Sports Personality of Year 2017: Ehiogu, Novotna, Taylor and the other stars we have lost

Graham Taylor
Former England and Watford manager Graham Taylor was one of the prominent sporting figures to have died in 2017

A host of figures from the world of sport passed away in 2017.

Here we collate a list of sporting names who have died since the 2016 Sports Personality of the Year programme.


2008 Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason

Germaine Mason
Germaine Mason won a high jump silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

Bronze medallist in the 5,000m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics Derek Ibbotson

Athletics coach who guided 30 athletes to medals at major championships, Mike Smith

Four-time Olympic gold medallist sprinter Betty Cuthbert

2014 World Relay Championships silver medallist David Torrence

Two-time Olympic discus thrower Philippa Roles


Winner of basketball's NBA title three times and baseball's World Series championship Gene Conley


Former basketball coach and Sky Sports presenter Kevin Cadle,


Commonwealth Games gold medallist and world singles and pairs champion Joyce Lindores


Former middleweight world champion, whose life was depicted in the film Raging Bull, Jake LaMotta

Guinness record holder for holding 10 British amateur titles, Errol Christie

Former world middleweight champion Terry Downes

Former Irish, British European bantamweight champion John Kelly

Former Scottish, British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Evan Armstrong


Irish sports commentator and journalist Jimmy Magee


Baroness Heyhoe Flint
Baroness Heyhoe Flint helped establish women's cricket as a global sport. She organised the first Women's World Cup in 1973 and led England to victory

England's World Cup-winning captain and women's cricket pioneer, Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint

World record holder for the most Test runs scored in women's cricket, Jan Brittin

Former Grandstand presenter and cricket commentator Ralph Dellor

England Test cricketer Peter Richardson

England Test cricketer and international umpire John Hampshire

England Test cricketer and selector Doug Insole

England Test cricketer Megan Lowe

Former Glamorgan cricketer and national performance director of the Cricket Board of Wales John Derrick

Former Kent cricketer and one of the founding members of the PCA David Sayer

Former Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire cricketer Michael Bore

Leading wicket-taker in Glamorgan's history Don Shepherd

Former Gloucestershire cricketer Graham Wiltshire

Former Derbyshire cricketer Derek Morgan

Former Somerset cricketer Chris Greetham


First Scotsman to become world champion Chuck Hay


Sharon Laws
Cyclist Sharon Laws represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics and won the 2012 British National Road Race Championships

Former British champion in time trial, road racing and mountain biking Sharon Laws

2012 World Cycle Race winner Mike Hall

1967 amateur men's road race world champion Graham Webb

1950 Tour de France winner Ferdi Kubler

2011 Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi

Team pursuit gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics and four-time world champion Stephen Wooldridge


Former Scotland international and Hearts and Everton forward Alex Young

Celtic and Scotland legend Tommy Gemmell

Played 343 games for Liverpool and later became a coach at the club, Ronnie Moran

Former England, Watford and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor

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Graham Taylor dies at 72 - His FA Cup Story

Former England international and Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu

Former Ivory Coast international and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote

Chairman of Newcastle United from 1997 to 2007 Freddy Shepherd

Football results reader and broadcaster Tim Gudgin

Former manager of the England women's team Martin Reagan

Northern Ireland international and Rangers striker Billy Simpson

Derry City captain Ryan McBride

Shelbourne under-16 player Izzy Dezu

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Voice of football Tim Gudgin reads results for last time

Former Wales international and Norwich, Port Vale and Birmingham City forward Noel Kinsey

Former Wales and Chelsea goalkeeper John Phillips

First Jamaican footballer to play in the England professional league and broadcaster Lindy Delapenha

Former Port Vale, Wigan and Macclesfield defender Matt Carragher

First Frenchman to win the Ballon d'Or and three-time European Cup winner Raymond Kopa

Former Scotland international and Partick Thistle and Dumbarton winger John MacKenzie

Former Scotland international and Celtic forward Paul Wilson

Former Scotland international and Motherwell midfielder Bert McCann

Oxford United's all-time record goalscorer Graham Atkinson

Former Charlton and Portsmouth defender Paul Went

Former Belgium international and West Ham forward Francois van der Elst

Ronnie Moran, Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans
Ronnie Moran (left) was part of the famous Liverpool 'Boot Room' and helped the club he captained as a player dominant European football.

