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.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER:
Jamie Vardy was voted the Footballer of the Year for 2016 by the Football Writers’ Association.
The Leicester City striker was a hugely popular winner and topped the poll of journalists with a comprehensive victory over his team-mates Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater and Wes Morgan.