Sports Personality of Year 2016: Ali, Palmer, Cruyff and the other stars we have lost

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SPOTY's look back at those we have lost

A host of figures from the world of sport passed away in 2016.

From the incomparable boxer Muhammad Ali, to golfing icon Arnold Palmer, Dutch football maestro Johan Cruyff and Irish rugby union legend Anthony Foley - the list was long and saddening.

On the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show a tribute was paid to a selection of people across sport who died in 2016.

Here we collate a wider list of sporting names who have passed away since the 2015 programme.


Olympic 3,000m steeplechase bronze medallist from 1952 and joint-London Marathon founder John Disley

Olympic 4x100m silver medallist from 1956 Anne Pashley

Former UK Athletics high jump coach Mike Dolby

Two-time Olympian and former chairman of the UK Athletics selection committee Dave Cropper


Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez


Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon


Journalist and former chairman of the Football Writers' Association Bob Cass

Former BBC TV and radio tennis commentator Gerald Williams

Cricket broadcaster and journalist Tony Cozier

Tony Cozier
Tony Cozier 's career in cricket broadcasting and journalism spanned 58 years. He made his Test Match Special debut in 1966 and also wrote several books.

Tennis writer, commentator and inductee in the International Tennis Hall of Fame Bud Collins

Speedway and darts commentator Dave Lanning

Broadcaster, journalist and former footballer Dick Donnelly

Former Guardian F1 correspondent Alan Henry

Ex-Daily Express hockey correspondent Graham Wilson

Basketball commentator Craig Sager


Three-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medallist Muhammad Ali

Former world flyweight champion Walter McGowan

Ireland's 1956 Olympic bantamweight bronze medallist Freddie Gilroy

Olympic welterweight bronze medallist from 1956 Nicholas Gargano

Wales' former British, Empire and European flyweight boxing champion Dai Dower

Former British and European heavyweight champion Jack Bodell

Boxer Mike Towell
Dundee boxer Mike Towell was a promising welterweight

Scottish boxer Mike Towell

Chairman of Boxing Scotland Richard Thomas

Amateur boxer Kuba Moczyk

Former amateur European bronze medallist Harry Scott


Germany's canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze


Russian chess master Yuri Yeliseyev


Former Warwickshire bowler and BBC cricket commentator Jack Bannister

New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe
Widely considered the finest batsman in New Zealand's history, former captain Martin Crowe scored 5,444 runs in 77 Tests

New Zealand cricket legend Martin Crowe

Former England women's cricket player and their first permanent head coach Ruth Prideaux

Ex-Lancashire, Leicestershire and England bowler Ken Higgs

Pakistan batsman and holder of the record for longest Test innings Hanif Mohammad

Hampshire trialist and MCC Young Cricketers' representative Hamza Ali

Former Warwickshire and Cardiff MCCU bowler Tom Allin

Sussex bowler Matthew Hobden

Former Middlesex and England bowler JJ Warr

Ex-Lancashire and Gloucestershire batsman David Green


Iranian Paralympic cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad

Belgian professional cyclist Antoine Demoitie

Belgian professional cyclist Daan Myngheer

Cycling coach John Hayles

Cyclist, and mother of British Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman, Carol Boardman


The Chapecoense football team
The plane crash involving the Chapecoense football team killed 71 people, including players, staff, flight crew and journalists

Victims of the plane crash involving the Chapecoense football team, staff, journalists and flight crew

Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto

Former Aston Villa, Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday striker Dalian Atkinson

England international and Arsenal manager Don Howe

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper and Czech Republic Pavel Srnicek

Ex-Wales and Leeds United goalkeeper Gary Sprake

Derry's record goalscorer Mark Farren

Scorer of the first official goal for the England women's team Sylvia Gore

Ex-AC Milan player and manager Cesare Maldini

England Under-19 women's international Zoe Tynan

Former Bolton chairman Phil Gartside

Member of Tottenham Hotspur's 1961 double-winning side Peter Baker

Manchester United and Scotland striker David Herd

Wales international and Swansea player Len Allchurch

Wales international and Swansea player Mel Charles

Northern Ireland international and Bradford striker Bobby Campbell

Northern Ireland international and Wolves player Sammy Smyth

Wales international and Arsenal player John Roberts

Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona and was the European footballer of the year three times

