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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. The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season, when the inaugural winner was Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews. The latest winner of the award as of 2008-09 is Steven Gerrard of Liverpool. Eight players have won the award on more than one occasion, the most recent being Ronaldo, who won his second award in the 2007–08 season.

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

Winners

The award has been presented on 62 occasions as of 2009, with 55 different winners. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season. 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), Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY), and Young Player of the Year award (YPY).



Year Player Club Also won Notes
1947–48 Stanley Matthews Blackpool
1948–49 Manchester United
1949–50 Arsenal
1950–51 Blackpool
1951–52 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1952–53 Bolton Wanderers
1953–54 Preston North End
1954–55 Manchester City
1955–56 Manchester City
1956–57 Preston North End
1957–58 Tottenham Hotspur
1958–59 Luton Town
1959–60 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1960–61 Tottenham Hotspur
1961–62 Burnley
1962–63 Stoke City
1963–64 West Ham United
1964–65 Leeds United
1965–66 Manchester United
1966–67 Leeds United
1967–68 Manchester United
1968–69 (joint winner) Manchester City
1968–69 (joint winner) Derby County
1969–70 Leeds United
1970–71 Arsenal
1971–72 Stoke City
1972–73 Tottenham Hotspur
1973–74 Liverpool
1974–75 Fulham
1975–76 Liverpool
1976–77 Liverpool
1977–78 Nottingham Forest
1978–79 Liverpool
1979–80 Liverpool PPY
1980–81 Ipswich Town
1981–82 Tottenham Hotspur
1982–83 Liverpool PPY
1983–84 Liverpool PPY
1984–85 Everton
1985–86 Everton PPY
1986–87 Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1987–88 Liverpool PPY
1988–89 Liverpool
1989–90 Liverpool
1990–91 Leeds United
1991–92 Tottenham Hotspur
1992–93 Sheffield Wednesday
1993–94 Blackburn Roversmarker
1994–95 Tottenham Hotspur
1995–96 Manchester United
1996–97 Chelsea
1997–98 Arsenal PPY
1998–99 Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1999–00 Manchester United PPY
2000–01 Manchester United PPY
2001–02 Arsenal
2002–03 Arsenal PPY, FPY
2003–04 Arsenal PPY, FPY
2004–05 Chelsea FPY
2005–06 Arsenal
2006–07 Manchester United PPY, FPY, YPY
2007–08 Manchester United PPY, FPY
2008–09 Liverpool FPY


Breakdown of winners

Winners by country

Country Number of wins Winning years
Englandmarker
33
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 (one of two winners), 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
Scotlandmarker
9
1964–65, 1968–69 (one of two winners), 1969–70, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1990–91
Francemarker
6
1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
Northern Irelandmarker
4
1957–58, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1972–73
Republic of Irelandmarker
2
1948–49, 1999–00
Netherlandsmarker
2
1980–81, 1997–98
Germanymarker
2
1955–56, 1994–95
Walesmarker
2
1983–84, 1984–85
Portugalmarker
2
2006–07, 2007–08
Italymarker
1
1996–97


Winners by club

Club Number of wins Winning years
Liverpool
11
1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 2008–09
Tottenham Hotspur
8
1957–58, 1960–61, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1998–99
Manchester United
8
1948–49, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2007–08
Arsenal
7
1949–50, 1970–71, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
Leeds United
4
1964–65, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1990–91
Manchester City
3
1954–55, 1955–56, 1968–69 (one of two winners)
Chelsea
2
1996–97, 2004–05
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
Blackburn Roversmarker
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 (one of two winners)
West Ham United
1
1963–64
Burnley
1
1961–62
Luton Town
1
1958–59
Bolton Wanderers
1
1952–53


See also



References

  1. First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom.
  2. First winner of the award from outside the British Isles.
  3. First player to win the award twice.
  4. First player to win the award with two different clubs.
  5. Also won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1976 to become the first player to win both awards.
  6. First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  7. First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  8. First player to win the award three times.
  9. First player to win four awards in the same season.


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