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Movember in the world of sport featuring Michael Owen, Theo Walcott and Sam Allardyce

Movember Madness! We look at the good, the bad and the hairy from the world of sport

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UPDATED:

08:47 GMT, 30 November 2012

Razors at the ready! It's nearly the end of Movember and mo brothers (and sisters) all around the world are feeling a sense of relief that their unsightly upper lip growth can finally be trimmed and tamed.

But their fine efforts have helped raise millions for charity and raise awareness of prostate and other male cancers – with the world of sport doing its bit too.

Sportsmail takes a look at some of the sporting mo bros and assesses their attempts.


Michael Owen – 9/10

A great deal of respect for Owen's fabulous effort – those handlebars must have taken some intricate trimming and hours in front of the mirror, but Michael was willing to take on the challenge.

He's not shy either, posting regular self-effacing updates on Twitter and going live on Sky Sports in full high definition glory.

Top effort: Michael Owen has gone to great lengths with his handlebar style Movember moustache - and isn't afraid to show it off on TV

Top effort: Michael Owen has gone to great lengths with his handlebar style Movember moustache – and isn't afraid to show it off on TV

Michael Owen Movember Twitter

Michael Owen movember twitter

Hashtag tash: Owen has been keeping us informed via his Twitter account of Movember progress

What's more, Owen and the other Stoke boys have made a team effort and raised thousands for charity. Well done.

P.s. Not too sure about Peter Crouch though, looks a bit pubescent. He did lose three teeth last night, so we'll probably let him off…

Peter Crouch Movember effort

Leon Osman Movember effort

Mo bros: Peter Crouch was struggling a little with his attempt (left) but Leon Osman's (right) was making good progress in the month he made his international debut

Leon Osman – 6/10

The Everton and England midfielder was rising to the Movember challenge mid-month with his north-of-the-mouth only growth.

He may regret in the future that all the pictures of his England debut against Sweden will feature the fur though.

However, last night against Arsenal, it appeared that things had reached a kind of plateau, with no discernible growth (or, dare I say it, a good trim) having occurred.

Tailing off: But on the evidence of Wednesday night, it seems Osman's tashe had reached the peak of its powers by the middle of the month

Tailing off: But on the evidence of Wednesday night, it seems Osman's tashe had reached the peak of its powers by the middle of the month

Theo Walcott – 8/10

Theo has fully embraced the spirit of Movember and isn't afraid to flaunt it – just looks at this cheeky close-up pose and oh-so-smooth training ground stroking.

This is a tache that has been manicured to perfection and, unlike most people, the stubble actually seems to suit him.

Theo Walcott Movember attempt

Theo Walcott on the training ground showing off his moustache

Smooth operator: High marks for Theo Walcott whose Movember stubble has been manicured to perfection

Sam Allardyce – 8/10

Just because their moustache is 80 per cent grey hairs, it doesn't preclude managers from joining the Movember party.

As ever, Big Sam Allardyce has led the way and, judging by this carefree expression, this is a man comfortable in his own hair.

Effortless: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has completed Movember effortlessly

Effortless: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has completed Movember effortlessly

Matt Taylor – 6/10

Where Big Sam leads, the dressing room follows. Matt Taylor was sporting this neatly curved effort against Manchester United last night, with a little bridge in the middle.

But to judge by the second photo, he wasn't all-too-keen to put the tache on display.

Matt Taylor of West Ham movember

Matt Taylor misses a chance for West Ham against Manchester United

Curve: Matt Taylor has made a good effort with an arc of a tache but didn't want to show it off last night (right)

Leighton Baines – 5/10

Bit hard to pass proper judgement from these match shots, but Baines seems to have a decent crop of black stubble on his upper lip.

Not a great deal to show for a month's effort though so we can't go above a five.

Shadow: Leighton Baines appears to have been making an attempt at Movember

Shadow: Leighton Baines appears to have been making an attempt at Movember

Jonny Bairstow – 10/10

Absolutely glorious effort from the England batsman, whose eye-catching fiery red handlebars even caught the eye of the Mayor of London.

There must have been serious temptation to lop it all off in the Indian heat, but the Yorkshireman has stuck with it and raised several hundred quid.

