Local success at international level should never be taken for granted. Nor should simply being there and representing your country.
It’s great when it’s is somebody from our area, perhaps somebody you know or grew up with, representing the country at their sport.
It gives you someone to follow within your support for England or GB.
Think Jess Ennis, Michael Vaughan, David Seaman, Peter Elliott, Jonny Marray - just some instantly springing to mind. Think the boxers from this city who have fought for world titles. Chuck in Lee Westwood too although you might reckon him as ex-Worksop now he’s debunked to Florida.
New name on the list is Joe Root. Cricket followers need no introduction after his elevation to the Test team in the winter and his success therein.
Yesterday, he played his first Test match in this country when England faced New Zealand at Lord’s. Many believe he is destined for the top in his sport and a future England captain.
If so, that would mean following the exact route of Michael Vaughan right from the Sheffield background and sharing the same club, Sheffield Collegiate.
Later this Summer comes the Ashes and increased national interest which will extend beyond normal cricket followers. Let’s hope Joe has kept his place by the time the Ashes are here in July.
I for one certainly hope so. If so, then you are going to have plenty of people around here with someone to root for - pardoning the pun of course!
* A good friend called to say he’s had a little flutter on the three Football League Play-off Finals, two of which are this weekend.
He’s based his bet on the ‘ford’ aspect of the team name.
So he’s backed Watford, Brentford and Bradford to win their respective play-offs. Lands him £130 quid if it comes off.
And talking of names and odds, what odds would you have got a few years ago of three successive FA Cup winning managers all being called Roberto? As in Roberto Martinez last Saturday, Roberto Mancini (2011) and Roberto Di Matteo (2010).
And while we are on names and teams and what have you, here’s a nice little teaser to try.
There are 13 teams in the four divisions with ‘ton’ in their name. How many can you get in, say, ten minutes. Then go to the league tables!