Women's football team kneeling for photograph in their purple UoP kit before their match

  • 18 November 2019
  • 9 min read

The colour purple has long been associated with royalty, power and wealth. I recall, in a previous incarnation a time when Queen Elizabeth I forbade me and many others to even wear purple, reserving that right for only close members of the royal family.

The elite status of the colour Purple stems from how outrageously expensive the dye was to manufacture, so much so that only rulers could afford it. The dye came from the Phoenician trading city of Tyre, which is now in modern-day Lebanon. Fabric traders obtained the dye from a small mollusc that was only found in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea and those that hoarded the dye were considered shellfish.

It is this very same dye that we have used to coat ‘The Purple Boot’ – the symbol of our MVP at the University of Portsmouth this season. I won’t even mention the ‘incident’ in 1985 when Bob Hoskins tried to steal it for his movie, but the boot has been kept in pristine condition and no expense has been spared upon the restoration of this lavish trophy.

Only the worthiest of winners shall be deserving of placing their hands upon it and lifting it aloft come Sports Awards 2020.

Now you are all familiar with the origins of the Trophy, please, if you will, allow us to announce the very first ‘Purple Boot’ Leaderboards.

  1. The Purple Boot – Top 10
  2. The Purple Boot – Club Leaders

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls – I give you our Champions!

The top 10

1 Squash Elliot Dowling 273
1 Squash Josh Taylor 273
3 Women’s Football Sharna Capel-Watson 262
4 Netball Shamica Powell 242
5 Men’s Football Louie Gilpin 229
6 Women’s Football Frankie Webster 225
7 Lacrosse Lexi Smith 224
8 Basketball Lucie Darde 216
9 Squash Edward English 212
10 Volleyball Nathan Brooker 210

Club leaders

American Football N/A N/A
Archery N/A N/A
Athletics N/A N/A
Badminton Tom Wood 170
Basketball Lucie Darde 216
Cricket N/A N/A
Cycling N/A N/A
Fencing N/A N/A
Football (Men’s) Louie Gilpin 229
Football (Women’s) Sharna Capel-Watson 262
Futsal James Douglas 167
Golf Iain Clarke 181
Hockey Lois McGuire 189
Lacrosse Lexi Smith 224
Netball Shamica Powell 242
Rowing N/A N/A
Rugby (Men’s) James Dobson 138
Rugby (Women’s) Jessica Charles 58
Sailing Ben Shorrock 95
Squash Elliot Dowling/ Josh Taylor 273
Swimming N/A N/A
Tennis Mike Tudor/Euan Rayner-Gray 92
Ultimate Frisbee Michael Wakely-Green 175
Volleyball Nathan Brooker 210

*Our MVP is decided from player performances in fixtures where our clubs perform over the course of the week. To keep up to date of performances, make sure you check out our sports club blog. We post weekly in our Wednesday BUCS Round Up and our Weekend Wash Up.


The MVP Formula to cross pollinate statistical information across a range of sports is a closely guarded secret and has taken a team of scientists decades to construct in a top secret base in the Alps.

The whereabouts of these scientists is currently unknown…

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