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Alan Minter

Former undisputed World Middleweight Champion boxer. Given the nickname “Boom Boom” for his incredible knock-out record. Alan Minter turned professional in October 1972 and went on to win the British middleweight title in 1975, adding the European title in 1977. He also won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Alan won five fights in a row by knockout in 1972, and, in the following year, Pat Dwyer became the first boxer to go the distance with him, over eight rounds in London. Minter won his next five fights, three by knockout. In 1975, he won four fights in a row, including another bout in Hamburg, and by the end of the year, he challenged Kevin Finnegan for the British Middleweight title, winning it by a 15 round decision. In 1976 he won six fights, to extend his streak to Continue Reading »

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

A midfield dynamo during his playing days, Alan Pardew has since become one of the most respected managers in the English Premier League. Alan Pardew began his playing career in Whyteleafe whilst working as a cab driver and a glazier, and later, due to his outstanding midfielder skills, he was invited to Yeovil Town, where he played one season. In 1988/1999, Alan and his new team, Crystal Palace, were promoted to the Championship. During the five years he had at the club, Pardew made 150 appearances in different tournaments and netted 12 goals. In November 1991, Alan signed a contract with Charlton Athletic and became the top goalscorer of the 1992/1993 season. In 1995, he went on loan to Tottenham Hotspur and found the net a further 26 times. After rejecting an opportunity to play in Hong Kong, he then Continue Reading »

Alan Parry

Alan Parry

British sports commentator who has commentated for all three main broadcasters of football in the UK; the BBC, ITV and Sky TV, as well as for both BBC and commercial radio. He started his career at BBC Radio Merseyside, he joined the BBC in London in 1973, and immediately started regular football commentaries. Within a short time he was covering England matches, and by 1975 he was covering the European Cup final. By the mid-1970s he was also BBC radio’s athletics commentator, covering the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympics. From 1981 he largely relinquished his radio football commentary to commentate for Match of the Day on BBC television. In 1985 he left the BBC to join ITV, initially as an athletics commentator after the commercial channel won the rights to cover British athletics. Between 1998 and 2002 he also Continue Reading »

Alan Shearer OBE DL

Alan Shearer OBE DL

One of England’s greatest ever strikers. A veritable goal machine during his playing days. Now a respected pundit for the BBC. Shearer made his professional debut with English top-flight club Southampton in 1988, scoring a hat-trick in the process. During several years on the south coast, he became known for his classic style of play, strength and goalscoring ability: he soon received an international call-up along with a transfer to Blackburn Rovers in 1992. During that season he became a regular in the England squad, and his 34-goal tally helped Blackburn secure the Premier League title in 1994–95. He was named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1994 and won the PFA Player of the Year award in 1995. The 1995–96 season saw Shearer make his first Champions League appearances and finish as the top scorer in the Continue Reading »

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Famed for his goalscoring prowess during his career and now a popular football commentator and pundit. Alan Smith started his career at non-league Alvechurch in north Worcestershire,  before signing professional forms with Leicester City in June 1982. In his first season, Smith scored 13 goals in a partnership with Gary Lineker, as the Foxes won promotion to the First Division. He spent five seasons at Leicester, scoring 84 goals in 217 appearances. He was transferred to Arsenal in 1987. Smith enjoyed a successful career with the Gunners, winning all three major domestic trophies – two League Championships, the FA Cup, the Football League Cup (in their 1993 ‘Cup Double’) and in Europe the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Smith was Arsenal’s top scorer for four consecutive seasons, and the top scorer in the First Division in the 1988-89 season with 23 Continue Reading »

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Alastair Cook MBE

Alastair Cook captained England to their first Test series victory on Indian soil since 1984–85. The stylish, left-handed batsman broke the record for most Test centuries and became the first captain to score a century in each of his first five Tests in charge. He was also part of England’s Ashes winning side in Australia–scoring an incredible 766 in 7 innings.     Education and Early Sporting Career Alastair was educated at Bedford School where he broke all manner of records with his classy batting and first played for his school First XI as a first year. When the MCC were a man short for their game against the school, Cook was drafted in and scored an unbeaten century against the 1st XI and was in the 1st XI for the next five years. In 2003, he made 1,287 runs for the school, Continue Reading »

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Alec Stewart OBE

Alec Stewart played in 133 test matches, on 170 one-days, making him England’s most capped Test cricketer. The right-handed batsman/wicketkeeper was a Surrey stalwart for over 20 years and after retirement moved to the coaching staff. He also works as a pundit and popular columnist for the Sunday Mirror.     Cricket Career Alec was educated at Tiffin Boys’ School in Kingston upon Thames and made his debut for Surrey in 1981, earning a reputation as an aggressive opening batsman and occasional wicketkeeper. He made his England debut in the first Test of the 1989/90 tour of the West Indies. He was vice-captain of the England side during most of Michael Atherton’s tenure as captain, eventually succeeding him in 1998. While England won their first series under him, against South Africa, failures against Australia and in the 1999 cricket World Cup Continue Reading »

Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro has enjoyed an accomplished footballing career. He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations. He was also voted in the list of best European players for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. Along with three awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality and playing ability. In the year 2000, Del Piero was the world’s best-paid football player from salary, bonuses and advertising revenue. Del Piero holds the all-time goalscoring record at Juventus. On 6 April 2008, Alessandro Del Piero became the all-time highest-capped Juventus player, ahead of Juventus legend Gaetano Scirea. As of May 2012, he is in ninth place in the UEFA Champions League all-time goalscorer records and joint fourth with Roberto Continue Reading »

Amir Khan

Amir Khan

Amir is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of 17. He is also one of the youngest British world champions ever, winning the WBA Light Welterweight title at age 22. He began to box competitively at the age of 11, with early honours including three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, and gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics. In early 2004 he won a gold medal at the European Student Championships in Lithuania, and in South Korea several months later he won world junior lightweight title after fighting five times in seven days. Khan qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by finishing in first place at the 1st AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On 18 July 2009, Khan moved up to the light welterweight division to fight Andreas Kotelnik at the MEN Arena Continue Reading »

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