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  Welsh kids vote Beckham top
Updated 03 January 2003, 10.58
David Beckham celebrating a goal
David Beckham has been crowned sports personality of the year in Wales - even though he's English!

The Manchester United star beat a list of Welsh names including team-mate Ryan Giggs to win the award voted for by viewers of a Welsh children's programme.

Surprising result

The programme-makers were very surprised by the result as Welsh fans are not known for their support of the English national side.

Welsh footie star Ryan Giggs missed out on the award

A spokesman for programme said: "Beckham is a big name among football fans all over the country, not just in England. He is a fashion icon and is popular with girls as well as boys.

Brooklyn and Romeo

"This just shows that children are open-minded, it doesn't mean they support England."

In a message recorded for the programme Beckham said: "I would just like to say thank you to everyone in Wales for voting me the sport personality of the year, and I'm sure my two sons will love this award".



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