The Footballer of the Year Award

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  Football Writers Association Player of the Year

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.

Previous Winners – Footballer of the year

FWA Tribute Award

The FWA Tribute Award is presented on an annual basis to an individual that the committee feels has made an outstanding contribution to the national game.

The Award is presented at a gala dinner at The Savoy hotel every January.


Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney was honoured for his services to English football by becoming the latest recipient of the Football Writers’ Association’s Tribute Award.

The England and Manchester United captain received his award at the FWA’s annual tribute dinner, held at the Savoy Hotel, London, in January 2017.

Rooney, who was voted Footballer of the Year by the FWA in 2010, joins a list of illustrious names who are previous recipients, including fellow former England captains Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and the greatest of them all Bobby Moore.

Wayne Rooney receives FWA Tribute

Wayne Rooney receives FWA Tribute

Previous Winners – Tribute

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