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2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year // Celebrating the best of sporting achievements

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The BBC Spoty as it is affectionately known is an annual event celebrating the good and the great British sportsmen and women. The award is handed out only to those who have achieved spectacular things in their field of work, and the lucky winner is chosen by the discerning public. A knowledgeable panel have whittled the sporting world down to ten possible contenders and today we will see who gets the vote.

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Personally, I don't know all of the potential candidates, so I am keen to watch the show and find out who they are and what they've done. It will also be fun to watch Jake Humphrey talking about sports other than F1, although we all know that he is most comfortable walking up and down the paddock with his iPad really.

If you have a free couple of hours, why not settle in and join us for this yearly event. You may not be interested in British sportspeople, but it's always fun to get together and discuss other sporting endeavours besides motorsport. I will be at the helm of the Factbyte Factbox, aiming to guide you through proceedings, but most likely just trying to keep up with all the new names and sports I have never heard of.

The event gets underway at 7pm GMT, and I'll be opening up the FBFB half an hour before that. See you then!

As it happened: 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

  • 18:30

    Hello there! Are you ready for the Sports Personality of the Year? I know I am.

  • 18:31

    We've got half an hour to go till the big event, so just time to do a bit of admin.

  • 18:32

    The BBC have their live updates here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/sports_personality_of_the_year/9301986.stm

  • 18:32

    Jake Humphrey is one of the hosts this year, alongside Gary Linekar and Sue Barker. We love Jake.

  • 18:33

    He has been tweeting all kinds of updates and behind the scenes snippets: http://twitter.com/#!/jakehumphreyf1

  • 18:33

    You can also follow the hashtag #spoty. I will be.

  • 18:34

    Along with the big SPOTY award, there are several others being handed out tonight as well.

  • 18:35

    - Team of the Year

    - Coach of the Year

    - Overseas Personality

    - Young Personality

    - Helen Rollason Award

    - Unsung Hero Award

    - Lifetime Achievement

  • 18:35

    We already know that a certain Mr David Beckham will be getting the Lifetime Achievement award this year.

  • 18:37

    Previous lifetime achievement winners include: Bobby Charlton, Ian Botham, George Best and Frank Bruno. No motorsport people unfortunately.

  • 18:38

    In terms of the main award, Formula One has heralded Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, Jackie Stewart, and Stirling Moss.

  • 18:39

    For the past two years, Button and Hamilton have been runners-up for the SPOTY title.

  • 18:39

    There are no F1 drivers in the running for 2010.

  • 18:39

    Before I get on to who is in the running this year, a few more notices for you.

  • 18:40

    You can live comment along with us here: https://sidepodcast.com/post/live-2010-bbc-sports-personality-of-the-year or by making use of the ever-fabulous dashboard: https://sidepodcast.com/dashboard

  • 18:42

    This year, the nominees are:

    Mark Cavendish (Cycling)

    Tom Daley (Diving)

    Jessica Ennis (Athletics)

    David Haye (Boxing)

    AP McCoy (Horse Racing)

    Graeme McDowell (Golf)

    Graeme Swann (Cricket)

    Phil Taylor (Darts)

    Lee Westwood (Golf)

    Amy Williams (Skeleton)

  • 18:43

    QuoteComment from RubberGoat: I would like Amy Williams to win, just because of the sheer difficulty she had winning olympic gold in that sport.

  • 18:43

    QuoteComment from RG: GMac for the win!

  • 18:44

    Love to hear where your vote is going, if you want to share.

  • 18:45

    TweetTweet from @TomDaley1994: We're just warming up...so much fun! Can't wait for the show to start!

  • 18:49

    QuoteComment from Pat W: I'd be happy with any one of: Cavendish, Ennis, McDowell, Westwood, maybe Williams.

  • 18:51

    TweetTweet from @SpursBoyJames: Interesting year for #SPOTY No clear stand-out winner in my eyes. I think Amy Williams is the most deserving, but she'll be overlooked.