Former Charlton Athletic and Gillingham defender Dave Shipperley

Sheffield United legend Fred Furniss

Former Port Vale, Bournemouth and Crewe defender Roy Gater

Hibs Hall of Fame inductee Eric Stevenson

Former Tottenham and Plymouth winger Ralph Wetton

Former Crystal Palace and Aberdeen centre-back John McCormick

Former Bristol City and Southampton winger Ken Wimshurst

Former Hearts midfielder Davie Laing

Former Aberdeen and Liverpool goalkeeper John Ogston

Former Sheffield Wednesday winger Derek Wilkinson

Former Brighton and Leicester player and later Wigan manager and Chelsea assistant, Ian McNeill

Former West Brom, Norwich, Crystal Palace and Charlton player Brian Whitehouse

Former Partick Thistle, Ayr United and Albion Rovers goalkeeper Cammy Duncan

Ex-Burnley captain and Swindon player Peter Noble

Former New Zealand captain and Preston North End and Blackpool midfielder Steve Sumner

Set a world record by scoring three goals in 90 seconds as an 18-year-old while playing for Ross County, Tommy Ross

Former Bradford Park Avenue and Crystal Palace defender Malcolm Lawton

Former Chelsea youth team boss and Crawley manager Dermot Drummy

Former Chelsea defender and long-time assistant of Terry Venables at Crystal Palace, QPR, Barcelona and Spurs, Allan Harris

German 1954 World Cup winner Hans Schafer

Former Stoke midfielder Dionatan Teixeira

Former Ghana international and Ajax midfielder Yakubu Abubakar

Goalkeeper in Indonesia's top division Choirul Huda

AC Milan and Hearts midfielder Stefano Salvatori

Former Czech Republic international Frantisek Rajtoral

Former Brighton, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United defender Paul McCarthy

Mansfield Town physiotherapist Matt Salmon

Former Wolves, Middlesbrough, Leicester and Notts County player Eddie Russell

Former Cliftonville goalkeeper Paul Straney


Manager of the Great Britain team that won gold at the 1988 Olympics, Roger Self


Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National winner and Grand National winning trainer Tommy Carberry

Rode Foinavon to victory at 1967 Grand National, John Buckingham

Trainer of 1983 Derby winner Teenoso and 1996 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes champion Pentire, Geoff Wragg

Rode Red Rum and Red Alligator to Grand National victories, Brian Fletcher

Britain's winning-most female trainer, who saddled more than 2,000 winners across her career Mary Reveley

Kempton stables worker Ken Dooley


GAA player Brendan 'Benny' Reilly


Founder of the PGA European Tour and Ryder Cup player and captain John Jacobs

1967 Open winner Roberto de Vicenzo

Two-time Ryder Cup player Tommy Horton


British gymnastics champion and double Olympian in 1948 and 1952 George G. Weedon


Welsh judoka, who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Jamie MacDonald.

Founding member of the British Judo Association and competed at the 1964 Tokyo Games Syd Hoare.


Four-time 500cc motorcycle world champion and F1 title winner with Ferrari in 1964, John Surtees

2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden

John Surtees
John Surtees won four motorcycle world titles and an Formula One crown

Top Gun Honda racer Daniel Hegarty

Isle of Man TT participant Davey Lambert

Dundrod 150 motorcyclist Jamie Hodson

Dundrod 150 motorcyclist Gavin Lupton

Former British motocross champion Steven Lenoir

Superstock competitor Jochem van den Hoek

Tandragee 100 in Northern Ireland competitor Dario Cecconi

Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship competitor Mark Fincham

Motorcycling competitor Mick Whalley


Known as 'the Swiss machine' climber Ueli Steck


Competed in five Paralympics, three World Championships and one of the founding members of Disability Sport Wales Jim Munkley

