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Who makes the cut for our 2015 Naughty and Nice list?

| 24.12.2015

Another sporting year is almost over and again it’s been one full of drama and excitement at every turn, but who has had a year they will perhaps want to forget? And who has shown us that good guys still exist?

On the face of it, it hasn’t been a great year in a few sports, football, cycling and athletics to name but three.

But amidst the eye-catching yet often negative headlines which frequently dominate the back pages, look a little further and there have been plenty of heart-warming tales in 2015.

Have a read below and find out who makes our Naughty and Nice list…

Good guys first of course.


Some sporting joys manifest themselves in a single, fleeting moment, while others come together after months and years of preparation.

Whichever the manner in its origin, a great, unedited and unscripted sporting story can bring people together like no other.

Here’s our roll call for 2015’s good eggs…

Steven Naismith – Arguably the kindest and most charitable man in football. Bought Christmas dinner for hundreds of homeless people in Glasgow.

England Women’s Football Team – The Lionesses captured a nation’s heart like never before with a stunning run to third place in this year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada.

David Beckham – Raised money for charity by hosting seven football matches in seven continents in just 10 days.

GB and Ireland's English captain David Beckham runs with the ball during a charity football match between a Great Britain and Ireland team and a Rest of the World team at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England November 14, 2015 in aid of UNICEF. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo – Scolded journalists for mocking an Asian child trying to interview the Real Madrid man in broken Portuguese.

Leicester City – For showing us all that even in this modern world, team-spirit and desire can still prevail over money.

Sonny Bill Williams – Handed his Rugby World Cup winners’ medal to a fan celebrating after New Zealand’s victory over Australia in the final at Twickenham.

New South Wales Legends – Aussie rugby league side allowed a lost four-year-old boy looking for his mum to run with the ball and score a try.


And here’s who’s sitting very firmly on the naughty step this Christmas.

A lump of coal and nothing more from Santa this year for this lot…

Sepp Blatter & Michel Platini – We’re saying nothing.

Jose Mourinho – Everybody but Mourinho himself was to blame for Chelsea’s problems this season – allegedly. We doubt he’ll get a Christmas card from Eva Carneiro.

Nick Kyrgios – The tennis upstart caused plenty of petulant mischief on and off the court this year.

Song Tao – Cameraman at the IAAF World Championships. Lost control of his Segway and inadvertently wiped out the world’s most famous athlete, Usain Bolt.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts after a cameraman on a segway crashed into him in the final of the men's 200 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish – Naughty Jack was dropped by Remi Garde for breaching club protocol with a boozy night out.

Craig Joubert – Won’t be receiving any gifts from Scotland this year, or any other year most likely, after his controversial decision in the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final saw the Tartan Army exit in debatable fashion.

What do you think? If you reckon we’ve missed someone out on either list, let us know in the comments below!

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.