January 31, 1950
Reg Harris, would professional cycling champion, has been voted the “Sportsman of the year,” the man who did most in 1949 to raise the prestige of British sport. Runner-up was Billy Liddell, Liverpool and Scottish footballer, who received 15,359 votes compared with Harris’s 22,188, and third place was held by Denis Crompton, last year’s winner.
Next came Billy Wright, Freddie Mills, Tommy Lawton, Raich Carter, Len Hutton, Ted Sagar, Bert Williams, Stanley Matthews, and Billy Steel.
(Hull Daily Mail: January 31, 1950)