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Olympic & Sports Champions of Manchester

Andrew Flintoff

England & Lancashire County

Andrew (Freddy) Flintoff

(b 1977)
Andrew (Freddy) Flintoff was born in Preston, Lancashire on
6th December 1977. He is Lancashire County and England Cricket
player, widely regarded as one of the best all-round cricketers
in the world. Andrew picked up the nickname “Freddie”
when friends likened him to Fred Flintstone (the cartoon character).
Flintoff was captain of the England under-19 cricket team for
their “Test” match tour to Pakistan in 1996-7 and
at home against Zimbabwe in 1997. He made his Test match debut
for England in 1998 against South Africa at Trent Bridge
The early part of his career for was blighted by injury and
weight problems; he was considered a raw talent, often accused
of having a poor attitude to fitness and dogged by back problems.
He was also widely reported as having a serious lack of concentration
and frequently made wild ill-considered shots. However, by 2001
he had apparently addressed these early drawbacks and returned
to play for England and inn 2002 he scored his first Test century.

The 2005 Ashes Test series against Australia
turned out to be a total vindication of his talents. He played
in all five test matches, scored 402 runs, the third highest
for the series for England, and made more runs than any Australian
player. As a bowler, Flintoff took 24 wickets, having now become
a fiery fast bowler. England’s historic winni ng of the Ashes
was in no small part down to the great contribution made by
Flintoff. For his achievements in the series he was named as
“Man of the Series”. His outstanding achievement also
won him the inaugural Compton-Miller Medal. In October 2005,
Flintoff shared the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC “Player
of the Year” award with Jacques Kallis of South Africa.
He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of Preston in 2005.

He has been likened to his boyhood hero, Ian Botham, and many
believed that Andrew Flintoff would go on to be one of the best
English cricketers of all time. However, it was announced on
7 September 2009 that Flintoff has developed deep vein thrombosis
after surgery to his knee and he announced his retirement from
all cricket soon afterwards.

Ricky Hatton MBE

World Champion Boxer

Ricky Hatton, Boxing Champion

(b. 1978)
Born Richard John Hatton on the 6th October 1978 in Stockport,
and still living at his home with his parents in Hattersley,
Hyde, Ricky Hatton was a relatively little known light welterweight
boxer until he burst onto the national scene on 4th June 2005
with a dramatic victory over Kostya Tszyu at the MEN Arena in
Manchester to become International Boxing Federation Light Welterweight
Champion of the World.
Hatton, a self-confessed Manchester City Football Club fanatic,
might easily have followed in his father’s footsteps and played
football for Man City, but chose boxing instead.
While still an amateur boxer, he lost to a Russian fighter in
the semi-finals of the world championships in 1996 and was so
disappointed with his own performance that he reputedly locked
away his bronze medal in a drawer and has never looked at it
since. He turned professional in 1997, and beat Tommy Peacock
before going on to defeat Jon Thaxton in a British title bout.
In 2001 he decisively beat Tony Pep to win the World Boxing
Union title. Soon known simply as the “Hitman”, Hatton
gained a reputation as a ferocious, aggressive and focused fighter.
He trains out of a backstreet gymnasium in Denton, and is frequently
to be seen doing road work down Stockport Road in the early
hours of the morning.

By the time he faced hard man Kostya
Tszyu as the supposed underdog in the title fight in Manchester,
Hatton had been undefeated in the 38 previous bouts. Before
a crowd of local fans, his determination and power dominated
Tszyu throughout, forcing the Australian-based Russian, the
hitherto so-called “Thunder from Down Under”, to fail
to continue beyond Round 11.
Hatton received the award of MBE for services to sport in the
Queen’s 2007 New Year Honours and in 2008 he hosted his own
live chat show, “Ricky Speaks” on Nuts TV.
After losing his last fight in 2009 to Manny Pacquiao, Ricky
‘temporarily’ halted his career and a comeback was widely expected.
However, on 7 July 2011 after a long battle with alcohol and
drug abuse, Hatton announced his retirement from boxing.

