TOMMY BALDWIN (Football)
Arsenal, Chelsea, Millwall (loan), Manchester United (loan), Brentford
Tommy Baldwin turned professional in 1962 and made his debut for The Gunners in 1965. He scored Arsenal’s first ever goal in the League Cup competition in 1966. Later that year, Baldwin joined Chelsea in a deal that involved George Graham moving in the opposite direction. He played in Chelsea’s 1967 FA Cup loss to Spurs. Three years later, Baldwin featured in Chelsea’s FA Cup Final success over Leeds. Baldwin was also a member of Chelsea’s victorious 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup team, defeating Real Madrid 2-1 in a replay in Athens. After loan spells with Millwall and Manchester United in 1974, Baldwin moved to Seattle Sounders in the USA. He joined Brentford in 1977 and became a member of the coaching staff. Baldwin gained two England U23 caps in 1968.
STAN BOWLES (Football)
England, Manchester City, Bury, Crewe, Carlisle, QPR, Notts Forest, Leyton Orient, Brentford
Stan Bowles began his professional career at Manchester City in 1967, before moving on to Bury, Crewe and Carlisle. He joined QPR in 1972, taking over the Number 10 shirt from Rodney Marsh. Bowles made 315 appearances for the West London club, scoring 97 goals in the process in what was undoubtedly the most successful period in the club’s history. Bowles made his England debut against Portugal in 1974 and gained a further four international caps. He was a key member of the QPR side that finished as league runners-up to Liverpool in 1975-76. Bowles joined Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1979 before returning to London for spells with Leyton Orient and Brentford. He retired in 1984. In 2004, a fans poll saw Bowles voted QPR’s greatest player of all time.
CHARLIE COOKE (Football)
Scotland, Aberdeen, Dundee, Chelsea, Crystal Palace
Charlie Cooke’s professional career started with Aberdeen in 1960. He joined Dundee four years later before moving south to Chelsea in 1966 for a then club record fee of £72,000. He played in Chelsea’s FA Cup Final defeat to Spurs in 1967 and the victory over Leeds in 1970. It was Cooke’s cross that lead to Peter Osgood’s diving header in the replay at Old Trafford. Cooke also featured in Chelsea’s successful European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign the following season, when The Blues defeated Real Madrid in Athens in another replay. In 1972, Cooke played in a third consecutive final for Chelsea, in the League Cup loss to Stoke at Wembley. He joined Crystal Palace soon after before coming back to Stamford Bridge in 1974. Cooke gained 16 caps for Scotland between 1965 and 1975. In 1978, he left to play football in the USA. Cooke now runs a soccer coaching school in Ohio.
TORE ANDRÉ FLO (Football)
Norway, Chelsea, Rangers, Sunderland, Leeds, MK Dons
Flo debuted for Norway against England in 1995. He joined Chelsea from Brann in 1997, despite interest from Everton. He scored in his first game for the Blues against Coventry and netted a hat-trick in a 6-1 win at Tottenham during a season in which Chelsea won both the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup. Flo was Chelsea’s top scorer with 19 goals in 1999-00 and helped the club win the FA Cup. After 163 appearances and 50 goals, he requested a move away from Stamford Bridge. In November 2000, Flo moved to Rangers for £12m, making him the most expensive Norwegian player of all time. He scored 38 goals in 72 games during his time in Scotland, including a goal in the League Cup Final success over Ayr United. After a spell with Sunderland, Flo joined Italian side Siena before a return to Norway with Valarenga. He came back to England in 2007 with Leeds before finishing his playing career at MK Dons. He retired in 2009. Flo’s 23 international goals (76 appearances) included one in a 2-1 win against Brazil during the 1998 World Cup. Flo set up a football academy in June 2010.
DEAN HEADLEY (Cricket)
England, Middlesex, Kent
Dean Headley was the first Test cricketer to be both the son and grandson of Test cricketers. His father (Ron Headley) and grandfather (George Headley) both represented West Indies at Test level. Dean made his county debut for Middlesex in 1991 before moving to Kent two years later. He took three hat-tricks for Kent in 1996 alone. Headley was selected for England against Australia in 1997 and went on to take 60 wickets at 27.85 apiece during his Test career. The highlight came with a 6-wicket haul against the Aussies at Melbourne on the 1998-99 Ashes tour. He was named Man of the Match in England’s only Test victory on that tour. Headley was awarded one of the ECB’s 12 central contracts for 2000 but a persistent back injury forced him into an early retirement in 2001. Headley is now a cricket coach and has recently been appointed the Stamford Schools Cricket Professional in Lincolnshire.
