Writers name Parker best player
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West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker has been voted Footballer of the Year by the English Football Writers Association.

Parker topped the poll of journalists ahead of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale, who was last week named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

The former Chelsea and Newcastle United player has been in fine form for the Hammers this year, earning a recall to the England squad.

He will receive his trophy at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on 12 May.

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.
Football Writers Association chairman Steve Bates on Scott Parker

Football Writers Association chairman Steve Bates 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 setup.

"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."

He is the first West Ham player to win the award since Bobby Moore in 1964.