My Favourite English Sporting Icons

My dad is a sports fan and during my early life i also became a keen sports fan. As a sports fan I thought I would list my favourite English sporting icons that I have followed during my lifetime from the 1960’s to the present day.

My first sporting hero was Graham Hill the 2 times World Formula one Champion in 1962 and 1968. I am also a fan of other great drivers including: Barry Sheen MotorCyclist World Champion and Formula One Champions James hunt, Nigel mansell, Jensen Button and Lewis hamilton. Many a time in the 1980’s watching Nigel Mansell racing in Formula One wheel to wheel with Ayerton Senna was intoxicating.

When England won the football World Cup in 1966 against Germany the English team became icons worldwide. I was 5 years old and have memories of watching the final (on our black and white TV). The whole team were greats and ever since we won the world cup the shadow of 1966 has haunted English football teams. In the 1970 F.A. Cup Final Chelsea were playing Leeds United and my brother mark chose to back Chelsea and I

backed Leeds United. Chelsea won the final after a replay and I followed Leeds united all through the 1970’s. The team included the hardest shooter in World Football History –

Peter Lorimer whose shots were registered at over 130 miles an hour.

My favourite players past and present include: Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker, David Beckham.

At Bayhouse Secondary School I ran 1500 metres against other local schools at Portsmouths Alexandria Stadium so this created an interest in athletics. I remember watching David Bedford break the World 10,000M record in 1973 and destroying the field.

During the seventies and eighties English athletes ruled the world and to name a few: Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Daley Thompson, Linford Christie etc.

I have always been a fan of Rowing and followed Sir Steve Redgrave at all of his 5 Gold Medal winning Olympics was amazing.

My sporting hero’s today include: Lewis Hamilton, Jensen Button, Phillips Idowu, David Beckham, Ben Ainslie, Johnny Wilkinson, Rebecca (Becky) Adlington and the new Rugby Union sensation Chris Ashton.


My favourite English Sporting icons:

England 1966 World Cup Winning Team

Sir Jimmy Greaves 1950’s to 1970’s.

Graham Hill Motor Racing 1960’s to 1970’s

Sir Alf Ramsey England Football Manager 1960’s to 1970’s

Gordon Banks Footballer 1960’s to 1970’s

Bobby Moore 1960’s to 1970’s

David Bedford Athletics 1970’s

Leeds United F.C. 1970’s

Lord Seb Coe Athletics 1970’s to 1980’s

Steve Ovett Athletics 1970’s to 1980’s

Daley Thompson 1970’s to 1980’s

Barry Sheen MotorCycling 1970’s to 1980’s

Duncan Goodhew Swimming 1970’s to 1980’s

James Hunt Motor Racing 1970’s to 1980’s

Sir Ian Botham Cricket 1970’s to 1990’s

Gary Lineker Footballer 1980’s to 1990’s

Rory Underwood Rugby Union 1980’s to 1990’s

Nigel Mansell Motor Racing 1980’s to 1990’s

Linford Christie Athletics 1980’s to 1990’s

Sir Steve Redgrave Rowing 1980’s to 2000

Chris Boardman Cycling 1990’s

Dame Kelly Holmes Athletics 1990’s to 2000’s

Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff Cricket 1990’s to 2000’s

Tim Henman Tennis 1990’s to 2000’s

Jensen Button Motor Racing 1990’s to Present

Johnny Wilkinson Rugby Union 1990’s to Present

Phillips Idowu Athletics 1990’s to Present

David Beckham Football 1990’s to Present

Ben Ainslie Sailing 1990’s to Present

Lewis Hamilton Motor Racing Present

Rebecca (Becky) Adlington, 2000’s to Present

Chris Ashton Rugby Union 2000’s to present

Please visit my Sports Playing Funny Animal Art Prints Collection

My other website is called Directory of British Icons:

My List of fun past articles can be found at

The Chinese call Britain ‘The Island of Hero’s’ which I think sums up what we British are all about. We British are inquisitive and competitive and are always looking over the horizon to the next adventure and discovery.

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