Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Player of the Year

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The Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Player of the Year (often called the NIFWA Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in the IFA Premiership. It is one of two association football Player of the Year awards in Northern Ireland, with the other being the Ulster Footballer of the Year award. The award has been presented since the 1969–70 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst members of the association. [1] The first winner of the award was Des Dickson of Coleraine. The player to have received the award more than any other is Glenn Ferguson, who has collected the award on three occasions, the last of which was in 2006. [2] Two other players have won the award twice; Ivan Murray was the first in 1975 and Vinny Arkins was the most recent, in 2002.

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Winners

YearPlayerNationalityClubAlso won [A] NotesRefs [B]
1969–70 Des Dickson Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Coleraine
1970–71 Bryan Hamilton Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY
1971–72 Billy Humphries Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Ards UFY
1972–73 John McPolin Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Crusaders
1973–74 Ivan Murray Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Coleraine
1974–75 Ivan Murray (2)Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Coleraine [C]
1975–76 Warren Feeney Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran UFY
1976–77 Billy Caskey Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran
1977–78 Jim Martin Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY
1978–79 Ray McGuigan Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glenavon
1979–80 Lindsay McKeown Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY
1980–81 Gary Blackledge Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran
1981–82 Felix Healy Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Coleraine UFY
1982–83 George Dunlop Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield
1983–84 Billy Murray Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield
1984–85 Martin McGaughey Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY
1985–86 Trevor Anderson Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield
1986–87 Damien Byrne Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland Ards
1987–88 Alan Paterson Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran UFY
1988–89 Marty Magee Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Portadown
1989–90 Ollie Ralph Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland Newry Town UFY
1990–91 Stephen McBride Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glenavon UFY
1991–92 Raymond Morrison Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran UFY
1992–93 Paul Byrne Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland Bangor
1993–94 Noel Bailie Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY
1994–95 Kevin McKeown Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Crusaders UFY
1995–96 Peter Kennedy Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Portadown UFY
1996–97 Stephen Baxter Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Crusaders UFY
1997–98 Marty Tabb Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Cliftonville UFY
1998–99 John Devine Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran UFY
1999–00 Vinny Arkins Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland Portadown UFY
2000–01 Glenn Ferguson Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY [3]
2001–02 Vinny Arkins (2) Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland Portadown [C] [4]
2002–03 Gary Smyth Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran UFY [5]
2003–04 Glenn Ferguson (2)Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY [6]
2004–05 Mark Glendinning Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Glentoran [7]
2005–06 Glenn Ferguson (3)Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY [D] [8]
2006–07 William Murphy Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY [9]
2007–08 Michael Gault Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield [10]
2008–09 Chris Scannell Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Cliftonville UFY [11]
2009–10 Rory Patterson Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Coleraine UFY [12]
2010–11 Stuart Dallas Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Crusaders [13]
2011–12 Chris Morrow Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Crusaders [14]
2012–13 Liam Boyce Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Cliftonville UFY [15]
2013–14 Joe Gormley Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Cliftonville UFY [16]
2014–15 Paul Heatley Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Crusaders UFY [17]
2015–16 Billy Joe Burns Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Crusaders UFY [18]
2016–17 Jamie Mulgrew Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY [19]
2017–18 Gavin Whyte Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Crusaders UFY [20]
2018–19 Jimmy Callacher Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield UFY
2019–20 Joel Cooper Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Linfield [21]

By player

PlayerTotalYears
Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Ferguson 32001, 2004, 2006
Ulster Banner.svg [[Ivan Murray {{{last}}}|Ivan Murray {{{last}}}]]21974, 1975
Flag of Ireland.svg Vinny Arkins 22000, 2002

By country

ClubPlayersTotal
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 4044
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Republic of Ireland 45
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 11

By club

ClubPlayersTotal
Linfield 1315
Crusaders 88
Glentoran 88
Coleraine 45
Cliftonville 44
Portadown 34
Ards 22
Glenavon 22
Bangor 11
Newry Town 11

See also

Footnotes

A. ^ : Player also won the Ulster Footballer of the Year award.
B. ^ : Sourced to the official website of the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association unless otherwise stated. [22]
C. a b : Won the award on two occasions. [22]
D. ^ : Won the award three times. [22]

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