Ten Sporting Facts That Will Blow Your Mind (well, pique your interest anyway)


1. The greatest batsman of all time, Don Bradman, only hit 6 sixes in his entire test career. That’s one every 8.5 tests. He took five times as many catches.

2. Between January and September of this year, more people in the UK googled Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning than England rugby captain Chris Robshaw. Similarly, more people googled NFL badboy Johnny Manziel than England fly-half Owen Farrell.

3. The highest number of runs conceded in an over is not actually 36. Wellington’s Bert Vance once got hit for 77 in a game against Canterbury in New Zealand. The over went like this 0444664614106666600401. Jade Dernbach take note.

4. The All Blacks’ Sonny Bill Williams once turned down an approach from notorious boxing promoter Don King. Williams is unbeaten in seven fights and once beat Francois Botha, who was briefly IBF heavyweight champion of the world.

5. Worcester Warriors and England fullback Chris Pennell is the son of the late, and somewhat great, Worcestershire and England fast bowler Graham Dilley – the tail-ender that helped Ian Botham pull off his batting heroics at Headingley in 1981.

6. Harry Redknapp once managed Portsmouth with £30,000 stuck down his trousers. He was asked to look after the money by Paul Merson, who needed to pay off an Irish bookie after the match. Some of the cash started falling down his trouser leg when Redknapp was patrolling the technical area.

7. Controversial / moronic American footballer Greg Hardy once forsook his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, and claimed he went to Hogwarts instead. You can see the video, in which the players are introducing themselves, below.

8. In 2009 the Middlesex Crusaders changed their name to the Middlesex Panthers after receiving complaints from Jews and Muslims. Their chief executive claimed the club chose the word ‘crusaders’ because they were ‘on a crusade to get kids into cricket’. Hmmmm. We can neither confirm nor deny rumours that a group of White Tailed Deer are pressuring Middlesex to change their name once again.

9. CB Fry, the man who played both cricket and football for England, could leap backwards onto a mantelpiece from a stationary position. He also held the long jump world record at one point, and turned down the opportunity to become king of Albania.

10. The Queen supports Arsenal.

James Morgan


  1. Bit of background on number 3 – as you might expect, it was a result of contrivance. Vance was ordered by his captain to bowl no-balls and full tosses to give away runs, in order to tempt the Canterbury batsmen (who were blocking out for a draw) to take a risk going for a win. He conceded so many runs his team nearly lost!

      • Indeed; her supporting a team managed, seemingly for ever, by a successful and much loved continental import makes complete sense.

        Meanwhile, Yorkshire have just appointed their youngest captain since Lord Hawke….

  2. ” CB Fry, the man who played both cricket and football for England, could leap backwards onto a mantelpiece from a stationary position.”

    High ceiling or low mantlepiece? Surely you’d hit your head.

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