It is surprising, given Everton’s excellence through the 1960s, and the achievements of players like Bob Latchford and Dave Hickson at other times, that no Everton player received an individual accolade until the mid-1980s.
FOOTBALL’S FIRST widely recognised individual award was the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year, created in 1947. It was the idea of Charlie Buchan, the former Arsenal and Sunderland player who had since embarked on a career as editor and publisher of his eponymous Football Monthly, for an award to be given ‘to the professional player who by precept and example is considered by a ballot of members to be the footballer of the year’. It was voted by members of the Football Writers’ Association. A quarter of a century later, in 1973, the Professional Footballers’ Association launched its own Player of the Year award, also rewarding the best young player of the year. Both awards were voted for by its members.
In 1994 the League Managers’ Association created its Manager of the Year award.
The Ballon D’or, or European Footballer of the Year, was created in 1956 by France Football magazine. The award is voted for by leading football journalists, but although Stanley Matthews won the inaugural prize it has traditionally been dominated by players from the Italian and Spanish leagues. Gary Lineker is the Everton player to come closest to winning the award, when he came second to Igor Belanov in 1986. From 1967/68 the European Golden Boot was awarded to the leading domestic goalscorer in European football.
Neither Bob Latchford in 1978 nor Lineker in 1986 – the two Everton players to top the English scoring charts since 1968 – came close to winning the award.
In 1991 FIFA launched its World Footballer of the Year award, voted for by captains and coaches of national teams.
No Everton player has won this award, although Tim Cahill has been long-listed for it. Cahill was in 2004 named Oceania Footballer of the Year. Joseph Yobo and Steven Pienaar have been long-listed for the African Footballer of the Year award and in 1996 Daniel Amokachi came third in that year’s voting.
Football Writers’ Player of the Year
Professional Footballers’Association Footballer of the Year
Oceania Footballer of the Year
2004. Tim Cahill
Bell’s Manager of the Year
1985. Howard Kendall
League Managers’Association Manager of the Year
2003. David Moyes
2005. David Moyes
2009. David Moyes