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Ipswich Town F.C. Player of the Year

For a list of all Ipswich Town players with a World Heritage Encyclopedia article, see the Ipswich Town F.C. players category, and for the current first-team squad, see Ipswich Town F.C.: Current squad.

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 three other players have won the award on more than one occasion. Terry Butcher and Matt Holland have received the honour twice while John Wark has been presented with the award on a record four occasions. 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]


* Ipswich Town Hall of Fame Inductee[4][5][6]

Player name in bold represents players still on the playing staff of the club.

Season Level[nb 1] Name[1] Position[nb 2] Nationality International
[nb 3]
1973 1 Kevin Beattie* Defender  England 9 [nb 4][7]
1974 1 Kevin Beattie* Defender  England 9 [nb 5][7][8]
1975 1 Colin Viljoen Midfielder  England 2 [nb 6]
1976 1 Allan Hunter* Defender  Northern Ireland 53 [nb 7][9]
1977 1 George Burley* Defender  Scotland 11 [10]
1978 1 Mick Mills* Defender  England 42 [7]
1979 1 Arnold Mühren* Midfielder  Netherlands 23 [nb 8][11]
1980 1 Frans Thijssen* Midfielder  Netherlands 14 [12]
1981 1 Paul Cooper Goalkeeper  England
1982 1 Alan Brazil Striker  Scotland 13 [13]
1983 1 Paul Mariner Striker  England 35 [7]
1984 1 Trevor Putney Midfielder  England
1985 1 Terry Butcher Defender  England 77 [7]
1986 1 Terry Butcher Defender  England 77 [nb 5][7]
1987 2 Romeo Zondervan Midfielder  Netherlands 6 [nb 9][14]
1988 2 Frank Yallop Defender  Canada 52 [nb 10][15]
1989 2 John Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [16]
1990 2 Wark, JohnJohn Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [nb 5][16]
1991 2 Linighan, DavidDavid Linighan Defender  England
1992 2 Wark, JohnJohn Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [nb 11][16]
1993 1 Stockwell, MickMick Stockwell Midfielder  England
1994 1 Wark, JohnJohn Wark* Midfielder  Scotland 29 [nb 12][16]
1995 1 Forrest, CraigCraig Forrest Goalkeeper  Canada 56 [17]
1996 2 Milton, SimonSimon Milton Midfielder  England
1997 2 Taricco, MauricioMauricio Taricco Defender  Argentina [nb 13]
1998 2 Holland, MattMatt Holland Midfielder  Ireland 49 [18]
1999 2 Clapham, JamieJamie Clapham Defender  England
2000 2 Scowcroft, JamesJames Scowcroft Striker  England
2001 1 Stewart, MarcusMarcus Stewart Striker  England [19]
2002 1 Venus, MarkMark Venus Defender  England
2003 2 Holland, MattMatt Holland Midfielder  Ireland 49 [nb 5][18]
2004 2 Westlake, IanIan Westlake Midfielder  England
2005 2 Kuqi, ShefkiShefki Kuqi Striker  Finland 60 [20]
2006 2 Wilnis, FabianFabian Wilnis Defender  Netherlands
2007 2 Legwinski, SylvainSylvain Legwinski Midfielder  France
2008 2 Walters, JonathanJonathan Walters Striker  Ireland 19 [21]
2009 2 Wright, RichardRichard Wright Goalkeeper  England 2
2010 2 Gareth McAuley Defender  Northern Ireland 21
2011 2 Jimmy Bullard Midfielder  England
2012 2 Aaron Cresswell Defender  England [22]
2013 2 Tommy Smith Defender  New Zealand 22 [23]

Wins by playing position

Position[nb 14] Number of
winners[nb 15]
Goalkeeper 3
Defender 16
Midfielder 16
Striker 6

Wins by nationality

Nationality Number of
winners[nb 15]
 Argentina 1
 Canada 2
 England 21
 Finland 1
 France 1
 Ireland 2
 Netherlands 4
 New Zealand 1
 Northern Ireland 2
 Scotland 6



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