Ipswich Town F.C. Player of the Year

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Ipswich Town Player of the Year
SportAssociation football
History
First award1973
Editions47 (as of 2019)
First winnerEngland Kevin Beattie
Most winsScotland John Wark
(4 times)
Most recentEngland Luke Chambers

The Ipswich Town Player of the Year award is voted for annually by Ipswich Town's supporters in recognition of the best overall performance by an individual player throughout the football season. Towards the end of each season, fans are invited to cast their votes for this award. They do this by submitting a paper slip to the club's Portman Road offices, with the winner being the player who polls the most votes. The recipient is awarded a rosebowl trophy, presented on the pitch before one of the last home games of the season.[1]

The inaugural award was made to Kevin Beattie in 1973 and he retained it the following season. Since then, four other players have won the award on more than one occasion: Terry Butcher and Matt Holland have received the honour twice, goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski has won it three times, while John Wark has been presented with the award a record four times. Only one winner has gone on to manage the club full-time, George Burley,[2] who won in 1977, although John Wark did act as joint caretaker-manager of the club with Paul Goddard for three matches in 1994.[3]

Winners[edit]

Kevin Beattie wearing a dark jacket, a white shirt, and black-and-white polka dot tie
Kevin Beattie was the inaugural winner of the award.
John Wark, wearing a dark suit, a white shirt and a dark-blue tie, standing on the pitch at Portman Road
John Wark has won the award four times, the most of any Ipswich Town player.
Four men standing on a grass football pitch. The man second from left, wearing a grey top, white shorts and white socks, is holding a trophy above his head. Spectators wearing blue or black tops are visible in the background.
Fabian Wilnis, winner for the 2005–06 season, with the trophy.
* Ipswich Town Hall of Fame Inductee[4][5][6]
double-dagger Player still on the playing staff of the club[7]


Season Level[nb 1] Name[1] Position[nb 2] Nationality International
caps
[nb 3]
Notes
1973 1 Kevin Beattie* Defender  England 9 [nb 4][8]
1974 1 Kevin Beattie* Defender  England 9 [nb 5][8][9]
1975 1 Colin Viljoen Midfielder  England 2 [nb 6]
1976 1 Allan Hunter* Defender  Northern Ireland 53 [nb 7][10]
1977 1 George Burley* Defender  Scotland 11 [11]
1978 1 Mick Mills* Defender  England 42 [8]
1979 1 Arnold Mühren* Midfielder  Netherlands 23 [nb 8][12]
1980 1 Frans Thijssen* Midfielder  Netherlands 14 [13]
1981 1 Paul Cooper Goalkeeper  England
1982 1 Alan Brazil Striker  Scotland 13 [14]
1983 1 Paul Mariner Striker  England 35 [8]
1984 1 Trevor Putney Midfielder  England
1985 1 Terry Butcher Defender  England 77 [8]
1986 1 Terry Butcher Defender  England 77 [nb 5][8]
1987 2 Romeo Zondervan Midfielder  Netherlands 6 [nb 9][15]
1988 2 Frank Yallop Defender  Canada 52 [nb 10][16]
1989 2 John Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [17]
1990 2 John Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [nb 5][17]
1991 2 David Linighan Defender  England
1992 2 John Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [nb 11][17]
1993 1 Mick Stockwell Midfielder  England
1994 1 John Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [nb 12][17]
1995 1 Craig Forrest Goalkeeper  Canada 56 [18]
1996 2 Simon Milton Midfielder  England
1997 2 Mauricio Taricco Defender  Argentina [nb 13]
1998 2 Matt Holland Midfielder  Ireland 49 [19]
1999 2 Jamie Clapham Defender  England
2000 2 James Scowcroft Striker  England
2001 1 Marcus Stewart Striker  England [20]
2002 1 Mark Venus Defender  England
2003 2 Matt Holland Midfielder  Ireland 49 [nb 5][19]
2004 2 Ian Westlake Midfielder  England
2005 2 Shefki Kuqi Striker  Finland 62 [21]
2006 2 Fabian Wilnis Defender  Netherlands
2007 2 Sylvain Legwinski Midfielder  France
2008 2 Jonathan Walters Striker  Ireland 54 [22]
2009 2 Richard Wright Goalkeeper  England 2
2010 2 Gareth McAuley Defender  Northern Ireland 80 [23]
2011 2 Jimmy Bullard Midfielder  England [24]
2012 2 Aaron Cresswell Defender  England 3 [25]
2013 2 Tommy Smith Defender  New Zealand 36 [26]
2014 2 Christophe Berra Defender  Scotland 41 [27]
2015 2 Daryl Murphy Striker  Ireland 32 [28]
2016 2 Bartosz Białkowski double-dagger Goalkeeper  Poland 1 [29]
2017 2 Bartosz Białkowski double-dagger Goalkeeper  Poland 1 [nb 5][30]
2018 2 Bartosz Białkowski double-dagger Goalkeeper  Poland 1 [nb 11][31]
2019 2 Luke Chambers double-dagger Defender  England [32]

