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Thursday 02 May 2013

Bale named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year

Spurs player beats Robin van Persie to award voted for by football writers

Gareth Bale has scored 24 goals in all competitions, with 19 in the Barclays Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has been voted by the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Player of the Year, landing the player with his third individual award in less than a week.

The 23-year-old topped the poll of around 400 journalists, ahead of Manchester Untied forward Robin van Persie and Chelsea's Juan Mata. Bale got 53% of the journalists' votes, while Robin van Persie won 43%. On Sunday, the Welshman won the PFA's Player of the Season award, as well as the Young Player of the Season. It is the 11th time a player has won the FWA award after being given the PFA Award, while only Cristiano Ronaldo, in 2007, has matched Bale's "treble".

Bale has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season, including 19 goals in 29 appearances in the Barclays Premier League, and is regarded as one of the most dangerous attacking threats in Europe.

"I owe a lot to my team-mates and the manager who has shown such faith in me"
Gareth Bale

"It is a huge honour to receive the Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writers’ Association," Bale said. "It means a lot to win this award when you consider the number of players that have been outstanding for their clubs in the Barclays Premier League this season.

"I've been very fortunate to be playing in such a fantastic team and I owe a lot to my team-mates and, obviously, the manager who has shown such faith in me. This award has been won in the past by some of the greatest names in football and I consider it a privilege that the FWA have selected me to be named alongside them."

Andy Dunn, chairman of the FWA and chief sports writer for the Sunday Mirror, explained why Bale won the vote: “In a contest for votes that took so many late twists and turns, Gareth’s penchant for the spectacular captured the imagination.

“He is a player who is rising inexorably towards the rarefied levels of world stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Twice the PFA Player of the Year and now, two months before his 24th birthday, the FWA Footballer of the Year.

“Let’s all hope he lights up the Barclays Premier League for many seasons to come.”

Bale will be presented with the trophy at the Footballer of the Year dinner at the Lancaster London on 9 May.

Past FWA Players of the Year during Barclays Premier League

(Players in bold also won the PFA Player of the Year Award)

  FWA Player of the Year
Season Player Club
1992/93 Chris Waddle
Sheffield Wednesday
1993/94 Alan Shearer
Blackburn Rovers
1994/95 Jurgen Klinsmann
Tottenham Hotspur
1995/96 Eric Cantona Manchester United
1996/97 Gianfranco Zola
Chelsea
1997/98 Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal
1998/99 David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur
1999/00 Roy Keane Manchester United
2000/01 Teddy Sheringham Manchester United
2001/02 Robert Pires
Arsenal
2002/03 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2003/04 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2004/05 Frank Lampard
Chelsea
2005/06 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2006/07 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
2007/08 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
2008/09 Steven Gerrard
Liverpool
2009/10 Wayne Rooney Manchester United
2010/11 Scott Parker
West Ham United
2011/12 Robin van Persie Arsenal
2012/13 Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur

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Key Points

  • Gareth Bale named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year
  • Spurs winger won 53% of the vote, ahead of Robin van Persie and Juan Mata
  • It is Bale's third individual honour in less than a week, having won the PFA's Player of the Season award and Young Player of the Season