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.