Sheffield has honoured one of this country’s most successful cricket captains by inducting Michael Vaughan into the city’s ‘walk of fame’.
Michael captained England in 51 tests between 2003 and 2008, winning 26 – a national record – and losing just 11. Perhaps the highlight of Michael’s career was the impressive Ashes victory over Australia in 2005, England’s first Ashes victory since 1986/7. He was awarded an OBE for his successful captaincy and Sheffield City Council gave him the Freedom of the City in the same year.
Although born in Greater Manchester, his family moved to Sheffield and he attended Silverdale School, where he played for the school cricket team. It was at this time that he first caught the eye of Doug Padgett, the Yorkshire coach, who later offered Michael a place at the Yorkshire academy.
Michael has not only gone ahead of the great test captain Peter May in terms of Tests won, he did it in record time, just 35 games to May’s 41. Mike Brearley, generally regarded as England’s finest strategist, won only 18 matches.
Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Graham Oxley said:
"Michael has already been acknowledged as one of England’s greatest cricket captains and was honoured with the Freedom of the City, but to become a Sheffield Legend you have to be nominated by the people of Sheffield. Michael learned many of his basic skills at Silverdale School and was snapped up by Yorkshire Cricket Club. Apart from being a very successful sportsman, he is also a great role model for young people and has shown that, if you have the skill and determination, you can succeed in your chosen career. I am very proud to welcome Michael into the city’s walk of fame as a Sheffield Legend."