English Football – Most Appearances in PFA Teams of The Year

Updated to include the PFA Player of the Year 2018/9 award  and the team of the year.

There have been five players who have won the award twice (Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mark Hughes, Thierry Henry and Gareth Bale). This indicates that The PFA Player of the Year tends to go to forwards more often than other positions. To look at other positions I decided to see who has been chosen most often for teams of the year.  These are selected for each division of English football by the other players in that division.  The first such selection was made for the 1973/4 season.  Using the number of times a player was selected in the Team of the Year gives the following all-time teams.

First of all a team for the 21st century showing the number of times selected. (GK -goalkeeper, DF – defender, MF -midfield, FW- forward) Right back, centre-back, midfield and forwards have ties for the most appearances.
GK  David de Gea (Manchester Utd) 5
DF Kyle Walker (Spurs/Man. City) 3
DF  Rio Ferdinand Manchester United 6
DF  Nemanja Vidic Manchester United , John Terry (Chelsea) 4
DF  Ashley Cole Chelsea 4
MF  Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 4
MF  Steven Gerrard Liverpool 8
MF  Patrick Vieira Arsenal 4
MF  Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur, Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 4
FW  Thierry Henry Arsenal 6
FW  Harry Kane (Spurs) 4

For the all-time team of teams I have chosen a first-team and substitutes bench with a goalkeeper and two each of defenders, midfielders and strikers.
GK Peter Shilton 10
DF  Gary Neville Manchester United 6
DF  Alan Hansen Liverpool  6
DF  Rio Ferdinand West Ham/Manchester United 6
DF Kenny Sansom Arsenal 11
MF Bryan Robson Manchester United 6
MF  Steven Gerrard Liverpool 8
MF Patrick Vieira Arsenal 6
MF  Ryan Giggs Manchester United 6
FW  Thierry Henry Arsenal 6
FW  Alan Shearer Newcastle United 6


GK Nigel Martyn Leeds or David de Gea Man.Utd 5
DF Mark Lawrenson Liverpool 5
DF Stuart Pearce Nottingham Forest 5
MF Roy Keane Nottm Forest/Manchester United 5
MF Glenn Hoddle Tottenham 6
FW Kenny Dalglish Liverpool 5
FW Ian Rush Liverpool 5

Note that Glenn Hoddle could be included in the team as he also had 6 appearances.

The women’s PFA team of the year has been chosen since the 2013-14 season in the Women’s Super League (WSL).  Two players – Lucy Bronze (Liverpool/Man.City) and Ji So-yun (Chelsea) have been chosen in four teams.

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2 Responses to English Football – Most Appearances in PFA Teams of The Year

  1. john says:

    Sorry to be a fussy, but Pallister was in the team of the season for the top divison (div 1 + prem lge) 5 times. The other two team of the year awards were for the lower divisions. I like the article though. Well done.

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