]  France Midfielder
2016 Jack Butland[9]  England Goalkeeper
2017 Lee Grant[10]  England Goalkeeper
2018 Joe Allen[11]  Wales Midfielder
2019 Jack Butland[12]  England Goalkeeper

Wins by playing position[edit]

Position Number of winners
Goalkeeper 8
Defender 18
Midfielder 12
Forward 5

Wins by nationality[edit]

Nationality Number of winners
 England 27
 Wales 3
 Iceland 2
 Ireland 2
 Belarus 1
 Belgium 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
 France 1
 Germany 1
 Nigeria 1
 Northern Ireland 1
 Senegal 1
 South Africa 1


  1. ^ "Live Coverage Of The Awards Dinner". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Faye wins twice at Stoke awards". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Matthew Etherington named Stoke's player of the year". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Robert Huth named Stoke City's player of the year". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Crouch Bags Hat-Trick Of Awards". Stoke City F.C. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Asmir Begovic sweeps the board at club awards night". The Sentinel. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross is voted club's player of the year". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Nzonzi Steals The Show". Stoke City. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Jack Butland leads the way at awards night". Stoke Sentinel. Archived from the original on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Lee Grant cleans up at Stoke City player-of-the-year awards". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 17 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Joe Allen named Stoke City player-of-the-year at gala dinner tonight". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  12. ^ "BUTLAND LANDS TOP HONOUR". Stoke City. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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