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The One Show Team | 14:59 UK time, Monday, 30 November 2009

The One Show has revealed the top 10 contenders for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009.

The winner will be announced on Sunday 13th December, during the Sports Personality of the Year programme.

Visit the BBC Sports Personality of the Year website here.

The nominees for the 56th BBC Sports Personality of the Year award are...

Jenson Button - Formula 1 driver
Winning six of the first seven races of 2009, Button still had to battle hard to take the F1 driver's championship, succeeding Lewis Hamilton to the title.

Mark Cavendish - Cyclist
The Isle of Man cyclist sprinted his way to six stage wins in the Tour de France, and became the first ever Briton to hold the green jersey two days in a row.

Tom Daley - Diver
Clinching this year's 10 metre platform diving world championship gold was the highlight of the 15 year old's career so far.

Jessica Ennis - Heptathlete
Having missed the Olympics through injury last year, the 23 year old Sheffield athlete won three of the first four disciplines and achieved world heptathlon gold in August.

Ryan Giggs - Footballer
Voted last seasons PFA Player of the Year, the Manchester United and Wales international star is shortlisted for European Player of the Year.

David Haye - Boxer
The former cruiserweight champion, dwarfed by 7 foot, 23 stone Nikolay Valuev, beat all the odds in November to become WBA heavyweight champion.

Phillips Idowu - Triple Jump
After achieving silver in Beijing last year, he jumped one medal higher by taking gold at the world championships this summer with a personal best jump of 17.73 metres.

Andy Murray - Tennis
As will as winning six titles in 2009, the world number four reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon this year and is looking for his first gland slam in the near future.

Andrew Strauss - Cricketer
The batsman was awarded the England captaincy at the start of the year and led the team to a second home Ashes win in four years in summer 2009.

Beth Tweddle - Gymnast
Already the 2006 uneven bars world champion, her gold in the floor event at the World Championships in October was her first medal of any colour at the discipline.

You'll be able to vote for your favourite sports personality via a phoneline on Sunday 13th December during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme. For more information regarding the terms and conditions of the judging and voting, click here.

Who do you think deserves to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009? Let us know below.


  • 1. At 7:15pm on 30 Nov 2009, jazzydancer wrote:

    Phillips Idowu won the triple jump, not the long jump.

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  • 2. At 7:18pm on 30 Nov 2009, Matt wrote:

    I think Mark Cavendish should win but Phil Taylor should be a nominee as he is worlds greatest sports man.

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  • 3. At 7:19pm on 30 Nov 2009, Steve wrote:

    Just seen yhe nominees for sports personality, what a disgrace that the BBC couldn't find a place for the achievement of the year, namely Catriona Matthew winning the ladies British Open Golf.

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  • 4. At 7:20pm on 30 Nov 2009, carl latimer wrote:

    why is 14 times world darts champion phil taylor not mentioned. who else as this many world championships.

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  • 5. At 7:21pm on 30 Nov 2009, oufcturkish wrote:

    i cant believe Tony McCoy has not been nominated! this man has done so much for the sport of Horse racing. he's won 14 titles consecutively, this year he rode his 3,000 winners and added lots since. He works every day of the year and has to make his body exactly right for each race.

    it's a real shame that the public aren't allowed show their appriciation for such a legend!

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  • 6. At 7:22pm on 30 Nov 2009, bruce logan wrote:

    i think ryan giggs deserves this award for working so hard to stay in top flight football at nearly 36 & still able to influence big games.

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  • 7. At 7:23pm on 30 Nov 2009, Lou wrote:

    All great sports men, but why is Tony McCoy not nominated??
    He has won the National Hunt champion jockey more than 10 years in a row, having ridden over 3000 winners. Surely he deserves recognition?

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  • 8. At 7:23pm on 30 Nov 2009, Andrew Hunter wrote:

    Jenson Button - Formula 1 driver world champion 2009, after start of in karting in 1998 to get to F1 driver world champion in elevn years, seeing himself at the top of his game. What a person deserves to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 of Winning six of the first seven races of 2009, Button still had to battle hard to take the F1 driver's championship, succeeding Lewis Hamilton to the title back to back British Driver

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  • 9. At 7:25pm on 30 Nov 2009, Thevoiceofreason wrote:

    From the usual contrived list (Who thinks this up?...remember Steve Davis topping the poll some years ago!)there should be only one winner - Ryan Giggs.
    I am not a Welshman , but a Scot nor am I a Man. Utd. fan, but for sheer professionalism, longevity and for being a true sportsman Ryan should win. This is not to demean the achievements of others within this list, but Ryan Giggs stands head and shoulders above the others.

