19 December 2012

#SPOTY 2012 Those We've Lost Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday there was the inevitable sad reminder of those we had lost from the world of sport throughout this year on the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday.

Here is the concluding part of my look behind the names and pictures that appeared on the show just before the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award to Seb Coe.

John Bond 17 Dec 1932 - 25 Sep 2012

As a footballer Bond spent most of his career (16 seasons) with West Ham United before a final three seasons with Torquay. But he was reknowned as a manager who did outstanding things with less fashionable teams. In his first year of management he took Bournemouth out of the 4th Division (now League 2) and the following season almost took them up again falling just short in third. He then moved to Norwich in 1973. He didn't manage to help them avoid the drop, but the next year he tok them back to the top flight and a League Cup final. in 1980 he moved to Man City. he took them to the 1981 FA Cup final famous for the Ricky Villa run and goal for the victorious Tottenham. Although after he left City in 1983 he never managed to bring the Midas touch to Burnley, Swansea, Birmingham or Shrewsbury. But in 1993 moved mostly into commentary for Radio 5.


Stephen Packer 2004 - 25 Nov 2012

Sadly the youngest person ever to feature in part of SPOTY. He was part of the academy at Liverpool FC playing for the U9 team. He was according to the coaches the best player in his age group and very speedy. But also an infectiously outgoing and bubbly character. He died as a result of cancer at the tender age of eight.



Jack Taylor 21 Apr 1930 - 27 Jul 2012

He served as a football referee for 33 years and from 1963-77 he was on the FIFA list. He refereed a final at Wembley though it was the FA Cup, as well as the 1971 European Cup final in 1971. But it was in 1974 in the World Cup final that one minute into the match between West Germany and Netherlands he awarded the first of two penalties in the match. However, it went down in history as the first penalty ever in a World Cup final.

Tom Maynard 25 Mar 1989 - 18 Jun 2012

The son of former Glamorgan and England cricketer Matthew Maynard, he made his debut for Glamorgan in 2007 before moving to Surrey in 2011. He was a right-handed batsman and occasional off-break bowler. The day before his death he was playing in T20 match against Kent. But in the small hours of the morning he was pulled over by police for driving erratically, he fled the scene but found his way unto the district line where he was electrocuted before being run over by a train at about 5 am.


Alexander Dale Oen 21 May 1985 -30 Apr 2012

In Beijing he became the first Norwegian to ever win a medal in the Olympic pool taking silver in the 100 breaststroke final. He entered Olympic year as World Champion having won the same event in Shanghai last year, this was also his nations first Gold in a global swimming event. However, while at a training camp with the Norwegian team in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA he was found unconscious in his room after suffering a heart attack from an undetected coronary heart disease. The winner of the Olympic 100m Breaststoke, Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa dedicated his win to his close friend and the 200m champion Daniel Gyurta offered a copy of his medal to the family to honour and mark his friendship.

Dave Sexton 6 Apr 1930 - 25 Nov 2012

After a mediocre playing career Sexton made his name in management. First up was a brief spell with Leyton Orient, but the move to Chelsea in 1967 was the start of some success. He led the team to the 1970 FA Cup and then their first European Trophy the Cup Winners Cup the following year. But that success was not replicated and in 1974 following the clubs relegation he was sacked. He moved to QPR taking Rangers to within a point of winning the Division 1 (now Premier League) title in 1975-6. It was the closest he came to managing a side to take on the mighty Liverpool of that era. He moved to Man United in 1977, seeing them in the most thrilling final 5 minutes of an FA Cup final in 1979 and another second in the League to Liverpool in 1979-80. After being sacked in 1981 he moved to Coventry City for two seasons. From 1977-90 and again from 1994-6 he was in charge of England's U21 team.

Jocky Wilson 22 Mar 1950 - 24 Mar 2012

Was a double World Darts Champions that Sid Waddell (see yesterday) commentated on. The Fifer beat the two big names of his era to win his titles first John Lowe for his first title in 1982 and then Eric Bristow seven years later. From 1979 and his debut World Championship through to 1991 he never failed to reach the quarter finals at least. In 1982 he was banned for a while, for throwning a punch at an official, though he was under a lot of pressure at the time due to his marriage to an Argentine woman with the Falklands War raging. In 1995 he announced his sudden retirement from the game, after being diagnosed with diabetes. He became a virtual recluse from that point. In 2009, after years as a heavy smoker he was diagnosed as having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Kenny Morgans 16 Mar 1939 - 18 Nov 2012

The Welsh footballer was one of the survivors of the Munich Air Crash as a mere 18 year old which claimed the lifes of many of his Manchester United team mates. He was found amongst the debris after the official search was called off by two journalists. Although he made a full recovery he never showed the form he once had as a youngster and left the club in 1961 having made just 23 first team appearances and not scored a goal. He then spent time with Swansea City and Newport County retiring from the game in 1967.

