FWA 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.


Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez was voted the Footballer of the Year for 2014 by the Football Writers’ Association.

The Liverpool striker was a hugely popular winner and topped the poll of journalists with a comprehensive victory over Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard.

Suarez netted 31 goals in a remarkable campaign which not only drove Liverpool close to a first league title in 24 years, but also saw the forward put negative headlines of the past firmly behind him.


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.


Didier Drogba

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba 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 Ivory Coast forward, 36, was guest of honour at the January 2015 event, and was presented with the long-running accolade from FWA chairman Andy Dunn.

Drogba said: “I am really proud for this award, in the list of previous winners there are a lot of players whom I really respect and grew up trying to reach their level, so for me this is a great honour.”


Previous Winners