Famous Old Boys of Ermysted’s

If you’re struggling to think of any famous Ermysted’s Old Boys, other than perhaps Simon Beaufoy (1980-83), writer of award-winning films including Slumdog Millionaire and The Full Monty, then you may be surprised by our roll-of-honour!

Arguably the most famous of all Old Boys was Iain Norman Macleod (1922) who, after various senior government positions, became Chancellor of the Exchequer on 20th June 1970 in the Ted Heath government, but who unfortunately died only 30 days later at 11 Downing Street of a heart attack. Perhaps Mr Macleod would’ve had more publicity locally if current BBC Political Correspondent Chris Mason (1991-98) had been around at the time. Chris was guest speaker at the 2014 Old Boys’ Dinner.

Ermysted’s has produced fine writers and journalists over the years with Blake Morrison (1962-69) perhaps the most prominent, becoming literary editor for The Observer and The Independent on Sunday newspapers. Michael William Austin (1958-66) was cricket correspondent of the Times newspaper; Richard Sutcliffe (1986-91) is currently chief football writer for the Yorkshire Post, and Andrew Hitchon (1974-81) was previously Editor of the Craven Herald. We have produced other talent on the stage and screen with David “Charlie” Hill (1955-62) appearing in the Full Monty, and television roles in Emmerdale and Heartbeat; Lennox Halstead Greaves (1959-66) appearing in various television and stage roles and also directing; and Jonathan “Tiny” Stevens (1969-73) appearing as Crusher/Milburn in Last of the Summer Wine in the mid-eighties as well as roles in The Bill, Emmerdale, Casualty and more recently two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

We have famous sportsmen too, with Rick Holden (1976-83) leading the way with his Premier League career for Oldham Athletic and Manchester City in the early 90s; and Andy Hodgson (1987-94) playing professional rugby league for Bradford Bulls around the same time before heading back to Wharfedale RUFC where he plays to this day. We have had cricketers too – George Thornton (1877-85) once bowled the great WG Grace and played for Yorkshire at the end of the 19th century before emigrating to South Africa for whom he played in one test match in 1902. Harry Crabtree (1918-24) played professionally for Essex 1931-47 and later set-up the MCC Youth Coaching Scheme; and Barnoldswick’s Michael Scothern played professionally at Worcestershire in 1985. Cyclist Scott Thwaites (2001-6) won Bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the 168.2km road race and rode in the 2017 Tour de France. In 2016, Muhammad Ali (2007-2012) was part of Team GB at the Rio Olympics, competing in the flyweight boxing. He was the 2014 European Youth Champion and won Silver at the Youth World Championships the same year.

We also have records of 6 OBEs, 3 MBEs and 1 OBE.

Know a famous Old Boy that we’ve missed? Get in touch and we’ll add them to this page!

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