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Published 19/12/2015

Fitting tribute: George Best with his Lifetime Achievement award
Fitting tribute: George Best with his Lifetime Achievement award

1954 - The year the awards kicked off in the Savoy Hotel in London

14,517 - The number of votes cast ... via postcard

717,454 - Votes cast in 2013

404,470 - Votes cast for Andy Murray in 2013

61 - The number of winners so far

49 - The number of male winners

13 - The number of female winners

1 - Joint winners (Torvill and Dean)

44 - The age of the oldest winner (golfer Dai Rees, 1957)

17 - The age of the youngest winner (swimmer Ian Black, 1958)

1962 - The year of the first woman winner, swimmer Anita Lonsbrough. In the following years, Dorothy Hyman and Mary Rand made it a hat-trick of female victories

2 - The number of Royal Family members crowned winners (Princess Anne, 1971, and Zara Phillips, 2006)

3 - The number of people who've won the award twice (Henry Cooper, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill)

17 - Athletes have run away with more trophies than any other sportspeople

7 - The number of winners produced by motor racing

5 - Boxing and football are tied on the number of victories from their big hitters

4 - Cricket, tennis and cycling are level on their wins

2003 - The only rugby union victory (Jonny Wilkinson of England)

14 - Lifetime Achievement awards (two for Seve Ballesteros. George Best was another recipient)

1 - Sports Personality of the Century Award (Muhammad Ali)

12 - Number of top three finishes by Northern Irish stars, including George Best and Darren Clarke, who were second on two occasions, Rory McIlroy, who was second last year, and Willie John McBride, who was third once.

1990 - the Good Sport award was introduced for courage and good sportsmanship. Belfast-born racing driver Martin Donnelly, whose Formula One career was ended by a crash in Spain, was a recipient

4/6 - Andy Murray is the bookies' favourite to win the award

33/1 - Lewis Hamilton to win

100/1 - Mo Farah to emerge victorious

14/1 - Tyson Fury to win

300/1 - Odds on Adam Peaty, Lucy Bronze, Max Whitlock and Lizzie Armistead winning

1/20 - GB Davis Cup team are odds-on to win the Team of the Year Award

45 - Minutes it took to complete the first ever SPOTY awards in 1954

130 - Minutes this year's ceremony is due to air on BBC One

23 - Years that David Coleman co-hosted SPOTY

2 - Adrian Chiles lasted only two years as co-host

1,000 - Pounds that it cost to make the trophy for the main award

140,000 - Pounds Belfast City Council have paid towards the SPOTY ceremony

35 - Minutes it took fans to snap up the initial batch of tickets for the ceremony in October, the fastest ever "sell-out" since the show went on the road in 2006

15 - Minutes it took a second tranche of tickets to be sold one month later

Belfast Telegraph

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