Sports Beard of the Year 2014 Winner

The winner is by public vote is…

Will Leer

Will Leer 3And here’s Leer breaking the metaphoric tape of the inaugural Sports Beard of the Year. (Unmetaphorically, he’s winning the Wanamaker Mile back in February)

He enjoyed a huge amount of support in the voting from various running magazines, fellow athletes and the USA Track and field team tweeted their support.

The 29 year old is an American middle-distance runner from Minnetonka, Minnesota and has been enjoying a great year running 1500m and the mile.

Here’s more Leer Beard:

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Will after winning the 2014 Morton Mile in a new meet record of 3:51.82

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The 2014 World Indoor Championships, where Leer placed 6th in the 1500m

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After finishing 2nd in the USA Indoor Track And Field Championships 2014 (3:43.21)

2014 IAAF World Relays

The 2014 World Relay Championships

And just for fun, here’s a glorious moustache:

Will Leer moustache2nd place:

Stuart Sinclair

Stuart Sinclair 2A hero at Bristol Rovers, who are appropriately nicknamed the Pirates, and the Best British Beard.Stuart Sinclair 3Stuart SinclairStuart Sinclair 4

3rd place

Davide Moscardelli

Davide Moscardelli 2A late surge for Davide secured 3rd place. One of the most sculpted and stylish beards on the list would be a fine addition to any bearded team.

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Sports Beard of the Year 2014

Beard-of-the-Year-2014Here we are, the inaugural Sport Beard of the Year (#SBOTY2014). Below are the Beard of the Month winners from BeardWatch’s first 13 months, and it’s up to you to vote for the overall winner. Some beards may no longer be with us, or be at their glorious best, but your sound judgement will vote the one that had the greatest impact for the promotion of beards throughout sport.

So stroke your beard in deep thought and ponder the following Beard of the Month winners…

Voting is closed! Winner announced at 9pm GMT.

 

Tim Howard

November 2013 – American – Football

Tim HowardInspirational in goal for the USA in the World Cup.

Robert Oberst

December 2013 – American – Strongman

Robert Oberst 1Oberst can lift massive stones with his beard (and his arms). Finished 9th in the 2013 World’s Strongest Man Final.

Andy Carroll

January – English – Football

Andy CarrollSpent a long spell injured sensibly growing a beard and burst back into the Premier League in January.

Davide Moscardelli

February – Italian – Football

moscardelli-570-1Voted the greatest Italian football beard. Difficult to argue.

Will Leer

March – American – Athletics

will-lear-2The fastest beard over 800m that you’re likely to see. 6th in the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014.

Kyle Amor

April – English – Rugby League

Kyle AmorPart of the St Helens team that won the 2014 Super League Grand Final.

Geraint Walsh

May – Welsh – Rugby Union

Geraint Walsh 3Won the Welsh Premiership player of the year with Pontypridd before moving to Cardiff Blues in the summer.

Andrea Pirlo

June – Italian – Football

PirloThe epitome of bearded cool, proving bigger isn’t always better.

Kane Richardson

July – Australian – Cricket

Kane RichardsonSporting a fine example of a beard at only 23 years, Richardson is Australia’s finest hirsute cricketer.

Stuart Sinclair

August – English – Football

Stuart Sinclair 3Sinclair plays for the appropriately nicknamed ‘Pirates’ of Bristol Rovers, swashbuckling his way through England’s Football League.

James Tomlinson

September – English – CricketJames Tomlinson 3

A superb end of season for Tomlinson led to Hampshire to win the County Championship Division Two.

Fetu’u Vainikolo

October – Tongan – Rugby UnionFetu'u Vainokolo

Tonga’s happiest man made history when the Exeter Chiefs won their first Anglo-Welsh Silver Cup

Geoff Cross

November – Scottish – Rugby Union
Geoff Cross 5Arguably Rugby Union’s best current beard. A qualified doctor and expecting father, Cross is full taking advantage of this bearded opportunity while he can.

 

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Beard of the Month – November 2014

The winner is…

Geoff Cross

Geoff Cross 4Big Geoff has been taking Scotland and the Rugby Autumn Internationals by the scruff of their neck and given them a good kicking. Rugby is pretty good at beards, but this has raised the stakes to new heights.

Geoff Cross 5Don’t make Geoff cross.

Geoff Cross 2Happily, it seems the curse of Beard of the Month won’t strike this time, and we’ve got another few months of this glorious, glorious beard.

The runners up…

Moeen Ali, English Cricketer

Moeen Ali 3It’s been a big month for Moeen Ali and the England cricket team who’ve discovered that Ali is really rather good at batting. He hit the third fastest century in one day cricket, eventually hitting 119 from 87 balls. Subsequently his beard has become seriously high-profile.

Charlie Faumuina, New Zealand Rugby Union

charlie-faumuina 2One man stepping up to the challenge from Geoff Cross is New Zealand’s Charlie Faumuina. This straggly cheeked prop has been one of the key players in a formidable All-Black for the past two years and this beard has been ever-present.

