England Player Honours -
Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award, first made
in 1948, goes to the player deemed to have turned in the season's best
overall performance in English league play. The winner is chosen by vote of the
Association's members based on performance in the
season ending in the year the award is made. Any player in England's
football leagues is eligible for the award regardless of his country of birth.
As of 2008, the award had been made
61 times, and 26 England players had won the award 30 times, four of
them (Tom Finney, Stanley Matthews, John Barnes and Gary Lineker) having
gained it twice.