Beard of the Month August 2015 – Martyn Rooney

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The British 400m runner had a mixed World Championships. He was named Mens Team Captain and ran a new personal best in the heats. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to replicate that speed in the semis and didn’t make the final. He did however have the best beard of any athlete in Beijing and so becomes August’s Beard of the Month.

The final event of the Championships was the 4x400m relay and Rooney was the final runner in a British that always has potential to win a medal. He held his nerve after a strong challenge by the Jamaican team to take Bronze for the team.

2. Martyn RooneyRooney has sported a beard for a few years now and remains an outsider in the running world by letting his grow out and express itself. He is blessed with thick, black foliage and when matched his customary shades, he’s one of the coolest guys on the track.

Martyn rooney 1An obvious choice for captain of any team, he’s got the experience, the talent, but most importantly, the beard. He even missd the birth of his fiorst child to represent Britain in Beijing, but hopefully as his missus, Kate Dennison, was the former British Pole Vault Record Holder, she understood!

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Beard of the Month July 2015 – Joe Ledley

Joe Ledley 4The new saviour of Welsh football. No, not Gareth Bale…

Ledley’s beard has been in development for a while , but is now truly reaching great heights.

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He can pull off cool and stylish…Joe-LedleyOr rugged and active. Basically, the man has it all.

Ledley was a key part of a Wales team that beat Belgium in a European Championships Qualifier and helped Crystal Palace to an amazing 11th place finish in the Premier League.Joe Ledley 3He’s even got time to be a family man and show off hats.

And in true legendary status, his beard has it’s own twitter account. Follow @JoeLedleysBeard!

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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Geoff Cross – Beard of the Month February 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re potentially looking at one of the world’s great sport beards.Geoff Cross 6

November 2014 and February 2015’s Beard of the Month looks magnificent, but will not be with us for long. 32-year-old Cross is a qualified doctor and will soon be switching shin pads for stethoscopes, meaning the beard will have to go.
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Wikipedia states the beard origin story thus:

“I was at Glasgow for ten weeks last season and I talked to Josh Strauss, and he said, ‘You know, Geoff, you say that after rugby you’re going to work as a medic, and I see you haven’t shaved for a few days – really I don’t think very many people would be happy if they went to a GP practice to talk about their sore back, looking to be reassured, and there was this man with this enormous beard. So really, this is the only time in your life that you’ve got to grow a beard. You should seize that opportunity.”

Seize it he did.Geoff Cross 5

Geoff Cross’ international debut for Scotland ended prematurely when he spear tackled opponent Lee Byrne. This earned him a yellow card and a ten minute suspension from the game, but he also knocked himself unconscious and injured his knee.

lee byrne geoff crossThat’s the problem with tackling someone in mid-air, they could well take your head off. Needless to say, the evident lack of facial protection put Cross on his arse and out of action. The beardless fool.

He has since won 37 more caps for Scotland, played over 130 times for Edinburgh and now plays for London Irish.

The great tragedy of this beard is not that it will soon be no more, but that (please excuse me Scottish rugby fans) Scottish rugby union players aren’t usually in the international headlines. If Cross had been a footballer, or a New Zealander this beard would be much more well-known.

When it goes, money will be given to children’s charity Wooden Spoon and at the time of writing stands at just over £6,500 which BeardWatch is proud (but a bit gutted) to support.

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Beard of the Month – February 2015

The winner is…


Geoff Cross

Geoff Cross 6Last year’s SBOTY finalist is back and it may be the last we see of this Hagrid-esque beard. Cross, 32, is a qualified doctor and can’t really carry around a bush on his face in a hospital so plans to shave eventually anyway. He’s now raising money for charity before the hedge trimmers come out.

Hafthor Bjornsson

The World's Strongest ManAttached to one of the strongest men in the world, Bjornsson’s beard helped him to break a 1,000 year old record. Bjornsson lifted and took 5 steps with a 10m long, 1,433lb Viking mast.

John Mooney

John MooneyIreland have been involved in two dramatic games in the ICC World Cup. Firstly beating West Indies against the odds, and then beating the UAE with only 4 balls to go. John Mooney has been a part of both of these wins and has also been fined for mouthing off at one of the West Indians.

Rob Ninkovich

Ninkovich and his beard won the Superbowl single-handedly. Probably. Maybe not, honestly, I’ve no idea about American Football, but it was surely a big factor. He also turned 31 on the big day, which is nice.

The winner is…

Iwan Roberts – Beard of the Month January 2015

The big man is a legend to many of his former clubs including Huddersfield, Wolves, Leicester and Norwich, and they’ve paid him back by voting him as Beard of the Month.

Roberts has been seen punditing his way around Wales recently sporting a truly magnificent bushy ginger beard in stark contrast to his neat cropped hair. He’s always had a…

Iwan Roberts toothless…let’s say ‘distinctive‘ look during his playing days, but I think we can all agree that this beard marks his peak.

Iwan Roberts 6Here he showing BBC colleague and former Welsh striker John Hartson how it’s done.

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Wiki:

Iwan Wyn Roberts (born 26 June 1968 in Bangor, Gwynedd) is a Welsh former international footballer who played as a striker from 1986 to 2006. Since retiring, he has worked as a sports commentator.

Roberts notably played in the Premier League for Leicester City and Norwich City, as well as earning 15 caps for Wales. He also played in the Football League for Watford, Huddersfield Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Gillingham and Cambridge United. Local Norwich football newspaper The Pink’un described him as “one of the greatest goal scorers ever to pull on a Norwich City shirt” and he was elected to the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame.

Since retiring as a player, Roberts, who speaks fluent Welsh, has worked as a commentator for Sky Sports, Radio Cymru and BBC Wales.


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Beard of the Month – January 2015

Poll closed

The winner is…


Nominees

Conor McGregor
Irish Mixed Martial Artist

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McGregor has rapidly risen through the ranks of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but more impressive than his fighting record (17 wins from 19) is his style. Possibly one of the best dressed beardists in modern sport, McGregor can often be seen rocking a sharp suit and ginger beard. The moustache is well taken care of, and the whole look is one of style and control

Iwan Roberts
Welsh ex-footballer

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The big Welshman had a career that unfortunately only gave him one season in the Premier League, but was a legend at every club he played for and is still loved by legions of fans across England. Now a commentator and pundit, Roberts has grown this magnificent beast to keep him warm when reporting pitch-side.

Martin Adams
English Darts player

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Bigger isn’t always better. Adams has been one of Britain’s most consistently world-class sportsmen for over twenty years and has been overlooked time and time again. He’s played in the last 22 BDO World Championships, winning 3, and always accompanied by this smart, understated beard. It’s obviously the key to his consistency and darts mastery.

Robert Oberst
American Strongman

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The Sports Beard of the Year finalist recently won the World’s Strongest Beard, and it’s easy to see why. At 6’8″ and 400lbs, the big man needs a big beard and duly delivers. Oberst wears pink whenever he can to raise awareness and money for breast cancer charities.

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