Lewis Hamilton, English Formula One

Lewis Hamilton 2This beard might not have the girth, length or meatiness of the others but it’s the one that’s been seen around the world after being attached to a Formula One champion. What it lacks in volume, it makes up for in fame.

Greatest Moustaches in Sport

Ah, Movember. The one month of the year when moustaches are socially (and quite rightly) acceptable in public. There is of course a rich history of sporting moustaches, and BeardWatch profiles the best.

Let’s start with Formula 1, where no moustachioed gentleman has been world champion in over 20 years. The last, in 1992, was Nigel Mansell.

Nigel MansellThe travesty of Formula 1 is that you have to go all the way back to 1968 to find another Mo, and it is perhaps one of the most iconic in sport beard history, Graham Hill.

Graham HillA manicured masterpiece worthy of the big screen. The long flowing hair and bushy sideburns really make this an awe-inspiring moustache. Graham Hill was the first champion to have a top lip warmer in 1962, which he followed up in 1968.

Onto athletics where, like motor racing, iconic moustaches are a bit thin on the ground. However, there is the man who promised to win the 1976 10,000m (and didn’t) and whose image was ripped off (allegedly) for the 118 188 adverts, Dave Bedford.

Dave BedfordThe trademark handlebar stays with him to this day. Another man who has sensibly kept the ‘tache is double Decathlon champion Daley Thompson.

Daley ThompsonWinning 10 events in 2 days in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics have made him a legend and widely regarded as one of the best decathletes of all time, and those guys are pretty hardcore. The moustache kept an even keel on a whirlwind career, helping him to break the world record four times.

Staying on a “greatest ever Olympian” theme, Mark Spitz surely deserves a mention.

Mark SpitzThis moustache has its own Wikipedia section, that’s what a big deal it is. Mark the Shark grew it because his coach said he couldn’t, which is probably the best reason to do anything. It obviously didn’t cause much drag in the water as he won 9 Olympic golds, 7 of them in Munich 1972 where he also set World Records in every event, something no one else has done.

The United States has a decent tradition of moustaches, and now is the time to celebrate the best of the best. Sorry to use the word iconic again, but it must apply to probably the largest owner of a moustache on this page, Hulk Hogan.

Hulk hoganIt’s just always been there, always a part of the look every time he’s reinvented himself. The man’s been wrestling since 1977 for goodness sake, and even in his 60s still pops up with his moustache to kick some ass.

In the world of Baseball, one name has stood out in my research. This is partly because the name is bizarre, but also because he’s a legend of the game – Rollie Fingers.

Rollie FingersAnd that really is his name! Well, it’s Roland, but with those twirly ‘tache tips, Rollie seems far more appropriate. Originally grown to win $300, he eventually turned down the chance to play for the Cincinnati Reds because of their ‘clean-shaven’ policy. Top man.

One of the all time great AFL/NFL moustaches belonged to Ben Davidson.

Ben DavidsonThis fine figure of a man came to American Football late in his teens as, at 6’8″, he preferred basketball. He was an AFL all-star three times, and it’s poignant to point out that he died on 2012 from Prostate Cancer, and Movember is carried out for people like Ben and his family to change the face of men’s health.

In Ice Hockey, one of the great moustache mavericks is George Parros.

George ParrosHe may look mean, but that moustache and hair cover his warm and cuddly side. ‘George Parros Mustaches’ are sold by his former team the Anaheim Ducks, with proceeds going to charity. Parros also had a line of apparel called “Stache Gear” that benefited the ‘Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids’ Foundation. If that weren’t enough, he cuts his hair once a year and donates it to a charity that makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair due to a medical condition. Badass, but in a totally different and amazing way.

Back in Europe, football is still a pretty big deal. In England, the golden moustache age was the 80s and 90s with many great examples such as Graeme Souness and Brian Kilcline typical of the shaggy haired, hirsute, halcyon days.Soccer - Football League Division One - Tottenham Hotspur v MiddlesbroughWhile Souness continues a living legend in Liverpool, Kilcine’s career never quite reached the same heights. He’s pictured above in an England tracksuit, but only played twice for the Under 21s. Meaning he must have been under 21 in that photo. Good lord…

If there are ever mavericks in a football team, you can be sure it’ll probably be the goalkeeper, and as such, there’s a fine tradition of ‘stached stoppers.

Bruce GrobbelaarTwo of the finest examples are David Seaman and Bruce Grobelaar. Seaman was the Arsenal and England number one for over a decade and the trademark tache and flowing locks were ever present, but often played second fiddle to some horrendous 90s kits. Bruce ‘Spaghetti Legs’ Grobelaar had a long career spanning Liverpool’s 80s dominance and the Zimbabwean always sported his moustache proudly.

Possibly the greatest ever football moustache belonged to the little known Dutch captain Ronald Spelbos.Soccer - World Cup Qualifier - Group Two - Ireland v HollandFor sheer commitment to the moustache, this has to be up there with the greatest ever.

