England football team manager Gareth Southgate has a cricketing link
An old scorecard was doing the rounds on Twitter where Southgate was trying to win the game with a bat
Published - Jul 10, 2018 4:26 pm | Updated - Jul 10, 2018 4:26 pm
Gareth Southgate has become a well-known face ever since the FIFA World Cup began. The England football team manager is on a roll as his team reached the semifinals. During his days, he had been the face behind the missed penalty against Germany in the Euro Cup 1996.
22 years later, he’s setting the stage on fire as a manager. The whole nation is pumped up and cheering the slogan, “World Cup is coming home”. Other than the streets and bars of England, the passion could also be witnessed in The English cricket dressing room.
After their first penalty shoot-out win in World Cups, the likes of Chris Jordan, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali were all celebrating in spite of having lost their game. This shows how much the football culture is engrossed in the country. If you think that’s the only cricketing connection, you’ve got it absolutely wrong.
As England had an early exit from the Euro Cup 2016, future manager Gareth Southgate was busy playing some village cricket in Yorkshire’s Nidderdale League. An old scorecard was doing the rounds on Twitter where Southgate was trying to win the game with a bat.
Here’s the tweet by journalist Ed White uncovering the scorecard
All this analysis about Gareth Southgate is missing where he found the winning feeling.
— Ed White (@EdWhiteSport) July 9, 2018
As the scorecard suggests, Southgate was representing Pannal Ash 1st XI against the Spofforth 2nd XI. He also went on to stay not out on 22, guiding his team to a successful run chase. Not just that, he also hit four boundaries and took a catch off his son’s bowling.
His son Flynn Southgate was just 13 years of age at that time. He took another catch and also bowled five overs. The Pannal Ash went on to win the game by six wickets. Surely, the Pannal Ash 1st XI are missing his services at the moment, but they wouldn’t mind if Southgate can bring glory to England in the form of the World Cup.