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The Professional Footballers' Association Fans' Player of the Year (often called the PFA Fans' Player of the Year, or simply the Fans' Player of the Year) award is given to the footballers in the top four flights of English football, the Premier League; the Championship; League One and League Two, whom are seen to have been the best players of the previous season.

The shortlist is compiled by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association (the PFA), and then the winner is voted for by the fans of the league. The prize is relatively highly regarded as it is voted for by the fans.

The award was first given in 2001, and was won by Steven Gerrard,Chris Bart-Williams, Brian Tinnion and Bobby Zamora, of Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively. The latest winners of the award were Steven Gerrard, Marcus Tudgay, Jermaine Beckford and Jordan Rhodes, of Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Brentford respectively.

List of winners

Highlighted players are winning the award for a second time.

2001

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership Steven Gerrard Liverpool First winner of the award in the FA Premiership

Winning the award in addition to the Young Player of the Year award
First Division Chris Bart-Williams Nottingham Forest First winner of the award in the First Division
Second Division Brian Tinnion Bristol City First winner of the award in the Second Division
Third Division Bobby Zamora Brighton & Hove Albion First winner of the award in the Third Division


2002

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United First winner of the award from outside of Englandmarker

First winner of the award from outside of Great Britainmarker

First winner of the award from outside of the United Kingdommarker

First winner of the award from outside of the British Islesmarker

Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award
First Division Dean Sturridge Wolverhampton Wanderers
Second Division Bobby Zamora Brighton & Hove Albion First two-time winner of the award

First two-time winner of the award in two different leagues
Third Division Matthew Taylor Luton Town


2003

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership Thierry Henry Arsenal Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award

Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
First Division Linvoy Primus Portsmouth
Second Division Robert Earnshaw Cardiff City
Third Division Leon Britton Swansea City


2004

League Player Club Notes
FA Premiership Thierry Henry Arsenal First winner of the award for two consecutive seasons

First player to win three awards for two consecutive seasons

Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award

Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
First Division Darren Huckerby Norwich City
Second Division Neil Moss Bournemouth
Third Division Lee Harper Northampton Town


2005

League Player Club Notes
FA Premier League Frank Lampard Chelsea Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship Paul McKenna Preston North End
League One Keith Southern Blackpool
League Two Adam Barrett Southend United


2006

League Player Club Notes
FA Premier League Wayne Rooney Manchester United Winning the award in addition to the Young Player of the Year award
Championship Kevin Doyle Reading
League One Darryl Flahavan Southend United
League Two Karl Hawley Carlisle United


2007

League Player Club Notes
Premier League Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United First player to win all four main awards in the same year

First player to win all three PFA awards in the same year

Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award

Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award

Winning the award in addition to the Young Player of the Year award
Championship Matthew Murray Wolverhampton Wanderers
League One Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United
League Two Lee Peacock Swindon Town


2008

League Player Club Notes
Premier League Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Winning the award in addition to the Players' Player of the Year award

Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship James Beattie Sheffield United
League One Jay Simpson Millwall (on loan from Arsenal)
League Two Jack Lester Chesterfield


2009

League Player Club Notes
Premier League Steven Gerrard Liverpool Winning the award in addition to the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Championship Marcus Tudgay Sheffield Wednesday
League One Jermaine Beckford Leeds United
League Two Jordan Rhodes Brentford (On loan from Ipswich Town)


Breakdown of winners

Winners by club

Club Premier League/Premiership Championship/First Division League One/Second Division League Two/Third Division
1 Manchester United F.C. 4 (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008) 0 0 0
2 Arsenal F.C. 2 (2003, 2004) 0 0 0
3 Liverpool F.C. 2 (2001, 2009) 0 0 0
4 Chelsea F.C. 1 (2005) 0 0 0
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 0 2 (2002, 2007) 0 0
6 Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 0 1 (2009) 0 0
7 Sheffield United F.C. 0 1 (2008) 0 0
8 Reading F.C. 0 1 (2006) 0 0
9 Preston North End F.C. 0 1 (2005) 0 0
10 Norwich City F.C. 0 1 (2004) 0 0
11 Portsmouth F.C. 0 1 (2003) 0 0
12 Nottingham Forest F.C. 0 1 (2001) 0 0
13 Leeds United 0 0 1 (2009) 0
14 Southend United F.C. 0 0 1 (2006) 1 (2005)
15 Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 0 0 1 (2002) 1 (2001)
16 Millwall F.C. 0 0 1 (2008) 0
17 Scunthorpe United F.C. 0 0 1 (2007) 0
18 Blackpool F.C. 0 0 1 (2005) 0
19 A.F.C. Bournemouth 0 0 1 (2004) 0
20 Cardiff City F.C. 0 0 1 (2003) 0
21 Bristol City F.C. 0 0 1 (2001 ) 0
22 Brentford F.C. 0 0 0 1 (2009)
23 Chesterfield F.C. 0 0 0 1 (2008)
24 Swindon Town F.C. 0 0 0 1 (2007)
25 Carlisle United F.C. 0 0 0 1 (2006)
26 Northampton Town F.C. 0 0 0 1 (2004)
27 Swansea City A.F.C. 0 0 0 1 (2003)
28 Luton Town F.C. 0 0 0 1 (2002)


Winners by country

Country Premier League/Premiership Championship/First Division League One/Second Division League Two/Third Division
1 England 4 (2001, 2005, 2006,2009) 8 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008,2009) 8 (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009) 9 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009)
2 2 (2003, 2004) 0 0 0
3 2 (2007, 2008) 0 0 0
4 1 (2002) 0 0 0
5 0 1 (2006) 0 0
6 0 0 1 (2003) 0


References

  1. PFA Fans' Player of the Year 2001-2007


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