Football Writers’ Association

THE  Football Writers’ Association has been representing football journalists working in England and at overseas events since 1947.

The FWA works closely with governing bodies, clubs and federations to ensure the best possible facilities and levels of access for football writers, and increasingly multi-media reporters.

The Footballer of the Year, first awarded to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1948, is the oldest individual honour in the game, and still the most prestigious. It is voted for by the FWA’s 400 or so members, including a burgeoning student membership.

The other major annual event nationally is the FWA Tribute , awarded for an outstanding contribution to English football.  

There are also numerous regional events, an annual Golf Day sponsored by Vanarama, and more recently a successful series of FWA Live panel discussions, supported by title sponsors William Hill. 

The Footballer of the Year  for 2018-19 is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.

Full membership costs £30 per annum (£5 for students)– details on the FWA website

Chair: Carrie Brown (left)

Executive Secretary: Paul McCarthy
Mobile:  07831 650 977

Membership Secretary: John Ley (

National Committee: Neil Ashton, Philippe Auclair, Steve Bates, Joel Beya, Carrie Brown, Kelly Cates, Gerry Cox, John Cross, Sam Cunningham, Andy Dunn, Paul Hetherington, Darren Lewis, Jonathan Liew, Martin Lipton, Nick Mashiter, Paul McCarthy, Jacqui Oatley, Alyson Rudd, Jim White, Jim Van Wijk.

Twitter: @theofficialFWA