Sports Personality of the Year 2019: Remembering the stars we have lost

A host of figures from the world of sport passed away in 2019.

Here, we remember the sporting names who have died since the 2018 Sports Personality of the Year programme.


Mitch Petrus, 2012 Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants

Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels pitcher


Peter Snell, New Zealand's three-time Olympic middle-distance champion

Harrison Dillard, the only man to win Olympic gold in both the 100m and 110m hurdles

Ken Matthews,external-link Great Britain's 1964 Olympic champion in the 20km race walk

Harrison Dillard pictured on the deck of a ship, training before the 1948 Olympics
Harrison Dillard (right), pictured with team-mate Barney Ewell, trained on the deck of the ship that took him to London for the 1948 Olympics

Gabriele Grunewald, US champion over 3,000m indoors in 2014 and charity founder

Craig Lynch, Irish 400m runner who competed at the 2016 European Championships

Winifred Jordan,external-link British sprinter who competed at the 1948 Olympics and won two silvers at the 1946 European Championships

Yvette Williams,external-link New Zealander who won long jump gold at the 1952 Olympics and won four Commonwealth golds across three disciplines

Dale Greig,external-link Scottish long-distance runner who set a world's best in the women's marathon in 1964

Roy Cruttenden,external-link competed for Great Britain at the 1956 Olympics

Don Bragg,external-link American pole vault gold medallist at the 1960 Olympics

Jimmy Reardon,external-link 1948 Olympic sprinter from Ireland

Basil Heatley,external-link 1964 Olympic marathon silver medallist and former marathon world record holder

John McAdorey, competed for Ireland in the 4x100m relay at 2000 Olympics


Lionel Price, external-linkGreat Britain's youngest squad member at the 1948 Olympics


Pernell Whitaker, four-weight world champion and Olympic gold medallist

Patrick Day, American professional boxer

Dwight Ritchie, Australian professional boxer

Mike Tyson tweet
Mike Tyson was one of many from the boxing world to pay tribute on social media to Pernell Whitaker

Keith Tate,external-link former professional boxer and founder of Cleckheaton Boxing Academy

Katy Collins, former MMA fighter

Shane Thomas, Welsh amateur boxer, who won British and Welsh titles

Saeideh Aletaha, MMA fighter


Bob Willis
Only James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Botham have taken more Test wickets for England than Bob Willis' 325

Bob Willis, legendary England fast bowler, and commentator

Alan Moss,external-link former England cricketer and Middlesex legend

Abdul Qadir, legendary former Pakistan leg-spinner

Malcolm Nash, played 336 first-class matches for Glamorgan, and hit for six sixes by Sir Garfield Sobers

Con de Lange, former Scottish international

Archie Scott,external-link former Scottish international

Ken Preston,external-link played 397 first-class matches for Essex

Jack Bond, 362 first class matches for Lancashire and one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1971

Bernarr Notley,external-link former Nottinghamshire cricketer

Peter Eele,external-link former Somerset cricketer

Mervyn Brooker,external-link former first-class cricketer

Nicholas Heroys,external-link former Kent president

Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir made his Test debut against England in 1977

Ron Hooker,external-link played 300 games for Middlesex

Geoffrey Beck,external-link former first-class cricketer

John Harris,external-link former Somerset cricketer

Ted Witherden,external-link former Kent cricketer

Seymour Nurse,external-link played in 29 Tests for the West Indies

Nicholas Peters,external-link former Surrey cricketer

Les McFarlane,external-link former Lancashire player

Dennis Silk,external-link former president of the MCC

Alfie Lineham,external-link played 11 matches for Ireland

Tony Sutton,external-link played first-class matches for Oxford University and Somerset

Robert Entwhistle,external-link former Lancashire player

William Morton,external-link former Scotland international

Michael Hall,external-link former Nottinghamshire player

Michael Eagar,external-link played for Oxford University and Gloucestershire

Bruce Yardley,external-link won 33 Australia caps


Bjorg Lambrecht, professional cyclist from Belgium

Neville Tong,external-link won gold at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in the 1km time trial

