Bradford City miss out on BBC team prize as Andy Murray wins main award

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Andy Murray after being presented with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award by Martina Navratilova in Florida Andy Murray after being presented with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award by Martina Navratilova in Florida

Andy Murray was duly crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Leeds tonight, capping an historic year which saw him become the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon singles title.

Murray had started the evening as one of the shortest-price favourites in the award’s 60-year history, with best odds of 1-19 available from on-line bookmakers on the night of the ceremony at the city’s First Direct Arena.

Murray is the fourth tennis player to win the award and the first since Greg Rusedski pipped Tim Henman to victory in 1997. Virginia Wade and Ann Jones were also crowned in 1977 and 1969 respectively.

The 26-year-old Scot was not able to receive his award in person due to pre-season training commitments in Florida, and instead received it live on air from 18-times grand slam singles champion Martina Navratilova.

Murray joked: “I know I’m sometimes not the easiest person to support but I’ve had a lot of pressure on me for a long time and I’m just glad I finally managed to break through.

“No matter how excited I try to sound my voice still sounds incredibly boring but I’m actually incredibly excited right now. That’s just my voice – I’m sorry.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t be there tonight but I couldn’t have got in the position I’m in if I didn’t take my training and preparation extremely hard – I’ve been doing it for the last five or six years and I’ve dedicated probably the last ten years of my life to this.”

Wales and British and Irish Lions full back Leigh Halfpenny took second place after a year in which he was crowned player of the series in the Lions’ history-making Test series triumph over Australia, with 2010 winner Tony McCoy in third place.

Murray, who took 401,470 votes ahead of Halfpenny on 65,913 and McCoy on 57,854, is recovering from back surgery.

Mo Farah was in fourth place with 51,945, followed by Ben Ainslie, Chris Froome, Halifax's Hannah Cockroft, Christine Ohuruogu, Justin Rose and Ian Bell, who finished last of the ten-strong shortlist with 5,626 votes to his name.

Bradford City, who reached the Capital One Cup final as a League Two club last season, missed out on the Team of the Year award, failing to make the final three.

That went to the British and Irish Lions as a reward for their first Test series win in 16 years.

Warren Gatland’s men secured their historic triumph with a record-breaking 41-16 win over Australia in the third and final Test in Sydney, despite the controversial decision to drop Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll.

And the Lions were awarded the accolade after an independent panel voted them top of a shortlist which also included Europe’s successful Solheim Cup-winning golf team and the all-conquering Team Sky cycling.

Warren Gatland, who led the Lions off the field, was named Coach of the Year.

Sebastian Vettel succeeded Usain Bolt as Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after a season which saw him claim a record fourth consecutive Formula One world title.

To mark the programme’s 60th year, Sir Bobby Charlton presented a special Diamond Achievement award to Sir Alex Ferguson, who called time on his 26 years in charge of Manchester United this summer.

Skeet shooter Amber Hill, 15, was Young Sports Personality of the Year. The award was presented by the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, from Bramhope.

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12:33am Mon 16 Dec 13

parkofl says...

If only he had a personality.......
And a person that publicly admits to the dislike of the English
What a waste
Bradford city achieved the unacheivable gues that's not enough in the eyes of the public
A second division team whom barely stayed affluent
Overcame all the odds beating three premier teams to get to the final of the capital one cup
Then achieving promotion through the play offs and standing their own in the first division
Maybe we are so narrow minded or is it the fact the sport doesn't come with cucumber sandwiches and caviar ??
Only saying !
If only he had a personality....... And a person that publicly admits to the dislike of the English What a waste Bradford city achieved the unacheivable gues that's not enough in the eyes of the public A second division team whom barely stayed affluent Overcame all the odds beating three premier teams to get to the final of the capital one cup Then achieving promotion through the play offs and standing their own in the first division Maybe we are so narrow minded or is it the fact the sport doesn't come with cucumber sandwiches and caviar ?? Only saying ! parkofl

7:34am Mon 16 Dec 13

Craig1985 says...

Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one
Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one Craig1985

8:25am Mon 16 Dec 13

linebacker2 says...

Craig1985 wrote:
Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one
Agree entirely and golf is a pass time not a sport.

Like much else coming from the BBC these days, these awards are something of a joke.
[quote][p][bold]Craig1985[/bold] wrote: Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one[/p][/quote]Agree entirely and golf is a pass time not a sport. Like much else coming from the BBC these days, these awards are something of a joke. linebacker2

9:15am Mon 16 Dec 13

CTID says...

All the Solheim Cup team did was beat a similarly ranked group of players. Once.

They'd have had to have beaten the USA *Ryder* Cup team. Three Times. To have matched what we did by xmas.

Got to have a women's sport team in there though haven't you? And I bet Sky weren't selling clips of our run on the cheap, were they?

