Following our previous blog posts you might know that three “Preston legends” have given their name to new meeting rooms in the UCLan Student’s Union building. The winners were Edith Rigby, Nick Park and Freddie Flintoff. You may have hear of them but do you know what they have achieved and why they were chosen?
We have introduced Edith and Nick, and now it’s time to introduce our last winner, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff was born on 6th December 1977 in Preston. Freddie was a pupil at Greenland County Primary School and Ribbleton High School, now called City of Preston High. His nickname Freddie or Fred comes from the perceived similarity between his surname and that of Fred Flintstone.
Freddie’s father was obsessed with cricket, which might explain Freddie’s success. Freddie began playing when very young and was signed to the Lancashire under-11 at age nine. He made his first cricket debut for Lancashire in 1995, and in 1998 earned his international honours during a Test Match vs South Africa. His career peak was being named the PCA Player of the Year in 2005 due to his performance.
Flintoff has played as captain and vice-captain of the England cricket team. Despite retiring at age 31 in 2009, he came out of retirement to play for Lancashire and Brisbane Heat from 2014-2015. After a poor season for the latter he announced his final retirement and has taken up professional boxing, where he competes as a heavyweight and has had 1 win so far!
Since then, he has been busy, as is the ambassador for multiple brands, such as Jacomo and Morrisons supermarkets. Freddie has also embarked on a successful presenting career and features on a number of shows, including Sky One’s A League of Their Own. In 2015, he won the Australian series of “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”. Freddie also currently holds 14 Guinness World Records in aid of Sport Relief. These include the fastest time zorbing 100 metres, furthest distance from which to score a bullseye and popping the most party poppers in a minute!
Freddie was made an honorary Freeman of the city of Preston, like Nick Park. This honour has no real privileges nowadays but it is awarded to women and men of note who have a connection to the city. Freemen are allowed to walk ahead of councillors in processions, such as Remembrance Sunday and supposedly the right to receive a free beer in any bar or pub in Preston! In 2006, he was awarded an M.B.E. by the Queen for services to cricket after his successful role during the Ashes.
Freddie Flintoff, image via http://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2015/10/freddie-flintoff-returns-to-preston-for-book-signing-event-next-month/
Freddie Flintoff after training at Adelaide Oval, image via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Andrew_Flintoff.jpg