  • 18:52

    Last year, the award went to Ryan Giggs, which was a controversial moment. This year, there is more of the same, with question marks over the worthiness of some of the sports.

  • 18:53

    TweetTweet from @spgreen: BBC #SPOTY predictions: Amy Williams should win, McCoy will win. Phil Taylor if the mobilised vote kicks in. Also V. Beckham to be miserable

  • 18:55

    A quick peek at William Hill has McCoy at 4/11, McDowell at 4/1 and Williams at 10/1.

  • 18:57

    TweetTweet from @DaveMyers1: I will be watching #SPOTY shortly - if only to use the cool hashtag!

  • 18:59

    Green flagAnd so, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year begins.

  • 19:00

    A little montage of the contenders to begin with.

  • 19:00

    One of them says: "As a kid you dream of being an astronaut, a firefighter and sports personality of the year."

    Really??

  • 19:01

    QuoteComment from ADDER: Disgrace if Gmac does not win SPOTY as McCoy has extra four legs & brain,if he wins should give it to the horses. Gmac has only 2 legs 2 arms 1 brain. Gmac all the way !

  • 19:01

    QuoteComment from RG: FBFB, that one of them, was Swann.

    Ah ha, him.

  • 19:02

    Jake Humphrey, Sue Barker and Gary Linekar have entered to rapturous applause.

  • 19:03

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: its weird having Jakey speak without EJ interrupting

  • 19:03

    The chosen ten are being announced, and making their way from their seats in the audience to the stage.

  • 19:04

    David Haye isn't there as he's got the (man)flu.

  • 19:05

    SPOTY introThe three amigos.

  • 19:05

    Graeme Swann isn't there because he is currently in Australia.

  • 19:05

    The music is a bit dramatic.

  • 19:06

    The number is 09015 22 23...

  • 19:07

    Cavendish 01

    Daley 02

    Ennis 03

    Haye 04

    McCoy 05

    McDowell 06

    Swann 07

    Taylor 08

    Westwood 09

    Williams 10

  • 19:08

    What I'm missing is all the small print. Calls from mobiles will be high, etc, etc, get permission from whoever pays the bill.

  • 19:09

    They're showing some footage from the Ryder cup, as Lee Westwood does his stuff. It's a bit damp though, and Tiger Wood looks grumpy.

  • 19:09

    Tiger Woods, sorry. All these sports peoples and their complicated names.

  • 19:10

    TweetTweet from @Ruth_Travell: I think it's ridiculous that Beth Tweddle has not been nominated for sports personality of the year. #spoty

  • 19:11

    Katherine Jenkins has suddenly appeared and burst into song. I wasn't expecting that.

  • 19:11

    QuoteComment from Barrie: oh man I remember watching the Ryder Cup, my nails were gone halfway though the second day.........

  • 19:14

    Seve Ballesteros does a little video message to the golf people. It's all quite moving, it seems, but I do not have enough knowledge!

  • 19:14

    Now we are looking at a montage of the Commonwealth Games. I watched quite a lot of that.

  • 19:16

    That was leading to the piece for Tom Daley. Daley is also up for the Young Sports Personality of the Year as well.

  • 19:17

    TweetTweet from @BlahBlahAmina: Forgot how star-studded #SPOTY gets. It's like the Who's Who of sports!

  • 19:17

    So far I have seen one Sven Goran and some baby Beckhams.

  • 19:18

    Look, look, now I have small print!

    Vote Now
    Number to call: 09015 22 23 ??
    (calls cost 15p from a UK landline, mobile costs will be higher)
    Cavendish01
    Daley02
    Ennis03
    Haye04
    McCoy05
    McDowell06
    Swann07
    Taylor08
    Westwood09
    Williams10
  • 19:19

    QuoteComment from RubberGoat: It must be hard for Tom Daley with his Dad being ill.. I hope he wins young SPOTY...

  • 19:20

    Next montage all about horses and racing. AP McCoy.

  • 19:21

    They keep talking about how often AP McCoy has fallen down. Is that really selling his prowess at the sport, I wonder?

