|Competition||All levels of English football|
|Country||England and Wales|
|First winner||Stanley Matthews|
|Most wins|| Thierry Henry |
|Most recent||Mohamed Salah|
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.  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 2021–22 is Mohamed Salah of Liverpool. Nine 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.
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.  The award was instigated at the suggestion of Charles Buchan, a former professional footballer turned journalist and one of the Association's founders. 
The award has been presented on 75 occasions as of 2022, to 66 players. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season.  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),    Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY),  the Young Player of the Year award (YPY),    the Premier League Player of the Season award (PPS),  , the Football Supporter Association Player of the Year (FSA), and the Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year award (FSF). 
|1948–49||Johnny Carey||Manchester United|||
|1951–52||Billy Wright||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1952–53||Nat Lofthouse||Bolton Wanderers|
|1953–54||Tom Finney||Preston North End|
|1954–55||Don Revie||Manchester City|
|1955–56||Bert Trautmann||Manchester City|
|1956–57||Tom Finney (2)||Preston North End|||
|1957–58||Danny Blanchflower||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1958–59||Syd Owen||Luton Town|
|1959–60||Bill Slater||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1960–61||Danny Blanchflower (2)||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1962–63||Stanley Matthews (2)||Stoke City|||
|1963–64||Bobby Moore||West Ham United|
|1964–65||Bobby Collins||Leeds United|
|1965–66||Bobby Charlton||Manchester United|
|1966–67||Jack Charlton||Leeds United|
|1967–68||George Best||Manchester United|
|1968–69|| || Tony Book |
| Manchester City |
|1969–70||Billy Bremner||Leeds United|
|1971–72||Gordon Banks||Stoke City|
|1972–73||Pat Jennings||Tottenham Hotspur|||
|1977–78||Kenny Burns||Nottingham Forest|
|1980–81||Frans Thijssen||Ipswich Town|
|1981–82||Steve Perryman||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1982–83||Kenny Dalglish (2)||Liverpool||PPY|
|1986–87||Clive Allen||Tottenham Hotspur||PPY|
|1989–90||John Barnes (2)||Liverpool|
|1990–91||Gordon Strachan||Leeds United|
|1991–92||Gary Lineker (2)||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1992–93||Chris Waddle||Sheffield Wednesday|
|1993–94||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers|
|1994–95||Jürgen Klinsmann||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1995–96||Eric Cantona||Manchester United|
|1998–99||David Ginola||Tottenham Hotspur||PPY|
|1999–2000||Roy Keane||Manchester United||PPY|
|2000–01||Teddy Sheringham||Manchester United||PPY|
|2002–03||Thierry Henry||Arsenal||PPY, FPY|
|2003–04||Thierry Henry (2)||Arsenal||PPY, FPY, PPS|||
|2004–05||Frank Lampard||Chelsea||FPY, PPS|||
|2005–06||Thierry Henry (3)||Arsenal||PPS|||
|2006–07||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||PPY, FPY, YPY, PPS|||
|2007–08||Cristiano Ronaldo (2)||Manchester United||PPY, FPY, PPS|
|2009–10||Wayne Rooney||Manchester United||PPY, FPY, PPS|||
|2010–11||Scott Parker||West Ham United|||
|2011–12||Robin van Persie||Arsenal||PPY, FPY|||
|2012–13||Gareth Bale||Tottenham Hotspur||PPY, YPY, PPS|||
|2013–14||Luis Suárez||Liverpool||PPY, FPY, PPS, FSA|||
|2014–15||Eden Hazard||Chelsea||PPY, PPS|||
|2015–16||Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||PPS|||
|2016–17||N'Golo Kanté||Chelsea||PPY, PPS|||
|2017–18||Mohamed Salah||Liverpool||PPY, FPY, PPS, FSA|||
|2018–19||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||YPY|||
|2020–21||Rúben Dias||Manchester City||PPS|||
|2021–22||Mohamed Salah (2)||Liverpool||PPY, FPY|||
|Country||Number of wins||Winning years|
|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|
|1964–65, 1968–69 ‡, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1990–91|
|1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2016–17|
|1957–58, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1972–73|
|1980–81, 1997–98, 2011–12|
|1983–84, 1984–85, 2012–13|
|2006–07, 2007–08, 2020–21|
|West Germany / Germany|
|Republic of Ireland|
‡ — two winners
|Club||Number of wins||Winning years|
|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, 2021–22|
|1957–58, 1960–61, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2012–13|
|1948–49, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10|
|1949–50, 1970–71, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2011–12|
|1954–55, 1955–56, 1968–69 ‡, 2018–19, 2020–21|
|1964–65, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1990–91|
|1996–97, 2004–05, 2014–15, 2016–17|
|Preston North End|
|West Ham United|
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