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Welsh football star and Editor of Times Literary Supplement head Beard of the Year poll
The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that Welsh footballer Joe Ledley and the Editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Stig Abell, head the Beard of the Year 2016 poll after doing well in the longlist vote
Broadcaster Gary Lineker and tennis No.1 Andy Murray are also amongst the shortlist 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, none of the contenders on the shortlist has won before, proof of the widening impact of beards in society.
Beard of the Year shortlist
Joe Ledley, footballer
Stig Abell, Editor, TLS
Gary Lineker, broadcaster
Simon Stevens, NHS CEO
Moeen Ali, cricketer
James O’Brien, broadcaster
Tim O’Rourke, Howling Hops brewer
Philip Wilton, cheesemaker
Andy Murray, tennis player
Jurgen Klopp, football manager