  • 19:23

    McCoy is now up on stage being interviewed by Ms Barker.

  • 19:24

    QuoteComment from RachelC: 15 times winning the most out of all the jump jockeys in a year..that's good going

  • 19:25

    Call me slow all you like, but I've just realised that Tony McCoy and AP are the same person. Anthony, innit.

  • 19:26

    QuoteComment from me: am confused they're not going through the people in the same order as the voting list.

  • 19:27

    Murray Walker voices a piece about Frank Williams! And there was me thinking there would be no motorsport this evening.

  • 19:27

    Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill are saying lovely things about Mr Williams.

  • 19:29

    Frank Williams wins the Helen Rollinson award

  • 19:29

    Lots of F1 faces up on stage. Eddie Jordan, Christian Horner, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle, Patrick Head and more.

  • 19:30

    Frank looks delighted, and Patrick Head takes the award on his behalf.

  • 19:31

    Stand out moments for Frank's career so far: "First Grand Prix at Silverstone. A really strong demonstration run by a superior car. And of course in 1980 the first World Championship won by Alan Jones."

  • 19:31

    Nigel MansellNigel Mansell talks about Frank.

  • 19:32

    A montage covers Mark Cavendish and the Tour de France. There's talk from Bradley Wiggins. The WIGGLER!! Also Chris Hoy. His name is not so much fun.

  • 19:32

    Frank Williams on stageFrank on stage for his award.

  • 19:33

    QuoteComment from Steven Roy on the Helen Rollinson award: This one is named after a BBC sports reporter who died of cancer at a young age and it goes to people who have overcome difficulties to succeed. Nothing to do with end of career

  • 19:34

    Mark Cavendish comes out to the theme of Tick Tock by Ke$ha. Weird.

  • 19:35

    TweetTweet from @goujas1979: Tom daley shouldn't win #spoty, pointing yourself in a straight line whilst gravity does the rest isn't a sport #glorifiedfalling

  • 19:36

    Cavendish says he plays chess to keep his mind active - making snap decisions on the bike is key to success.

  • 19:36

    A Winter Olympics montage now. I bet you can't guess who they'll be talking to next!

  • 19:37

    Jeremy Clarkson is talking about Amy Williams, labelled as a "fan". "If you were born and bred in a part of the world where there is ice, then you are used to it... but she's from the West Country."

  • 19:38

    QuoteComment from lou: hehehe Jeremy Clarkson, well know olympic games expert.

  • 19:38

    TweetTweet from @dalewetter: I'd love to see Phil Taylor finally recognised for his services to sport. And for his masses of achievements. #spoty

  • 19:39

    More from Clarkson: "It's so rare for someone for England to get a medal in the Winter Olympics. For someone to get gold, when they've trained on concrete, in a park, is a remarkable achievement."

  • 19:40

    TweetTweet from @WilliamsF1Team: Sir Frank Williams given #SPOTY Helen Rollason award for "outstanding achievement in the face of adversity" - very proud moment for team!

  • 19:40

    Amy called her sled Arthur.

  • 19:41

    QuoteComment from Steven Roy: She names her sled. She is the winter Olympics equivalent of Vettel

  • 19:42

    Next award is for the youngsters. Zara Phillips and Denise Lewis are looking nice and sparkly to hand out the award.

  • 19:42

    The contenders were narrowed from ten to three by a panel (including Blue Peter's Helen Skelton).

  • 19:42

    Don't ask me how I know that.

  • 19:42

    The three are: Tom Daley (Diving), Zoe Smith (Weightlifting), Jodie Williams (Athletics)

  • 19:42

    All three did really well in the Commonwealth Games this year.

  • 19:43

    The 2010 Young Sports Personality of the Year is Tom Daley!

  • 19:43

    QuoteComment from RG: Shocker.

  • 19:44

    Tom has won three Young Personality trophies now. It seems unlikely he'll pick up the main as well this year.

