Beard Liberation Front
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Wayne Rooney joins Beard of the Year longlist poll
The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that England football captain Wayne Rooney has joined longlist for the Beard of the Year 2016 poll.
Rooney appeared with a hipster style beard in England’s defeat of Scotland on Friday evening. The campaigners say that such is Rooney’s public profile that an appearance on the longlist is well warranted.
Broadcaster Gary Lineker and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp are also amongst the longlist of contenders
In 2015 Weird Beard brewer Bryan Spooner won the vote.
The campaigners say that the award is specifically not about who has the best or most magnificent beard. Rather it focuses on the beard wearer who has made the most positive hirsute public impact during the year.
With the rise in hirsuteness there is now a longlist poll to prune down the contenders to 10 for the final vote which starts on 25th November. The winner is announced on 29th December.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we hope Wayne Rooney keeps his beard, but it’s up to voters to see if he makes the final Beard of the Year vote at the end of November
Simon Stevens, NHS CEO
Sam Mendes, playwright
Nick Dwyer, designer
William Crawley, broadcaster
Nick Timothy, political advisor to the Prime Minister
Joe Ledley, footballer
Andy Murray, tennis player
Moeen Ali, cricketer
Jonny Bairstow, cricketer
Jurgen Klopp, football manager
Gary Lineker, broadcaster
Richard Harrington, actor
James O’Brien, broadcaster
Michael Rosen, writer and broadcaster
Wayne Rooney, footballer