Have you ever wondered if you live in the house once belonging to a sportsman? Or have walked along the same streets as a famous actor? Or perhaps frequented the same bakery as a world-renowned scientist? Well, wonder no more, and entertain yourself by finding out which household names hail from Staffordshire.
Dame Carol Ann Duffy
Although she was born in Glasgow, the Poet Laureate from 2009-2019 was raised in Stafford, and moved there when she was six. Duffy has gone on to have a stellar career as a poet, having won Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 1983. As well as her own literary achievements, her family also had a connection to the area, with her father having managed Stafford Football Club during their time in the area. It was whilst in school in Stafford that she realised her passion for writing.
Sir Stanley Matthews
Recognised as one of the finest footballers England has ever produced, Matthews was born in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent in 1915. His list of achievements is too long to list, but it is worth noting that he is the first person to have been awarded both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards. He also holds the record for the oldest player to have played for his country, at the age of 42.
There’s something about Staffordshire and sportsmen! Darts’ most successful ever player was born in Burslem, and continues to reside in Stoke to this day. ‘The Power’ won a whopping 14 world titles with the PDC, and somehow won seven titles in a row, as part of a run where he reached the final in 14 consecutive years. He only went and won 214 professional events in all. Not bad, eh?
The colourful former member of Take That, and who has since had a successful solo career, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, before the boyband took over the UK. He continues to work with Take That, despite quitting in 1995, as well as focusing on his personal music career.
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