Paula Radcliffe MBE

Commonwealth & Olypic
Games Long Distance Runner

Paula Radcliffe- Long Distance Runner and marathon Champion

(b. 1973)
Paul a Jane Radcliffe was born on 17 December 1973 in Davenham
near Northwich, Cheshire and grew up in Barnton before moving
to Kingsley. She has become one of the country’s best known
and most celebrated long distance runners, and is nowadays based
at Bedford & County Athletics Club.
Paula first came to a wider public notice in 1992, when she
defeated Wang Junxia to win the World Junior Cross-Country title
in Boston, despite suffering for much of that season with anaemia.
Due to a leg injury, she was forced to watch the 1994 events
in Budapest from the sidelines on crutches, but by 1995 she
was back on form and finished fifth in the Gothenburg World
Championships over 5000 metres. She came fifth again Olympic
Games in Atlanta and improved to fourth position in the 1997
World Championships. In 1998 she moved up to the 10,000 metres
Her first major medal win was a silver medal at the 1999 World
Championships. A variable performance meant that at the 2000
Olympics, though setting a new UK record she failed to finish
among the medalists.

Paula has now set five UK records at
5000 and 10,000 metres, and three at 3000 metres. She won the
world half-marathon gold medal at Veracruz in Mexico in 2000
and successfully defended her crown in Bristol in 2001. Wins
at the European and the Commonwealth Games in 2002 as well as
the Chicago Marathon, resulted in her being voted BBC Sports
Personality of the Year.
There followed mixed fortunes, with her missing the World Championships
in Paris due to injuries, a world best time in the 10 kilometre
race in Puerto Rico, and a win at the Flora London Marathon
later in which she beat her previous time by a full two minutes.
In the BUPA Great North Run her time was the fastest half-marathon
ever run by a woman although the nature of the Tyneside course
ruled it out for record purposes.
Her defeat in Japan followed but she bounced back by winning
the European cross-country title in front of an appreciative
home crowd at Edinburgh, leading Britain to team gold.
Disaster struck during the 2004 Olympics where she failed to
finish the course and seemed to have had her nerves badly shaken.
Despite her variable performances, Paula Radcliffe retains her
position as one of Britain’s leading British athletes.
She has represented Great Britain at the Olympics on four consequtive
occasions from 1996 to 2008 but has thus far failed to win any
medals at these events. However, her running has earned her
a number of accolades including the BBC Sports Personality of
the Year, Laureus World Comeback of the Year, IAAF World Athlete
of the Year, AIMS World Athlete of the Year (three times) and
is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). She has
also been nominated for World Sportswoman of the year on several
occasions. In 2010, she was inducted into the England Athletics
Hall of Fame.

David Lloyd

Lancashire County &
England Cricketer

David Lloyd, Lancashire Cricket Club Captain

(b. 1947)
David Lloyd was born on the 18th March 1947 in Accrington, Lancashire,
and has had a celebrated career as Captain of the Lancashire
County Cricket Team, as well as representing Cumberland and
A former England team coach, Lloyd is a left-handed batsman
and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, and in an
outstanding professional career he has scored 20,000 runs (including
43 hundreds), taken 247 wickets as a bowler and made 360 catches.
He was Captain of Lancashire for five years and played nine
times for England with a top score of 214 not out against India
in 1974. In his last match for Lancashire in 1983 he scored
100 runs. W
hen he was head coach
for Lancashire, they achieved significant success in the one-day
matches. Later, as England coach, he led the team to a series
win against the New Zealand Kiwis in early 1997.
He played at one time for Cumberland before becoming a first-class
He has also been a member of the BBC’s ‘Test Match Special’
commentary team, where his down to earth attitudes and winning
Lancashire accent made him both popular and respected. He is
known, affectionately, as “Bumble”!
Always a powerful motivational speaker who galvanised England
cricketers into action, he has made a second career over the
past decade as an entertaining after-dinner speaker, where his
amusing personal cricketing anecdotes are in ever popular demand.

