Michael Paul Vaughan OBE Profile

The right-handed batsman, Michael Vaughan, returned to his adopted city last week

to coach Year 10 girls from his old school, Silverdale. He helped them out in a

batting session against a bowling machine and practicing diving catches on to crash

mats. The Silverdale girls’ team will be representing the school in a North of England

cricket tournament final later this year.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Silverdale PE teacher, Paul Bradshaw said: “The visit

by Michael was awesome. He has a wonderful knack of making the children and

teachers feel like the celebrities, not him.”

Since his retirement in 2009 Vaughan has not stopped. He mentors England under-

19s and went into broadcasting with the BBC’s Test Match Special. He is currently

getting ready for a 462-mile, 12-day, charity bike ride in September in aid of Chance

to Shine and Laureus Sport for Good. He will be joined by Olympic gymnast Louis

Smith, former England cricketer Phil Tufnell and British champion cyclist Victoria

Pendleton.

Chance to Shine is an organisation set up to encourage young people to take part in

cricket and help them acquire important skills. Vaughan is an Ambassador for the

Laureus Sport for Good foundation which aims to use sport to help young people

who are challenged by social issues such as poverty. Vaughan said: “This is going to

be a seriously different challenge, but I am really looking forward to it. I’ll be cycling

462 miles over the 12 days and that is not going to be easy, but these are two really

good causes.”

Michael Paul Vaughan OBE, was born in Eccles, near Manchester on 29 October

1974. He moved to Sheffield with his parents when he was nine because his father

was moving here for work as an engineer. He attended Silverdale Comprehensive

and played for Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club where there is now an academy in

his name.

Vaughan’s career in cricketing started in 1999 and he was captain of his country 51

times. In 2002, he scored 900 runs in seven Tests against Sri Lanka and India. His

determination also led him to take over England’s captaincy from Nasser Hussain in

2003.

The adopted Yorkshireman is probably most well-known for leading his country to

spectacular 2005 Ashes triumph. It was England’s first Ashes win in 18 years.

Unfortunately his success was short-lived, and a series of knee injuries meant he did

 only 18 Tests in the four years that followed. Despite this, he still managed to lead

England to the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. A string of low scores the following

summer led to his resignation. In an interview with Sky News, on 4th August 2008, he

said it was the hardest and easiest thing he had ever done, adding: “I’ve put my

heart and soul into the job but my head is telling me to pack it in.”

He intended to come back to the game after a break and join Yorkshire in 2009, but

his knee injuries were still causing him problems and he retired half-way through the

season.

Last year, he joined the Strictly Come Dancing team with partner Natalie Lowe. The

couple made it to week nine of the three-month-long competition, not bad when you

have problem knees. Notorious for being ‘the nasty one’ on Strictly, Craig Revel

Horwood told Vaughan: “Your Latin has improved but it still looks very awkward.””In

January Vaughan joined the SCD Tour and started dancing with Natalie again.

Interestingly, Johnny Tyldesley, the early 20th century Lancashire and England

cricketer, is Vaughan’s great-great uncle. Vaughan met his wife, Nichola, when he

was 14 and they married in 2003. They have three children, Tallula Grace, Matthew

and Jemima. The family of five live in Baslow, Derbyshire.

There are a variety of ways that Vaughan’s wife’s name has been spelt: Nichol,

Nichola and Nicola. The most prominent is Nichola.

Written for Investigationa dn Research Skills module, 7th March 2013

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