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Henrik Larsson is the only player to win the award twice.

The Scottish Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year (often called the SPFA Players' Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, or simply the Scottish Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in Scottish football.[1] The award has been presented since the 1977–78 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association (SPFA).[2] The first winner of the award was Rangers striker Derek Johnstone, and the first non-Scottish winner was Aberdeen goalkeeper Theo Snelders eleven years later. The current holder is Scott Brown of Celtic. As of 2009, only Henrik Larsson has won the award on more than one occasion. Although there is a separate SPFA Young Player of the Year award, young players remain eligible to win the senior award, and in the 2005–06 season Shaun Maloney became the first player to win both awards in the same season, a feat repeated by McGeady two years later.

A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the SPFA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in Glasgow a few days later.[3] The award is regarded by the players themselves as extremely prestigious, with John Hartson commenting in 2005 that "the award means a lot because it's voted by your fellow professionals"[4] and Shaun Maloney stating in 2006 that "there is no better accolade than to be voted for by your peers and it does mean a lot to me".[5] In 2007 the SPFA was replaced by a new body, PFA Scotland,[6] but the new organisation's awards are considered to be a direct continuation of the SPFA awards.[7][8]



The award has been presented on 32 occasions as of 2009, with two players sharing the award on one occasion.[9] There have been 32 different winners. The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in Scottish football, namely the Scottish Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (SFWA),[10] and the SPFA Young Player of the Year award (SYPY).[9]

Ally McCoist was the 1992 winner.
Shaun Maloney won the award in 2006.
Scott Brown (right) was the 2009 winner.
Season Nat Player Club Also won Notes
1977–78 Scotland Johnstone, DerekDerek Johnstone Rangers SFWA [11]
1978–79 Scotland Hegarty, PaulPaul Hegarty Dundee United
1979–80 Scotland Provan, DavieDavie Provan Celtic
1980–81 Scotland McGhee, MarkMark McGhee Aberdeen
1981–82 Scotland Clark, SandySandy Clark Airdrieonians
1982–83 Scotland Nicholas, CharlieCharlie Nicholas Celtic SFWA
1983–84 Scotland Miller, WillieWillie Miller Aberdeen SFWA
1984–85 Scotland Duffy, JimJim Duffy Morton
1985–86 Scotland Gough, RichardRichard Gough Dundee United
1986–87 Scotland McClair, BrianBrian McClair Celtic SFWA
1987–88 Scotland McStay, PaulPaul McStay Celtic SFWA
1988–89 Netherlands Snelders, TheoTheo Snelders Aberdeen [12]
1989–90 Scotland Bett, JimJim Bett Aberdeen
1990–91 England Elliott, PaulPaul Elliott Celtic
1991–92 Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist Rangers SFWA
1992–93 Scotland Goram, AndyAndy Goram Rangers SFWA
1993–94 England Hateley, MarkMark Hateley Rangers SFWA
1994–95 Denmark Laudrup, BrianBrian Laudrup Rangers SFWA
1995–96 England Gascoigne, PaulPaul Gascoigne Rangers SFWA
1996–97 Italy Di Canio, PaoloPaolo Di Canio Celtic
1997–98 Scotland McNamara, JackieJackie McNamara Celtic
1998–99 Sweden Larsson, HenrikHenrik Larsson Celtic SFWA
1999–00 Australia Viduka, MarkMark Viduka Celtic [13]
2000–01 Sweden Larsson, HenrikHenrik Larsson Celtic SFWA [14]
2001–02 Italy Amoruso, LorenzoLorenzo Amoruso Rangers
2002–03 Scotland Ferguson, BarryBarry Ferguson Rangers SFWA
2003–04 England Sutton, ChrisChris Sutton Celtic
2004–05 Netherlands Ricksen, FernandoFernando Ricksen (joint winner) Rangers
2004–05 Wales Hartson, JohnJohn Hartson (joint winner) Celtic SFWA
2005–06 Scotland Maloney, ShaunShaun Maloney Celtic SYPY [15]
2006–07 Japan Nakamura, ShunsukeShunsuke Nakamura Celtic SFWA
2007–08 Republic of Ireland McGeady, AidenAiden McGeady Celtic SYPY [16]
2008–09 Scotland Brown, ScottScott Brown Celtic [17]

Breakdown of winners


Winners by country

Country Number of wins Winning seasons
Scotland Scotland
1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2008–09
England England
1990–91, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2003–04
Netherlands Netherlands
1988–89, 2004–05 (one of two winners)
Italy Italy
1996–97, 2001–02
Sweden Sweden
1998–99, 2000–01
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Japan Japan
Wales Wales
2004–05 (one of two winners)
Australia Australia
Denmark Denmark

Winners by club

Club Number of wins Winning seasons
1979–80, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1988, 1990–91, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05 (one of two winners), 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
1977–78, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05 (one of two winners)
1980–81, 1983–84, 1988–89, 1989–90
Dundee United
1978–79, 1985–86

See also


  1. ^ Stewart Fisher (2004-05-02). "Jackie named player of the year". The Sunday Herald. Retrieved 2008-03-31.  
  2. ^ "Amoruso is players' choice". BBC. 2002-04-29. Retrieved 2008-03-28.  
  3. ^ "SPFA Player of the Year nominations". The Scottish Premier League.,,10002~1009973,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-28.  
  4. ^ "Hartson and Ricksen share award". BBC. 2005-04-25. Retrieved 2008-03-28.  
  5. ^ "Maloney in historic awards double". BBC. 2006-05-01. Retrieved 2008-03-28.  
  6. ^ Martin Greig (2007-07-05). "Fraser Wishart is promising a new kind of players union". The Herald. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  7. ^ "McGeady picks up double prize at football awards". The Herald. Retrieved 2008-04-24. "Celtic winger Aiden McGeady has pulled off an awards double by winning the PFA Scotland Player Of The Year and Young Player Of The Year awards....McGeady follows in the footsteps of former Parkhead team-mate Shaun Maloney, who won both awards in a single season in 2006."  
  8. ^ "McGeady happy with Hoops". Team Talk.,16368,1861_3455977,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-24. "The only other player to have claimed the PFA Scotland double was Shaun Maloney, the Celtic midfielder who went on to carve out a career in the Premier League with Aston Villa."  
  9. ^ a b Barnes, Stuart (2007). News of the World Football Annual 2007/2008. Invincible Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-0072-5555-9.  
  10. ^ Barnes, Stuart. News of the World Football Annual 2007/2008. p. 62.  
  11. ^ First player to win SPFA and SFWA awards in the same season.
  12. ^ First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom.
  13. ^ First winner of the award from outside Europe.
  14. ^ First two-time winner of the award.
  15. ^ First player to win both SPFA awards in the same season.
  16. ^ Graeme Bailey (2008-04-20). "McGeady claims PFA double". Sky Sports.,19528,11095_3452301,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-21.  
  17. ^ Graham Spiers (2009-05-04). "Celtic's Scott Brown claims player of the year prize". The Times. Retrieved 2009-05-05.  
  18. ^ Now known as Greenock Morton


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