Yorkshire Sports Heroes

Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee

These two World Champion & Olympic medal winning triathletes were born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire. They have won over 20 triathlete medals at top international competitions between them and have come first at the World Championships three times (Alistair twice and Jonny once). They have both trained in or near the city of Leeds for much of their careers. Alistair was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or an MBE, in 2013.

Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan

This football legend played for Liverpool, Hamburger SV, Newcastle FC and others during the 1970s and 80s. Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in 1951, Keegan eventually went on to manage Fulham, Newcastle and the English national team. Known for his permed hair in the 70s, Keegan scored 21 goals for England and won the UEFA Cup, the FA cup and three league titles as a player at Liverpool. This makes him one of the most decorated English players of the past 40 years.

Thomas Lord

Thomas Lord was an 18th century English cricketer, who was born in the small market town of Thursk, near Northallerton in the district of North Yorkshire. Although he was a decently accomplished cricketer in his day, he is mostly known today for founding Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Lord’s is now one of the premier cricket venues in the UK and styles itself as ‘the home of cricket’. So, we guess that makes this Yorkshire born man one of the most important figures in British cricketing history. Howzat!

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill

One of the most famous and successful English track and field athletes of the past 20 years, dame Jessica was born in Sheffield in 1986. By the time she retired in 2016, she was a three-time World Champion and 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist heptathlete. Shortly after retiring she was made an DBE and the next year she won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. She was only the second woman ever to win this award. Ennis-Hill still lives in Sheffield to this day, and even had a stand named after her at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium. Can’t get much more Yorkshire than that!

Naseem ‘Prince Naseem’ Hamed

Naseem ‘Prince Naseem’ Hamed

Another Sheffield born sporting legend (it must be all those hills), Naseem Hamed was one of the best Featherweight fighters in the history of United Kingdom boxing. Born to Yemeni parents in 1974, Hamed spent his formative years training under the famous Brendan Ingle at his Wincobank Gym. Ingle trained several world champions in his career, including cruiserweight record breaker Johnny Nelson, but Hamed is probably now his most famous protégé.

Prince Naseem was known for his unorthodox ‘southpaw’ boxing style, spectacular ring entrances and formidable knockouts. He was the WBO World Featherweight Champion for 5 years, between 1995 and 2000. However, his later career has not been without controversy – he served four weeks prison time for dangerous driving, crashing his £300,000 McLaren SLR in Sheffield in 2005.