Coronation Street characters have been involved in all kinds of sports down the years.

Dennis Tanner went motor-racing to impress his upmarket girlfriend in 1965 and it seemed like half the Street was involved in the charity boxing match of April 2018.

The long-running soap has strong connections with fictional football clubs too – including appearances by Weatherfield striker Tommy Orpington.

What’s more, the cast have even played cricket on the Granada set during breaks in filming.

Just for fun, see how well you remember different Coronation Street sports and the stars who played them. Why not compare your score with friends?

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Which actor, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, played Dennis Tanner on Coronation Street?

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Fitness expert Beverley Callard, pictured with weights, portrayed Liz McDonald on the Street. In which year did she make her debut?

Fitness expert Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald) works out with weights, June 1991
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Nathan Graham currently portrays professional footballer James Bailey on the Street. But which fictional club does James play for?

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Amanda Barrie, who played Alma Halliwell in Coronation Street, was photographed with champion race horse Red Rum in 1992. What role did she portray in the TV drama Bad Girls from 2003 to 2006?

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Jean Alexander, pictured in a dance work-out, played cleaner Hilda Ogden to perfection from 1964 to 1987. Who portrayed her workshy husband Stan?

Smart footwork! Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden) in a dance work-out, March 1982
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What indoor sport was featured in the first episode of Coronation Street broadcast in December 1960?

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Simon Gregson, pictured playing a cover drive between filming in 1995, still portrays the character Steve McDonald. Who played Steve’s twin brother Andy?

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) unleashes a cover drive on the Corrie set, June 1995
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Featuring in the same on-set cricket game was actress Sarah Lancashire who portrayed barmaid Raquel Watts. What role did Lancashire later play in the TV series Where the Heart Is?

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Kym Marsh – Michelle Connor on the Street – was photographed with tennis ace Tim Henman at Wimbledon in 2007. Marsh was once part of which pop group?

Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor) with Tim Henman at Wimbledon, May 2007
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The sight of formidable character Vera Duckworth, pictured, in boxing gloves would be enough to frighten any member of the Corrie cast! Which actress played Vera, wife of Jack, from 1974 to 2008?

A formidable sight - Vera Duckworth in boxing gloves! May 1982
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