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Last Updated: Friday, 28 November, 2003, 11:38 GMT
Q&A: Steve Davis
As the 50th anniversary of BBC Sports Personality of the Year approaches, past winners share their memories.

Steve Davis (snooker)
Sports Personality 1988

What do you remember about the night you won?

The year I won it, I didn't get the pleasure of being there to pick it up because I was playing a tournament in Milan.

I was actually in the middle of playing a frame and we had to stop it to do the live link-up to the studio so I suppose it was one of the strangest ones the BBC have done.

Steve Davis
Steve Davis features on Simply the Best, BBC 1,
1900-1930 GMT, Tue 9 Dec
But I did come second a few times during the 80s when snooker was at the peak of its popularity and going along was always a good buzz.

If you'd won the World Championship, you'd walk in there with your head held high and you knew you'd be in the company of other great names from around the world, not just the UK.

What did it feel like to win?

For me, it never mattered whether I won it or not, it was just nice to be up there and involved.

The fact that you're even considered a contender means you have probably achieved something great in your individual sport, in my case usually the world title.

It's just nice to get the public recognition, and if you come second, you can always fall back on your world title or whatever else you might have achieved during the year.

The year I remember most is actually 1987 when I came second to Fatima Whitbread.

I remember standing next to her while she was making her speech and you could tell she was really pleased, and I was really chuffed for her.

How did you celebrate?

It was an odd situation obviously because I wasn't at the studio and because we had to arrange the link-up, I already knew I was going to win.

Davis has been placed in the top three for the award five times - more than anyone else
So the shock value was taken away and, plus, I was playing in a tournament so I couldn't go mad!

But on the occasions that I was at the studio, I remember some good parties afterwards.

Where did you keep your award?

I've got a few second-place ones which I don't keep on display but the one I won is on the mantelpiece.

Who would nominate as the all-time Sports Personality?

For year-in, year-out achievement, I think you have to go for Sir Steve Redgrave.

The dedication he showed was incredible and I don't think you can look any further than him.

Torvill and Dean captured the imagination in a different way but their achievement is not in the same league.

Steve Davis was speaking to Caroline Cheese

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