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PAST WINNERS: 1974-78
 
Brendan Foster 1974 Winner
BRENDAN FOSTER
[Athletics]

Foster had brought the nation to its feet by winning European 5,000m gold in Rome. Foster, who went on to work for the BBC, broke the 3,000m world record and set two world records for the 3,000m in 1972 and 1974.
  Receiving award   Full programme
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM British Lions
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Muhammad Ali
 
David Steele 1975 Winner
DAVID STEELE
[Cricket]

Steele's place in sporting history was secured with his heroic efforts in the Ashes Test series. Against all odds he held out against a formidable Australian attack, scoring more than 250 runs in three Tests and helping England to draw the series.
  Receiving award   Full programme
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Men's Swimming Team
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Arthur Ashe
 
Princess Anne 1976 Winner
JOHN CURRY
[Figure Skating]

Figure skater Curry entered the nation's consciousness with gold in the European Championships at the age of 26. But when he followed that in the same year with Olympic and World Championship success, his Sports Personality victory was secure.
  Receiving award   Full programme
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Nadia Comaneci
 
Virginia Wade 1977 Winner
VIRGINIA WADE
[Tennis]

Wimbledon's centenary year witnessed a fitting victory for a home player, as Wade defeated Betty Stove in the women's singles final. A memorable occasion, watched by the Queen on Centre Court, it remains the last British singles success at the All England Club.
  Receiving award   Full programme
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Liverpool
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Niki Lauda
 
Steve Ovett 1978 Winner
STEVE OVETT
[Athletics]

In 1978 Steve Ovett clinched his first major athletics title by winning the European 1500m in Prague. Bringing the crowd to their feet, Ovett rushed past team-mate David Moorcroft and Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan to win in the last 100m.
  Receiving award   Full programme
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Davis and Whiteman Cup Teams
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Muhammad Ali


Sports Personality of the Year

SELECT A YEAR
1954-58 1959-63
1964-68 1969-73
1974-78 1979-83
1984-88 1989-93
1994-98 1999-2001
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