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.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER:
Ruben Dias was voted the Footballer of the Year for 2021 by the Football Writers’ Association. He has had an outstanding first season, helping City win the Premier League and Carabao Cup , as well as reaching the Champions League final.
The Manchester City and Portugal defender beat competition from runner-up Harry Kane of Tottenham and England, while Kevin De Bruyne, also of City, came third.