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  • 10. At 7:25pm on 30 Nov 2009, rttaylor430 wrote:

    Jessica Ennis for Sports Personality of the Year 2009. The evening of the 16th August 2009 will live long in the memory of my family and I.

    We were in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, fortunate enough to see Jessica secure the first Gold of the World Athletics Championships for Great Britain, and to finish the evening in style a well known Jamaican Sprinter run the 100m in 9.58 seconds!

    An evening of Athletics which will forever be remembered.

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  • 11. At 7:32pm on 30 Nov 2009, Mrs Carole Braund wrote:

    I vote Tom Daley to be given the title of SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR He is a credit to his sport,and a credit to his family and shows youngsters that when you put your mind to something you can achieve the recognition you truly deserve and in my opinion he ticks all the boxes.

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  • 12. At 7:34pm on 30 Nov 2009, Sam wrote:

    JENSON TO WIN!!!!!!!!!

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  • 13. At 8:05pm on 30 Nov 2009, 94chrisp wrote:

    I think that Phil Taylor should definitely be named on there but out of the 10 nominated I'd say Tom Daley should win because at only 15 years of age he is a world champion. He is also a role model not only to teenagers but to everyone, he's definitely one to watch out for in the future.

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  • 14. At 8:13pm on 30 Nov 2009, Arty_Blartfast wrote:

    It's a no-brainer for who should win SPOTY, but she is not mentioned in the list of nominees:

    * World Championship gold three years in a row
    * World Record holder
    * World Championship course record holder
    * Finished 2009 World Championship 20 minutes in front of second-place woman
    * Only 22 men in the world were faster than her at the 2009 World Championship
    * Only 34 mins behind the winning man at the 2009 World Championship
    * First British athlete to win the World Championship
    * First athlete to win the World Championship less than a year after turning professional
    * Undefeated over the Ironman distance

    Absolutely stunning performance in the 2009 World Championship, in conditions where some of the toughest athletes in the world had to drop out (Norman Stadler, Bella Bayliss, for example, these are really tough athletes), and setting a record at the same time.

    Basically, she completely dominates women's long-distance triathlon racing, there's simply no-one comes close.

    In addition to her Ironman victories, she was also the 2008 ITU long-course World Champion.

    But not only is she the undisputed best in the world athletically, she also has a PERSONALITY! Just watch any of her interviews. On top of that she is active in charity work and third-world development.

    And after every Ironman win, she goes back to the finish line (after completing organiser's formalities, drug testing, etc) and stays there to greet all the finishers personally, right until the very last finisher crosses the line. That's typical of her humble attitude to the sport.

    I'm talking about Chrissie Wellington, of course.

    More details at:
    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrissie_Wellington
    * http://www.chrissiewellington.org/

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  • 15. At 8:20pm on 30 Nov 2009, wald0ff wrote:

    i agree, the beeb have missed some great sportspeople, phil taylor, tony mccoy, catriona mathews, get a grip, even the great arnold palmer has never been mentioned for the overseas award and his tireless work to put our open back on the map.

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  • 16. At 8:24pm on 30 Nov 2009, karen gilbert wrote:

    mark cavendish should win this year. He's a joy to watch, awesome

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  • 17. At 8:26pm on 30 Nov 2009, gav wrote:

    I agree With Matt, I think its about time that Phil Taylor got some sort of award.
    After all he is 14 times chapion of the word.
    Its seems to me the BBC sports panel who put foward the names have not thought about this.
    Even Carl Foggerty who was 5 times supper bike chapion never got an award.

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  • 18. At 8:44pm on 30 Nov 2009, dave palfrey wrote:

    got to be ryan giggs consumate professional nearly 20 years at the top of his sport over 800 games for one club cant see any body else coming anywhere near that its all about money now not the love of the game or the club you have always loved

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  • 19. At 9:35pm on 30 Nov 2009, Glenys Dunworth wrote:

    I agree with oufcturkish and Lou that it is a disgrace that A P McCoy has not been nominated. In the last few years horse racing has taken a back seat on Sports Personality of the Year. If I remember rightly it got less than 3 minutes coverage last year and Chris Hoy, sorry Sir Chris Hoy, was called the real McCoy by Sue Barker, a real insult to horse racing fans. What has happened to the days when heros of horse racing, both horses and jockeys were recognized. I remember the wonderful moment when Red Rum was in the studio and Tommy Stack was talking to him via a live link from Ireland, happy days, please bring them back.

