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Football Writers' Association

The Football Writers' Association (the FWA) is an association of England football journalists and correspondents writing for newspapers and agencies, founded in 1947 by Charles Buchan, Messrs Cole, Roy Peskett, and Archie Quick.


  • History 1
  • The Football Writers' Association Today 2
  • The FWA Footballer of the Year Award 3
    • Winners 3.1
  • The FWA Tribute Award 4
    • Winners 4.1
      • 1980s 4.1.1
      • 1990s 4.1.2
      • 2000s 4.1.3
      • 2010s 4.1.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The choice to create the Football Writers' Association (FWA) was made on September 2, 1947, by four journalists, Charles Buchan, Messrs Cole, Roy Peskett, and Archie Quick while aboard a boat in the middle of the English Channel that was returning from a football match in which England beat Belgium 5-2. The four men formalized a few of the newborn association's rules and regulations within one month. Some of the rules initially created were that membership to the FWA would be invitation only and that they would exclusively send invitations to “working journalists who are accredited football correspondents for newspapers and agencies.” It was also determined that the Football Writers' Association's headquarters would be in London, England and the membership fee would be five guineas for the first year of membership with a recurring annual payment of two guineas each year after. Furthermore, the men had decided that there would be a vote held annually for all members that would decide the recipient of the prestigious Footballer of the Year Award, which is still today the oldest and most distinguished award given in the domestic game. The award was originally presented at the annual dinner, which was held on the night before the FA Cup Final, but was later changed to the Thursday preceding every FA Cup Final.[1]

The Football Writers' Association Today

The FWA has experienced steady growth since its inception in 1947. Membership has grown to about four-hundred members. Changes in modern journalism have welcomed a more diverse range of members. In recent years, the Association has modernized itself by changing the voting process for Footballer of the Year by making online voting available to its members as well as incorporating social media into its revamped web site. The Football Writers' Association continues to recruit new members openly in the same manner as was created by its founders in 1947.[1]

The FWA Footballer of the Year Award

Charles Buchan, one of the founding fathers of the FWA, had originally suggested that there be an award presented “to the professional player who by precept and example is considered by a ballot of members to be the footballer of the year." The award is the oldest and is considered to be the most prestigious award in British football. The award is presented annually. The first player to receive the award was Sir Stanley Matthews in 1948.[2]


The award has been presented on 69 occasions as of 2015, with 60 different winners. On one occasion two players shared the award for a season (1968–69).[3] 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),[4][5][6] Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY),[7] and Young Player of the Year award (YPY).[5][6][8]

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.
Wayne Rooney gained the award in the 2009–10 season.
Year Player Club Also won Notes
1947–48 Stanley Matthews Blackpool
1948–49 Carey, JohnnyJohnny Carey Manchester United [9]
1949–50 Mercer, JoeJoe Mercer Arsenal
1950–51 Johnston, HarryHarry Johnston Blackpool
1951–52 Wright, BillyBilly Wright Wolverhampton Wanderers
1952–53 Lofthouse, NatNat Lofthouse Bolton Wanderers
1953–54 Finney, TomTom Finney Preston North End
1954–55 Revie, DonDon Revie Manchester City
1955–56 Trautmann, BertBert Trautmann Manchester City
1956–57 Finney, TomTom Finney Preston North End [10]
1957–58 Blanchflower, DannyDanny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1958–59 Owen, SydSyd Owen Luton Town
1959–60 Slater, BillBill Slater Wolverhampton Wanderers
1960–61 Blanchflower, DannyDanny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur
1961–62 Adamson, JimmyJimmy Adamson Burnley
1962–63 Matthews, StanleyStanley Matthews Stoke City [11]
1963–64 Moore, BobbyBobby Moore West Ham United
1964–65 Collins, BobbyBobby Collins Leeds United
1965–66 Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton Manchester United
1966–67 Charlton, JackJack Charlton Leeds United
1967–68 Best, GeorgeGeorge Best Manchester United
1968–69 Book, TonyTony Book (joint winner) Manchester City
Dave MackayDave Mackay (joint winner) Derby County
1969–70 Bremner, BillyBilly Bremner Leeds United
1970–71 McLintock, FrankFrank McLintock Arsenal
1971–72 Banks, GordonGordon Banks Stoke City
1972–73 Jennings, PatPat Jennings Tottenham Hotspur [12]
1973–74 Callaghan, IanIan Callaghan Liverpool
1974–75 Mullery, AlanAlan Mullery Fulham
1975–76 Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan Liverpool
1976–77 Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes Liverpool
1977–78 Burns, KennyKenny Burns Nottingham Forest
1978–79 Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish Liverpool
1979–80 McDermott, TerryTerry McDermott Liverpool PPY [13]
1980–81 Thijssen, FransFrans Thijssen Ipswich Town
1981–82 Perryman, SteveSteve Perryman Tottenham Hotspur
1982–83 Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish Liverpool PPY
1983–84 Rush, IanIan Rush Liverpool PPY
1984–85 Southall, NevilleNeville Southall Everton
1985–86 Lineker, GaryGary Lineker Everton PPY
1986–87 Allen, CliveClive Allen Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1987–88 Barnes, JohnJohn Barnes Liverpool PPY
1988–89 Nicol, SteveSteve Nicol Liverpool
1989–90 Barnes, JohnJohn Barnes Liverpool
1990–91 Strachan, GordonGordon Strachan Leeds United
1991–92 Lineker, GaryGary Lineker Tottenham Hotspur
1992–93 Waddle, ChrisChris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
1993–94 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1994–95 Klinsmann, JürgenJürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
1995–96 Cantona, EricEric Cantona Manchester United
1996–97 Zola, GianfrancoGianfranco Zola Chelsea
1997–98 Bergkamp, DennisDennis Bergkamp Arsenal PPY
1998–99 Ginola, DavidDavid Ginola Tottenham Hotspur PPY
1999–00 Keane, RoyRoy Keane Manchester United PPY
2000–01 Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham Manchester United PPY
2001–02 Pirès, RobertRobert Pirès Arsenal
2002–03 Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY
2003–04 Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal PPY, FPY [14]
2004–05 Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard Chelsea FPY [15]
2005–06 Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal [16]
2006–07 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY, YPY [17]
2007–08 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FPY
2008–09 Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Liverpool FPY [18]
2009–10 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United PPY [19]
2010–11 Scott ParkerScott Parker West Ham United [20]
2011–12 van Persie, RobinRobin van Persie Arsenal PPY, FPY [21]
2012–13 Bale, GarethGareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur PPY, YPY [22]
2013–14 Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez Liverpool PPY [23]
2014–15 Hazard, EdenEden Hazard Chelsea PPY [24]

