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Gerrard wins writers award by lfctalk
May 13, 2009, 10:47
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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.

The 28 year old beat several Manchester United stars to the award, which many felt should have followed the PFA Player of the Year that was controversially awarded to Ryan Giggs – who has only started a fraction of United’s games this season.

Gerrard has already scooped the PFA Fans Player of the Year award this season and has scored 23 goals during an excellent season for the midfielder, whose side have pushed all the way for a maiden Premiership title.

“We are delighted to honour Steven’s contribution this season,” said Steve Bates, national chairman of the Football Writers’ Association.

“Steven has had a fantastic season and has so often been the driving force behind Liverpool’s forceful challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.”

“His passion and desire to send the title race into the closing days of this campaign has underpinned Liverpool’s pursuit of Manchester United and he has frequently caught the eye with outstanding performances which have showcased his considerable talent.”

“Steven is viewed by the Football Writers who voted as the heartbeat of Liverpool’s team and a player who gives everything for the cause.”

“He beat off a strong challenge from Old Trafford stars Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to emerge as a clear winner and he follows a long and illustrious list of British and European footballers to win the vote of the Football Writers.”

Gerrard will receive his award at the FWA’s gala dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on May 29.

He is the first Liverpool player to win it since John Barnes in 1990, when the Jamaica born winger was awarded for helping The Reds win their eighteenth, and last, league crown.

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