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  • 20. At 9:38pm on 30 Nov 2009, joesmith1234 wrote:

    Among the wonderful achievements of all the candidates, the one that stands out above all is Mark Cavendish. Six stages in the Tour de France is a once in a lifetime accomplishment (not to mention his other important victories in 2009). Although, in my opinion, Bradley Wiggins deserved to be shortlisted too, his absence means that the cycling community can all get behind the 'Manx Missile'.

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  • 21. At 10:11pm on 30 Nov 2009, Juliet180 wrote:

    Can't quite believe that Phil Taylor is not included in the shortlist. He has won every major event in the PDC this year and has won the world championship 14 times. What has the man gotta do. I am an avid sports fan, darts fan and player, but think whoever decided this shortlist has missed the point. Isn't it about achievement, Tom Daley yes, Jessica Ennis yes, I know these people have to train tirelessly to reach the pinacle of their sport but as driving is a skill, so is darts and Phil practices tirelessly to continue be the best at his sport and has done so for such a long time. Come on BBC have a re-think!

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  • 22. At 10:42am on 01 Dec 2009, Carole White wrote:

    I think Ryan Giggs should receive this award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to English and Welsh football for the last 20 years. Carole White

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  • 23. At 11:31am on 01 Dec 2009, meryl wrote:

    Definitely Ryan Giggs!there are a lot of great contenders , but he,s been on top for many years &deserves it!

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  • 24. At 12:59pm on 01 Dec 2009, David Maclean wrote:

    Chrissie Wellington, could not agree more yhat szhe should be on the list however I personally think that missing out a REAL PERSONALITY young Ellie Simmonds who has been a true ambassador for this nation is a real shame that young girl shows more personality than most of the list put together

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  • 25. At 5:18pm on 01 Dec 2009, john mc grath wrote:

    David Haye represented his country at amateur level and now as a professional he holds one of the greatest titles in world sport Heavyweight champion of the world.Ryan Giggs is a super ambassador for his sport but what has he done this year I hope the SPOTY is not comprimised just to land an internet promoted gamble

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  • 26. At 7:21pm on 01 Dec 2009, chiffchaff1 wrote:

    Jessica Ennis really deserves this award, how hard must she train for ALL those events.

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  • 27. At 7:28pm on 01 Dec 2009, Elaine Zielinski wrote:

    Tony McCoy IS Sports Personality of the Year. 14 years as Champion Jump Jockey. Ridden over 3000 winners. Overcome terrible injuries. He's a man of iron and an absolute credit to his sport. You couldn't find a more worthy champion

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  • 28. At 7:31pm on 01 Dec 2009, Grace Hill wrote:

    TOM DALY !!!! TO win !! He is the pluckiest lad I have ever heard of. We will support his bravery every time ! Good Luck Tom.
    The Hill Family

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  • 29. At 8:13pm on 01 Dec 2009, steven atter wrote:

    Shame on the BBC. Where's Tony McCoy and Phil Taylor

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  • 30. At 8:28pm on 01 Dec 2009, Richard Kellaway wrote:


    Now there is a true athlete. All on her own. No help, no team.

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  • 31. At 1:57pm on 02 Dec 2009, dexterthedog wrote:

    Mark Cavendish! Most UK sports enthusiasts know about his six stage wins in the Tour de France this year. However in 2009, Mark also won:
    4 stages of the Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia)
    2 stages in the Tour of Switzerland
    2 stages in the Tour of Calfornia (Plus overall points classification).
    Plus numerous other races throughout the world.
    But primarily he won the Milan-San Remo 1-day classic, which is one of the 'monuments' of the cycle racing world, and to European sports writers, puts Mark amongst the top world sportsman.
    Until UK TV starts showing races other than the Tour de France, British racing cyclists will never be given the same recognition they have in the rest of Europe, where they are often household names in much the same way as footballers are in this country.
    Let's give them, particularly Mark Cavendish, some acknowledgement!

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  • 32. At 7:18pm on 02 Dec 2009, Danedweller wrote:

    Tom Daley would be a worthy winner. He is a role model for young kids to get into sport, especially with the British Olympics in 2012.

