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The Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year (often called the PFA Young Player of the Year, or simply the Young Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player under the age of 23 who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football.. The award has been presented since the 1973–74 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). The first winner of the award was Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie. The current holder is Ashley Young of Aston Villa.

Although the award is open to players at all levels, all winners to date have played in the highest division of the English football league system. As of 2008, only Ryan Giggs, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney have won the award on more than one occasion. Only five players from outside the United Kingdommarker have won the trophy, compared with nine winners of the main PFA Players' Player of the Year award. Although they have their own dedicated award, players under the age of 23 remain eligible to win the Players' Player of the Year award, and on two occasions the same player has won both awards for a season.

A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the PFA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in London a few days later. The players themselves consider the award to be highly prestigious, due to the fact that the winner is chosen by his fellow professionals.

Winners

The award has been presented on 35 occasions as of 2008, with 32 different winners. 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 PFA Players' Player of the Year award (PPY), the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (FWA), and the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY).


Year Player Club Also won Notes
1973–74 Ipswich Town
1974–75 West Ham United
1975–76 Manchester City
1976–77 Aston Villa PPY
1977–78 Nottingham Forest
1978–79 West Bromwich Albion
1979–80 Tottenham Hotspur
1980–81 Aston Villa
1981–82 Southampton
1982–83 Ian Rush Liverpool
1983–84 Luton Town
1984–85 Manchester United
1985–86 West Ham United
1986–87 Arsenal
1987–88 Newcastle United
1988–89 Arsenal
1989–90 Southampton
1990–91 Manchester United
1991–92 Manchester United
1992–93 Manchester United
1993–94 Newcastle United
1994–95 Liverpool
1995–96 Liverpool
1996–97 Manchester United
1997–98 Liverpool
1998–99 Arsenal
1999–00 Leeds United
2000–01 Liverpool FPY
2001–02 Newcastle United
2002–03 Newcastle United
2003–04 Charlton Athletic/Chelsea
2004–05 Manchester United
2005–06 Manchester United FPY
2006–07 Manchester United PPY, FWA, FPY
2007–08 Arsenal
2008–09 Aston Villa


Breakdown of winners

Winners by country

Country Number of wins Winning years
Englandmarker
26
1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1995, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09
Walesmarker
5
1982–83, 1984–85, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2001–02
Australia
1
1999–00
Francemarker
1
1998–99
Portugalmarker
1
2006–07
Scotlandmarker
1
1976–77
Spainmarker
1
2007–08


Winners by club

Club Number of wins Winning years
Manchester United
8
1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1996–97, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
Liverpool
5
1982–83, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2000–01
Arsenal
4
1986–87, 1988–89, 1998–99, 2007–08
Newcastle United
4
1987–88, 1993–94, 2001–02, 2002–03
Aston Villa
3
1976–77, 1980–81, 2008–09
Southampton
2
1981–82, 1989–90
West Ham United
2
1974–75, 1985–86
Chelsea
1
2003–04
Ipswich Town
1
1973–74
Leeds United
1
1999–00
Luton Town
1
1983–84
Manchester City
1
1975–76

Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Tottenham Hotspur
1
1979–80
West Bromwich Albion
1
1978–79


References

  1. The total of five includes Cyrille Regis, who was born in French Guiana but represented England at international level.
  2. Day is the only goalkeeper to have won the award.
  3. First non-English winner, also first player to win two awards in a single season.
  4. First winner of the award born outside the United Kingdom, although he went on to become an England international.
  5. First player to win the award twice, and first to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  6. First winner of the award from mainland Europe.
  7. First player to win four awards in a single season.


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