FWA Footballer of the Year

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year (often called the FWA Footballer of the Year, or in England simply the Footballer of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football.[1] The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season, with the inaugural winner being Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews. The latest winner of the award as of 2020–21 is Rúben Dias of Manchester City. Eight players have won the award on more than one occasion, with Thierry Henry having won the award on the most occasions, with three wins in four seasons.

FWA Footballer of the Year
Rúben Dias won the award in 2021.
SportAssociation football
CompetitionAll levels of English football
CountryEngland and Wales
Presented byFWA
History
First award1947–48
Editions73
First winner Stanley Matthews
Most wins Thierry Henry
(3 awards)
Most recent Rúben Dias
Websitefootballwriters.co.uk/awards

The winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Football Writers' Association (FWA), which comprises around 400 football journalists based throughout England.[2] The award was instigated at the suggestion of Charles Buchan, a former professional footballer turned journalist and one of the Association's founders.[3]

Winners

The award has been presented on 74 occasions as of 2021, to 66 players. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season.[4] The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in English football, namely the Professional Footballers' Association's Players' Player of the Year award (PPY),[5][6][7] Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY),[8] the Young Player of the Year award (YPY),[6][7][9] the Premier League Player of the Season award (PPS),[10] and the Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year award (FSF).[11]

Neville Southall's 1985 win was the last time a goalkeeper received the award.
Dennis Bergkamp won the award in the 1997–98 season.
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo also won the award consecutively, in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons.
Steven Gerrard won the award in 2009, becoming the first Liverpool player to do so for nineteen years.
The trophy awarded to the Footballer of the Year from 2015 onwards
Winners of the FWA Footballer of the Year
Year PlayerClubAlso wonNotes
1947–48Stanley MatthewsBlackpool
1948–49Johnny CareyManchester United[12]
1949–50Joe MercerArsenal
1950–51Harry JohnstonBlackpool
1951–52Billy WrightWolverhampton Wanderers
1952–53Nat LofthouseBolton Wanderers
1953–54Tom FinneyPreston North End
1954–55Don RevieManchester City
1955–56Bert TrautmannManchester City
1956–57Tom Finney (2)Preston North End[13]
1957–58Danny BlanchflowerTottenham Hotspur
1958–59Syd OwenLuton Town
1959–60Bill SlaterWolverhampton Wanderers
1960–61Danny Blanchflower (2)Tottenham Hotspur
1961–62Jimmy AdamsonBurnley
1962–63Stanley Matthews (2)Stoke City[14]
1963–64Bobby MooreWest Ham United
1964–65Bobby CollinsLeeds United
1965–66Bobby CharltonManchester United
1966–67Jack CharltonLeeds United
1967–68George BestManchester United
1968–69
Tony Book
Dave Mackay
Manchester City
Derby County
1969–70Billy BremnerLeeds United
1970–71Frank McLintockArsenal
1971–72Gordon BanksStoke City
1972–73Pat JenningsTottenham Hotspur[15]
1973–74Ian CallaghanLiverpool
1974–75Alan MulleryFulham
1975–76Kevin KeeganLiverpool
1976–77Emlyn HughesLiverpool
1977–78Kenny BurnsNottingham Forest
1978–79Kenny DalglishLiverpool
1979–80Terry McDermottLiverpoolPPY[16]
1980–81Frans ThijssenIpswich Town
1981–82Steve PerrymanTottenham Hotspur
1982–83Kenny Dalglish (2)LiverpoolPPY
1983–84Ian RushLiverpoolPPY
1984–85Neville SouthallEverton
1985–86Gary LinekerEvertonPPY
1986–87Clive AllenTottenham HotspurPPY
1987–88John BarnesLiverpoolPPY
1988–89Steve NicolLiverpool
1989–90John Barnes (2)Liverpool
1990–91Gordon StrachanLeeds United
1991–92Gary Lineker (2)Tottenham Hotspur
1992–93Chris WaddleSheffield Wednesday
1993–94Alan ShearerBlackburn Rovers
1994–95Jürgen KlinsmannTottenham Hotspur
1995–96Eric CantonaManchester United
1996–97Gianfranco ZolaChelsea
1997–98Dennis BergkampArsenalPPY
1998–99David GinolaTottenham HotspurPPY
1999–2000Roy KeaneManchester UnitedPPY
2000–01Teddy SheringhamManchester UnitedPPY
2001–02Robert PiresArsenal
2002–03Thierry HenryArsenalPPY, FPY
2003–04Thierry Henry (2)ArsenalPPY, FPY, PPS[17]
2004–05Frank LampardChelseaFPY, PPS[18]
2005–06Thierry Henry (3)ArsenalPPS[19]
2006–07Cristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedPPY, FPY, YPY, PPS[20]
2007–08Cristiano Ronaldo (2)Manchester UnitedPPY, FPY, PPS
2008–09Steven GerrardLiverpoolFPY[21]
2009–10Wayne RooneyManchester UnitedPPY, FPY, PPS[22]
2010–11Scott ParkerWest Ham United[23]
2011–12Robin van PersieArsenalPPY, FPY[24]
2012–13Gareth BaleTottenham HotspurPPY, YPY, PPS[25]
2013–14Luis SuárezLiverpoolPPY, FPY, PPS, FSF[26]
2014–15Eden HazardChelseaPPY, PPS[27]
2015–16Jamie VardyLeicester CityPPS[28]
2016–17N'Golo Kanté ChelseaPPY, PPS[29]
2017–18Mohamed Salah LiverpoolPPY, FPY, PPS, FSF[30]
2018–19Raheem SterlingManchester CityYPY[31]
2019–20Jordan HendersonLiverpool[32]
2020–21Rúben DiasManchester CityPPS[33]

