The winner is…
This 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.
Ben Hamer, Football
Ben 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
I’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
Lowry 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.