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4 of Cornwall’s Famous Sporting Sons and Daughters

28th April 2020

When you’re stuck on the tip of a country, it can sometimes feel like making a national sports squad or development team will only ever be a dream rather than a reality. However, there are some Duchy athletes who dare to dream and have made it into the highest echelons of their respective sports. Here are just some of them from past and present.

Mike Trebilcock

1966 wasn’t just the year England lifted the World Cup. Mike Trebilcock also became the first black man ever to score in an FA Cup final, ousting England international Fred Pickering to be included in the Everton squad. He repaid his manager’s faith, scoring twice to seal a memorable come from behind victory.

Trebilcock began his footballing life at Tavistock and Plymouth Argyle before moving to Everton. He now resides in Australia’s warmer climes. If you think the current Everton squad can re-live its former FA Cup glories there are plenty of free bets available online, where you can check the current odds.

Football field

Trebilcock won the FA Cup and then sailed off south of the equator


Ben Ainslie

If there’s one sport that people from Cornwall should be well acquainted with, it's sailing. But nobody expected the country to produce the greatest sailor ever to set foot on a boat.

He harvested medals in five successive Olympic games including a grand total of four gold medals. It all started at Restronguet Creek near Falmouth for the great man, who more recently won the revered Americas Cup.


Ainslie recently got married to Sky Sports presenting beauty Georgie Thompson


Helen Glover

Another water-based sports personality, but one from a freshwater background rather than the high seas.

Glover and her British Olympic rowing colleague, Heather Stanning, dominated the world for 39 consecutive races before retaining gold medals they won at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Glover is still undecided about whether to go for more gold at the next Olympics.

Phil Vickery

The man known as Raging Bull is Cornwall’s most capped England international rugby player ever, famously lifting the World Cup in 2003. He then captained the Sweet Chariot to the final in 2007, narrowly missing out to the Spring Boks.

Vickery’s journey to the top began on the rucks and mauls found in Bude and Redruth, where he terrorised locals before going on to represent Gloucester and Wasps in the English Premiership.


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