Geoff Duke OBE

Champion TT Racing Motorcyclist

Geoff Duke, World Motorcycle Champion

(b. 1923)
The name of Geoff Duke OBE is synonymous with powersport, for
he dominated motorcycle racing in the 1950s, winning six world
championships and five Isle of Man TT races. Born Geoffrey Ernest
Duke on March 29th 1923 in St. Helens, Lancashire, Duke came
to prominence after winning the 1949 Senior Clubmans TT and
the Senior Manx Grand Prix and was to become the very first
post-war motorcycling ‘superstar’, popularly known amongst the
racing fraternity simply as ‘the Duke’.
He was signed up to the Norton works team for the 1950 TT, finishing
second in the Junior and breaking both lap and race records
in the Senior.
After several notable wins for Norton he surprised everybody
by moving abroad to Gilera in 1953. In 1955 he was declared
the first rider to lap at 100mph. His final race was the 1959
Junior when he finished fourth on a Norton.

Duke cut a distinctive figure on racing
circuits as he was the first rider to wear one-piece leathers
– he had enlisted his local tailor, Frank Barker from St Helens,
to make the first of his now famous one-piece race suits. He
was named Sportsman of the Year in 1951, awarded the RAC Seagrave
Trophy and, in recognition of his services to motorcycling,
was awarded the OBE (the Order of the British Empire) in 1953.
Highly honoured by the Isle of man, where he made so many of
his world record breaking rides, a point on the Mountain Course
has been named after him. Three sharp bends at the 32nd Milestone
between Brandywell and Windy Corner now carry the title ‘Duke’s’.
After retiring from racing Duke became a successful businessman
and formed Scuderia Duke with Gilera to produce racing machines.

Sir Stanley Matthews CBE

Blackpool FC & England Footballer

Sir Stanley Matthews, Footballer


Sir Stanley Matthews,
the first professional footballer to be knighted, was the most
renowned player of modern times. Born 1st February 1915 in Hanley,
Stoke-on-Trent in the Potteries, the son of a professional featherweight
boxer, he attended the local Wellington Road School. He joined
Stoke City Football Club straight from school at the age of
fourteen and was already a Schoolboy International by 1929.
Named as the ‘Wizard of the Dribble’, his professional career
covered some 33 years until he retired in 1965 at the age of

In 1932 he became a full-time professional
footballer, favouring the right-back field position, and in
1934 he played for England in a full international for the first
time. In 1947, on demobilisation from the RAF, he left Stoke
City, and joined Blackpool Football Club, where he stayed for
14 years. During his time at Blackpool he achieved his greatest
triumph in what became known as “the Matthews Cup Final”
of 1953, paving the way for Blackpool’s win over Bolton Wanderers.

He played his last international match, against Scotland, in
1957, and in that year was made a CBE (Commander of the British
Matthews was knighted
in 1964, and played his last game in 1965, shortly after his
50th birthday.
During a long and successful career Matthews was awarded many
honours, including being named ‘Footballer of the Year’ in 1948
and 1963 and ‘European Footballer of the Year’ in 1956. He was
given the International Fair Play Committee Award for Services
to Sport 1987.
In all he made 664 league appearances, won 84 England caps and
scored 11 goals for England.
Widely regarded as a ‘gentleman’ player, Matthews did not receive
a single booking during his long career. He died on the 23rd
of February 2000 aged 85. At his funeral, around 100,000 people
lined the streets of Stoke-on-Trent to honour their local hero.

Billy Nevett

Champion Jockey

Billy Nevett started out as a groom, and worked his way up to
become a championship winning jockey during his heyday of the
1940s and early 1950s. He rode several winners in the Derby
– the first one in 1941 on Owen Tudor (trained by Fred Darling),
then in 1944 on Ocean Swell (trained by Jack Jarvis and owned
by Lord Rosebery), and perhaps his most famous win in 1945 on
Dante .
Though born in Chorley, Lancashire, Nevett lived in Yorkshire
most of his racing life, He was also known buy a nickname –
the press they called him ‘ Cock of the North’. . The Billy
Nevett Memorial Handicap is named in his honour.



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