Brayford bags best beard award

John Brayford.
John Brayford.
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Cult Sheffield United full back John Brayford is bristling with success - after winning a national poll run by a beard appreciation society.

The defender’s impressive showing in the Blades’ FA Cup semi-final defeat to Hull gained him thousands of new admirers, topping the Beard of Spring vote organised by the Beard Liberation Front.

Over 2,000 votes were cast, with Brayford comfortably beating I Paper editor Olly Duff and cosmologist Peter Coles.

The award is one of four seasonal awards and the United loanee will now be a contender in the Beard of the Year poll to be held in December.