Alan Shearer grew up in Newcastle, leaving home as a teenager to pursue a career in professional football with his first team, Southampton. He has enjoyed a meteoric rise to football stardom with a world-record-breaking transfer to Newcastle United in 1996 and international success as the Captain of England. He now lives in Newcastle with his wife and children.
CHRIS SIDWELLS is a freelance writer, editor and photographer whose words and/or photographs appear in every edition of Britain's best-selling cycling magazine, Cycling Weekly. His most recent project has been to produce and edit ten very successful bookazines in a series called Cycling Legends for Time Inc, which carry the Cycling Weekly brand. Chris also writes for Cycle Sport and Cycling Active. In addition he has carried out commissions for Cycling Plus, GQ Magazine, Men's Fitness, Running Fitness, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the BBC.He also works as a regular cycling pundit for several BBC local radio stations, including working on BBC Radio Sheffield's live coverage of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire and the Tour de Yorkshire.Chris has written, or part-written, seventeen books on cycling, three of them coffee-table guide books, in the twelve years he has worked in this business, supplying photographs as well as words for three of them. His books, many of which have gone to multiple editions and been bestsellers in their genre, cover every aspect of cycling, and in total they have been translated into 24 languages. His most recent book is a collaboration with Chris Boardman called The Biography of the Modern Bike, published by Octopus in 2015. He is currently writing a book on the history of cycling jerseys, and under his own publishing brand The Pedal Press in 2015 he published the British pioneer professional Barry Hoban's autobiography, Vas-y Barry. Chris has a degree in geology, is a qualified cycling coach and fitness instructor and is an active cyclist with years of racing and riding experience in every aspect of the sport. He has won races in every cycling discipline, road, track and off-road, and in every age group from youths to masters.
Anthony Smith flew with the RAF, trained as a zoologist, worked in Africa and South America and is an author with many books to his credit, among them Explorers of the Amazon, Mato Grosso, High Street Africa, and Ballooning.
Louis Smith is a 23-year-old star gymnast, winning Olympic silver and bronze medals at London 2012 and becoming champion of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Find out more about Louis at louis-smith-official.com, tweet him on @louissmith1989, like him on Facebook facebook.com/louissmithofficial, see his photo stream at flickr.com/photos/louissmithofficial and watch videos at youtube.com/user/LouisSmithOfficial.
Tom Smith founded the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers in 1953 and served as its General Secretary for 25 years. It now has more than 8,000 members world wide. On his death in 1995 he willed his cricketing 'bible' to the Association, who have ensured its continual updating ever since.https://twitter.com/Tcp24Follow Tom Smith on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Tcp24.
Phil Soar is a respected and successful author, publisher and businessman. In the past 20 years, he has built up one of the best collections of football books and periodicals in the world. Phil has written and collaborated on numerous football histories that have been widely acclaimed.
Garry Sobers played 93 times for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974. On his retirement, he was the world's most prolific Test run scorer, with the record individual score, seventh highest wicket taker, and fourth most catches. He was knighted in 1975.
Jon Spurling is a regular contributor to FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes magazines. He is the author of three previous books on Arsenal: two on the club in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as Rebels for the Cause: The Alternative History of Arsenal
Jeff Stelling is a lifelong supporter of his hometown side, Hartlepool United. He was a presenter on LBC's Sportswatch programme in the early 1980s before moving to BBC Radio 2's Sport on 2. He later spent time as a sports newsreader before moving to Sky in 1992 to present coverage of horse racing, snooker and darts. Three years later Jeff became presenter of what is now called Soccer Saturday. In 2010 he was voted Sports Broadcast Journalist of the Year for the fifth year running, and he is the presenter of Channel 4's Countdown programme. In 2011 he started hosting Sky Sport's coverage of the Champions League.
Sir Steve Redgrave
Sir Steve Redgrave won gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. Since retiring from sport, Sir Steve has built a new career involving various commerical and charitable relationships and is well-known for his motivational speaking. He was a founding member of the successful London 2012 bid. He was knighted in 2001.
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Andrew Strauss was born in 1977 and spent his early years in South Africa, Australia and England. He learned his game at Radley College and Durham University, and made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 1998 before becoming captain in 2002.Strauss wrote his name into the record books when he became only the second England batsman to score a century at Lord's on his Test debut, in 2004. He played in the 2005 Ashes victory and was appointed England captain in 2009. Under his captaincy, England regained the Ashes in 2009 and held on to them in 2010-11, the first series win on Australian soil for 24 years. In 2011, he led his country to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test world rankings for the first time. After captaining England in 50 of his 100 Tests, he retired from all forms of cricket in 2012. He was awarded the OBE in 2011. Andrew Strauss is married with two children.
Gary Sutherland is a journalist who has written for, among others, the BBC, Scotland on Sunday and the Sunday Times. He is married with a son and a daughter.
Graeme Swann is a former international cricketer for England. He was primarily a right-arm offspinner, and also a capable late-order batsman with four first-class centuries, and often fielded at slip. After initially playing for his home county Northamptonshire, for whom he made his debut in 1997, he moved to Nottinghamshire in 2005. He made his debut for England in 2000 but didn't play again until 2008 when he became an essential part of the team in all formats. In 2011 he was part of the team that claimed the number one world Test ranking spot. Graeme was involved in three Ashes tours, winning the Ashes in 2009 and 2011, he retired from all formats during the 2013 Ashes series. Since retirement Graeme has made the transition into commentary and is a summariser on Test Match Special and BT Sport cricket coverage.
Matthew Syed is a leading columnist and feature writer for The Times and the host of the UK's biggest podcast: Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy on BBC Radio 5. Matthew also gives business talks to major international corporate clients including. Before becoming a writer Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, three times Commonwealth Champion, and he twice represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games.Matthew Syed's first book, Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. His second, Black Box Thinking, was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. He has also published a collection of his award-winning sports columns in The Greatest.