ALAN HUDSON (Football)
England, Chelsea, Stoke, Arsenal
Alan Hudson was a member of the Chelsea side noted for its flamboyance in the early 1970’s. He played in every FA Cup match leading up to the 1970 Final, alongside the likes of Peter Osgood, Tommy Baldwin and Charlie Cooke but missed the showpiece occasion against Leeds due to injury. The following year, Hudson played a major role in Chelsea’s European Cup Winners’ Cup success over Real Madrid. He joined Stoke City in 1974 and became an instant hit with the Potteries outfit, playing some of the best football of his career. In 1975, Hudson earned the first of his two England caps, starring in a 2-0 victory over World Champions West Germany at Wembley. In 1976, Hudson moved to Arsenal and played for The Gunners in the 1978 FA Cup Final defeat to Ipswich. Following spells in the USA and Spain, Hudson returned to Stoke before quitting the game in 1985. Since his retirement, Hudson has worked as an author and columnist.
FRANK MALONEY (Boxing)
Frank Maloney celebrated 25 years as a boxing promoter with a Gala Dinner Boxing Show at The Troxy in London on St. George’s Day 2009. Maloney is best known for managing Lennox Lewis to the undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the World and has led four other boxers to World titles. Maloney has also promoted and/or managed a number of British, Commonwealth and European champions over the years. He was voted European Promoter of the Year for 2009. Maloney stood in the 2004 London Mayoral Election, finishing in 4th place and ran for UKIP in Barking during the 2010 General Election. He is a keen supporter of Millwall Football Club.
ALAN MULLALLY (Cricket)
England, Hampshire, Leicestershire
Alan Mullally was born in Southend-on-Sea but grew up in Western Australia and represented Australia at U19 level against West Indies in 1987/88. During the same season, he played for Western Australia in their Sheffield Shield success over Queensland. In 1998, Mullally made his county debut for Hampshire, before returning to Australia. He joined Leicestershire in 1990 and remained with the Foxes until 1999. He rejoined Hampshire for a second spell in 2000 and carried the county’s bowling attack with Aussie legend Shane Warne. Mullally’s England Test debut came against India at Edgbaston in June 1996 and he went on to take 59 Test wickets. He also claimed 63 One-day International victims and for a time, was ranked as the fourth-best limited overs bowler in the world. In his first-class career, Mullally took 708 wickets at 28 apiece, including a best innings haul of 9 for 93 for Hampshire against Derbyshire in 2000. Injuries forced Mullally’s retirement from the first-class game in 2005.
ALEX TUDOR (Cricket)
England, Surrey, Essex
Alex Tudor was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award during the 1997/98 season. He was a talented performer with both bat and ball but injuries hampered his professional playing career. Tudor had two spells with Surrey and also played for Essex. His Test debut came against Australia during the 1998/99 Ashes series. He took 4 for 89 and won considerable praise for his efforts from Aussie skipper, Mark Taylor. Tudor retained his place for the first Test of the next home series, against New Zealand at Edgbaston and it was his contribution with the bat that grabbed the headlines. His 99 not out was the highest scored by an English nightwatchman and led him towards a Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year award. During the 2000 season, Tudor took career-best bowling figures of 7 for 49 against Lancashire at The Oval. He was released by Surrey at the end of the 2009 season and currently plays club cricket in the Midlands.
MIKE WATKINSON (Cricket)
Mike Watkinson was a key allrounder in the successful Lancashire side of the 1990s. He bowled medium-pace and off-spin and was a useful middle order batsman. Watkinson’s International debut came against the West Indies in the 4th Test at Old Trafford in July 1995. He claimed 5 wickets during the match and scored 37 runs during England’s 1st innings. England won by 6 wickets and Watkinson was not required to bat a second time. In the following Test at Trent Bridge, he scored 24 and 82 not out and took 3 wickets during the West Indies 1st innings in a drawn game. Watkinson went on to play two further Tests and a One-Day International against South Africa in Johannesburg. He became a county coach after retiring from the game and was England’s bowling coach for the Bangladesh tour in 2003-04. After six years as a coach, Watkinson moved into the role of Director of Cricket at Lancashire in 2008.
JIMMY WHITE MBE (Snooker)
Jimmy White’s snooker achievements include winning the World Amateur Championship (aged 18), the UK Championship and the Masters. The ‘People’s Champion’ contested the World Professional Championship Final on six occasions (1984, 1990-94) but failed to land the sport’s ultimate prize. In 1992 the ‘Whirlwind’ became the first left-handed player, and second overall, to record a maximum break at the World Championship. White was a World Doubles champion with Alex Higgins and won the World Nations Cup three times with England. He is also a pool player and was a member of Europe’s victorious Mosconi Cup team in 1995. He was awarded the MBE in 1999. In 2009, White finished in third place in ITV’s I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!