Andy Murray
Andy Murray won BBC SPOTY for the second timeGetty

British tennis number one Andy Murray has won the BBC Sports personality of the year for the second time but many on social media have been questioning whether the Scot has the right credentials for the award.

Murray, whose wife Kim Sears is expecting their first child, won the coveted award for the first time in 2013 after becoming the first British male to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry.

Despite no grand slam wins this year, he played a heroic role in winning the Davis Cup for Great Britain, defeating Belgium's David Goffin in straight sets in Ghent for the first British victory in the cup for 79 years. Murray won all 11 of his rubbers.

Earlier in the year, he reached his fourth Australian Open final before losing to Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic.

He thanked his team mates and staff during his acceptance speech and genuinely looked surprised to secure the award.

He told the packed crowd at Belfast's SSE arena that he wanted to make the sports world proud of his achievements but some in the social media world were left confused as to whether or not the public made the right choice.

In his speech Murray said: "A friend actually sent me a message the other day with an article from a newspaper the other day which said 'Andy Murray is more dour than a weekend in Worthing', which I thought was a bit harsh... to Worthing!

"I'm a huge sports fan so I'm very nervous right now. Congratulations to everyone that is involved tonight."

In second was Leeds Rhinos stalwart Kevin Sinfield who switched codes to union this year while in third place was the British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill who won a gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing after returning from time off following the birth of the first child.

Prominent figures were quick to congratulate Murray, describing him as a worthy winner.

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Dan Carter: A rugby world cup winner with New Zealand this year.

Young Sports Personality of the Year: Ellie Downie: The 16-year-old gymnast won a bronze medal at the European Championships to become the first female gymnast to win an individual all-around medal for Team GB.

Coach of the Year award: Martin O'Neill: The Northern Ireland manager steered his country to the European Championships which will take place in 2016.

Lifetime Achievement Award: AP McCoy: The 20-time champion jump jockey is from Northern Ireland and retired in April.

Helen Rollason Award: Bailey Matthews: The eight-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, completed his first triathlon unaided.

Sport's Unsung Hero: Damien Lindsay: The west Belfast youth football coach played a huge role in his local community in his work with the St James Swifts Football Club.