Keith Butler,external-link represented England at the 1962 Commonwealth Games

Tony Hoar,external-link represented England at the 1954 Commonwealth Games

Kelly Catlin, American three-time world champion and Rio Olympic silver medallist on the track


Peter Johnstone,external-link reached the World Championship semi-finals in 1998

Olly Croft,external-link founder of the British Darts Organisation


Iona Sclater, in the British team's long list for both the 2017 and 2019 European Championships for Ponies

Neale Lavis,external-link Australia's 1960 Olympic gold and silver medallist in team and individual eventing


Steven Paul,external-link competed at three Olympics


Watch: Banks makes wonder save to deny Pele at 1970 World Cup

Gordon Banks, goalkeeper for England when they won the 1966 World Cup

Bill Slater, won three league titles with Wolves and 12 England caps

Justin Edinburgh, former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager of Leyton Orient

Jose Antonio Reyes, former Arsenal and Real Madrid player who won 21 caps for Spain

Eric Harrison, Manchester United youth coach of their famous 'Class of 92'

Fernando Ricksen, Netherlands international who won two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups with Rangers

Jerry Thompson, Carrick Rangers player

Noel White,external-link former Liverpool chairman and life vice-president of the FA

Emiliano Sala, Cardiff City striker

Billy McNeill, first Briton to lift the European Cup, captained Celtic to nine successive titles and later led them to four titles as a manager

Stevie Chalmers, scored the winning goal in the 1967 European Cup final for Celtic

Eric Caldow, won 40 caps for Scotland and played 407 times for Rangers

Ron Saunders, former Aston Villa and Birmingham manager

Fernando Ricksen
Fernando Ricksen was captain as Rangers won the Scottish Premier League in 2005

Tommy Smith, played 638 games for Liverpool, won four league titles and scored in 1977 European Cup final.

Peter Thompson, scored 54 goals in 416 appearances for Liverpool and was capped 16 times by England.

Barrie Hole, played for Cardiff and Swansea and won 30 Wales caps.

Jim Smith, former Oxford, Portsmouth and Derby manager.

Jordan Dawes, Kent Football United goalkeeper.

Kat Lindner, won five league titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups with Glasgow City.

Brian Mawhinney, former Football League chairman.

John Dillonexternal-link, played for Albion Rovers.

Ivor Broadis, played for Sunderland, Manchester City and Newcastle, and won 14 England caps.

Bert Mozleyexternal-link, won three England caps.

Fred Pickeringexternal-link, scored a hat-trick on his England debut and won three caps.

Mike Thalassitis, Love Island star who played for Stevenage and Cambridge United.

Bobby Smithexternal-link, played for Chelmsford and Barnsley.

Jimmy Flemingexternal-link, played for Workington and Berwick.

Kenny Mitchellexternal-link, played for Newcastle.

Dennis Edwardsexternal-link, played for Charlton.

Bobby Prenticeexternal-link, played for Hearts.

Roy Cheethamexternal-link, former Manchester City player.

Ian Youngexternal-link, played for Celtic and St Mirren.

Peter Downsborough, played for Swindon and Bradford.

Fred Molyneuxexternal-link, played for Plymouth, Tranmere and Southport.

Stuart Taylor, played 546 games for Bristol Rovers.

Duncan Forbesexternal-link, former Colchester and Norwich player.

Tarania Clarke, Jamaica women's international.

Cyril Robinsonexternal-link, played for Blackpool, Southport and Bradford Park Avenue.

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh, who died aged 49, managed sides in three Wembley finals

Lawrie Leslieexternal-link, won five Scotland caps and played for West Ham, Millwall, Stoke and Hibernian.

Mike Barnardexternal-link, played football for Portsmouth and cricket for Hampshire.

