Staggered Parker collects FWA awardScott Parker admitted he was "staggered" to have collected the 2011 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Award.
In what was one of the closest contests of recent seasons, Parker topped the poll of journalists ahead of Tottenham defender Gareth Bale.
The England international - who started his career at Charlton before spells with Chelsea and Newcastle ahead of joining the Irons in 2007 - was guest of honour as he collected the prestigious accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 12.
Parker named Footballer of the YearWest Ham midfielder Scott Parker has been voted 2011 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.
In what was one of the closest contests of recent seasons, Parker topped the poll of journalists ahead of Tottenham defender Gareth Bale, who was last week named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.