We have that Friday feeling buzzing round the office today and the fact that we get an extra day in bed as its bank holiday has us all smiling. So why not sit back and take 5 minutes to have a read through this weeks Fun Fact Friday.
Gareth Barry was the first person ever from Hastings to play in the world cup. Garath started his career at Brighton & Hove Albion before going to Aston Villa which he went on to captain. Barry signed for Manchester City football club until his contract expired and he joined Everton. This is where you will find the footballer now.
Neil (Razzor) Ruddock
Razzor and his wife Leah live in Hastings. The footballer made his debut at Millwall FC in 1986. He had a long career with Spurs, Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace and QPR. In January 2015 a 46-year-old Ruddock came out of retirement to sign for United Counties League side Wellingborough Whitworth.
Mike was a former pupil at William Parker and has played a part in Sussex Cricket for almost two decades, having come up through the ranks of the County Age Group squads. He was a part of the Sussex squad that won the historic County Championship in 2003, the first time the County had been victorious in their 164-year history. Mike cemented his place in the side during the 2004 season ‘Yards’ has played 167 first-class matches for Sussex, scoring over 9,000 runs in the process, whilst his 166 List A games for the County have yielded over 3,000 runs and more than 100 wickets.
Lee was a British International Motorcycle Speedway driver who was born in Hastings. He represented Great Britain at senior and under-21 level and featured in several world cup tournaments. He was also a fully fledged Grand Prix rider from 2003 until 2006. Sadly Lee passed away in 2012 following a crash in Poland.
Tulsen is a former rugby league player or the 1990s and 200s. He was born in Hastings but moved to Australia as a young child. He played rugby in Australia for Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels. After moving back to England he was selected for the Great Britain squad to tour Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Zealand.
Kevin is another footballer born in Hastings. His career first took off at Portsmouth before he went onto play at Sunderland. He played 389 games at Sunderland scoring 27 goals. In 1992 he played in the FA Cup final.
George Digweed MBE was born in Hastings. He is a 23 times World Champion Clay Shooter and is one of England’s most accomplished sporting champions. John is also the brother of the DJ Jon Digweed.
British Darts player Shayne Burgess also comes from Hastings. Shayne first played super-league at the age of 14. Nicknamed the ‘Bulldog’ he played in a nail-biting world championship quarter final in 2000.
Professional snooker player Mark Davis was born in St.leonards Davis became professional in 1991. The highlights of his career so far are winning the Benson & Hedges championship in 2002 and the six-red snooker world championships 3 times.
Leicester City player Dean Hammond was born in Hastings. He previously played for Brighton & Hove Albion and Colchester United. In 2009 Hammond signed a three year contract with Southampton he then rejoined Brighton before being signed for Leicester City.
Another Hastings born footballer Nikki Bull started his career as a school boy at Aston Villa. Nikki had spells with QPR and Hayes. Bull then moved onto Aldershot where he was named Keeper of the Year. He signed for Brentford in 2009 for a year before moving onto Whycombe Wanderers. Nikki currently plays for Margate.
Smith began his career with Hastings Town before being snapped up by Nottingham Forest. Paul failed to make the first team of Nottingham Forest so moved to Lincoln City. Unfortunately due to back injury’s he had to retire but made a comeback in 2004 for Llkeston Town before moving on to Sheffield and finally Galpwell.