Footballer of the Year Award

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.


Jamie Vardy

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.


Tribute Award

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.


Patrick Vieira

Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira spoke of his pride at joining the list of prestigious winners of the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award at a gala dinner in London.

The Senegal-born midfielder, who won the World Cup and European Championship with France,  was guest of honour at the January 2016 event, and was presented with the long-running accolade from FWA chairman Andy Dunn.



Previous Winners