Parker pips Bale to FWA award

In what was one of the closest contests of recent seasons, Parker

topped the poll of journalists ahead of Tottenham winger Bale, who

was last week named the Professional Footballers’ Association

Player of the Year. England midfielder Parker – who started his

career at Charlton before spells with Chelsea and Newcastle ahead

of joining the Irons in 2007 – will receive the prestigious

accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner at

the Lancaster London Hotel on May 12. FWA chairman Steve Bates,

chief football writer at The People, said: “Scott Parker has been

so consistent this season with his performances in a West Ham team

battling for Premier League survival and as such has forced himself

back into the England national set-up. “He has been an

inspirational figure for the Irons and hopefully his

professionalism will be rewarded with West Ham staying up at the

end of the season. “In what was one of the tightest votes of recent

seasons, Scott is certainly a worthy winner and follows in the

footsteps of a long line of superb footballers who have been given

this prestigious honour.”