Sheffield Legends

Sheffield Legends honour those who have achieved national or international acclaim. 

Nominations for the next Sheffield Legend will be considered by an independent selection board representing various sectors across the city such as the arts, sport, education, media and business and chaired by the Lord Mayor.

The Legends

These are the legends that have been identified and recognised so far. New legends are identified each year:

  • Gordon Banks – England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper
  • Sean Bean – film and TV actor
  • Joe Cocker – singing legend
  • Sebastian Coe – Olympic medal winner and President of the International Association of Athletics Federation
  • Derek Dooley – one of Sheffield’s most respected footballers
  • Dame Margaret Drabble – internationally respected novelist and critic
  • Dame Jessica Ennis – Olympic Champion, double Outdoor and Indoor World Champion athlete
  • Professor Barry Hancock – OBE, world renowned cancer expert
  • Brendan Ingle – world famous boxing manager and trainer
  • Def Leppard – top-selling rock band
  • Nick Matthew - world squash champion
  • David Mellor - internationally renowned cutlery designer
  • Michael Palin - famous film and television personality
  • Steve Peat - champion downhill mountain biker
  • Helen Sharman - first British astronaut
  • Joe Simpson - renowned mountaineer, author and motivational speaker
  • Joe Scarborough - one of Sheffield’s finest artists
  • Michael Vaughan - one of this country’s most successful cricket captains
  • Clinton Woods - world champion boxer
  • Grace Clough - Paralympic gold medalist, rowing

Civic Awards

The Civic Awards have been launched to recognise the valuable work carried out by local stalwarts of the community who have contributed so much to life in the city through charity work, in schools, sports clubs and a wide range of organisations or simply as an individual.

We would like to recognise these ‘unsung heroes’ with a personal ‘thank you’ from Sheffield’s Lord Mayor.


Nominees must have been born in Sheffield or have a very strong association, and achieved recognition at a national or international level. 

Please use our 'Ask us a question' link to send us your nomination.

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