Friday, 4 December 2015

Carl Jenkinson the snooker star and other sporting crossover stars

The UK snooker Championship concludes this weekend in York with John Higgins looking to capture the title again having last done so in 2010.

As part of their sponsorship of the UK Snooker Championships which concludes this weekend, Betway recently invited footballers Andy Carrol and Carl Jenkinson to show off their snooker skills and pick up some new ones from baize stars Judd Trump and reigning world champion Stuart Bingham.

Hammers full back Jenkinson showed plenty of great potting ability on the baize against east London teammate Carroll, under the watchful eye of top 16 cueists Bingham and Trump, but he may need some more practise in order to compete with the big boys!

Nevertheless, the West Ham defender showed he has talents other than just on the football pitch, but which other athletes are jack-of-all-trades? Starting with our very own Ian Botham

Ian Botham – football

This legendary England all-rounder was a genuine cricket great, but off the crease, Botham was also an astute footballer and made several appearances in his country’s lower divisions, including spells at both Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United.

Joe Hart - cricket 

Manchester City and England international stopper Hart may be busy thwarting Premier League strikers each week, but the goalkeeper also possessed a talent with a bat and could have easily gone down a path towards a cricket career instead.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Taekwondo

Known for his acrobatic goals, with the aforementioned Hart having been on the receiving end of one of his special strikes last year, Ibrahimovic holds a black belt in taekwondo as well as being one of the world’s best footballers. Zlatan is definitely not a player to be messed with on the pitch!

Roy Keane – boxing

Another footballing hard man, this time bearing from the Emerald Isle. Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Keane was a nightmare for opposition players, with his aggressive approach and all-round central abilities.

However, Keane actually started off as a talented boxer as a youngster, with his parents having helped push him towards football instead, because of the dangerous nature surrounding boxing. The Irishman clearly transferred some of his ring attributes onto the pitch during his playing career though, as Patrick Vieira will know all too well!

Michael Phelps – golf

As the world record holder for the most medals ever won at the Olympic Games in his illustrious career, it’s hard to imagine Phelps being any better at another sport outside of the pool.

Although, apparently the American can drive the ball off the tee like he can dive off a platform into the water, as he has been known to hit some incredible shots.

Katie Taylor – football

Having become one of Ireland’s most dominant amateur boxers, Taylor has stormed to prominence after incredibly capturing an Olympic Gold medal in the London 2012 games.

She is the current Irish, European, World and Olympic champion in the 60 kg division, but has also previously represented the Republic of Ireland Women’s football team at a younger age. A true all-round talent.

Holly Holm – boxing

Another emphatic female sports star, this time reigning UFC bantamweight champion Holm, who recently stopped Ronda Rousey in devastating fashion to claim her current crown.

Holm is one athlete who has actually already excelled at previous sports before entering the UFC, having become the first person ever to hold world titles in both boxing and MMA.

Gary Neville – cricket

Former Red Devils defender and football pundit Neville has recently made the headlines after taking up the head coach role at La Liga club Valencia, but before his football playing career, he was a promising cricketing talent.

Neville played for Lancashire’s Under-14 side as a youngster before making it as a footballer and also for Greenmount Cricket Club in the Bolton Cricket League.

Phil Neville – cricket

Clearly both football and cricket skills ran in the Neville family, with Gary’s younger brother Phil also having been a prospect in the latter sport.

The more youthful Neville captained the England Under-15s cricket side and also became the youngest player ever to represent Lancashire’s second XI at just 15.

Jenson Button – triathlon

Former Formula 1 world champion Button is still steering for McLaren-Honda on the professional calendar, but off the track, the Briton is also a dedicated triathlon competitor.

Button’s talents in this other sport were evident earlier this year, as he secured victory in a triathlon competition in California.​

1 comment:

  1. As a ManUtd fan I'm not surprised that Roy Keane is a fan of boxing. I would love to see another boxing fan in current ManUtd squad who can scare not only opponents but his own players and make them play for the team as Keano.