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  • 33. At 7:25pm on 02 Dec 2009, pinkdarts wrote:

    I think we are all forgetting one person he's a 14 times WORLD champ -NO one else has ever retained a title for that long........the one and only PHIL 'THE POWER' TAYLOR.

    What the problem? Is darts not a sport!!??? I know it is because I'm number 1 lady thrower in my town.

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  • 34. At 7:35pm on 02 Dec 2009, doc1010 wrote:

    I totally agree that Chrissie Wellington should win - I cant believe that she is absent from the list!!! What were people thinking??!!
    I know that triathlon is a minority sport but it is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and her achievements in the last couple of years are outstanding. At least The Sunday Times had some sense by naming her Sportswoman of the Year

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  • 35. At 7:40pm on 02 Dec 2009, Diane F wrote:

    Jenson Button..... THE sports personality of the year!!!!

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  • 36. At 7:40pm on 02 Dec 2009, Heather wrote:

    I have to admit that it is a list of amazing sporters. But for me there can only be one, Ryan Giggs. Ryan has played for ManU for all his life, and has been there even before the premier league was founded. He has had more than 800 appearance's for ManU and scored his 100th goal in the premier league last weekend. And has over 150 goals in total, not to mention all the trophies he has one for them. Not only that, he has also been an amazing player for Whales. 64 caps for Whales and has only had one red card in his whole football career, I don't think there are many other players who can say the same. I think that this is sending out a good signal to the youngsters starting out in football. Specially when he is saying he wants to coach Whales some day. This just all seems to add up for me... I will be voting for Giggs and hope many more feel the same.

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  • 37. At 7:47pm on 02 Dec 2009, marbleycat wrote:

    Why wasn't Ellie Simmonds included in the Sports Personality of the Year - 5 gold medals and 1 world record at the World Championships.

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  • 38. At 09:34am on 03 Dec 2009, naibel wrote:

    How can I vote for Freddie Flintoff?

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  • 39. At 5:37pm on 03 Dec 2009, fuzzimal wrote:

    Firstly, it should be the man in the street deciding who is nominated not the sports writers. This would get rid of this why is he/she nominated. Although I would agree that it could force out some of the minority sports like, as someone mentioned, triathletes etc.

    Secondly, this about achievements over the last 12 months, not a liketime. Although I agree with Phil Taylor being nominated. There is no one else in the world that has won as many world championships as he has. There are some that ague that darts is not a sport.

    My nomination will go to Beth Tweddle. Since she has won the world gold for her floor exercise, gymnastics appears to be put on and mentioned more on the TV than ever before.

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  • 40. At 6:20pm on 03 Dec 2009, nez wrote:

    It's gotta be Giggsy...it's time he had some serious recogition and he definitely deserves it...loyal, dedicated and super-talented. A true ambassador for sport and a terrific role-model for kids :)

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  • 41. At 7:06pm on 03 Dec 2009, loskeran wrote:

    Jenson Button, a really nice person.
    I met him recently at his book signing, he even asked to see and sign books for the less able first, to avoid the queues, even a young lady who was 4/5 days overdue for her Childs birth.
    So in my opinion he should get the honour.

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  • 42. At 7:24pm on 03 Dec 2009, zoweee wrote:

    Phil Taylor 14 times darts champion of the world....

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  • 43. At 7:36pm on 03 Dec 2009, sully86 wrote:

    Giggs holds a host of football records, including that of being the most decorated player in English football history. On 16 May 2009, he became the first footballer to collect 11 top division English league title medals. Giggs was the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993) and is the only player to have played and scored in every single season of the Premier League since its inception.

    Giggs has had a long-lasting domestic and continental career and is the first player in UEFA Champions League history to have scored in 12 successive seasons, on top of being elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007,[4] the English Premier League Team of the Decade, in 2003, as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century. Giggs is also the only United player to have played in all 11 Premier League winning teams and all three League Cup winning teams. At the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, held on 21 May 2008, Giggs surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for Manchester United to become the club's all-time leader in appearances.[5]

    That is why my vote is Ryan Giggs!!!!

