Watford F.C. Player of the Season

Watford Football Club are an English football club, from Watford, Hertfordshire. Founded in 1881 as Watford Rovers, the club has competed in the Football League since 1920, with the exceptions of 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2015–16 and 2016–17, when it competed in the Premier League. First introduced by the Watford Observer in the 1972–73 season, the Watford F.C. Player of the Season award is voted for annually by supporters of the club.[2] It recognises the best overall performance by an individual player through the season. Each year the winner is presented with the Watford Observer Trophy at the club's end-of-season awards dinner.[3]

Goalkeeper Andy Rankin won the initial award in the 1972–73 season, ahead of Colin Franks and Duncan Welbourne. In the 1974–75 season, Rankin won the award for the second time, becoming the first of ten players to do so as of 2016.[2][4] Another goalkeeper, Tony Coton, is the only player to have received the title for a third time. Coton is one of four players to have won the award in consecutive seasons, the others being Wilf Rostron in 1982–83 and 1983–84, Tommy Smith in 2007–08 and 2008–09, and most recently, Troy Deeney in 2013–14 and 2014–15. Eight winners of the award have represented their country at full international level, of whom only John McClelland went on to become Watford's Player of the Season for a second time.[4]

Towards the end of each season, fans vote directly for the Player of the Season. Historically this has been conducted by post, but in recent years it has taken place on the Watford Observer's website. This system was earmarked for change to a match-by-match rating system in 2009,[5][6] but in March 2010, the Observer decided to revert to the traditional method of voting.[7]

Winners

   Inducted into the Watford Hall of Fame
Statistics correct at end of 201516 season.

Tommy Mooney, winner in 1995–96 and 2000–01.
Ben Foster, winner in 2006–07.
Season Level[lower-alpha 1] Name Position[lower-alpha 2] Apps[lower-alpha 3] Goals[lower-alpha 3] National team[lower-alpha 4] Notes
1972–73 3Andy RankinGoalkeeper3290 England under-23
1973–74 3Billy JenningsForward10037 England youth[9]
1974–75 3Andy RankinGoalkeeper3290 England under-23
1975–76 4Ross JenkinsForward398142 None
[lower-alpha 5]
1976–77 4Keith MercerForward15453 None
1977–78 4Alan GarnerDefender23216 None
1978–79 3Ross JenkinsForward398142 None
[lower-alpha 5]
1979–80 2Ian BoltonDefender28736 None
[11]
1980–81 2Steve SimsDefender2198 England B
1981–82 2Les TaylorMidfielder21120 None
[12]
1982–83 1Wilf RostronDefender40430 England schoolboys
1983–84 1Wilf RostronDefender40430 England schoolboys
1984–85 1John McClellandDefender2343 Northern Ireland
[13][14]
1985–86 1Tony CotonGoalkeeper2910 England B
[15][16]
1986–87 1Tony CotonGoalkeeper2910 England B
[15][16]
1987–88 1John McClellandDefender2343 Northern Ireland
[13][14]
1988–89 2Glyn HodgesMidfielder10219 Wales[17]
1989–90 2Tony CotonGoalkeeper2910 England B
[15][16]
1990–91 2David JamesGoalkeeper980 England
[18][19][20]
1991–92 2Nigel GibbsDefender4917 England under-21
[lower-alpha 6]
1992–93 2Paul FurlongForward9141 England C[22][23]
1993–94 2Gary PorterMidfielder47257 England under-21
[24]
1994–95 2Kevin MillerGoalkeeper1510 None
1995–96 2Tommy MooneyForward28764 None
[25]
1996–97 3Kevin MillerGoalkeeper1510 None
1997–98 3Alec ChamberlainGoalkeeper2880 None
1998–99 2Steve PalmerDefender2729 None[lower-alpha 7]
1999–2000 1Rob PageDefender2523 Wales
[27][28]
2000–01 2Tommy MooneyForward28764 None
[25]
2001–02 2Alec ChamberlainGoalkeeper2880 None
2002–03 2Marcus GayleDefender1159 Jamaica[29]
2003–04 2Gavin MahonMidfielder2157 None[16][30]
2004–05 2Heiðar HelgusonForward22875 Iceland
[14][31][32]
2005–06 2Marlon KingForward8737 Jamaica[25][33][34]
2006–07 1Ben FosterGoalkeeper810 England[12][35][36]
2007–08 2Tommy SmithMidfielder30664 England under-21[19][37][38]
2008–09 2Tommy SmithMidfielder30664 England under-21[37][38][39]
2009–10 2Tom CleverleyMidfielder3511 England under-21[40][41]
2010–11 2Danny GrahamForward9841 England under-20[42][43]
2011–12 2Adrian MariappaDefender2474 Jamaica[1][44][45]
2012–13 2Almen AbdiMidfielder9223 Switzerland[46]
2013–14 2Troy DeeneyForward26396 None[47]
2014–15 2Troy DeeneyForward26396 None[48]
2015–16 1Heurelho GomesGoalkeeper830 Brazil[49]
2016–17 1Sebastian PrödlDefender830 Austria[50]

Statistics

Wins by playing position
Position[lower-alpha 2]Number of winners[lower-alpha 8]
Goalkeeper12
Defender13
Midfielder7
Forward10
Wins by international representation
CountryNumber of winners[lower-alpha 8]
 England18
 Jamaica3
 Northern Ireland2
 Wales2
 Iceland1
 Brazil1
 Austria1

Footnotes

  1. The official "Level" of competition in the structure of the English league system.
  2. 1 2 For a full description of positions see association football positions.
  3. 1 2 "Apps" is short for appearances, and refers to competitive first team appearances for Watford. Goals refers to competitive first team goals scored for Watford.
  4. Where a player represented his country at multiple levels, only the highest level is given.
  5. 1 2 Not to be confused with Ross Jenkins (footballer, born 1990), who won the Watford Young Player of the Season award in 2008–09.[10]
  6. Gibbs spent his entire playing career at Watford.[21]
  7. Palmer is listed as a defender as he played most games this season as a central defender. He has played in every position for the club.[26]
  8. 1 2 Multiple winners are counted multiple times.

References

General
  • Players of the Season sourced to: "Former Watford Players of the Season". Watford Football Club. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  • Pre-1998 player information sourced to: Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  • Post-1998 player information sourced to: "Watford: Squad stats". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  • Further information sourced in an individual player's notes section as necessary.
Further reading
  • Phillips, Oliver (2001). The Golden Boys: A Study of Watford's Cult Heroes. Alpine Press Ltd. p. 230. ISBN 0-9528631-6-2. 
  • Phillips, Oliver (1991). The Official Centenary History of Watford FC 1881–1991. Watford Football Club. pp. 181182, 271272. ISBN 0-9509601-6-0. 
Specific
  1. 1 2 "Mariappa wins Player of the Season award". Watford Observer. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. 1 2 Phillips, Oliver (1991). The Official Centenary History of Watford FC 1881–1991. Watford football club. pp. 271272. ISBN 0-9509601-6-0.
  3. "Hornets star first player to retain trophy for 22 years". Watford Observer. Newsquest. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
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  14. 1 2 3 "H's Treble at Prestige Night". Watford F.C. 6 May 2005. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
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  43. Matthews, Anthony (30 April 2011). "Danny Graham is Player of the Season". Watford Observer. Newsquest. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  44. "Adrian Mariappa". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
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