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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 »

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 »

Andy Gray

Andy Gray

Andy is one of Scotland’s greatest ever footballers. He played for several clubs in Scotland and England and was renowned for his scoring abilities–especially his ability to score goals from headers. He was a primary football pundit for Sky Sports, as well as a presenter on Andy Gray’s Last Word. Andy Gray started his professional career as a player with Dundee United where he scored 46 goals in 62 appearances. In October 1975, at the age of 20, Andy headed south to Aston Villa and won England’s golden boot in 1976/77 with his tally of 25 league goals. His 29 goals in the following season earned him the PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards. Gray then moved to Everton in November 1983 for £250,000. He enjoyed two seasons with the Merseyside club, winning Continue Reading »

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick

Andy is one of the biggest stars of world tennis and a noted philanthropist. He also set up the Andy Roddick Youth tennis program in San Antonio, Texas.

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Andy Townsend

Andy began his playing career in August 1980 with Welling United in the Athenian League. After making 105 appearances for Welling, he was signed by Weymouth in March 1984 for £13,500. In 1988 he moved on to Norwich City, before joining Chelsea two years later. His contribution to Norwich’s successful season saw Andy selected for the Republic of Ireland, making his debut against France in February 1989. He played in the next year’s World Cup, in Italy, where he played in all five of Ireland’s matches. They reached the quarter-finals, the country’s strongest ever campaign. He was captain of the Ireland squad for the 1994 World Cup. After making a total of 138 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 12 goals but winning no trophies, he transferred to Aston Villa in July 1993 for £2.1million. He finally won some silverware when Villa Continue Reading »

Barry Davies MBE

Barry Davies MBE

Barry is a legendary commentator with one of the most-recognisable voices in Britain. He has covered a wide range of sports in a long career, primarily for the BBC. Although he is best known for his football commentary, Davies has commentated on numerous other sports, including badminton, beach volleyball, cycling, ice hockey, ice skating, tennis, gymnastics, hockey and athletics, and primarily in the BBC’s Olympics coverage, where he twice (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) commentated on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games. He was also the ‘Voice of the Boat Race’ between 1993 and 2004, until the BBC lost the rights to cover the event, and the presenter of Maestro in the 1980s, a series of interviews with retired sporting legends. About Barry Davies was educated at Cranbrook School—which also numbers commentators Brian Moore and Peter West Continue Reading »

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean is a cultural icon and one of the greatest female tennis players of all-time. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She has been a very influential figure in securing equality for both genders in and out of sports and she continues to make her mark today. Billie Jean King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis, which was founded by her former husband, Larry King, Dennis Murphy, Frank Barman, and Jordan Kaiser. She also co-founded World TeamTennis (1974), the groundbreaking coed professional tennis league and founded the World TeamTennis Recreational League, one of the most popular recreational tennis formats in the U.S. Billie Jean was named one of the “100 Most Important Americans Continue Reading »

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