Wins by playing position[edit]

Position[nb 14] Number of
winners[nb 15]
Goalkeeper 6
Defender 18
Midfielder 16
Striker 7

Wins by nationality[edit]

Nationality Number of
winners[nb 15]
 England 21
 Scotland 7
 Ireland 4
 Netherlands 4
 Poland 3
 Northern Ireland 2
 Canada 2
 Argentina 1
 Finland 1
 France 1
 New Zealand 1

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The official "Level" of competition in the structure of the English league system.
  2. ^ For a full description of positions see Football Positions.
  3. ^ If blank, uncapped at full international level.
  4. ^ Beattie was the inaugural winner of the award.
  5. ^ a b c d e Second award.
  6. ^ Viljoen was born in South Africa.
  7. ^ Hunter was the first non-English winner.
  8. ^ Mühren became the first winner from outside the United Kingdom.
  9. ^ Zondervan was born in Suriname.
  10. ^ Yallop was born in England.
  11. ^ a b Third award.
  12. ^ Fourth award.
  13. ^ Taricco was the first non-European winner.
  14. ^ Stockwell and Zondervan have been classed as midfielders.
  15. ^ a b Multiple winners are counted multiple times.

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Young Player of the Year 1974–2007". Professional Football's Association. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007. Beattie was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 1974.
  10. ^ "Allan Hunter – international career". Pride of Anglia. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  11. ^ "George Burley profile". Scottish Football Association. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  12. ^ "Arnold Mühren profile". KNVB.nl. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  13. ^ "Frans Thijssen profile". KNVB.nl. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  14. ^ "Alan Brazil profile". Scottish Football Association. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  15. ^ "Romeo Zondervan international profile". Pride of Anglia. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  16. ^ "Frank Yallop profile". Canada Soccer. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  17. ^ a b c d "John Wark profile". Scottish Football Association. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  18. ^ "Craig Forrest profile". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 2008-10-02. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  19. ^ a b "Matt Holland career statistics". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  20. ^ "2000–2001 Top Scorers". 4TheGame. Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007. Stewart was the second highest scorer in the Premier League in the 2000–01 season, and the highest English-born scorer that season.
  21. ^ "Shefki Kuqi career statistics". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  22. ^ "Walters completes clean sweep of awards". East Anglian Daily Times. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  23. ^ "McAuley Player of the Year". TWTD. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Bullard Player of the Year". TWTD. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  25. ^ "Aaron Cresswell wins Supporters Player of the Year". East Anglian Daily Times. 22 April 2012. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
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  29. ^ "Białkowski Wins Player of the Year". twtd.co.uk. 9 April 2016. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  30. ^ "Białkowski Wins Player of the Year". twtd.co.uk. 29 April 2017. Archived from the original on 30 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  31. ^ "Bialkowski Player of the Year for Third Successive Season". TWTD.co.uk.
  32. ^ "Chambers Named Player of the Year". TWTD.co.uk.