In a career that spanned two decades, Ryan Sidebottom got to sample some of the finest grounds in world cricket – both on home turf and overseas.
In addition to making 231 First Class appearances as a stalwart of the county game, Sidebottom pulled on the Three Lions more than 50 times and took more than 100 international wickets.
Some of his greatest successes on the international stage came overseas, on tours in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and in the West Indies for the 2010 T20 World Cup.
We spoke to the former England seamer and Dancing on Ice star in one of our ‘Barmy Army Meets’ Q&As earlier this month.
He was a fantastic guest, telling some hilarious stories, and we made sure we asked him what his favourite grounds were…
“I’d probably say Trent Bridge and Yorkshire because I played at those two grounds.”
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
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“Lord’s is special for the history. Going through the long room and the history of the place. The lunches are exceptional, so that gets my vote.”
“Times have changed now in the world of professionalism – players go to bed early and they don’t have much to drink. When I first started you’d do 10 pubs on the way back to the hotel having finished the day’s play at Scarborough.
“You’d have dirty fish and chips, then you’d probably go back and get your clubbing gear on and go out in Scarborough on a night. Then you’d bowl 30 overs the next day.”