Football’s been getting on board with Movember in recent years, and whilst Joey Barton often gets the attention, I believe the greatest one month moustache belonged to Grant Holt.

Grant HoltThe Norwich City legend grew this in the season they returned to Premier League football in 2011. A true captain’s effort.

In terms of girth and manliness, we finish with cricket. Don’t believe me? Check these out:

Graham GoochSome classic Graham Gooch, England captain, their all time record run scorer and one of the greatest cricketers in history. His incredible career was accompanied by this mighty mo.

David BoonBut it’s to Australia we finish our top lip tickling tour. David Boon batted for Australia for 11 years, and has become something of an Aussie cult figure, no doubt in part to this magnificent droopy little number.

Merv HughesIn the same Australian side that the ingeniously nicknamed ‘Boony’ played in, another even greater moustache featured. Merv Hughes was always a big man, despite his lengthy and somewhat ‘mincing’ bowling run ups. Regardless, his humongous handlebar made ‘Merv the Swerve’ unmissable. His other nickname, incidentally, was ‘Fruitfly’ which was eventually explained as a reference to “Australia’s greatest national pest”, due to his colourful language addressing the opposition on the field.

 

And there we have the greatest moustaches in world sport. If you know of a greater moustache that deserves a mention, leave a comment or tweet @SportBeardWatch

Beard of the Month – October 2014

The winner is…

Fetu’u Vainikolo

Fetu'u VainokoloAnd why wouldn’t he look so pleased with this fuzzy wonder nestled on his chin? The Exeter Chiefs and Tonga winger blasted his way to victory and stands as ideal preparation for his upcoming international duties. Vainikolo is in the squad for fixtures against Georgia, the USA and Scotland where his beard will be up against stiff competition.

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The runners up:

Fernando Alonso, Spanish F1 Driver

Fernando Alonso 2The stylish Spaniard is a two-time Formula One World Champion and is now possibly the best bearded F1 driver on the circuit. The extra chin protection seems to be distracting him however, having only claimed two podium finishes so far this season.

Jordie Benn, Canadian Ice Hockey Player

Jordie BennIn Canada, they play hockey, but on ice. Who knew? There’s plenty of hirsute candidates but this is the one that caught the eye this month. Jordie Benn plays for the Dallas Stars and, wait… They have Ice Hockey in Dallas? That’s like beach volleyball in Alaska. Weird. Anyway, Jordie sports a glamorous ginger beard to keep him warm on the ice.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, American American Football Quarterback

Ryan FitzpatrickStaying on the left side of the Atlantic, yet another behemoth bearded American Footballer demands your attention. During his time with the Buffalo Bills, he was given the nicknames “Fitzmagic” and “The Amish Rifle”. He was also named as the fifth-smartest athlete in the USA in 2010. He’s now almost certainly one of the manliest.

 

Beard of the Month – September 2014

The winner is…

James Tomlinson

James TomlinsonThis bearded beauty helped Hampshire lift the division two trophy after bagging 6 wickets against Glamorgan on the final day of the season. Something of a fans favourite, he took time to sign pictures and pose for photos. Sorry James, it’s just the beard we’re interested in. Very interested.

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Runners up

Ben Hamer, Football

Ben HamerBen Hamer made his Premier League debut for Leicester City this month and introduced a serious challenge to Tim Howard in the Bearded Goalkeepers Union. He kept a clean sheet against Stoke and we can only hope he makes more appearances.

Joe Ledley, Football

Joe LedleyI’d entirely missed the fact that Joe Ledley had moved from Celtic to Crystal Palace, and in fact played a key role in keeping Palace in the Premier League, and scoring against boyhood club Cardiff which helped relegate them. Heartless man. Heartless but beardful, which is a decent compromise.

Shane Lowry, Golf

British Open GolfLowry was considered a wildcard for Europe’s Ryder Cup team, but missed out due to blatant jealousy and pogonophobia from countryman Paul McGinley. Undeterred, he led the ISPS Handa Wales Open at the halfway stage and ended up fourth.

Beard of the Month – August 2014

The winner is…

Stuart Sinclair

Stuart Sinclair 2

The Gasheads were out in force to vote their man as Beard of the Month. He may not be the biggest name in the biggest club, but Bristol Rovers fans love this man’s beard.

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Runners up

Tamas Kazi, Hungarian Runner

Tamas KaziThis Hungarian 800m runner popped up in the European Athletics Championships, made it to the semi finals, did ok but got no further. Upon further examination, badass status can pretty much be confirmed from this photo alone.

Roy Keane, Irish Football Manager

Roy KeaneSpeaking of badass, Roy Keane made his return to the Premiership, albeit as assistant to Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. If they do the old good cop, bad cop routine, I’m reasonably sure which Roy will be.

Damon Kelly, Australian Weightlifter

1. Damon KellyWinner of the Best Beard at the Commonwealth Games, Kelly made a huge impression on bearded sport worldwide. Power sports have long been associated with power beards, and this fuzzy number was no exception.