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.


Gareth Bale

Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale was voted the Footballer of the Year 2013 by the Football Writers’ Association.

The Wales international topped the poll of journalists ahead of Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who had collected the accolade 12 months previously when with Arsenal.


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.


Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was the recipient of the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award at a gala dinner at The Savoy Hotel in London on Sunday 19th January 2014.

FWA Chairman Andy Dunn hailed Mourinho’s “remarkable” managerial record, which has seen the two-time Champions League winner return to the Barclays Premier League: “Thanks to Jose Mourinho, not just for accepting this honour from the FWA, but for continuing to foster a relationship with our members that we believe – whether we are praising or taking you to task – is special.”



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