Squash star on Sheffield Walk of Fame

Squash star Nick Matthew and Mayor Coun Vickie Priestley
Squash star Nick Matthew and Mayor Coun Vickie Priestley
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He’s one of Sheffield’s favourite – not to mention hardest working – sons.

And now he’s got a star to prove it.

Two-time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew has become the latest proud Sheffielder to have a plaque carrying his name placed on the pavement out side the Town Hall on the city’s Walk of Fame.

As his star was unveiled Nick told onlookers he described himself as ‘a humble squash player’ and said he was proud to join the legends on Walk of Fame.

But the 33-year-old did admit he had much in common with the Sheffielders who had been honoured before him.

Nick said: “I train as hard as Jessica Ennis, I support the same team as Michael Vaughan and I travel as much as Michael Palin!”

His name now stands alongside fellow Sheffielders Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sean Bean, Michael Palin, Derek Dooley, Michael Vaughan, Gordon Banks and Lord Sebastian Coe.

Nick, a former High Storrs School boy, claimed his maiden British Open title back in 2006 – becoming the first British-born player to lift the trophy in 67 years.

Since then he has gone on to dominate the sport, becoming a double World Squash Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner.

Wednesdayite Nick, who lives in Totley with wife Esme, has helped teach his sport to disabled pupils at Talbot Special School.

He’s a patron of several bodies and charities, including St Luke’s Hospice.

Nick, a member of Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club, is also involved with Amy’s House, a respite centre for families with children with special needs, in Handsworth.

He is part of the Yorkshire section of the Sports Aid Foundation and has a pending patronage for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.