Dutch three-time European Cup-winning player, three-time Ballon d'Or winner, and European Cup-winning manager Johan Cruyff

Former Birmingham City manager and Manchester United player Freddie Goodwin

Ex-Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland international, and West Brom player 'Davy' Walsh

Former England, Notts County and Aston Villa forward Jackie Sewell

Chelsea and Burnley midfielder Ian Britton

Wales, Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Graham Moore

Former Oldham Athletic and Manchester City manager Jimmy Frizzell

Northampton, Luton and Ipswich player John O'Rourke

Former Tranmere Rovers boss and Everton player Johnny King


Former GAA president Joe McDonagh

Gaelic football great Joe Lennon

Former Ulster GAA secretary Danny Murphy


Long-serving Great Britain team doctor Dr John Aldridge

Dutch gymnastics head coach and BBC commentator Mitch Fenner


Southampton stalwart and hockey coach Roger Merry


Irish jockey JT McNamara


Arnold Palmer wearing a Masters green jacket
Arnold Palmer won the iconic Green Jacket as US Masters champion four times during his stellar career

Winner of seven majors and more than 90 tournaments worldwide Arnold Palmer

Former Ryder Cup player Christy O'Connor Jnr

Ten-time Ryder Cup player and 24-time European Tour winner Christy O'Connor Snr

European Tour and Ladies' European Tour caddie Max Zechmann

Former Walker Cup captain and English Golf Union president Geoff Marks


Walter Swinburn
Walter Swinburn won the Derby at Epsom three times - including on the legendary Shergar in 1981

Three-time Derby winning jockey Walter Swinburn

Trainer of 1,674 winners, including 1968 Grand National victor Red Alligator, Denys Smith

1954 Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey Thomas Cusack


Sidecar driver Dwight Beare

Former TT winner Ian Bell

Soldier and motorcycle rider Billy Redmayne

Isle of Man TT competitor Andrew Soar

Isle of Man TT competitor Dean Martin

North West 200 motorcyclist Malachi Mitchell-Thomas

Former Le Mans 24 Hours races and competitive driver Mike Salmon

Isle of Man TT competitor Paul Shoesmith

Former British Hillclimb Championship winner Peter Westbury


Scottish two-time Paralympian Karen Lewis-Archer

Great Britain international pistol shooter Roy Carter

Former polo player and president of the charity WheelPower Mark Vestey


Former world champion Beryl Crockford

Australia's 2012 Olympic silver medallist in the women's pair Sarah Tait

Irish rower and Great Britain international Ailish Sheehan


Hull Kingston Rovers legend Roger Millward
Great Britain and England international Roger Millward played 406 times for Hull Kingston Rovers and scored a club record 207 tries

Hull KR and GB player and Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee Roger Millward

Great Britain winger and Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee Mick Sullivan

Huddersfield Giants academy player Ronan Costello

Leeds Rhinos president Harry Jepson

Former Warrington and Great Britain player Alan Rathbone

Ex-Warrington Wolves player and coach Brian Johnson


England and British and Ireland Lions scrum-half Dickie Jeeps

Wales and British and Ireland Lions forward Roddy Evans

Wales and Neath full-back Grahame Hodgson

Scotland lock Frans ten Bos

Scotland and British and Irish Lions forward Alastair Biggar

England Under-20 international and Harlequins player Seb Adeniran-Olule

Ex-England international, British and Irish Lion and RFU chairman Don Rutherford

Wales and British and Irish Lions international David Nash

Wales international Emlyn Davies

Anthony Foley
Anthony Foley won 62 caps for Ireland and was a legendary figure at Munster as a player and coach

Munster coach and 62-cap Ireland forward Anthony Foley

Wales international Graham Powell

Wales international and dual code player Terry Cook

Wales and British and Irish Lions international Gareth Griffiths

Scotland international Gordon Matthew Strachan

Canada international and Wasps player Norm Hadley

Fiji international and Leicester player Seru Rabeni

Stirling County player Al Munn


Sarah Young
Sarah Young was a competitor in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race competitor Sarah Young


Junior Great Britain trap shooter Isabelle Docherty

Great Britain shooting coach Martin Barker


Former Great Britain number one and Davis Cup player Tony Mottram


First American man to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing Bill Johnson

Scottish ski coach Aaron McLean

This is a selection of sporting figures who have died since last year's broadcast and not an exhaustive list.