It's oxen poop if you ask me
All the Solheim Cup team did was beat a similarly ranked group of players. Once. They'd have had to have beaten the USA *Ryder* Cup team. Three Times. To have matched what we did by xmas. Got to have a women's sport team in there though haven't you? And I bet Sky weren't selling clips of our run on the cheap, were they? It's oxen poop if you ask me CTID

10:14am Mon 16 Dec 13

linebacker2 says...

Craig1985 wrote:
Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one
British Lions are actually 4 countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 5 countries if you count Republic as being separate from NI. Not really surprising they beat one country
[quote][p][bold]Craig1985[/bold] wrote: Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one[/p][/quote]British Lions are actually 4 countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 5 countries if you count Republic as being separate from NI. Not really surprising they beat one country linebacker2

10:21am Mon 16 Dec 13

RuggerTyke says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Craig1985 wrote:
Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one
British Lions are actually 4 countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 5 countries if you count Republic as being separate from NI. Not really surprising they beat one country
Pathetic. Surely Wales' achievements in back to back six nations held much more merit ?!.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Craig1985[/bold] wrote: Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one[/p][/quote]British Lions are actually 4 countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 5 countries if you count Republic as being separate from NI. Not really surprising they beat one country[/p][/quote]Pathetic. Surely Wales' achievements in back to back six nations held much more merit ?!. RuggerTyke

11:18am Mon 16 Dec 13

m.r.c says...

Good old BBC, British & Irish lions a team representing 5 countries just has to win more than one game to win the test series is the 'team of the year'. Yet a team from the lowest professional football league in England knock out 3 premiership teams to get to a major final doesn't even get on the short list. ????
Good old BBC, British & Irish lions a team representing 5 countries just has to win more than one game to win the test series is the 'team of the year'. Yet a team from the lowest professional football league in England knock out 3 premiership teams to get to a major final doesn't even get on the short list. ???? m.r.c

11:19am Mon 16 Dec 13

logic13 says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Craig1985 wrote:
Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one
British Lions are actually 4 countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 5 countries if you count Republic as being separate from NI. Not really surprising they beat one country
They actually lost once............
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Craig1985[/bold] wrote: Lions win team of the year, wheres the major achievement in 3 country's beating 1 In a game of rugby? And women's golf team? How on earth did they get nominated? I didn't even know we had one[/p][/quote]British Lions are actually 4 countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 5 countries if you count Republic as being separate from NI. Not really surprising they beat one country[/p][/quote]They actually lost once............ logic13

1:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

m.r.c wrote:
Good old BBC, British & Irish lions a team representing 5 countries just has to win more than one game to win the test series is the 'team of the year'. Yet a team from the lowest professional football league in England knock out 3 premiership teams to get to a major final doesn't even get on the short list. ????
More than that, L1 in 1st round,Watford Championship side in 2nd round who were play off contenders, Burton in 3rd round who were in L2 play-offs, Wigan, FA cup winners, Arsenal and Villa over 2 legs. We then clawed back a huge points deficit to gain a play off spot when it would have been easier to hide, we then clawed back a negative result in the p/o semi to get to the final and absolutely hammered Northampton as much as Swansea did us to gain the ultimate victory.

We know what the merit was and who really deserved the title of team of the year, screw the BBC and their bias.
[quote][p][bold]m.r.c[/bold] wrote: Good old BBC, British & Irish lions a team representing 5 countries just has to win more than one game to win the test series is the 'team of the year'. Yet a team from the lowest professional football league in England knock out 3 premiership teams to get to a major final doesn't even get on the short list. ????[/p][/quote]More than that, L1 in 1st round,Watford Championship side in 2nd round who were play off contenders, Burton in 3rd round who were in L2 play-offs, Wigan, FA cup winners, Arsenal and Villa over 2 legs. We then clawed back a huge points deficit to gain a play off spot when it would have been easier to hide, we then clawed back a negative result in the p/o semi to get to the final and absolutely hammered Northampton as much as Swansea did us to gain the ultimate victory. We know what the merit was and who really deserved the title of team of the year, screw the BBC and their bias. Prisoner Cell Block A

2:26pm Mon 16 Dec 13

What's my name says...

BBC JOKE
BBC JOKE What's my name

2:09pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Bantams4ever says...

Surely 35000 Bradford fans, chanting, singing, flag waving for a team that was losing 4 - nil and had had a man sent off in bitterly cold conditions, for the last 30 minutes of a lost game should count for something considering our past.
Surely 35000 Bradford fans, chanting, singing, flag waving for a team that was losing 4 - nil and had had a man sent off in bitterly cold conditions, for the last 30 minutes of a lost game should count for something considering our past. Bantams4ever

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