Best in grow: Even Boris was impressed by Jonny Bairstow's tashe

Best in grow: Even Boris was impressed by Jonny Bairstow's tashe

Clarke Carlisle – 8/10

It's been a busy month for PFA Chairman Carlisle as he made a return to Northampton Town, which may explain why he didn't have time to shave.

The result, as has been pointed out on Twitter, is more than a passing resemblance to Hot Chocolate frontman Errol Brown.

Busy time: Clarke Carlisle moved back to Northampton in Movember

Busy time: Clarke Carlisle moved back to Northampton in Movember

Toby Flood – 9/10

Nice attempt from England stand off Flood, whose shaggy, out of control tache gives him a bit of edge.

We're not sure it's scary enough to deter a New Zealand onslaught this Saturday though.

Toby Flood Movember

Injured captain David Pocock of Australia looks on during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium

Movember maul: Toby Flood (left) has made a very good effort with his wild tashe, but Aussie captain David Pocock's is indistinguishable amongst a mass of stubble

David Pocock – 3/10

Sure, Aussie captain Pocock has a moustache going there but for Movember it needs to be a bold statement.

His upper lip stubble is just lost in a mass of gingery growth.

Mouritz Botha – 9/10

Good show from England's Botha, whose horseshoe-shaped moustache betrays the natural tint of his hair beneath that mop of bleached straw blonde.

We thought horseshoes could be lucky, but there's been little good fortune for England in the autumn internationals so far.

Natural: Mouritz Botha has truly excelled himself with his movember efforts

Natural: Mouritz Botha has truly excelled himself with his movember efforts

Richie McCaw – 7/10

Nice thick upper lip from the All Blacks' McCaw and a neatly tailored parting in the middle. The look compliments his spiky hairstyle and could well be another secret of New Zealand's success.

Spiky: New Zealand's Richie McCaw has been sporting a very neatly maintained upper lip

Spiky: New Zealand's Richie McCaw has been sporting a very neatly maintained upper lip

Padraig Harrington – 10/10

Credit where it's due for the Irishman, who has grown a movember moustache to perfectly suit the contours of his smile.

And who would be able to resist that

All smiles: Padraig Harrington can be rightfully proud of his facial hair this month

All smiles: Padraig Harrington can be rightfully proud of his facial hair this month

Louis Oosthuizen – 8/10

Healthy, jet black moustache on the face of South African Oosthuizen who in this picture is testing the wind direction – both with his hand and the sweep of his facial hair.

Graham Onions – 7/10

Mid-month progress in this official portrait for England's tour of India and some good thatch on show from Onions. He's clearly made a good effort to shave the rest of his face to bolden the impact too.

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa tests the wind direction during the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on November 29, 2012

Graham Onions of England poses for a portrait on November 13, 2012 in Ahmedabad, India.

Movember momentum: Golfer Louis Oosthuizen (left) and cricketer Graham Onions had no trouble

Cian Healy – 8/10

There's a neat symmetry to the Irishman's attempt, with well-defined sandy brown patches both north and south of that mouth belting out the national anthem.

Standing tall: Cian Healy has a good symmetry to his tufts of facial hair

Standing tall: Cian Healy has a good symmetry to his tufts of facial hair

Sir Alex Ferguson claims Liverpool halted Michael Owen"s potential

He could've been better! Ferguson claims Liverpool hampered development of Owen

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UPDATED:

12:29 GMT, 17 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Liverpool halted the potential of Michael Owen as a footballer.

The Manchester United manager claims that Liverpool hampered the striker’s development because they played him too often as a teenager.

Owen broke through for the Reds when he was just 17 and earned a place at the 1998 World Cup for England, but Ferguson says that his relentless playing schedule at such a young age has had a negative effect on the player in the long term.

Hampered: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Michael Owen suffered for playing too many games at Liverpool

Hampered: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Michael Owen suffered for playing too many games at Liverpool

Ferguson said: 'You can play too much football, particularly young players growing and developing physically.

'That’s exactly what happened with Michael. He would’ve been a far better player if he’d been allowed to improve technically and develop rather than playing all the time.'

After an astonishing display at the World Cup in France, Owen went on to play 40 games for Liverpool the following season while still only 18.

