FWA Footballer of the Year

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FWA Footballer of the Year
Ruben Dias Benfica-Zenit UCL201920 (cropped).jpg
Rúben Dias won the award in 2021.
Sport Association football
CompetitionAll levels of English football
Country England and Wales
Presented by FWA
History
First award1947–48
Editions73
First winner Flag of England.svg Stanley Matthews
Most wins Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry
(3 awards)
Most recent Flag of Portugal.svg Rúben Dias
Website footballwriters.co.uk/awards

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year (often called the FWA Footballer of the Year, or in England simply the Footballer of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football. [1] The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season, with the inaugural winner being Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews. The latest winner of the award as of 2020–21 is Rúben Dias of Manchester City. Eight players have won the award on more than one occasion, with Thierry Henry having won the award on the most occasions, with three wins in four seasons.

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The winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Football Writers' Association (FWA), which comprises around 400 football journalists based throughout England. [2] The award was instigated at the suggestion of Charles Buchan, a former professional footballer turned journalist and one of the Association's founders. [3]

Winners

The award has been presented on 74 occasions as of 2021, to 66 players. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season. [4] The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in English football, namely the Professional Footballers' Association's Players' Player of the Year award (PPY), [5] [6] [7] Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY), [8] the Young Player of the Year award (YPY), [6] [7] [9] the Premier League Player of the Season award (PPS), [10] and the Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year award (FSF). [11]

Neville Southall's 1985 win was the last time a goalkeeper received the award. NevilleSouthall.jpg
Neville Southall's 1985 win was the last time a goalkeeper received the award.
Dennis Bergkamp won the award in the 1997-98 season. Dennis Bergkamp cropped.JPG
Dennis Bergkamp won the award in the 1997–98 season.
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons. Thierry Henry Charlton.jpg
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo also won the award consecutively, in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. C ronaldo cropped.jpg
Cristiano Ronaldo also won the award consecutively, in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons.
Steven Gerrard won the award in 2009, becoming the first Liverpool player to do so for nineteen years. The big 4-0.jpg
Steven Gerrard won the award in 2009, becoming the first Liverpool player to do so for nineteen years.
The trophy awarded to the Footballer of the Year from 2015 onwards FWA Player of the Year from 2015.jpg
The trophy awarded to the Footballer of the Year from 2015 onwards
Winners of the FWA Footballer of the Year
YearPlayerClubAlso wonNotes
1947–48 Flag of England.svg Stanley Matthews Blackpool
1948–49 Flag of Ireland.svg Johnny Carey Manchester United [12]
1949–50 Flag of England.svg Joe Mercer Arsenal
1950–51 Flag of England.svg Harry Johnston Blackpool
1951–52 Flag of England.svg Billy Wright Wolverhampton Wanderers
1952–53 Flag of England.svg Nat Lofthouse Bolton Wanderers
1953–54 Flag of England.svg Tom Finney Preston North End
1954–55 Flag of England.svg Don Revie Manchester City
1955–56 Flag of Germany.svg Bert Trautmann Manchester City
1956–57 Flag of England.svg Tom Finney (2) Preston North End [13]
1957–58 Ulster Banner.svg Danny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1958–59 Flag of England.svg Syd Owen Luton Town
1959–60 Flag of England.svg Bill Slater Wolverhampton Wanderers
1960–61 Ulster Banner.svg Danny Blanchflower (2) Tottenham Hotspur
1961–62 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Adamson Burnley
1962–63 Flag of England.svg Stanley Matthews (2) Stoke City [14]
1963–64 Flag of England.svg Bobby Moore West Ham United
1964–65 Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Collins Leeds United
1965–66 Flag of England.svg Bobby Charlton Manchester United
1966–67 Flag of England.svg Jack Charlton Leeds United
1967–68 Ulster Banner.svg George Best Manchester United
1968–69 Flag of England.svg
Flag of Scotland.svg
Tony Book
Dave Mackay
Manchester City
Derby County
1969–70 Flag of Scotland.svg Billy Bremner Leeds United
1970–71 Flag of Scotland.svg Frank McLintock Arsenal
1971–72 Flag of England.svg Gordon Banks Stoke City
1972–73 Ulster Banner.svg Pat Jennings Tottenham Hotspur [15]
1973–74 Flag of England.svg Ian Callaghan Liverpool
1974–75 Flag of England.svg Alan Mullery Fulham
1975–76 Flag of England.svg Kevin Keegan Liverpool
1976–77 Flag of England.svg Emlyn Hughes Liverpool
1977–78 Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Burns Nottingham Forest
1978–79 Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish Liverpool
1979–80 Flag of England.svg Terry McDermott Liverpool PPY [16]
1980–81 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Frans Thijssen Ipswich Town
1981–82 Flag of England.svg Steve Perryman Tottenham Hotspur
1982–83 Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish (2) Liverpool PPY
1983–84 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Rush Liverpool PPY
1984–85 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Neville Southall Everton
1985–86 Flag of England.svg Gary Lineker Everton PPY
1986–87 Flag of England.svg Clive Allen Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1987–88 Flag of England.svg John Barnes Liverpool PPY
1988–89 Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Nicol Liverpool
1989–90 Flag of England.svg John Barnes (2) Liverpool
1990–91 Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan Leeds United
1991–92 Flag of England.svg Gary Lineker (2) Tottenham Hotspur
1992–93 Flag of England.svg Chris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
1993–94 Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1994–95 Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
1995–96 Flag of France.svg Eric Cantona Manchester United
1996–97 Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola Chelsea
1997–98 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal PPY
1998–99 Flag of France.svg David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1999–2000 Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Manchester United PPY
2000–01 Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Manchester United PPY
2001–02 Flag of France.svg Robert Pires Arsenal
2002–03 Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY
2003–04 Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry (2) Arsenal PPY, FPY, PPS [17]
2004–05 Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard Chelsea FPY, PPS [18]
2005–06 Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry (3) Arsenal PPS [19]
2006–07 Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY, YPY, PPS [20]
2007–08 Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo (2) Manchester United PPY, FPY, PPS
2008–09 Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Liverpool FPY [21]
2009–10 Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney Manchester United PPY, FPY, PPS [22]
2010–11 Flag of England.svg Scott Parker West Ham United [23]
2011–12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Arsenal PPY, FPY [24]
2012–13 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur PPY, YPY, PPS [25]
2013–14 Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez Liverpool PPY, FPY, PPS, FSF [26]
2014–15 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard Chelsea PPY, PPS [27]
2015–16 Flag of England.svg Jamie Vardy Leicester City PPS [28]
2016–17 Flag of France.svg N'Golo Kanté Chelsea PPY, PPS [29]
2017–18 Flag of Egypt.svg Mohamed Salah Liverpool PPY, FPY, PPS, FSF [30]
2018–19 Flag of England.svg Raheem Sterling Manchester City YPY [31]
2019–20 Flag of England.svg Jordan Henderson Liverpool [32]
2020–21 Flag of Portugal.svg Rúben Dias Manchester City PPS [33]