Páidi ó Sé 16 May 1955 - 15 Dec 2012

The Kerry Gaelic Football player is one of the most decorated GAA stars in history. He was on the winning side in the All-Ireland eight times as a player and twice more as manager of Kerry. In 1985 as captain he lifted The Sam Maguire with pride.  There were also eleven Munster titles and four national league titles in the career of the right half-back. He also had spells managing West Meath and Clare. He was found dead on the morning before SPOTY having gone to lie down with what he thought was indigestion but turned out to be a heart attack.

Phil Taylor 18 September 1917 - 1 Dec 2012

Taylor is the answer to the trivia question who was the Liverpool manager before Bill Shankly. Although a Britolian who played for his hometown Rovers he spent one season, he is associated with his adopted home Liverpool. The win- half moved there in 1936, before the war interupted his career he had also played a First Class Cricket match for Gloucestershire in 1938. He was part of the post war 1946-7 Championship winning team, and made 3 appearances for England later in that year's Home International Series. He was handed the captaincy in 1949. When he retired from playing in 1954 he joined the Anfield back room team. In 1956 he succeeded Don Welsh who had failed to gain promotion back to the top flight. One of the players he signed was Ronnie Moran who would spend the next 50 years with the club. But in 1959 having failed on a number of occasions to achieve that he resigned, leaving a boot room of Reuben Bennett, Joe Fagan and Bob Paisley that Shankly kept on,the rest as they say is history. At the time of his death he was the oldest surviving player from division 1, succeeding Ivor Powell (see below).

Emanuel Steward 7 Jul 1944 - 25 Oct 2012

As an amateur Manny Steward had a record of 94 wins ans 3 loses but because of tough financial circumstances never boxed as a professional. However, in 1971 he started coaching as a part time position, training many of the USA's top amateurs. He then translated that into moving those top amateurs into the professional ranks. In total he has trained 41 World Champion fighters including Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Tommy Hearns and Tony Tucker. His heavyweights have a world title fight record of 34-2-1. His death came a few weeks after having surgery for diverticulitis, but colon cancer was also listed as a contributing factor to his death.


Gordon West 24 Apr 1943 - 10 Jun 2012

The England and Everton goalkeeper had started out as a defender but went for a trial with Blackpool between the posts. He made his debut for them aged 17 but after just 33 appearances in 2 years he was trasferred for a then record for as goalkeeper of £27,000 to Everton. He spent the next 11 seasons there. Winning the league twice and the 1966 FA Cup refereed by Jack Taylor (see above). In the 1969-70 season he keep a club record 21 clean sheets helping Everton to the Division 1 title. Having made 3 appearances for England in the previous 2 seasons he was called up for the 1970 World Cup but turned it down to spend time with his family. He never appeared for England again. In 1973 after 399 appearances for the Toffees he retired, but three years later came out of retirement across the Mersey for Tranmere Rovers for whom he made 17 appearances in the next three seasons before retiring finally.

Selorm Kuadey 5 May 1987 - 3 Jan 2012

In what was a tough year for young former Sale Sharks (see David Tait in Part 1) the Ukrainian born winger had graduated with a First Class degree in human biology and infectious diseases from Salford University.  He had played for England U19 and U20. But two long term injuries in 2010 forced his retirement from the sport before he could establish himself as a  first team regular. His former club announced his death believed to be suicide at the start of the year.

Sid Watkins 6 Sep 1928 - 12 Sep 2012

Known in Formula 1 circles as Prof, in 1978 the Neurosurgeon was approached by the Brabham Team, owner, Bernie Ecclesto, who at the time was Chief Executive of the Formula One Constructors Association to become the official race Doctor. He was head of the medical team and first responder for the next 26 years. He was the first on the scene for both Giles Villneuve and Aryton Senna. After the death of the latter, a close personal friend, he set up the FIA Expert Advisory Safety Committee to look at ways to improve the safety of racers. The fact that since that horrific weekend in San Marino in 1994 which also claimed the life of Roland Ratzenberger there has not been a fatality in F1 is largely down to the Prof.