  • 19:44
    Vote Now
    Number to call: 09015 22 23 ??
    (calls cost 15p from a UK landline, mobile costs will be higher)
    Cavendish01
    Daley02
    Ennis03
    Haye04
    McCoy05
    McDowell06
    Swann07
    Taylor08
    Westwood09
    Williams10
  • 19:46

    QuoteComment from RubberGoat: has Tom Daley really won it three times?

    2007, 2009 and now 2010.

  • 19:46

    The montage moves on to David Haye. He's not in the studio, don't forget. Bit poorly.

  • 19:47

    Rio Ferdinand is talking about Mr Haye, a fan of the boxing.

  • 19:48

    On behalf of David, they've got Joe Calzaghe in. He's won the Sports Personality before - in 2007.

  • 19:49

    Calzaghe on what makes Haye great: "Speed and footwork, the way he works and moves around the ring. As you see in his last couple of fights, he's improving all the time."

  • 19:49

    The Unsung Hero award is next.

  • 19:50

    Presenting we have Linford Christie and Amir Khan.

  • 19:51

    The top three contenders for this are: some people coaching swimmers in Northern Ireland, someone running disabled sports in Bedford, and a lady devoted to netball in Derbyshire and Africa.

  • 19:52

    The Unsung Hero for 2010 is Lance Haggith.

  • 19:52

    He's the one that was running the sports for disabled kids, and doing a great job in the East. He's thanking the volunteers that help out all over the UK.

  • 19:53

    He also thanks his wife, and four children, and names them all. That's brave. I'd be worried I would forget one of their names!

  • 19:53

    Phil "The Power" Taylor is up next.

  • 19:55

    Big Phil fan, Robbie Williams! "He's unbelievably competitive and unbelievably good at everything. I come from the same town as Phil, he's good mates with my dad... he's a special man. Darts is, at the minute, as it should be, fantastic entertainment, pulling in big crowds, a lot of razmatazz around it... He just flattens everything in his way, he's a monster. You don't play darts against Phil Taylor, you're in the company of Phil Taylor as he provides a masterclass. More needs to be made of what he's doing and what he's achieving."

  • 19:56

    15 time Champion of the World gets a proper darts entrance to the stage.

    PHIL THE POWER TAYLOR.

  • 19:57

    Phil admits he is "knocking on a bit, getting ready to retire."

  • 19:58

    Now he says perhaps he won't retire just yet, he might keep going for another ten years.

  • 19:58

    It has to be said, if it really was a personality contest, Phil showed the most so far.

  • 19:59

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: am I the only person who doesn;t like Phil Taylor? I think I am. #spoty

  • 19:59

    Smithy, aka James Corden, is coming on stage to talk about Sport Relief.

  • 20:01

    Smithy likes Phil Taylor.

  • 20:02

    Smithy says: "Sport Relief raised £44 million in the past year."

  • 20:03

    He's gone now. Gary Lineker returns, and talks the World Cup.

  • 20:03

    Idris Elba talks World Cup: "Football, like nothing else, has a habit of disappointing."

  • 20:04

    TweetTweet from @darrenrutland: ....And now the 2010 football review. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear #spoty

  • 20:05

    Idris continues: "Football can unite a nation. Wasn't ours though."

  • 20:05

    Cesc Fabregas emerges onto the stage to talk to Gary.

  • 20:07

    Cesc on what makes the Spanish football team great: "We are all friends. We started playing in the youth. It helps a lot that a lot of players are from the same team. Obviously the quality is there, but for me the main thing is that we all play for each other. The discipline, no one complains about anything. The friendship, the togetherness that we have makes a big difference in the end."

  • 20:07

    Graeme McDowell's montage is next.

  • 20:10

    He is on stage talking to Sue: "Father's Day, winning a major championship at Pebble Beach... I couldn't have imagined it in my wildest dreams, it makes me very emotional looking at those clips."

  • 20:11

    QuoteComment from RubberGoat: This SPOTY is like the F1 2010 season - so many good contenders and no clear favourite!