Martin Harvey, former Northern Ireland player and assistant manager who made over 300 appearances for Sunderland.

Phil Masinga, former Leeds striker and South Africa international.

Ian MacFarlaneexternal-link, former Chelsea and Aberdeen player who also managed Sunderland and Leicester.

Jarzinho Pieter, Curacao international goalkeeper.

Mick Kennedy, Ireland international who played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield.

Colin Barlowexternal-link, Manchester City player who later became their chief executive.

Mike Hughesexternal-link, former Chesterfield player.

Tom Brownleeexternal-link, played for Walsall and Bradford.

Mike Metcalfexternal-link, former Chester player.

Brian Jordanexternal-link, former Rotherham player.

Freddie Gliddenexternal-link, former Hearts player.

Billy McNeill posing with a replica of the European Cup in 2014
The pinnacle of Billy McNeill's glittering career was winning the European Cup

Reg Hollandexternal-link, former England schoolboy international and Wrexham player.

Duncan Welbourneexternal-link, played 457 games for Watford.

Johnny Walkerexternal-link, played for Wolves and Reading.

Nigel Saddingtonexternal-link, former Carlisle player.

Mike Harrisonexternal-link, former Blackburn, Chelsea and Luton player.

Arthur Turnerexternal-link, played 290 times for Stoke and played for and managed Birmingham.

Denis Huntexternal-link, played 322 times for Gillingham.

Danny Williams, played for Rotherham and managed Swindon Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

Matt Brazier, played for QPR, Fulham, Cardiff and Leyton Orient.

Joe Fascioneexternal-link, former Chelsea player.

Cliff Myersexternal-link, former Yeovil Town and Torquay player.

Tommy Smith
Tommy Smith holds the Uefa Cup in 1973 - one of four European titles he helped Liverpool win

Ian Rossexternal-link, played for Liverpool and Aston Villa.

John Hellawellexternal-link, former Bradford player.

Johnny Valentineexternal-link, former Rangers and Queen's Park player.

Brian Edgleyexternal-link, played for Shrewsbury and managed teams in Australia.

Graham Newtonexternal-link, played for Blackpool, Walsall and Bournemouth.

Bobby Doyleexternal-link, played for Portsmouth, Hull and Barnsley.

Peter Dolbyexternal-link, former Shrewsbury player.

Derek Lewinexternal-link, won five English Amateur international caps, and represented Great Britain at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Ron Peplowexternal-link, played for Brentford.

John Steeplesexternal-link, played for Scarborough and Grimsby.

Bobby McCoolexternal-link, played for Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Ted Burginexternal-link, former Sheffield United and Rochdale player.

Kevin Randallexternal-link, played for Chesterfield, Notts County and York City, and also managed Chesterfield and York.

Kit Napierexternal-link, played for Brighton, Newcastle and Blackburn.

Willie McPheatexternal-link, played for Sunderland.

Lindsay Parsonsexternal-link, former Bristol Rovers player.

Colin Collindridgeexternal-link, played for Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest.

Charlie Kelsallexternal-link, played for Wrexham.

George Haighexternal-link, played for Stockport.

Peter Skipperexternal-link, played for Hull, Walsall and Wigan.

David Harneyexternal-link, former Grimsby and Scunthorpe player.

Gordon Neateexternal-link, former Reading player.

Jon Gittensexternal-link, former Swindon and Portsmouth player.

Alan Skirtonexternal-link, played for Arsenal and Blackpool.

George Smithexternal-link, Scottish referee who officiated at the 1990 World Cup and a host of Scottish Cup finals.

Geoff Toselandexternal-link, former Sunderland player.

Rex Dunlopexternal-link, played for Workington and Rangers.

Harry Hood, won six league titles with Celtic.

Alan Smithexternal-link, played for Arsenal and Brentford.

Mike Balsonexternal-link, played for Exeter.

