Beard Liberation Front
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Is England cricketer Ben Stokes set for Beard of the Year shortlist
The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that England cricketer Ben Stokes could be set for the Beard of the Year 2016 shortlist after impressive performances with bat and ball in recent Tests.
Stokes has a distinctive and stylish, almost hipster beard
Broadcaster Gary Lineker and fellow England cricketer Moeen Ali 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, despite what Geoffrey Boycott may say, beards are an increasingly important aspect of modern cricket and we’d expect to see some cricketers on the Beard of the Year shortlist next week.
Simon Stevens, NHS CEO
Sam Mendes, playwright
Nick Dwyer, designer
William Crawley, broadcaster
Nick Timothy, political advisor to the Prime Minister
Joe Ledley, footballer
Tim O’Rourke, Howling Hops brewer
Andy Murray, tennis player
Moeen Ali, cricketer
Ben Stokes, cricketer
Philip Wilton, urban cheesemaker
Jurgen Klopp, football manager
Gary Lineker, broadcaster
Stig Abell, Editor, Times Literary Supplement
Richard Harrington, actor
James O’Brien, broadcaster
Michael Rosen, writer and broadcaster
Wayne Rooney, footballer