It was Charles Buchan, the publisher and writer of Football Monthly as well as one of the founding fathers of the FWA, who suggested that an award should be given “to the professional player who by precept and example is considered by a ballot of members to be the footballer of the year.”
That was back in 1947 and since then the Footballer of the Year Award has become the most prestigious award in the British game.
Voted for year on year by the FWA members, the first recipient was the legendary Sir Stanley Matthews and ever since players have been honoured for their achievements.
N’Golo Kante was voted the Footballer of the Year for 2017 by the Football Writers’ Association.
The Chelsea midfielder topped the poll of journalists ahead of his team-mate Eden Hazard, with Tottenham’s Dele Alli coming in third.