"The people of Sheffield have continued to support snooker over the years," said Davis. "From a snooker perspective the people have always looked after us. There is a buzz round the Crucible and you get respect and that has always been quite nice."
Davis has finished in the SPOTY top three on five occasions during the 1980s - an unrivalled record - but was unable to pick up his trophy in 1988 because he was playing a tournament in Milan.
"To be in the frame so many times for SPOTY is quite funny as it went hand-in-hand with my 'Spitting Image' boring puppet," quipped Davis.
Davis' snooker and television colleague John Parrott also backed Sheffield to host a successful SPOTY event.
"When Sheffield does something, it does the job properly," said Everton fan Parrot, who promised to vote for Toffees manager David Moyes.
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