Breakdown of winners

By country

Winners of the FWA Footballer of the Year by country
CountryNumber of winsWinning years
England
38
1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2019–20
Scotland
9
1964–65, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1990–91
France
7
1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2016–17
Northern Ireland
4
1957–58, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1972–73
Netherlands
3
1980–81, 1997–98, 2011–12
Wales
3
1983–84, 1984–85, 2012–13
Portugal
3
2006–07, 2007–08, 2020–21
Germany
2
1955–56, 1994–95
Republic of Ireland
2
1948–49, 1999–2000
Italy
1
1996–97
Uruguay
1
2013–14
Belgium
1
2014–15
Egypt
1
2017–18

‡ — two winners

Winners by club

Winners of the FWA Footballer of the Year by club
ClubNumber of winsWinning years
Liverpool
14
1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2019–20
Tottenham Hotspur
9
1957–58, 1960–61, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2012–13
Manchester United
9
1948–49, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10
Arsenal
8
1949–50, 1970–71, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2011–12
Manchester City
5
1954–55, 1955–56, 1968–69, 2018–19, 2020–21
Leeds United
4
1964–65, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1990–91
Chelsea
4
1996–97, 2004–05, 2014–15, 2016–17
Everton
2
1984–85, 1985–86
Stoke City
2
1962–63, 1971–72
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2
1951–52, 1959–60
Preston North End
2
1953–54, 1956–57
Blackpool
2
1947–48, 1950–51
West Ham United
2
1963–64, 2010–11
Leicester City
1
2015–16
Blackburn Rovers
1
1993–94
Sheffield Wednesday
1
1992–93
Ipswich Town
1
1980–81
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Fulham
1
1974–75
Derby County
1
1968–69
Burnley
1
1961–62
Luton Town
1
1958–59
Bolton Wanderers
1
1952–53

See also

References

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  2. "About the FWA". Football Writers' Association. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
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  12. First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom.
  13. First player to win the award twice.
  14. First player to win the award with two clubs.
  15. Also won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1976 to become the first player to win both awards.
  16. First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  17. First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  18. "Lampard scoops award from writers". BBC. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  19. First player to win the award three times.
  20. First player to win five awards in the same season.
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  30. "Mohamed Salah named writers' Footballer of the Year". BBC Sport. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
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