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Cesc Fàbregas was the 2008 award winner.

The Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year (often called the PFA Young Player of the Year, or simply the Young Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player under the age of 23 who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football.[1]. The award has been presented since the 1973–74 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). The first winner of the award was Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie. The current holder is Ashley Young of Aston Villa.

Although the award is open to players at all levels,[1] all winners to date have played in the highest division of the English football league system. As of 2008, only Ryan Giggs, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney have won the award on more than one occasion. Only five players from outside the United Kingdom have won the trophy,[2] compared with nine winners of the main PFA Players' Player of the Year award. Although they have their own dedicated award, players under the age of 23 remain eligible to win the Players' Player of the Year award, and on two occasions the same player has won both awards for a season.

A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the PFA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in London a few days later.[3] The players themselves consider the award to be highly prestigious, due to the fact that the winner is chosen by his fellow professionals.[4][5]

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Winners

The award has been presented on 35 occasions as of 2008, with 32 different winners.[6][7][8] The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in English football, namely the PFA Players' Player of the Year award (PPY),[9][10][11] the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (FWA),[12] and the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY).[13]

Ryan Giggs was the first player to win the award twice.
Robbie Fowler was the second two-time winner.
Wayne Rooney was the third player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Year Player Club Also won Notes
1973–74 England Beattie, KevinKevin Beattie Ipswich Town
1974–75 England Day, MervynMervyn Day West Ham United [14]
1975–76 England Barnes, PeterPeter Barnes Manchester City
1976–77 Scotland Gray, AndyAndy Gray Aston Villa PPY [15]
1977–78 England Woodcock, TonyTony Woodcock Nottingham Forest
1978–79 England Regis, CyrilleCyrille Regis West Bromwich Albion [16]
1979–80 England Hoddle, GlennGlenn Hoddle Tottenham Hotspur
1980–81 England Shaw, GaryGary Shaw Aston Villa
1981–82 England Moran, SteveSteve Moran Southampton
1982–83 Wales Ian Rush Liverpool
1983–84 England Walsh, PaulPaul Walsh Luton Town
1984–85 Wales Hughes, MarkMark Hughes Manchester United
1985–86 England Cottee, TonyTony Cottee West Ham United
1986–87 England Adams, TonyTony Adams Arsenal
1987–88 England Gascoigne, PaulPaul Gascoigne Newcastle United
1988–89 England Merson, PaulPaul Merson Arsenal
1989–90 England Le Tissier, MatthewMatthew Le Tissier Southampton
1990–91 England Sharpe, LeeLee Sharpe Manchester United
1991–92 Wales Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs Manchester United
1992–93 Wales Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs Manchester United [17]
1993–94 England Cole, AndyAndy Cole Newcastle United
1994–95 England Fowler, RobbieRobbie Fowler Liverpool
1995–96 England Fowler, RobbieRobbie Fowler Liverpool
1996–97 England Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham Manchester United
1997–98 England Owen, MichaelMichael Owen Liverpool
1998–99 France Anelka, NicolasNicolas Anelka Arsenal [18]
1999–00 Australia Kewell, HarryHarry Kewell Leeds United
2000–01 England Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Liverpool FPY
2001–02 Wales Bellamy, CraigCraig Bellamy Newcastle United
2002–03 England Jenas, JermaineJermaine Jenas Newcastle United
2003–04 England Parker, ScottScott Parker Charlton Athletic/Chelsea
2004–05 England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United
2005–06 England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United FPY
2006–07 Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United PPY, FWA, FPY [19]
2007–08 Spain Fàbregas, CescCesc Fàbregas Arsenal [20]
2008–09 England Young, AshleyAshley Young Aston Villa [21]

Breakdown of winners

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Winners by country

Country Number of wins Winning years
England England
26
1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1995, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09
Wales Wales
5
1982–83, 1984–85, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2001–02
Australia Australia
1
1999–00
France France
1
1998–99
Portugal Portugal
1
2006–07
Scotland Scotland
1
1976–77
Spain Spain
1
2007–08

Winners by club

Club Number of wins Winning years
Manchester United
8
1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1996–97, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
Liverpool
5
1982–83, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2000–01
Arsenal
4
1986–87, 1988–89, 1998–99, 2007–08
Newcastle United
4
1987–88, 1993–94, 2001–02, 2002–03
Aston Villa
3
1976–77, 1980–81, 2008–09
Southampton
2
1981–82, 1989–90
West Ham United
2
1974–75, 1985–86
Chelsea
1
2003–04
Ipswich Town
1
1973–74
Leeds United
1
1999–00
Luton Town
1
1983–84
Manchester City
1
1975–76
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Tottenham Hotspur
1
1979–80
West Bromwich Albion
1
1978–79

References

  1. ^ a b "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year". England Football Online. 2007-06-19. http://www.englandfootballonline.com/TeamHons/HonsPFAYngPlyr.html. Retrieved 2008-03-15.  
  2. ^ The total of five includes Cyrille Regis, who was born in French Guiana but represented England at international level.
  3. ^ "United trio lead nominations for PFA award". The Times. 2007-04-16. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article1660489.ece. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  4. ^ "Rooney secures young player prize". BBC. 2005-04-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4478367.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-17.  
  5. ^ Neil Silver (2003-04-28). "Football: Henry is PFA's player of the year". The Independent. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20030428/ai_n12693741. Retrieved 2008-03-26.  
  6. ^ Frank Keogh (2001-04-20). "Too much too young?". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/1287799.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-17.  
  7. ^ "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 2006-04-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/4935884.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  8. ^ "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC. 2007-04-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6582201.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  9. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC. 2001-04-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/1287470.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  10. ^ "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 2006-04-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/4935884.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  11. ^ "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC. 2007-04-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6582201.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  12. ^ "England – Players Awards". RSSSF. 2007-10-04. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/engpoy.html. Retrieved 2008-03-18.  
  13. ^ "PFA's Official Fan's Player of the Year: Previous Winners". The Professional Footballers' Association. http://www.givemefootball.com/rolls_of_honour/fansplayerofyearroll.html. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  14. ^ Day is the only goalkeeper to have won the award.
  15. ^ First non-English winner, also first player to win two awards in a single season.
  16. ^ First winner of the award born outside the United Kingdom, although he went on to become an England international.
  17. ^ First player to win the award twice, and first to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  18. ^ First winner of the award from mainland Europe.
  19. ^ First player to win four awards in a single season.
  20. ^ "Ronaldo named player of the year". BBC. 2008-04-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7370319.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-28.  
  21. ^ "Young named young player of the year". Goal.com. 2009-04-27. http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2009/04/26/1231624/breaking-news-aston-villa-winger-ashley-young-named-pfa-young-pla. Retrieved 2009-04-27.  

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