What the White Rose means to us

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JOE ROOT will be celebrating Yorkshire Day as much as anybody today.

The Dore 20-year-old is following in the footsteps of former England captain Michael Vaughan by graduating from Sheffield’s Collegiate CC to open the batting for Yorkshire. It was an ambition from an early age to wear the White Rose: “From when junior cricket starts at 11-years-old I always wanted to play at the highest level.

“It’s great to be part of the Yorkshire set up. It makes it even better being from Sheffield because there’s not many of us who have played for the county.”

Root has been selected for the England Lions team who take on Sri Lanka at Scarborough tomorrow.

However, the ex King Ecgbert school student has winning a Yorkshire cap at the top of his to-do list. He said: “That’s what it’s all about. I need to contribute to the team, make lots of runs.”

For some though the stereotype of being a proud Yorkshireman is a dressing room joke.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Yorkshireman goalkeeper Nicky Weaver has been the victim of plenty of Mickey taking. “It’s the usual stuff about how Yorkshire people are tight,” he said. “Nothing very original. It was worst when I played in London, although when I was in Lancashire there was good banter too. You get quite a lot of ribbing, but I’m proud to be a Yorkshire lad.”

Barnsley-born Chris Morgan began his career with his home-town club before moving to Bramall Lane. Now assistant manager at Sheffield United he said: “It’s a great county full of honest, straight-forward people.

“We’re all proud of it. Yorkshire folk have always been hard-workers right the way through history. Steel workers and miners.

“That’s why I’ve always felt throughout my football career that, wherever you go in Yorkshire, the fans will always appreciate someone who is ready to give everything for the cause.”