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Q&A: Steve Davis

Steve Davis
Davis is now a regular presenter on BBC snooker's coverage

Former winners relive the moment they were named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Steve Davis
Steve Davis (1988)
Six-time world snooker champion

Q. What do you remember about the night you won?

A. 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.

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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.

But I did come second a few times during the 1980s 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.

Q. What did it feel like to win?

A. 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.

Q. How did you celebrate?

A. 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.

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.


Steve Davis was speaking to BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese

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