  • 20:11
    Vote Now
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    Cavendish01
    Daley02
    Ennis03
    Haye04
    McCoy05
    McDowell06
    Swann07
    Taylor08
    Westwood09
    Williams10
  • 20:13

    Team award next. Kelly Homes and David Ginola arrive to present the trophy.

  • 20:13

    The top three contenders: Chelsea football club, England's cricket team, and Europe's Ryder Cup team.

  • 20:14

    The 2010 Team of the Year is the European Ryder Cup team!

  • 20:15

    TweetTweet from @sparklelily: could we have David Ginola do some more announcing, please? #SPOTY

  • 20:16

    A montage of some people running.

  • 20:17

    I mean, they are athletes running on tracks. There's not a fire in the building or anything.

  • 20:17

    This is leading on to the piece about Jessica Ennis.

  • 20:19

    Denise Lewis: "She's competitive, and you need to have that. You see your opponents do something, you just need to respond. I think during her long jump we saw true testiment to her grit. What she did was just like... yes Jess. Success has not changed Jess. She's still that sweet and innocent athlete that I met all those years ago. She's a supreme competitor, a supreme performer, and she's our gold medallist."

  • 20:21

    Jessica EnnisJessica talks to Sue.

  • 20:21

    A cricket montage next.

  • 20:22

    TweetTweet from @PaulPopplewell: Still not sure who I'd like to win #spoty so many worthy people... Maybe AP McCoy or phil the power Taylor or... Could go on

  • 20:23

    Graeme Swann isn't there as he's busy playing the Australian's at cricket, but this is his piece.

  • 20:25

    Freddie Flintoff: "England without him, it's a completely different team. He's come on in leaps and bounds, he's always been good. He's the one who'll get the dressing room lively before a game, but if he wins this he'll be unbearable."

  • 20:27

    A montage with the slogan: Girl Power. I already think I might be offended.

  • 20:27

    Next up is Lee Westwood.

  • 20:29

    Chris Evans appears to be a fan. He does like his golf. "Lee Westwood is the best golfer on the planet. As World Number 1, he's joined an elite group. He's one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet, I know you don't win Sports Personality for that but he really is a joy to be around. As far as the Ryder Cup is concerned, when Lee announced he was fit enough to play, we all heaved a sigh of relief."

  • 20:29

    QuoteComment from Barrie: Lee Westwood to come back to become World Number One after the slump he was in a couple of years ago, that's a fair achievement.....

  • 20:31
    Vote Now
    Number to call: 09015 22 23 ??
    (calls cost 15p from a UK landline, mobile costs will be higher)
    Cavendish01
    Daley02
    Ennis03
    Haye04
    McCoy05
    McDowell06
    Swann07
    Taylor08
    Westwood09
    Williams10
  • 20:31

    I think we have met with all the contenders now.

  • 20:32

    Lines close in approximately ten minutes.

  • 20:32

    Next up, the overseas award.

  • 20:33

    Michael Johnson arrives to talk up the winner.

  • 20:33

    A montage for Mr Rafael Nadal.

  • 20:35

    Rafa collects his award from afar: "Good evening, I'm sorry I can't be there with you tonight. It's an honour to receive this award. Thank you to the BBC for giving this award. It's a dream just being in the list of great champions receiving this award. I hope to see you soon, and have a good evening. Thanks for everything."

  • 20:35

    I guess he needs a: Rafael Nadal wins the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year as well.

  • 20:36

    A football montage now. Frank Lampard is talking.

  • 20:37

    Outstanding Coach award is up next, with Theo Walcott and Joe Calzaghe up to present it.

  • 20:38

    Top three contenders: Andy Flower for England cricket, Ian Holloway for Blackpool football club and Colin Montgomery for Europe Ryder Cup.

  • 20:38

    The 2010 Coach of the Year is Colin Montgomery!

  • 20:40

    Not long now.

    Vote Now
    Number to call: 09015 22 23 ??
    (calls cost 15p from a UK landline, mobile costs will be higher)
    Cavendish01
    Daley02
    Ennis03
    Haye04
    McCoy05
    McDowell06
    Swann07
    Taylor08
    Westwood09
    Williams10
  • 20:40

    The phone lines are now closed! That really wasn't long at all.

