Hall Of Fame – Fred Perry

Hall Of Fame – Fred Perry

There can be few more iconic figures in British tennis than Stockport-born legend Fred Perry. He won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was ranked the best in the world in the early 1930s. Perry was the first player to win a career Grand...
Hall of Fame – Cyril Washbrook

Hall of Fame – Cyril Washbrook

With his cricket cap cocked in trademark jaunty style, batsman Cyril Washbrook was an absolute favourite of Lancashire and England sports fans in the 1940s and 1950s. During his long career, he was most famous for opening the batting for England with Len Hutton on no...
Belle Vue Aces

Belle Vue Aces

It’s fair to say Manchester speedway stars the Belle Vue Aces leave most other teams for dust when it comes to winning trophies. Since they started racing in 1928, the Gorton-based outfit have ridden off with the British League five times and the British League...
Battling Bessey

Battling Bessey

World boxing champion Hogan Bassey wasn’t the only hard-hitter for Liverpool in the 1950s and early 1960s. His good friend, battling Labour MP Bessie Braddock, packed quite a punch herself in the tough world of politics. She always fought the city’s corner, proving...
Pakistan at Old Trafford

Pakistan at Old Trafford

It was a wet summer when Old Trafford first welcomed the Pakistan cricket team to these shores in July 1954. The newly formed nation was playing its first Test series against England – and conditions did not suit the visitors. The Manchester skies were overcast when...
Liverpool’s Boxing Legend

Liverpool’s Boxing Legend

He may have been born on the banks of the Cross River in Calabar, Nigeria, but world boxing champion Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey was proud to call Liverpool his home. One of five children, Okon Bassey Asuquo already held the West African and Nigerian bantamweight titles when...