As a 17-year-old, Owen played a staggering 44 games for the Reds in the 1997-98 season after playing for the England youth team in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia.

Ferguson, who signed the 32-year-old in 2009 before selling him to Stoke this summer, was quoted in The Sun saying: ‘When the England youth team played in that tournament in Malaysia we had two players in the tournament at the same time, Curtis and Wallwork.

No rest: Owen, modelling his Movember moustache, played 44 games as a 17-year-old for Liverpool

No rest: Owen, modelling his Movember moustache, played 44 games as a 17-year-old for Liverpool

‘We gave them a month’s rest after they came back from the tournament but Liverpool put Owen right back in the first team.

'And then the following season he played in the World Cup so he never had a summer break.

'I don’t think he was allowed to develop technically, as he himself said to me when I discussed it with him.

'It’s maybe a bit churlish to say that’s the reason he wasn’t better. I think he would have been better technically but he was still a fantastic player.'

Michael Owen"s Movember compared with best moustaches in sport

Hogan, Hughes, Souness… Owen! Stoke striker shows off spectacular Movember effort

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UPDATED:

19:46 GMT, 9 November 2012

Real men can grow a moustache. From Hulk Hogan to the suave and sophisticated Tom Selleck, a thick wedge of hair above a man's top lip is a sign of power, though probably not style.

And now 'Movember' gives the rest of us a chance to try it for one month only. If we look ridiculous, so what Charity is the winner.

So step forward Michael Owen, the Stoke City striker who's managed to become the envy of wispy facial-haired men everywhere with a spectacular ode to the probably never fashionable 'handlebar' moustache.

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

The Movember movement has really gained mo-mentum in recent years and a number of celebs have jumped on board. Even Theo Walcott's giving it a go this year.

Owen's fantashtic effort puts him among some illustrious sporting company, including cricketer Merv Hughes, Olympic legend Mark Spitz, and Liverpool great Graeme Souness.

So here, Sportsmail pays tribute to the 'real men' of the sporting world… and Joey Barton.

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Trend setter: David Beckham

Trend setter: David Beckham

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

But not all who try can pull it off, can they Joey

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year

The best moustaches in sport

The Saturday debate: Which sportsman has sported the best moustache

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23:51 GMT, 2 November 2012

To celebrate Movember, the moustache-growing charity event, Sportsmail asked: who has the best tache in sport

Mike Dickson: Tennis Correspondent

Rollie Fingers was the baseball relief pitcher with a great name and a moustache to match. While playing for the Oakland Athletics in the 70s, the future Hall of Famer cultivated a classic handlebar number in order to win a $300 bonus offered by owner Charles O. Finley to whichever player could grow the best. So many players tried that they became known as the Moustache Gang. Fingers kept it his whole career.

A head-turner: Rollie Fingers

A head-turner: Rollie Fingers

Dominic King

Graeme Souness. Not only was Souness a formidable midfielder, he was once the owner of the best moustache in Liverpool’s history. While a mere puff of wind would blow the bum fluff off Gary Neville’s chin, a hurricane wouldn’t have budged the undergrowth above Souness’s lip. Provided the perfect partner for his curly perm. Unbeatable.

Model moustache: Graeme Souness in his pomp

Model moustache: Graeme Souness in his pomp

John Edwards

This is a tough one between Australia’s cricketing legends Merv Hughes and David Boon. Both fearsome sights, but, applying Aussie rules, necking 52 tinnies (cans of lager, to the uninitiated) on a flight from Sydney to London in 1989 just tilts this battle Boon’s way. Good call.

I am the walrus: David Boon

I am the walrus: David Boon

Joanna Rowsell: Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist and Sportsmail columnist

In cycling, there is only one answer — America’s David Zabriskie. It’s not only a fantastically big moustache, he has a goatee beard underneath to match. Not good for aerodynamics but he certainly pulls it off in the style stakes!

Aerodynamic asset David Zabriskie

Aerodynamic asset David Zabriskie

Chris Foy: Rugby Correspondent

Merv Hughes. It has to be Big Merv, by a landslide. As a fixture of an Australian team with an abundance of facial hair, he was head, shoulders and top lip above the rest. Captain Allan Border couldn’t compete, while David Boon was good, but not good enough for me. Do an internet image search for Hughes and the first predicted phrase is ‘Merv Hughes moustache’. Case closed.

