Affectionately known as ‘Siddy’ to his team mates and cricket fans all over the world, Ryan Sidebottom is best known for roaring towards the wicket to release another missile in the form of a cricket ball at his opposition.
Some might say his flamboyant natural curls made him appear lion like on the pitch with a roar to match. During a game he was always a formidable opponent, but a great team player whereas off the pitch you see another side to Ryan, the fun loving happy go lucky practical joker, who supports many charities including his own cricket foundation for disadvantaged kids which runs alongside his junior cricket academy.
His dressing room antics are legendary and include ‘snipping’ holes in teammates socks, leaving a physio’s car on bricks – minus a wheel and ‘performing’ Uptown Funk using a deodrant can as a microphone!
Up Town 'Brut' you up... say what?
No one can say life in the dressing room with Ryan was ever dull and his team mates will testify to both his humour and commitment to the game. Their farewell to him upon his retirement from the game was taken in good spirits by Ryan, despite being the only one in ‘super hero’ fancy dress amongst a squad of ‘Siddys’, this time the joke was on him!
There's only one Ryan Sidebottom... no wait two... three
After 20 years at the top of the game that saw him play a major role in England winning the T20 World Cup, take a memorable test match hat-trick and be the only player in the last 15 years to win five county championships the charismatic international cricketer hung up his boots at the end of 2017 and is concentrating on adding to his TV and media CV along with other promotional work and junior cricket coaching as well as adding to his charity work, that has seen him become a key national supporter for the NSPCC amongst his other charitable causes.
I’ve always tried to play with a smile on my face and give 110% because I absolutely love the sport. It’s been an honour to represent my home county, Yorkshire, play for my country and help make history on the field, hopefully I can take some of my passion and personality into my future career.