Parker wins writers’ award in England
Scott Parker’s tireless midfield displays for West Ham were
rewarded Friday when he was voted the 2011 Footballer of the Year
by England’s football writers.
The England international topped the poll of journalists to win
the prestigious award ahead of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, who
was last week voted Player of the Year by his fellow
The 30-year-old Parker, who will receive the accolade at a gala
dinner on May 12, has been the standout performer for a West Ham
side that is battling against relegation from the Premier
”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,” said Steve Bates, chairman
of the Football Writers Association.
West Ham is level with bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers in
the table, two points off 17th place and the last non-relegation
Primarily a holding midfielder, Parker has also scored seven
goals in all competitions this season. But it is his boundless
energy, influence on his teammates and reading of the game that
have caught the eye, earning him a recall to the England team for
recent games against Denmark and Wales.
Parker, who has also played for Chelsea and Newcastle, is the
first West Ham player to win the award since England captain Bobby
Moore in 1964.