Costly: Merv Hughes insured his moustache during his playing days

Costly: Merv Hughes insured his moustache during his playing days

Andrew Magee

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Mark Spitz has this in the bag. When he turned up to the Olympic pool sporting his fine facial hair, every other swimmer was shaving theirs to save precious milliseconds. The American told a Russian coach it helped deflect water from his face and made him swim faster. The following year, every Russian male swimmer had a moustache.

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Ian Ladyman: Northern Football correspondent

Johnson Wagner. It’s one thing trying to look like a porn star and another modelling yourself on Tom Selleck. But a combination of both That’s the look that the US golfer has been rocking this year on tour. And, frankly, he looks absurd.

Not a winning look: Johnson Wagner

Not a winning look: Johnson Wagner

Theo Walcott Movember effort starts slow

Where's your tache, Theo Cazorla pokes fun at team-mate for Movember attempt

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UPDATED:

14:58 GMT, 2 November 2012

Theo Walcott's Arsenal future may be up in the air but it didn't stop him enjoying himself in training on Friday as the Gunners readied themselves for Saturday's Premier League clash at Manchester United.

Walcott has declared his intention to grow a moustache for Movember, but stubbled team-mate Santi Cazorla was quick to point out to the England man that there was still no hair visible two days in.

Mo joke: Santi Cazorla (left) shares a laugh with Theo Walcott at London Colney on Friday

Mo joke: Santi Cazorla (left) shares a laugh with Theo Walcott at London Colney on Friday

The Gunners forward could be on his way to Liverpool in January with the Reds preparing an 8million bid for his services.

Arsene Wenger's reluctance to play Walcott in a central striking role has led to the 23-year-old turning down a new contract at the Emirates, and with his current deal expiring next summer, the Arsenal manager could be tempted to cash in when Liverpool come calling.

Meanwhile, Wenger has maintained that revenge will not be on the agenda as the Gunners return to Old Trafford for the first time since they were humiliated 8-2 by the Red Devils in August 2011.

Wenger, however, insists while painful at the time, that freak result is now well and truly out of the squad's system.

Out of the system: Wenger insists that Arsenal are not on a revenge mission

Out of the system: Wenger insists that Arsenal are not on a revenge mission

Out of the system: Wenger insists that Arsenal are not on a revenge mission

'Revenge No. Of course there is an emotional aspect to a result like that, but on a footballing front I don't think you give it too much importance,' he said.

'It is down to a team being much better than another that the scores are high, or down to special circumstances. On the day I think the result was down to special circumstances.

'That is why the emotional meaning is big, but the footballing meaning is not very big, and we have had that behind us for a long, long time now.'

Theo Walcott Movember fundraiser

Another close shave for Theo! After scraping past QPR and Reading, Walcott has joined the Movember cause

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UPDATED:

16:15 GMT, 1 November 2012

Arsenal have been involved in a few close shaves recently, but none as close as this.

Theo Walcott is finally taking the plunge and joining another club… in support of male cancer charities.

His future at the Emirates remains uncertain, so much so Arsene Wenger has admitted he may have to sell in January.

Close shave: Walcott prepares for the Movember challenge

Close shave: Walcott prepares for the Movember challenge

Discussions will continue over a new contract but for the next four weeks Walcott has vowed he won't be shaving his face.

The Movember movement has really gained mo-mentum in recent years and with a number of celebs on board the sums raised can be described as fantashtic!

Theo must adhere to some stringent rules, however.

A different kind of close shave: Walcott was integral in Arsenal's stirring comeback at Reading

A different kind of close shave: Walcott was integral in Arsenal's stirring comeback at Reading

The moustache must begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face. The moustache cannot join the sideburns – as that considered a beard.

And you are not allowed to join the moustache to your chin – as that's considered a goatee.

Feel free to support Theo by going to his Movember page.

Back him! You can donate money to support Walcott's Movember challenge for male cancer charities

Back him! You can donate money to support Walcott's Movember challenge for male cancer charities