My choices came from these champion teams
The England men’s fifty overs cricket team – won the World Cup for the first time
World Tumbling Gymnastics teams – both men and women won world team titles
Liverpool FC – winners of the Champions League and world club championship. 37 games without defeat in the league.
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre – world champions in the 470 class at sailing
GB women’s K1 canoe slalom team were world champions.
The British Men’s 4 × 100 metre medley relay swimming team were world champions in a European record time.
The cricket team were rightly celebrated for their historic win but it must be said that they were lucky to get across the line so my top three are the Tumbling team (men and women taken together), Liverpool and the swimmers.
Tumbling isn’t yet an Olympic sport so re tend to be as strong in depth as swimming where the British beat strong American and Australian teams. Adam Peaty took a second out of every one else to set up the gold and it was Duncan Scott’s final leg that secured the title.
My choice as team of the year is Liverpool Football Club. It does go slightly against my rules of using only the season that finished in 2019, where they were second in the league, but in the calendar year Liverpool were amazing. They would have won the league in any other year because their form was so good but Man City were brilliant too. The start of this season has been even better with just one league game they haven’t won making a ful year unbeaten. Liverpool’s other achievements clinch my award. They won the UEFA Champions League and the World Club title and are currently the best team in the world and have to be my winners.Embed from Getty Images
2018 GB Women C1 canoe slalom team (Bethan Forrow, Mallory Franklin, Kimberley Woods). Runners-up England netball team, The men’s 4x100m relay athletics team
2017 GB men’s 4x100m relay athletics team (C.J.Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake) Runners-up the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay swimming team, Engladn women’s cricket team.
2016 Saracens Rugby Union Team Runners-up: the England rugby team, Louis Rolfe, Jon-Allan Butterworth and Jody Cundy (Paralympic cycling Team Sprint).
2015 Great Britain Davis Cup Tennis Team Runners-up: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (Rowing), the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay swimming team
2014 Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (Rowing): Runners-up England women’s rugby union team, GB women 4×100 relay team (athletics)
2013 Great Britain Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit Squad world champions and world record setters again: Runners-Up: Sprinter Sacre (Horse Racing), GB Men’s Squash Team
2012 Frankel (Horse Racing) – winner of all five races to finish his career unbeaten and achieved the highest rating in history. Runners-Up: Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins (Rowing), Women’s team pursuit cycling, England women’s rugby union team, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall (Bowls)
The Greatest British Teams of the Decade
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (Rowing) won two Olympic and two world championships together and were unbeaten for four seasons.
Great Britain Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit Squad – the team which was largely the same for the dominant years won two Olympic and four world titles
The Great Britain and Sky cycling teams – at the start of the decade the GB track team dominated the world and at the 2016 Olympics reemerged to take lots more medals. The team was connected to the Sky team which came to prominence on the road racing scene and won seven Tours de France in the decade along with many other events.
Frankel and his training team (Horse Racing) unbeaten in his career in fourteen races and achieved the highest rating in history.
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre/ Saskia Clark (Sailing) – Mills won two world cups and a world championship with McIntyre and an Olympic, world championship and world cup with Clark in the 470 class.