Ipswich Town F.C. Player of the Year


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 either on-line or with one of the volunteers outside the stadium prior to a home game. The winner is the player who polls the most votes. The recipient is awarded a rosebowl trophy, presented at an awards ceremony immediately after one of the last home games of the season.[1]

For a list of all Ipswich Town players with a Wikipedia article, see the Ipswich Town F.C. players category, and for the current first-team squad, see Ipswich Town F.C.: Current squad.
Ipswich Town Player of the Year
SportAssociation football
History
First award1973
Editions48 (as of 2021)
First winner Kevin Beattie
Most wins John Wark
(4 times)
Most recent James Wilson

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


Kevin Beattie was the inaugural winner of the award.
John Wark has won the award four times, the most of any Ipswich Town player.
Fabian Wilnis, winner for the 2005–06 season, with the trophy.
Bartosz Białkowski won the award in three consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2018.
* Ipswich Town Hall of Fame Inductee[4][5][6]
Player still on the playing staff of the club[7]
Recipients of the Ipswich Town F.C. Player of the Year
SeasonLevel[nb 1]Name[1]Position[nb 2]NationalityInternational
caps
[nb 3]
Notes
19731Kevin Beattie*Defender England9[nb 4][8]
19741Kevin Beattie*Defender England9[nb 5][8][9]
19751Colin ViljoenMidfielder England2[nb 6]
19761Allan Hunter*Defender Northern Ireland53[nb 7][10]
19771George Burley*Defender Scotland11[11]
19781Mick Mills*Defender England42[8]
19791Arnold Mühren*Midfielder Netherlands23[nb 8][12]
19801Frans Thijssen*Midfielder Netherlands14[13]
19811Paul Cooper*Goalkeeper England
19821Alan Brazil*Striker Scotland13[14]
19831Paul Mariner*Striker England35[8]
19841Trevor PutneyMidfielder England
19851Terry Butcher*Defender England77[8]
19861Terry Butcher*Defender England77[nb 5][8]
19872Romeo ZondervanMidfielder Netherlands1[nb 9][15]
19882Frank YallopDefender Canada52[nb 10][16]
19892John Wark*Midfielder Scotland29[17]
19902John Wark*Midfielder Scotland29[nb 5][17]
19912David LinighanDefender England
19922John Wark*Midfielder Scotland29[nb 11][17]
19931Mick Stockwell*Midfielder England
19941John Wark*Midfielder Scotland29[nb 12][17]
19951Craig ForrestGoalkeeper Canada56[18]
19962Simon Milton*Midfielder England
19972Mauricio TariccoDefender Argentina[nb 13]
19982Matt Holland*Midfielder Ireland49[19]
19992Jamie ClaphamDefender England[20]
20002James ScowcroftStriker England[21]
20011Marcus StewartStriker England[22]
20021Mark VenusDefender England[23]
20032Matt Holland*Midfielder Ireland49[nb 5][24]
20042Ian WestlakeMidfielder England[25]
20052Shefki KuqiStriker Finland62[26]
20062Fabian WilnisDefender Netherlands[27]
20072Sylvain LegwinskiMidfielder France[28]
20082Jonathan WaltersStriker Ireland54[29]
20092Richard WrightGoalkeeper England2[30]
20102Gareth McAuleyDefender Northern Ireland80[31]
20112Jimmy BullardMidfielder England[32]
20122Aaron CresswellDefender England3[33]
20132Tommy SmithDefender New Zealand38[34]
20142Christophe BerraDefender Scotland41[35]
20152Daryl MurphyStriker Ireland32[36]
20162Bartosz BiałkowskiGoalkeeper Poland1[37]
20172Bartosz BiałkowskiGoalkeeper Poland1[nb 5][38]
20182Bartosz BiałkowskiGoalkeeper Poland1[nb 11][39]
20192Luke ChambersDefender England[40]
20203Not awarded[nb 14][41]
20213James WilsonDefender Wales1[42]

Wins by playing position


Ipswich Town F.C. Player of the Year winners by playing position
Position[nb 15]Number of
winners[nb 16]
Goalkeeper6
Defender19
Midfielder16
Striker7

Wins by nationality


Ipswich Town F.C. Player of the Year winners by nationality
NationalityNumber of
winners[nb 16]
 England21
 Scotland7
 Ireland4
 Netherlands4
 Poland3
 Northern Ireland2
 Canada2
 Argentina1
 Finland1
 France1
 New Zealand1
 Wales1

Footnotes


  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. 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. Third award.
  12. Fourth award.
  13. Taricco was the first non-European winner.
  14. No Player of the Year award was given due to the Coronavirus outbreak resulting in the early curtailment of the 2019–20 season, and the cancellation of the Supporters' Club annual event.
  15. Stockwell and Zondervan have been classed as midfielders.
  16. Multiple winners are counted multiple times.

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