Ulster Footballer of the Year

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The Ulster Footballer of the Year is the older of two association football player of the year awards in Northern Ireland. (The other is the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association award.) It is awarded by Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters' Club to the player who is adjudged by an independent committee to have been the best of the season in the Irish Premiership. The award has been presented since the 1950–51 season, when the inaugural winner was Kevin McGarry of Cliftonville. The current holder of the award is Jamie Mulgrew, of Linfield. [1] Glenn Ferguson has won the award most often: on three separate occasions. [2]



1950–51 Ulster Banner.svg Kevin McGarry Cliftonville
1951–52 Flag of Scotland.svg Eric Treverrow Ballymena United
1952–53 Ulster Banner.svg Sammy Hughes Glentoran
1953–54 Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Delaney Derry City
1954–55 Ulster Banner.svg Maurice McVeigh Glenavon
1955–56 Ulster Banner.svg Dick Keith Linfield
1956–57 Ulster Banner.svg Wilbur Cush Glenavon
1957–58 Flag of England.svg Jackie Milburn Linfield
1958–59 Ulster Banner.svg Clancy McDermott Coleraine
1959–60 Ulster Banner.svg Billy Neill Glentoran
1960–61 Ulster Banner.svg Albert Campbell Crusaders
1961–62 Ulster Banner.svg Tommy Dickson Linfield
1962–63 Ulster Banner.svg Roy Rea Glentoran
1963–64 Ulster Banner.svg Trevor Thompson Glentoran
1964–65 Flag of Scotland.svg Dougie Wood Derry City
1965–66 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Leishman Linfield
1966–67 Ulster Banner.svg Walter Bruce Glentoran
1967–68 Ulster Banner.svg Sammy Hatton Linfield
1968–69 Ulster Banner.svg Billy McAvoy Ards
1969–70 Ulster Banner.svg Billy Humphries Ards
1970–71 Ulster Banner.svg Bryan Hamilton Linfield
1971–72 Ulster Banner.svg Billy Humphries Ards
1972–73 Ulster Banner.svg Sammy Lunn Portadown
1973–74 Ulster Banner.svg Arthur Stewart Ballymena United
1974–75 Ulster Banner.svg Eric Bowyer Linfield
1975–76 Ulster Banner.svg Warren Feeney Glentoran
1976–77 Ulster Banner.svg Peter Rafferty Linfield
1977–78 Ulster Banner.svg Jim Martin Linfield
1978–79 Ulster Banner.svg Roy Walsh Glentoran
1979–80 Ulster Banner.svg Lindsay McKeown Linfield
1980–81 Ulster Banner.svg George Dunlop Linfield
1981–82 Ulster Banner.svg Felix Healy Coleraine
1982–83 Ulster Banner.svg Jim Cleary Glentoran
1983–84 Ulster Banner.svg Bobby Carlisle Cliftonville
1984–85 Ulster Banner.svg Martin McGaughey Linfield
1985–86 Ulster Banner.svg Pat McCoy Crusaders
1986–87 Ulster Banner.svg Raymond McCoy Coleraine
1987–88 Ulster Banner.svg Alan Patterson Glentoran
1988–89 Ulster Banner.svg Lindsay McKeown Linfield
1989–90 Flag of Ireland.svg Ollie Ralph Newry Town
1990–91 Ulster Banner.svg Stephen McBride Glenavon
1991–92 Ulster Banner.svg Raymond Morrison Glentoran
1992–93 Flag of Scotland.svg Stevie Cowan Portadown
1993–94 Ulster Banner.svg Noel Bailie Linfield
1994–95 Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin McKeown Crusaders
1995–96 Ulster Banner.svg Peter Kennedy Portadown
1996–97 Ulster Banner.svg Stephen Baxter Crusaders
1997–98 Ulster Banner.svg Marty Tabb Cliftonville
1998–99 Ulster Banner.svg John Devine Glentoran
1999-2000 Flag of Ireland.svg Vinny Arkins Portadown
2000–01 Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Ferguson Linfield
2001–02 Ulster Banner.svg Mickey Keenan Portadown
2002–03 Ulster Banner.svg Gary Smyth Glentoran
2003–04 Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Ferguson Linfield
2004–05 Ulster Banner.svg Paul Leeman Glentoran
2005–06 Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Ferguson Linfield
2006–07 Ulster Banner.svg William Murphy Linfield
2007–08 Ulster Banner.svg Alan Mannus Linfield
2008–09 Ulster Banner.svg Chris Scannell Cliftonville
2009–10 Ulster Banner.svg Rory Patterson Coleraine
2010–11 Ulster Banner.svg Alan Blayney Linfield
2011–12 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McCutcheon Ballymena United
2012–13 Ulster Banner.svg Liam Boyce Cliftonville
2013–14 Ulster Banner.svg Joe Gormley Cliftonville
2014–15 Ulster Banner.svg Paul Heatley Crusaders
2015–16 Ulster Banner.svg Billy Joe Burns Crusaders
2016–17 Ulster Banner.svg Jamie Mulgrew Linfield
2017–18 Ulster Banner.svg Gavin Whyte Crusaders [3]
2018–19 Ulster Banner.svg Jimmy Callacher Linfield

Breakdown of winners by club

ClubNumber of wins
Ballymena United
Derry City
Newry City

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  2. M. Brodie (ed.), Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2010–2011. Belfast:Ulster Tatler Publications
  3. "Gavin Whyte:Winger named Ulster Footballer of the Year". BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2018.