SFWA Footballer of the Year

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SFWA Footballer of the Year
Henrik larsson snorsjoabalen 2007 1.jpg
Henrik Larsson won the award twice
Awarded forThe outstanding player in each given Scottish football season
CountryScotland
Presented by Scottish Football Writers' Association
First awarded1965
Last awarded2020
Footballer of the Year Odsonne Edouard
Most awardsSeven players (2)

The Scottish Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year (often called the SFWA Footballer of the Year, or simply the Scottish Footballer of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in Scottish football. [1] The award has been presented since the 1964–65 season, and the winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Scottish Football Writers' Association (SFWA), which comprises over 100 football journalists based throughout Scotland. [2] The first winner was Celtic's Billy McNeill, and the first non-Scottish winner was Mark Hateley of Rangers in 1994. Seven players have won the award on more than one occasion, the most recent being Leigh Griffiths, who won his second award in the 2015–16 season. [3]

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The award was instigated in 1965, eight years after the association was founded, and committee member Allan Herron was charged with obtaining the permission of the Scottish Football Association to make the first award. Each member of the association casts one vote and also nominates a runner-up. In the event of a tie for first place the number of runner-up votes is taken into consideration. [2] Although it is the older of the two awards, the SFWA award is considered by the players themselves to be of secondary importance to the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year because the winner of the PFA Scotland award is chosen by his fellow professionals. [4]

List of winners

The award has been presented on 56 occasions as of 2020, with 48 different individual players winning. Seven different players (John Greig, Sandy Jardine, Brian Laudrup, Henrik Larsson, Barry Ferguson, Craig Gordon and Leigh Griffiths) have won the award twice, and on one occasion the award was presented collectively to the Scotland national squad. [5] The table also indicates where the winning player also won the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year award (SPFA). [6] In 2012–13, Leigh Griffiths became the first player to win the SFWA award and the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award in the same season. [7]

Brian McClair won the award in 1987. McClair, Brian.jpg
Brian McClair won the award in 1987.
Ally McCoist was the 1992 winner. Ally McCoist 1994.jpg
Ally McCoist was the 1992 winner.
Shunsuke Nakamura was the 2007 winner. Shunsuke Nakamura2.jpg
Shunsuke Nakamura was the 2007 winner.
SeasonPlayerClubAlso wonNotes
1964–65 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Billy McNeill Celtic [8]
1965–66 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO John Greig Rangers [8]
1966–67 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ronnie Simpson Celtic [8]
1967–68 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Gordon Wallace Raith Rovers [8]
1968–69 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Bobby Murdoch Celtic [8]
1969–70 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Pat Stanton Hibernian [8]
1970–71 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Martin Buchan Aberdeen [8]
1971–72 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Dave Smith Rangers [8]
1972–73 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO George Connelly Celtic [8]
1973–74 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Scotland World Cup squad N/A [8]
1974–75 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Sandy Jardine Rangers [8]
1975–76 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO John Greig Rangers [note 1] [8]
1976–77 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Danny McGrain Celtic [8]
1977–78 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Derek Johnstone Rangers SPFA [note 2] [8]
1978–79 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Andy Ritchie Morton [8]
1979–80 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Gordon Strachan Aberdeen [8]
1980–81 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Alan Rough Partick Thistle [8]
1981–82 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Paul Sturrock Dundee United [8]
1982–83 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Charlie Nicholas Celtic SPFA [8]
1983–84 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Willie Miller Aberdeen SPFA [9]
1984–85 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Hamish McAlpine Dundee United [8]
1985–86 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Sandy Jardine Heart of Midlothian [note 3] [8]
1986–87 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Brian McClair Celtic SPFA [8]
1987–88 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Paul McStay Celtic SPFA [10]
1988–89 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Richard Gough Rangers [8]
1989–90 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Alex McLeish Aberdeen [8]
1990–91 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Maurice Malpas Dundee United [8]
1991–92 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ally McCoist Rangers SPFA [8]
1992–93 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Andy Goram Rangers SPFA [8]
1993–94 Flag of England.svg  ENG Mark Hateley Rangers SPFA [note 4] [8]
1994–95 Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Brian Laudrup Rangers SPFA [note 5] [8]
1995–96 Flag of England.svg  ENG Paul Gascoigne Rangers SPFA [8]
1996–97 Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Brian Laudrup Rangers [8]
1997–98 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Craig Burley Celtic [8]
1998–99 Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Henrik Larsson Celtic SPFA [8]
1999–00 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Barry Ferguson Rangers [8]
2000–01 Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Henrik Larsson Celtic SPFA [8]
2001–02 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Paul Lambert Celtic [8]
2002–03 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Barry Ferguson Rangers SPFA [8]
2003–04 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jackie McNamara Celtic [8]
2004–05 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL John Hartson Celtic SPFA [note 6] [8]
2005–06 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Craig Gordon Heart of Midlothian [8]
2006–07 Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Nakamura Celtic SPFA [note 7] [8]
2007–08 Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Carlos Cuéllar Rangers [8]
2008–09 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Gary Caldwell Celtic [11] [8]
2009–10 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO David Weir Rangers [12] [8]
2010–11 Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  HON Emilio Izaguirre Celtic SPFA [13] [8]
2011–12 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Charlie Mulgrew Celtic SPFA [14] [8]
2012–13 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Leigh Griffiths Hibernian [7] [8]
2013–14 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Kris Commons Celtic SPFA [15] [8]
2014–15 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Craig Gordon Celtic [16] [8]
2015–16 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Leigh Griffiths Celtic SPFA [3]
2016–17 Flag of England.svg  ENG Scott Sinclair Celtic SPFA [17]
2017–18 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Scott Brown Celtic SPFA [8]
2018–19 Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO James Forrest Celtic SPFA [8]
2019–20 Flag of France.svg  FRA Odsonne Edouard Celtic [18] [19]

Breakdown of winners

Winners by country

CountryNumber of winsWinning seasons
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
44
1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
Flag of England.svg  England
3
1993–94, 1995–96, 2016–17
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
2
1998–99, 2000–01
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
2
1994–95, 1996–97
Flag of France.svg  France
1
2019–20
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
1
2007–08
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1
2006–07
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
1
2004–05
Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  Honduras
1
2010–11

Winners by club

ClubNumber of winsWinning seasons
Celtic
25
1964–65, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
Rangers
16
1965–66, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2009–10
Aberdeen
4
1970–71, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1989–90
Dundee United
3
1981–82, 1984–85, 1990–91
Heart of Midlothian
2
1985–86, 2005–06
Hibernian
2
1969–70, 2012–13
Partick Thistle
1
1980–81
Morton
1
1978–79
Scotland
1
1973–74
Raith Rovers
1
1967–68

See also

Notes

  1. First player to win the award twice.
  2. First player to win SFWA and SPFA awards in the same season.
  3. First player to win the award twice with two different clubs.
  4. First non-Scottish winner.
  5. First winner from outside the British Isles
  6. Hartson shared the SPFA award with Fernando Ricksen.
  7. First winner from outside Europe.

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