Barry Hughesexternal-link, former Welsh football manager of Sparta Rotterdam and HFC Haarlem.

George Darwinexternal-link, played for Mansfield and Derby.

Geoff Leesexternal-link, played for Bradford.

Johnny Robinsonexternal-link, played for Bury.

Bobby Brownexternal-link, played for Workington.

Ernie Collumbineexternal-link, played for Clydebank.

Dennis Whiteexternal-link, played for Hartlepool.

Brian Sparrowexternal-link, former Arsenal and Crystal Palace player.

Graham Barnettexternal-link, played for Port Vale and Tranmere.

Les Campbellexternal-link, former Wigan, Preston and Blackpool player.

Joe Raymentexternal-link, played for Darlington.

Bobby Park, played for Aston Villa and Wrexham.

Bernard Evans, former Wrexham and QPR player.

Sammy Chapmanexternal-link, played for Mansfield and Portsmouth.

Peter McConnellexternal-link, played for Leeds, Bradford and Carlisle.

Kevin Stonehouseexternal-link, played for Blackburn, Huddersfield and Darlington.

Ron Hughesexternal-link, former Chester player.

Steve Talboysexternal-link, played for Wimbledon.

John Loweyexternal-link, played for Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday.

Doug Clarkeexternal-link, played for Hull.

Johnny Wheeler, former Tranmere, Liverpool and England international.


Gordon Brand Junior
Gordon Brand Jr helped Europe retain the Ryder Cup at The Belfry in 1989

Gordon Brand Jr, two-time Ryder Cup player who won eight times on the European Tour.

Brian Barnes, played in six Ryder Cups between 1969 and 1979 and won 20 professional titles.

Marilynn Smithexternal-link, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA in 1950, won two majors and 21 LPGA Tour events.


John W Neillexternal-link, played a record 56 times for Great Britain between 1960 and 1968 including three Olympic Games.


John McCririck
John McCririck was the face of British horse racing for many years

John McCririck, legendary horse racing pundit.

Bill Elseyexternal-link, British racehorse trainer who won St Leger and Epsom Oaks.

Serena Rothschild, British racehorse owner.


Craig Fallon, Great Britain's 2005 world champion.


Mop Farah and Vikki Orvice
Vikki Orvice was a highly respected athletics journalist

Hugh McIlvanney, inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame (2009) and the Scottish Football Hall of Fame (2011) for services to journalism.

Vikki Orviceexternal-link, first female football writer on a UK tabloid and the first woman to chair the British Athletics Writers' association.

Ken Jonesexternal-link, former chief sports writer of the Independent and Fleet Street legend.

Dianne Oxberry, former BBC Radio 1 DJ, weather presenter and Great North Run reporter.


Niki Lauda, three-time F1 world champion.

Charlie Whiting, head of Formula 1 for motorsport's governing body the FIA.

Anthoine Hubert, Formula 2 driver.

Daley Mathison, Isle of Man TT rider.

Chris Swallow, Isle of Man TT rider.

Former Formula One Champion Niki Lauda on 3 July, 2016
The legendary Niki Lauda, who was one of the best-known figures in motor racing, took the world title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984

Jim Russellexternal-link, English racing driver.

Alan Rollinsonexternal-link, English racing driver.

Norman Dewisexternal-link, British racing driver and chief test driver engineer at Jaguar.

Andrew Cowanexternal-link, Scottish rally driver and team owner.

Manus Kellyexternal-link, Donegal International Rally driver.

Russell Brookesexternal-link, winner of the British Rally Championship in 1977 and 1985.


Marieke Vervoort
Belgium's Marieke Vervoort was a multiple Paralympic medallist

Marieke Vervoort, Belgian gold and silver medallist at the London 2012 Paralympics who won two further medals at Rio 2016.

Bruce Wallrodtexternal-link, Australian shot put and javelin Paralympic champion.

Peter Carruthersexternal-link, 100m gold medallist at the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games and former world record holder.

