Lucy Bronze misses out on Sports Personality award

Lucy Bronze. Picture by Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Lucy Bronze. Picture by Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Lucy Bronze has missed out on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year crown, with tennis hero Andy Murray being named the winner tonight after a public vote.

Rugby league’s Kevin Sinfield was second and athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was third.

Bronze, 24, from Alnwick, was one of 12 contenders in the mix to take the prize at the ceremony, which was screened live on BBC One. Viewers could either vote by phone or online.

The Berwick-born footballer has had a stunning 2015, scoring two goals – including a screamer against Norway – at the World Cup in the summer, as England finished in a historic third place. Earlier this month, the Manchester City defender won the Vauxhall England Football Player of the Year award at the FA Women’s Awards at Wembley Stadium.

Also at tonight’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, England women’s football team head coach Mark Sampson missed out on the Coach of the Year prize, with Northern Ireland football team manager Michael O’Neill taking the award. The Lionesses were unable to get their hands on the Team of the Year accolade, which went to the Great Britain Davis Cup tennis team.