Beard of the Month May 2015 – Damon Sansum

Damon Sansum 1Great Britain’s top 80kg Taekwondo fighter (Taekwondist? Taekwondoer?) is named Beard of the Month after his performance at the World Championships in Russia. Sansum walked away with a silver after a hard fight with Iran’s Mahdi Khodabakhshi.

Sansum has a good few years winning Luxor Open Bronze, Turkish Open Bronze, US Open Gold this year and Paris Open Gold, Commonwealth Championships Gold, Grand Prix (Astana) Bronze, European Championships Silver, Bahrain Open Silver and Luxor Open Silver in 2014.

Sansum winning gold at the Dutch Open on a weird podium.

In an interview with BeardMag.com, Sansum stated he’d been growing his beard for two years, so the correlation with recent success is irrefutable.

When asked about his girlfriend’s feeling toward his beard, he said:

She loves it. A man that shaves his beard for a woman deserves neither his beard nor the woman.

Which just might be my favourite beard quote ever.

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Sorry ladies, he’s taken…

Mildly interesting Damon Sansum fact of the day: He has a Spanish wikipedia page, but not an English one…


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Premier League Bearded XI 2014-15

Ben Hamer

It’s a shocker at the top as Leicester City’s Ben Hamer is officially the Premier League Beard of the Year!

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Hamer beats last year’s winner Tim Howard by a whisker, but continues the fine tradition of bearded goalkeepers.

This year’s list is very much a bottom of the table affair with only 2 players from the so-called ‘big clubs’. This shows pogonophobia at the highest level obviously prevalent. Only one survivor from last year’s XI shows the sad transience of many a beard taken before their prime…

Goalkeeper

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Ben Hamer, Leicester City (c)

Long and thick. Just the way I like them. On the verge of being straggly, but does just enough to keep its volume. The extra protection is just what a goalkeeper needs, and, frankly, should be adopted by more to avoid serious injury.

★BEARD OF THE SEASON★

Defenders

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Marcin Wasilewski, Leicester City

Bigger isn’t always better (apparently). This is a straight talking, no-nonsense kind of beard that adds to the imposing figure of Wasilewski.

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Nathan Baker, Aston Villa

I must admit, this one was a bit under my beard radar. Clearly influenced by Villa Legend Olof Mellberg, Baker let this beast grow out to strike fear into strikers.

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Armand Traore, QPR

A fine bushy number from the Frenchmen, who is clearly not at fault for QPR’s relegation. Sad he should be let down by his smooth faced team-mates.

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Gael Clichy, Man City

An experienced player who has wisely chosen to grow a beard in the hopes of enlightening others on big money to follow suit.

Midfielders

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Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

Ramsey is another proving it’s not just the bottom half that gets to have all the fun.

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Joe Ledley, Crystal Palace

A highly popular beard, and one that will be disappointed to play second fiddle to Ben Hamer. A good solid beard, thick and meaty.

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Sandro, QPR

The only survivor from last year. We haven’t seen a return of the front pony tail, but it’s bigger and meaner and getting relegated…

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Mike Jedinak, Crystal Palace

Captain of club and country, and has single-beardedly given Crystal Palace a fantastic season.

Strikers

Steven Fletcher, Sunderland

The Scot adds a little substance to what is frankly a despicable lack of front man facial foliage across the Premier League. Surely with the prevailing tendency to play one up top, strikers would grow a beard to keep themselves company whilst ploughing that lone furrow.

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Danny Ings, Burnley

A good season means Ings may be off a big club (Not that he looks pleased about it here). We can only hope he doesn’t get star-struck and led astray by some smooth faced bad influence.

Manager

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Sean Dyche (Interim)

Oh Premier League I’m disappointed with you. The only bearded manager to survive this far in the season is a ginger goatee. This job will be up for review after the final game, and we’ll hope to get a big name in over the summer.

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