The FWA Tribute Award

The Football Writers' Association Tribute Award is presented annually every January at the Savoy Hotel to the individual that the committee believes to have contributed to the national game in a significant way. The award was first given in 1983 to Ron Greenwood.[2]



Year Winner(s)
1983 Ron Greenwood
1984 Bob Paisley
1985 Sir Trevor Brooking
1986 Pat Jennings
1987 Kenny Dalglish
1988 Sir Tom Finney
1989 Sir Bobby Charlton


Year Winner(s)
1990 Bobby Moore
1991 Peter Shilton
1992 Sir Bobby Robson
1993 Brian Clough
1994 Denis Law
1995 Sir Stanley Matthews
1996 Sir Alex Ferguson
1997 Gary Lineker
1998 Sir Geoff Hurst
1999 Jim Smith


Year Winner(s)
2000 George Best
2001 Alan Shearer
2002 Graham Taylor
2003 Tony Adams
2004 Jimmy Hill
2005 Arsène Wenger
2006 Bryan Robson
2007 Ryan Giggs
2008 David Beckham
2009 Harry Redknapp


Year Winner(s)
2010 Frank Lampard
2011 Thierry Henry
2012 Gary Neville / Paul Scholes
2013 Steven Gerrard
2014 Jose Mourinho
2015 Didier Drogba

See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ "England – Players Awards". RSSSF. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC. 20 April 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "PFA's Official Fan's Player of the Year: Previous Winners". The Professional Footballers' Association. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  8. ^ Frank Keogh (20 April 2001). "Too much too young?". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  9. ^ First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom.
  10. ^ First player to win the award twice.
  11. ^ First player to win the award with two different clubs.
  12. ^ Also won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1976 to become the first player to win both awards.
  13. ^ First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  14. ^ First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  15. ^ "Lampard scoops award from writers". BBC. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  16. ^ First player to win the award three times.
  17. ^ First player to win four awards in the same season.
  18. ^ "Steven Gerrard wins Footballer of the Year award". The Times. London. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "Wayne Rooney nets writers' player of the year award". BBC. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  20. ^ "West Ham's Scott Parker wins Football Writers' award". BBC. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  21. ^ "Arsenal's Robin van Persie named FWA Footballer of the Year". BBC. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bale named FWA Footballer of the Year". Football Writers’ Association. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "SUAREZ HUMBLED BY FWA ACCOLADE". Football Writers’ Association. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "CHELSEA MIDFIELDER EDEN HAZARD IS THE FOOTBALL WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2015". Football Writers’ Association. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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