  • 20:41

    Next up the Lifetime Achievement award.

  • 20:41

    Might as well: David Beckham wins the 2010 Lifetime Achievement award.

  • 20:42

    Prince William says: "His contribution to football during 18 years in the professional game has been exceptional. As a player, he's served loyally as England's captain for many years, providing us fans with some of the most memorable moments of English football for a generation."

  • 20:42

    Prince William!

  • 20:43

    I get the feeling HRH is reading that though. He has quite a good voiceover voice.

  • 20:43

    Ooh, Zidane. I watched a film about him.

  • 20:44

    Sir Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs are there to hand over the trophy to David Beckham, who's in the audience with Victoria and their kids.

  • 20:45

    Beckham is receiving a standing ovation.

  • 20:46

    He's crying, but then the people won't stop cheering, so what's a man to do?

  • 20:46

    We were wondering why they closed the phone lines so early. They needed this time for the epic cheering. It may have finished now.

  • 20:48

    Sir Bobby Charlton: "I would just like to say congratulations to David. He is a very, very pleasant person and a good man, and he deserves everything that's been said of him tonight. I met him many, many years ago, I think when he was nine, and I gave him some tests with others and he passed them with flying colours. I said to the coaches, that lad is going to go somewhere... I'm pleased that I'm here today and can say that I was perfectly right."

  • 20:49

    Beckham talks, saying he's very honoured. "Obviously football is a team game, and without the team's and player's support that I've received over the years... I wouldn't be here today. I wouldn't be here without the skill and support of those players."

  • 20:49

    He runs through some of the best teams he's played for, including Preston North End, all the way through to LA Galaxy.

  • 20:50

    TweetTweet from @onedavebamber: Was coming round to the idea of Beckham getting Lifetime Achievement until he mentioned PNE. Outrageous! #spoty

  • 20:52

    More cheering for Beckham as he exits stage left (or right, we didn't actually see).

  • 20:52

    An F1 montage, introduced by Jake.

  • 20:54

    Katherine Jenkins has returned to sing whilst we pay tribute to the sports stars no longer with us.

  • 20:58

    Now we will find out the winner.

  • 20:59

    Cesc Fabregas and Freddie Flintoff are here to award the trophy.

  • 20:59

    The 2010 Sports Personality of the Year is...

  • 20:59

    Oh wait.

  • 20:59

    3rd place - Jessica Ennis.

  • 21:00

    QuoteComment from Pat W: I voted for her. Have followed her career for a while, really impressive. 3rd isn't bad.

  • 21:00

    2nd place - Phil "The Power" Taylor

  • 21:00

    1st place - AP MCCOY

  • 21:02

    AP: "This is an unbelievable feeling to be standing in front of so many amazing sports people. So many people who I look up to and watch on television. To win this award is very surreal. Without the help of so many people... I've got so many people to thank, I don't know where to start. I work in a wonderful sport in horse racing, so I'll start with everyone there as I know they've spent most of the night voting for me."

  • 21:04

    Chequered flagThat's it! Just time for Jake to wish us all a Merry Christmas, and for the confetti to fall on AP as he holds his trophy aloft.

  • 21:05

    The trophy looks quite heavy. He's only tiny. He can't stand there all night holding it.

  • 21:06

    AP McCoyYour winner for 2010.

  • 21:06

    So that wraps up the Sports Personality for 2010. Thank you for joining me this evening, the last two hours have flown by.

  • 21:07

    Hopefully we will be digging the Factbyte Factbox out of the snow for more events in the future, so I will see you next time!




The BBC Spoty as it is affectionately known is an annual event celebrating the good and the great British sportsmen and women. The award is handed out only to those who have achieved spectacular things in their field of work, and the lucky winner is chosen by the discerning public. A knowledgeable panel have whittled the sporting world down to ten possible contenders and today we will see who gets the vote.
BBC Sport

Event start

19:00GMT +00:00

19 December 2010