Breakdown of winners

By country

Winners of the FWA Footballer of the Year by country
CountryNumber of winsWinning years
Flag of England.svg England
38
1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69 , 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2019–20
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
9
1964–65, 1968–69 , 1969–70, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1990–91
Flag of France.svg France
7
1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2016–17
Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland
4
1957–58, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1972–73
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
3
1980–81, 1997–98, 2011–12
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
3
1983–84, 1984–85, 2012–13
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
3
2006–07, 2007–08, 2020–21
Flag of Germany.svg Germany
2
1955–56, 1994–95
Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland
2
1948–49, 1999–2000
Flag of Italy.svg Italy
1
1996–97
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
1
2013–14
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
1
2014–15
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
1
2017–18

‡ — two winners

Winners by club

Winners of the FWA Footballer of the Year by club
ClubNumber of winsWinning years
Liverpool
14
1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2019–20
Tottenham Hotspur
9
1957–58, 1960–61, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2012–13
Manchester United
9
1948–49, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10
Arsenal
8
1949–50, 1970–71, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2011–12
Manchester City
5
1954–55, 1955–56, 1968–69 , 2018–19, 2020–21
Leeds United
4
1964–65, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1990–91
Chelsea
4
1996–97, 2004–05, 2014–15, 2016–17
Everton
2
1984–85, 1985–86
Stoke City
2
1962–63, 1971–72
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2
1951–52, 1959–60
Preston North End
2
1953–54, 1956–57
Blackpool
2
1947–48, 1950–51
West Ham United
2
1963–64, 2010–11
Leicester City
1
2015–16
Blackburn Rovers
1
1993–94
Sheffield Wednesday
1
1992–93
Ipswich Town
1
1980–81
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Fulham
1
1974–75
Derby County
1
1968–69
Burnley
1
1961–62
Luton Town
1
1958–59
Bolton Wanderers
1
1952–53

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