PFAI Players' Player of the Year

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Mark Farren won the award in 2005. Farrenmark.JPG
Mark Farren won the award in 2005.

The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland Players' Player of the Year (often called the PFAI Players' Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, or simply the Irish Player of the Year) award is given to the footballer the League of Ireland Premier Division, who is seen to have been the best player of the previous season. [1]

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The shortlist is compiled by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (the PFAI), and then the winner is voted for by the other players in the league. The prize is regarded as the highest awarded by the PFAI and is seen as the primary "Player of the Year" award in Ireland.

The award was first given in 1981, and was won by Athlone Town player Padraig O'Connor. The latest winner of the award is Jack Byrne of Shamrock Rovers.

List of winners

Highlighted players are winning the award for a second time.

2020s

YearPlayerClub
2020 Flag of Ireland.svg Jack Byrne Shamrock Rovers

2010s

YearPlayerClub
2019 Flag of Ireland.svg Jack Byrne Shamrock Rovers
2018 Ulster Banner.svg Michael Duffy Dundalk
2017 Flag of Ireland.svg Sean Maguire Cork City
2016 Flag of Ireland.svg Daryl Horgan Dundalk
2015 Flag of Ireland.svg Richie Towell Dundalk
2014 Flag of Ireland.svg Christy Fagan St Patrick's Athletic
2013 Flag of Ireland.svg Killian Brennan St Patrick's Athletic
2012 Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Quigley Sligo Rovers
2011 Flag of Libya.svg Éamon Zayed Derry City
2010 Flag of Ireland.svg Richie Ryan Sligo Rovers

2000s

YearPlayerClub
2009 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers
2008 Flag of Ireland.svg Keith Fahey St. Patrick's Athletic
2007 Flag of Ireland.svg Brian Shelley Drogheda United
2006 Flag of Cameroon.svg Joseph N'Do Shelbourne
2005 Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Farren Derry City
2004 Flag of Ireland.svg Jason Byrne Shelbourne
2003 Flag of Ireland.svg Jason Byrne Shelbourne
2003 Flag of Ireland.svg Glen Crowe Bohemians
2002 Flag of Ireland.svg Owen Heary Shelbourne
2001 Flag of Ireland.svg Glen Crowe Bohemians
2000 Flag of Ireland.svg Pat Fenlon Shelbourne

1990s

YearPlayerClub
1999 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul Osam St. Patrick's Athletic
1998 Flag of Ireland.svg Pat Scully Shelbourne
1997 Ulster Banner.svg Peter Hutton Derry City
1996 Flag of Ireland.svg Eddie Gormley St. Patrick's Athletic
1995 Ulster Banner.svg Liam Coyle Derry City
1994 Flag of Ireland.svg Stephen Geoghegan Shamrock Rovers
1993 Flag of Ireland.svg Donal O'Brien Derry City
1992 Flag of Ireland.svg Pat Fenlon Bohemians
1991 Flag of Ireland.svg Pat Morley Cork City
1990 Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Ennis St. Patrick's Athletic

1980s

YearPlayerClub
1989 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul Doolin Derry City
1988 Flag of Ireland.svg Paddy Dillon St. Patrick's Athletic
1987 Flag of Ireland.svg Mick Byrne Shamrock Rovers
1986 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul Doolin Shamrock Rovers
1985 Flag of Ireland.svg Tommy Gaynor Limerick City
1984 Flag of Ireland.svg Pat Byrne Shamrock Rovers
1983 Flag of Ireland.svg Martin Murray Drogheda United
1982 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McGrath St. Patrick's Athletic
1981 Flag of Ireland.svg Padraig O'Connor Athlone Town

Breakdown of winners

Winners by club

ClubNumber of wins
St. Patrick's Athletic 8 (1982, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2008, 2013, 2014)
Shamrock Rovers 7 (1984, 1986, 1987, 1994, 2009, 2019, 2020)
Derry City 6 (1989, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2011)
Shelbourne 6 (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Dundalk 3 (2015, 2016, 2018)
Bohemians 3 (1992, 2001, 2003)
Cork City 2 (1991, 2017)
Sligo Rovers 2 (2010, 2012)
Drogheda United 2 (1983, 2007)
Limerick 1 (1985)
Athlone Town 1 (1981)

Winners by country

CountryNumber of wins
Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland 34 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 3 (1995, 1997, 2018)
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 1 (2006)
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 (2009)
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 1 (2011)

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