Competed in Para-table tennis at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 and for Team Wales at two Commonwealth Games, Claire Robertson

United Arab Emirates javelin thrower Abdullah Hayayei


Former England and Great Britain rower, GB team manager and chairman of British Rowing, Dame Di Ellis


Legendary Hull FC coach Arthur Bunting

Made nearly 400 appearances for Widnes and Hull and former Rugby Football League president, Colin Hutton

Played 415 games for Widnes and former England and Great Britain international Mick Adams

Halifax player, who played 27 times for Great Britain, Ken Roberts

Played 452 games for Salford, 24 times for Great Britain and three for England, Chris Hesketh

Former Wakefield and Leeds player and Great Britain international Don Robinson

Played 438 games for Wakefield and former Great Britain international Keith Holliday.

Former Oldham player and Great Britain international Sid Little

Former Featherstone player Terry Ramshaw.

Played 440 games for Salford and former England international Peter Norburn

Played 396 games for Halifax and former Wales international John Freeman

Played 309 games for Featherstone Rovers and former England and Great Britain international Vince Farrar

Played 393 games for Halifax and former England international Ken Dean

Former Oldham and Swinton player Tony Barrow Jr

Scored 392 tries in 408 appearances for St Helens Tom van Vollenhoven

Leigh's all-time record try scorer and Great Britain international Mick Martyn

307 first-team appearances for Featherstone Rovers Les Tonks

Represented Swinton Lions for 19 years and winner of 14 Great Britain caps, Ken Gower


Former Wales Grand Slam-winning captain John Gwilliam

South African World Cup winner and rugby Hall of Fame inductee Joost van der Westhuizen

Joost van der Westhuizen
One of the greatest scrum-halves to play rugby union, Joost van der Westhuizen won the World Cup with South Africa.

Former Welsh rugby international Lloyd Williams

Former Wales international John Collins

Welsh rugby union international and youngest player at the Women's Rugby World Cup Elli Norkett

Captained England in the Five Nations David Perry

BBC broadcaster known as "the voice of Welsh rugby" David Parry-Jones

New Zealand captain and former New Zealand cricket team manager Sir John Graham

Named New Zealand's best rugby player of the 20th century and later coach and manager Sir Colin Meads

Former Ireland and British and Irish Lions international Willie Duggan

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions international John Faull

England international and also first-class cricketer Christopher Winn

Former Ireland international Neville Furlong

Former Glasgow Warriors and Glasgow Hawks player Stephen Begley

Pontyclun RFC rugby player Luke Hole

Thurston RUFC player Joshua Gilbert

Former England and British and Irish Lions prop Brian 'Stack' Stevens

Former Llanelli coach and chairman John MacLean

Former New Zealand international Sione Lauaki

Premiership winner with Newcastle Paul van Zandvliet

Winner of 63 caps for Australia Dan Vickerman


Clipper Round the World competitor Simon Speirs


Bronze medallist at the 2012 European Championships Caroline Facer


1998 Wimbledon ladies' singles champion Jana Novotna

Former British number one, and Davis Cup captain when Great Britain reached the final in 1978 Roger Becker

Jana Novotna
Jana Novotna was a hugely popular winner of the Wimbledon ladies' singles title in 1998

Honorary Librarian at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum Alan Little

1955 US Open men's doubles winner Kosei Kamo

Seven-time Grand Slam champion and inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Mervyn Rose

Former world number 43 and conqueror of defending champion Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, Peter Doohan

Former player and coach of Jimmy Connors Pancho Segura


Founding president of the International Triathlon Union Les McDonald


Olympic champion in London in 1948 Frank Spellman


Downhill bronze medallist at the 2013 world championships David Poisson

Former Olympic downhill skier and Britain's first national coach Robin Brock-Hollinshead

Frenchman who won gold in the downhill event in the 1960 Winter Olympics Jean Vuarnet

Piloted the US four-man bobsled team to gold at 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Steven Holcomb


Former European Middleweight Wrestling champion Vic Faulkner

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