Lucy Bronze has thanked everyone who voted for her in this evening’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year competition, while her fans have been reacting to the result on social media.
The 24-year-old from Alnwick was on the shortlist of 12 contenders for the prestigious accolade. The top three, decided by a public vote, was revealed at the ceremony at around 9pm, screened live on BBC One. Bronze missed out on the prize, with tennis hero Andy Murray crowned the winner, while rugby-league legend Kevin Sinfield was second and gold-medal-winning athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was third.
The Berwick-born footballer spoke during the awards ceremony and was joined on stage by some of her colleagues. Following the ceremony, England and Manchester City star Bronze tweeted a message of gratitude to everyone who supported her in the contest. Her tweet read: ‘Thank you everyone for voting. So glad to share these moments with my team!! #SPOTY #Lionesses’.
Meanwhile, Bronze’s fans have been leaving messages of support on social media. Here are some of the comments.
@Emma042198: @LucyBronze you are my #SPOTY you and the lionesses inspired a nation and are history makers
@Katiemurillo: Ah well @LucyBronze you and the lionesses have inspired a generations and you’re still my hero. #proudoflucy
@LauraGrubb12: My mum, ‘I’m upset @LucyBronze didn’t get in the top 3, but women’s football is only going to get better’. #SPOTY2015
Jane Mounce Lewandowski: Lucy might not of won at the spoty but is a winner in more than enough ways
Emma-Jane Hyman: Lucy Bronze you will always be a winner in our eyes. You are an inspiration and a true superstar!! ⚽