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City boss Johnson lands top award

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson collecting his award for masterminding City's promotion

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has been named 2007 BBC West Sports Personality of the Year.

Johnson won the public vote ahead of Bristol and England hooker Mark Regan, Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan and National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls.

The award caps a wonderful year for the 52-year-old, during which he led City back to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1999.

City keeper Adriano Basso and Andrew Caddick of Somerset were other winners.

Basso's heroics in goal and Johnson's leadership have helped the Robins prosper in the Championship and a 2-1 weekend win over leaders Watford pushed them up into fifth spot.

"We'll try and keep it going," said Johnson on collecting his award.

"I'll always try and be honest with people, and sometimes we can throw the odd funny in, but we try to be honest. That's important and hopefully that comes across.

"The personality of our club is also very good at the moment and we want to keep enhancing that wherever we can."


  • Adriano Basso

    The Brazilian goalkeeper is a firm favourite with the fans at Bristol City. He has kept 18 clean sheets this year, including 12 in 26 matches in League One as the Robins claimed second spot and automatic promotion to the Championship.

    Also nominated: Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green) & Jerel Ifil (Swindon)


  • Andy Hazell

    A talismanic figure in a formidable Gloucester side, the flanker, who is the club's longest-serving player, sat out just one game in the first part of the year as the Cherry and Whites topped the table and reached the Premiership final.

    Also nominated: David Lemi & Mark Regan (both Bristol)


  • Andrew Caddick

    The 39-year-old Caddick was a key component in Somerset's successful season taking 70 Championship wickets at an average of 24.14, with three five-wicket hauls and a match best of 12 for 71 in the derby game against Gloucestershire.

    Also nominated: Justin Langer & Marcus Trescothick (both Somerset)


  • Andy Hurry

    Skipper Justin Langer described Hurry's work ethic as "second to none" and crucial to changes that helped Somerset top the County Championship's Second Division with a record number of points just 12 months after finishing bottom of the pile.

    Also nominated: Gary Johnson (Bristol City), Dean Ryan (Gloucester) & Paul Sturrock (Swindon)


  • Toby Ulm

    The Swindon Harrier claimed the World Schools' Athletics 400m hurdle title with a winning time of 51.97 seconds, his second personal best in 48 hours. Howard Moscrop, one of Ulm's coaches, described it as an "awesome achievement".

    Also nominated: Nick Abendanon (Bath) & Marvin Elliott (Bristol City)


  • Jamie Cox

    The promising Swindon southpaw, 21, turned professional in 2007 and maintained his 100% record from three fights with a welterweight win against David Kirk on the Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler undercard at the Millennium Stadium.

    Also nominated: Laura Collett & Judd Trump


  • Yeovil come from behind to beat Nottingham Forest and reach the League One play-off final at Wembley

    Yeovil boss Russell Slade called it a "classic", but conceded the comeback from a 3-1 aggregate deficit with 10 minutes of the second leg remaining at the City Ground was "heart attack material as well". Town eventually won through 5-4.

    Also nominated: Kauto Star winning the Gold Cup, Sammy Igoe's goal at Wembley for Bristol Rovers to secure promotion, Jerel Ifil scores to send Swindon up & Matt Stevens flattens Sebastian Chabal at the Rugby World Cup


  • Ged Roddy

    Roddy has revolutionised sport at the University of Bath over the course of 15 years and a host of Team Bath athletes are now performing on national and world stages. The Team Bath FC boss took this award for an unprecedented second time.


  • Team of the Year: Team Bath Netball

    Team Bath went through the season unbeaten to claim the Superleague title for a second successive year. In the regular season they boasted the best attack and defence and beat second-placed Mavericks twice to win the play offs.

    Also nominated: Bristol City & Somerset CCC


  • Louise Hunt

    The 17-year-old received her first call up to the Great Britain tennis squad this year, although her hopes were hindered by a damaged wheelchair. Away from tennis, Hunt has won the London Marathon in her age group for six successive years.

    Also nominated: Debbie Criddle & Ben Rushgrove


  • Jules Cook

    It's a simple philosophy - "if they turn up for a match they get to play a match" - and Jules is the person who makes it work at Easton Girls Football Club in Bristol. She set the club up in 1999 and commits at least 20 hours a week by coaching, raising money, acting as a press officer, organising the annual festival, counselling and acting as a taxi driver to the players.

    Also nominated: Peter Branson & Bev Maull

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