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Bobby Moore named Greatest Sports Personality of all time


Filed: Tuesday, 27th November 2018
By: Staff Writer


England’s 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore has been voted the Greatest Sports Personality of all time in a poll conducted by Radio Times to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

The poll, which received over 11,000 votes, asked Radio Times readers to vote for their favourite winner of the BBC’s annual sporting celebration, from the inaugural winner in 1954, the 5,000-metre runner Sir Chris Chataway, to Sir Mo Farah, who was crowned champion last year.

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Bobby Moore won Sports Personality of the Year in 1966, after lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy in July of the same year following England’s 4-2 defeat of West Germany at Wembley. Sir Andy Murray, double Olympic and Wimbledon champion – and the only sportsperson to lift the coveted Sports Personality trophy on three occasions – came second in the poll, with Lewis Hamilton, the 2014 winner, in third place.

Speaking in the new issue of Radio Times, Bobby Moore’s daughter, Roberta, said: “It makes me incredibly proud to think that after all this time he is held in such high esteem. It really is very touching and is of huge comfort to all our family.

"He was extremely proud and the trophy was in pride of place to reflect that. It was a big accolade for him. So he would be so honoured, so thrilled and so humbled by this.”

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Great Britain’s the most successful rower in Olympic history, Sir Steve Redgrave, who won in 2000 after winning his fifth consecutive Olympic Gold Medal at the Sydney games, was named fourth in the poll, with Britain’s joint-most successful Olympian of all-time, Sir Chris Hoy, completing the Top Five.

Last year’s winner, Sir Mo Farah, was sixth in the list, with double Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson in seventh, and David Beckham in eighth position.

Figure skating pair Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the only duel winners of Sports Personality of the Year, came ninth on the list, with football maverick Paul Gascoigne and Ashes winning all-rounder Sir Ian Botham completing the Top 10 in joint tenth.

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Greatest Sports Personality of all time: Top 20

1 BOBBY MOORE (1966)
2 SIR ANDY MURRAY (2013, 2015, 2016)
3 LEWIS HAMILTON (2014)
4 SIR STEVE REDGRAVE (2000)
5 SIR CHRIS HOY (2008)
6 SIR MO FARAH (2017)
7 DALEY THOMPSON (1982)
8 DAVID BECKHAM (2001)
9 TORVILL AND DEAN (1984)
10= PAUL GASCOIGNE (1990)
10= SIR IAN BOTHAM (1981)
11 JONNY WILKINSON (2003)
12 AP MCCOY (2010)
13 SIR HENRY COOPER (1967, 1970)
14 PAULA RADCLIFFE (2002)
15 ANDREW FLINTOFF (2005)
16 SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS (2012)
17= JOE CALZAGHE (2007)
17= DAME KELLY HOLMES (2004)
17= LORD SEBASTIAN COE (1979)
17= JOHN SURTEES (1959)
18= RYAN GIGGS (2009)
18= DAME MARY PETERS (1972)
19 SIR CHRIS CHATAWAY (1954)
20 SIR STIRLING MOSS (1961)

The full results of the poll are available on RadioTimes.com.





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