BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award

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Chris Hoy wearing a bicycle helmet, visor, cycling shorts and top cycling on a racing bike in a velodrome.
Chris Hoy, a member of the British Olympic Cycling Team that won the award in 2008

The BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award[1] is an award given annually as part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony each December. Currently, the award is given "For the team in an individual sport or sporting discipline that has achieved the most notable performance in the calendar year to date. The team should have significant UK interest or involvement". From 2012 the award's recipient is decided by an expert panel selected by the BBC. For some years before 2012 a panel of over 30 sporting journalists, each of whom voted for their top two choices and followed a defined set of voting criteria.[2] Before that, the winner of the Team of the Year Award has been chosen by public vote[3] and picked by listeners of Radio 5 Live.[4]

The Team of the Year Award was first presented in 1960, six years after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was introduced. The first recipient of the award was the Cooper Formula One Racing team.[5] The England national rugby union team and the Ryder Cup team have won the award the most times; both teams have won five times and have shared the award on one of those occasions.[6] Liverpool F.C. have won the award three times.[7] The award has been shared on two occasions—by the British women's 4 x 400 m relay team and the British Ryder Cup team in 1969,[8] and by the England national rugby union team and the British men's 4 x 400 m relay team in 1991.[9] Teams have varied greatly in size. The smallest winning team has been two members; the figure skating duo of Torvill and Dean in 1982 and 1983, and the Olympic men's coxless rowing pair of Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent in 1992 and 1996. The largest winning team was in 2000; the British representatives at the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Six nations have been represented by the award winning team. Teams representing Great Britain have won the award the most times, having had twenty-three recipients, three of which shared the award. Excluding the 2000 British Olympic and Paralympic teams, which fielded competitors in many Paralympic and Olympic sports, the remainder of the winning teams have represented 15 sporting disciplines. Football has had the highest representation among the winners, with 12 recipients. The most recent award was presented in 2013 to the 2013 British and Irish Lions squad.[10]

By year[edit]

  •  dagger  Denotes joint winners.
Photograph of the front of the Cooper T51 racing car. It is fairly cylindrical in shape, coloured green, with two white racing stripes, and the number 17 on the bonnet.
A Cooper T51, similar to the one used by the Cooper Car Company in the 1960 Formula One season
Black-and-white photograph from the front of Eric Brown which shows him finishing his golf swing over his left shoulder.
Eric Brown, who captained United Kingdom's 1969 Ryder Cup that won the award that year
Photograph from the side of horse Nijinsky II, who is walking round the paddock at the 1970 Irish Derby.
Nijinsky II, whose team took the award in 1970
Photograph of an eight-and-a-half-foot bronze statue of Bob Stokoe, which imitates him running to celebrate after the final whistle of the 1973 FA Cup Final.
A statue of Bob Stokoe celebrating the FA Cup win that won Sunderland A.F.C. the 1973 award
Head-and-shoulders photograph of Alan Hanson, who is wearing a grey suit, white shirt and black tie.
Alan Hansen, who captained the Liverpool F.C. side that won the award in 1986
Photograph of nine members of the England rugby team on an open top bus victory parade. Lawrence Dallaglio is in the centre holding up the golden coloured Webb Ellis Cup, which is the trophy awarded to the winners.
The England rugby team won the award in 2003 for their victory at the Rugby World Cup.
BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award winners
Year Nation Winner Sport Note
1960  England Cooper motor racing team Motor racing [5]
1961  England Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Football [11]
1962  England BRM motor racing team Motor racing [12]
1963  WIN West Indies cricket team Cricket [13]
1964  England England youth football team Football [14]
1965  England West Ham United F.C. Football [15]
1966  England England football team Football [16]
1967  Scotland Celtic F.C. Football [17]
1968  England Manchester United F.C. Football [18]
1969dagger  United Kingdom Women's 4 x 400 m relay team Athletics [8]
1969dagger  United Kingdom Ryder Cup team Golf [6][8]
1970  Canada Nijinsky horse racing team Horse racing [19]
1971  United Kingdom British Lions rugby union squad Rugby union [20]
1972  United Kingdom Olympic three-day event team Equestrianism [21]
1973  England Sunderland A.F.C. Football [22]
1974  United Kingdom British Lions rugby union squad Rugby union [23]
1975  United Kingdom Men's Swimming team Swimming [24]
1976  United Kingdom Olympic modern pentathlon team Athletics [25]
1977  England Liverpool F.C. Football [7]
1978  United Kingdom Davis and Wightman Cup tennis teams Tennis [26]
1979  United Kingdom Showjumping team Equestrianism [27]
1980  England England rugby union squad Rugby union [20]
1981  England Bob Champion and Aldaniti Horse racing [28]
1982  United Kingdom Torvill and Dean Figure skating [29]
1983  United Kingdom Torvill and Dean Figure skating [29][nb 1]
1984  United Kingdom Olympic Showjumping team Equestrianism [31]
1985  EUR Ryder Cup team Golf [6]
1986  England Liverpool F.C. Football [7][nb 2]
1987  EUR Ryder Cup team Golf [6]
1988  United Kingdom Olympic hockey team Hockey [33]
1989  United Kingdom Men's athletics squad Athletics [34]
1990  Scotland Scotland rugby union squad Rugby union [35]
1991dagger  England England rugby union squad Rugby union [9]
1991dagger  United Kingdom Men's 4 x 400 m relay team Athletics [9]
1992  United Kingdom Olympic rowing pairs Rowing [36]
1993  England England rugby union squad Rugby union [37]
1994  England Wigan Rugby league [38]
1995  EUR Ryder Cup team Golf [6]
1996  United Kingdom Olympic rowing pairs Rowing [39]
1997  United Kingdom