Mitchell Todd 15 March 1991 - 15 August 2012

The young Scottish lock had just completed a degree in sports therapy at Coventry University and was looking forward to the new season with Nottingham when he was found inside a car near Normanton-on-the-Wolds at 6am. The victim of a car accident he had appeared in last years U20 Six Nations and the Junior World Cup amassing 10 Scotland U20s.



Ivor Powell 5 July 1916 - 6 Nov 2012

The Welsh wing half's career started either side of the war at Queens Park Rangers. In 1948 he moved to first Division Aston Villa, before in 1951 he moved as player-manager to Port Vale. He appeared 8 times for Wales post war until 1950. But after spells managing Bradford City, Carlisle United and Bath City, before moving to the coaching staff of the University team. It is in this capacity that he entered the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest working coach. When he finally retired in May 2010 he was 93.


Joe Egan 26 Mar 1919 - 11 Nov 2012

As a hooker or lock in the period of contested scrums in Rugby League, Egan appeared in that role for Wigan from 1938-50 and then. Leigh where he moved initially as player coach. In 1948 he was the first Captain to receive the Challenge Cup from a reigning monarch. He also won two championships as a player with Wigan. After some years coaching Leigh he returned to Wigan and coached them to the Championship in 1959-60 and to three Challenge Cup wins in 1958, 59, 61.

Alan McDonald 12 Oct 1963 - 23 Jun 2012

The Northern Irish international centre back was part of Northern Ireland's last World Cup campaign in 1986. He spent the majority of his professional career with Queen's Park Rangers from his debut in 1981 yo 1997. Only a brief loan period in 1983 with Charlton Athletic and his final season at Swindon Town saw him playing elsewhere. He made 52 appearances for the Green and Whites. But only spent 3 years in management from 2007-2010 for Belfast side Glentoran. He did however run a trophy shop here in Bangor. He collapsed and died of a heart attack while out playing golf at Temple Golf Club near Lisburn.

Josh Gifford 3 Aug 1941 - 9 Feb 2012

The National Hunt trainer had been the champion jockey on four occasions 1962-3, 63-4, 66-7. 67-8 before announcing his surprise retirement from riding at the age of 28 after the 1970 Grand National. His wife was pregnant with their daughter Kristina (Cook) who was part of the silver medal winning eventing team at London 2012. His training career out of the stables of his former boss at Findon, West Sussex produced over 1,500 winners but one will always live in the public consciousness the winner of the 1981 Grand National Aldaniti ridden by Bob Champion. The horse had recovered from a career threatening injury and Champion from cancer. Glifford died of a heart at the stables since 2002 run by his son Nick.

Margaret Osborne duPont 4 Mar 1918 - 24 Oct 2012

The American tennis player won a total of 37 women's singles, doubles or mixed doubles Grand Slam titles between 1941 and 1960. Twenty five of them were at the US Championships, still the record. She never took part in Australia, because after marrying William duPont Jr in 1947 he refused to allow her to travel for that event. However, she won singles and women's doubles titles at all of the other three, but failed to win a mixed doubles title at The French. With Louise Bough she won 20 women's doubles titles a record shared with Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova. After divorcing du Pont in 1964 she formed a life partnership with fellow player Margaret Varner Bloss with whom she lost in the 1958 Wimbledon final.

Campbell Gillies 27 Jun 1990 - 25 Jun 2012

The Scottish National Hunt jockey from East Lothian starting riding as an apprentice in Lucinda Russel's yard in Kinross.  In the 2009 Grand National meeting he had his first major win on 66-1 shot Clucabock in the John Smith's Handicap Hurdle. His biggest win came in this year's Cheltenham Festival when riding Brindisi Breeze he won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle. This capped his most successful season with 38 wins from 300 starts. While on holiday in Corfu to celebrate his birthday with friends he went for a morning swim, went under the water and didn't resurface, there were signs of alcohol in his system though the cause of death is recorded as drowning.

Nevin Spence 26 Apr 1990 - 15 Sep 2012

The Ulster Rugby and farming community were equally shocked by the young Ulster Centre/Winger's death. Since making his debut for the Ulster team in 2010 he had made 42 appearances. He'd played Football for Northern Ireland Under 16s before focusing on Rugby Union. He's turned out 11 times for Ireland U20s including in last years Junior World Cup in which he scored 4 tries. Earlier this year he had been training with the full Ireland squad and turned out in an uncapped match against the Barbarians in May. He was returning from injury and had played in a B match on Friday. On the Saturday a family pet dog had strayed into the slurry tank on the family farm. Nevin, his father Noel and brother Graham all died from inhaling fumes

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