Kieran Modraexternal-link, Australian five-time Paralympic champion and 10-time medallist.

Jean Stoneexternal-link, pioneering figure within the Paralympic movement and founder member of the Scottish Paraplegic Association.


John Russell, external-link, silver medallist at the 1964 Olympics in the coxless fours.

Paul Bircherexternal-link, who won silver for Great Britain in the men's eight at the 1948 Olympics.


Archie Bruce
Archie Bruce played for Batley Bulldogs

Archie Bruce, Batley Bulls player.

Natalie Harrowell, Featherstone Rovers and England international forward.

Dennis Hartley, represented Great Britain 11 times and played over 200 games for Castleford and Hunslet.

Laurie Gilfedderexternal-link, won five Great Britain caps and played for Warrington.

Austin Rhodesexternal-link, won four caps for Great Britain and played more than 300 games for St Helens.

Tony Karaliusexternal-link, won five caps for Great Britain and played more than 350 games for St Helens.

Bill Bryantexternal-link, won five Great Britain caps and played more than 250 games for Castleford.

Alf Burnellexternal-link, won four caps for England and three for Great Britain - played for Hunslet.

Peter Fox, former coach of Great Britain and England.

Mike Murphyexternal-link, won five caps for Wales and played for St Helens.

Maurice Bamford, former coach of Great Britain.

Hugh Waddellexternal-link, won five caps for Great Britain and one for England.

Gary Waterworthexternal-link,played for Featherstone.

Jack Fennell.external-link, played 323 times for Featherstone.

Frank Mugglestoneexternal-link, former Bradford Northern and Castleford player.

Harry Archerexternal-link, played nearly 400 games for Workington.

Gary Cooperexternal-link, played for Featherstone and Wakefield.

Geoffrey Wraithexternal-link, played for Wakefield and Castleford.

Ian Van Bellenexternal-link, played for Huddersfield's rugby union and rugby league sides and also for Bradford rugby league.


Chester Williams
Chester Williams had been coaching since retiring 18 years ago

Chester Williams, only black player in South Africa's World Cup-winning team in 1995.

James Small, won the 1995 World Cup for South Africa.

Cecil Pedlowexternal-link, former Ireland and Lions player.

Garfield Owenexternal-link, won one cap for Wales rugby league and six for Wales rugby union.

Billy Mainwaringexternal-link, won six caps for Wales and played 700 matches for Aberavon.

Micky Steele-Bodgerexternal-link, won nine England caps and then served as the President of the Rugby Football Union and the chairman of the International Rugby Board.

Russell Robinsexternal-link, won four British and Irish Lions caps and 13 for Wales.

Barry Jacksonexternal-link, won two England caps.

Sir Brian Lochore, captained the All Blacks 18 times and was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

John Thornettexternal-link, won 37 caps for Australia.

David Matthewsexternal-link, Leicester Tigers' record appearance holder and former player, captain, coach, president and director.

Keith Davisexternal-link, won 10 caps for New Zealand.


Mike Wattersonexternal-link, snooker player, promoter and commentator.


Jeff Ingberexternal-link, competed at the World Table Tennis Championships for England.


Former British Davis Cup captain Paul Hutchins
Paul Hutchins was tennis team leader at the London 2012 Olympics, where Andy Murray won men's singles gold

Paul Hutchins, longest serving captain of Great Britain's Davis Cup side and BBC commentator.

Andres Gimenoexternal-link, held the record for the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion of the Open era when he won the 1972 French Open aged 34.

Graham Stilwellexternal-link, doubles specialist won three career titles and was one of the founders of the ATP.


Keith Schellenbergexternal-link, competed at the 1956 and 1964 Winter Olympics.

Stuart Fitzsimmons, competed at the 1976 Winter Olympics and a cameraman for Ski Sunday.

Matti Nykanen, Finnish ski jumping great and four-time Olympic gold medallist.