 IRE

British & Irish Lions squad Rugby union [40]
1998  England Arsenal F.C. Football [41]
1999  England Manchester United F.C. Football [42]
2000  United Kingdom Olympic and Paralympic teams [43]
2001  England Liverpool F.C. Football [7]
2002  EUR Ryder Cup team Golf [44]
2003  England England rugby union squad Rugby union [45]
2004  United Kingdom Olympic men's coxless four Rowing [46]
2005  England England cricket team Cricket [47]
2006  England St Helens RLFC Rugby league [48]
2007  England England rugby union squad Rugby union [49]
2008  United Kingdom Olympic cycling team Cycling [50]
2009  England England cricket team Cricket [51]
2010  EUR Ryder Cup team Golf [52]
2011  England England cricket team Cricket [53]
2012  United Kingdom Olympic and Paralympic teams
2013  United Kingdom

 IRE

British and Irish Lions squad Rugby Union

By nation[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by nations that the teams have represented.

Winners by nation
Nation Number of wins.[nb 3]
 England 24
 United Kingdom 22
 Europe 5
 Scotland 2
 Ireland 2
 Canada 1
 West Indies 1

By sport[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by the teams sporting discipline.

Winners by sport
Sporting profession Number of wins[nb 3][nb 4]
Football 12
Rugby union 10
Golf 6
Cricket 4
Athletics 4
Equestrianism 3
Rowing 3
Figure skating 2
Horse racing 2
Motor racing 2
Rugby league 2
Cycling 1
Hockey 1
Swimming 1
Tennis 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In addition to the Team Award in 1983, an International Team Award was presented to Alan Bond and the rest of Australia II's sailing crew.[30]
  2. ^ In addition to the Team Award in 1986, a Special Team Award was presented to the Great Britain men's 4 x 400 metres relay team.[32]
  3. ^ a b The fractions refer to occasions on which the awarded was shared between more than one person. For example, the British and Irish Lions are made up of representatives from both Ireland and the United Kingdom (and were even when they were called the British Lions).
  4. ^ The table excludes the individual Olympic sports that members of the winning 2000 Olympic and Paralympic teams competed in.

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