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  • 44. At 7:51pm on 03 Dec 2009, phil g wrote:

    with all respect to the 10 nominated sports persons, none of them, why is it that Phil Taylor keeps getting overlooked, he has been at the top of the darts tree for 20 years, won more titles than all the others put together, with the exception of Ryan Giggs, is it because the bbc does not broadcast darts and would Jenson Button have been nominated if itv was still showing F1, the programme is a joke and will stay that way untill proper sports men and women who have spent years at the top of their sport are recognised and not those that are "flavour of the month" to help boost ratings. come on bbc give it to someone who acctualy deserves it

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  • 45. At 8:49pm on 03 Dec 2009, topgrandad wrote:

    I think that Jenson Button should win The Sports Personality of the Year, but i do think it's very sad that he left the BRAWN team who gave him the championship to go to a team who will not pay him the same money as the ex champion who won by default and will end up being treated the same as F Alonso and H Kovalinan. I cant see him staying there for more than two seasons. I have met him and congratulated him on a job well done, but shake my head in disbelief at his current position. Jenson mate, think longer and harder when this contract comes up for renewal. Be Lucky.!!

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  • 46. At 9:18pm on 03 Dec 2009, Joyce White wrote:

    I would like to vote for Ryan Giggs. He is a wonderful role model for any youngster wishing to play football. a really true example of a sportsman. Joyce White

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  • 47. At 9:36pm on 03 Dec 2009, Joyce White wrote:

    I believe Ryan Gigs should win the Sports Personality of the year. He has been such a talanted footballer for the past 20 years and even though he is now 36, he can give the younger ones a run for their money. He never throws any tantrums and just gets on with the job.
    James White, husband of Joyce White

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  • 48. At 10:19pm on 03 Dec 2009, LeanneJCrowther wrote:

    I think Ryan Giggs should win this year as it is always given to a sport personality who has won a big tournament or medal or exceed that year in their field which I don't disagree with however sports personalities who are part of a team don't always get the recognition they deserve and I think Ryan has been under the radar for such a long time. He is for me the most worthy winner this year as he is the most decorated player of his era and yes I am a Man Utd fan but I challenge any football fan who can think of something bad to say about Ryan he is a fabulous role model and ambassader for sport in general.

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  • 49. At 10:33pm on 03 Dec 2009, auntiemargaret wrote:

    I think Ryan Giggs is the person who should be SPOTY for 2009. Even though I am a terrific athletics fan and admire both Phillips and Jessica I still will vote for Ryan because for so long he has served his team and his country with great loyalty. He does not waste his time throwing himself on the pitch but just gets on with the game. He is such a fantastic role model for youngsters interested in football.He plays now with as much passion for the beautiful game as he did when he started his career. It is time he was given the public acknowledgement he so richly deserves.

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  • 50. At 8:11pm on 04 Dec 2009, stooky wrote:

    why hasnt a man who to date has won the world championship 15 times not even been nominated, so not fair

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  • 51. At 11:44am on 05 Dec 2009, Peter Basterfield wrote:

    It is a travesty that Ryan Giggs has never won this award.
    He has set by example, a one club man, more awards than any living or dead footballer,
    and If he had played for another country other than Wales he would have won years ago.
    Ant aspiring youngster cannot have a better role model.
    To me Ryan stands head and shoulders above the other nominees (and I am a cycling fan!)
    They are all good but he has produced the goods over a very long period in one of the most competetive
    sports world wide. Football is no minor sport.

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  • 52. At 10:22pm on 06 Dec 2009, jac3000 wrote:

    Ryan Giggs deserves this award. His determination and loyalty throughout his career is unmatched, and he's always improving.

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  • 53. At 8:10pm on 07 Dec 2009, Grill wrote:

    Well definitely NOT Andy Murray .......you are required to have a personality. Jenson Button should win - a fantastic season and it will be all downhill next year when he partners Hamilton

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  • 54. At 3:03pm on 12 Dec 2009, pamstacey wrote:

    I think it should be Jessica Ennis - she has to master 7 disciplines, not just one. However, I do think Ryan Giggs should be recognised for the longevity of his career.

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  • 55. At 8:43pm on 12 Dec 2009, jon cortis wrote:

    JESSICA ENNIS for Sports Personality,
    Jenson Button sits on his rear but how many of the other athletes do SEVEN different sports to get their gold medal?

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  • 56. At 9:58pm on 15 Dec 2009, handomepig wrote:

    Well Ryan Giggs WON

    But not one mention of this

    Why ask people to vote and then do not follow the story on

    Shame on you One Show
    Man city Supporter

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