Famous people from Manchester

There are many people from the world of television, music and sports that come from Manchester. A lot of us would have seen these famous faces either on the television or on the sporting fields in the Northwest.

Here is a list of some of the more famous people we have watched over the years on our screens.

The Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, from Manchester, formed the rock band Oasis in the 1990’s and went onto global success with a number of massive hits and sell out tours watched by thousands and thousands. The brothers did fall out many times before they had separate careers away from each other.

The Bee Gees, one of the best-known bands in the world, was formed by the Gibb brothers Barry, Robin & Maurice in 1958. They lived in Chorlton, Manchester in the 1950’s before moving to Australia. Selling more than 120 million records around the globe over decades has made The Bee Gees probably one of the biggest and watched bands.

Davy Jones of The Monkees was born in Openshaw, Manchester, although The Monkees were mainly an American group. They started as just a band but became so huge they had their own TV show with the same name which I used to watch. He also appeared in the Manchester based soap opera Coronation Street.

The band the Stone Roses, founded in Manchester, consisting of Ian Brown, Alan Wren (Reni) and John Square were part of the Manchester “Madchester” music scene that started in the late 1980’s. They have played many places but many of the original fans enjoyed watching them again at Heaton Park, Manchester when they rejoined to start touring again.

Part of the Madchester music era were The Happy Mondays. The band was formed in Salford, Manchester in the 1980’s and the best-known band members are Shaun Ryder and Bez. They helped to put Manchester on the music map with their distinctive style of music. Shaun and Bez have more recently been watched on reality, music and quiz TV shows.

Take That are one of the largest selling bands around the world and have direct link with Manchester via band member Jason Orange (born in Manchester). Still touring and making records today they are watched by millions when they announce a tour or appear on TV. Take That performed as part on the London Olympic Games ceremonies in 2012.

Many other bands, known to us, have come from Manchester. These include Simply Red, The Chemical Brothers, M-People and Sad Café. All these Manchester bands have helped to make Manchester a centre of great music over the years for many of us to listen to and watched on music channels like MTV.

Famous sporting faces, from Manchester, that have been watched from the stands and terraces of the grounds and stadiums have come from many different sports.

Football has always been a massive part of Manchester, having two of the biggest football clubs in the world. Manchester City and Manchester United always fill their stadium every time they play each other with fans waiting to watch their idols. Some of the players from Manchester who have played for City and United over the years include Joe Corrigan, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nobby Stiles, Nicky Butt, Peter Barnes, Colin Bell, Paul Scholes, Francis Lee, Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden. These are just a few that have been watched every week by many fans at home or on the terraces. We must not forget the other less watched football teams of Salford F C, F C United of Manchester and Abbey Hey F C.

The other main sport in Manchester in Cricket. The Lancashire County Cricket ground is based at Old Trafford, Manchester (Not to be confused with the football stadium of the same name). Again, there are many Manchester born cricketers that have played the sport for Lancashire and England. The most famous one of these is former England captain Michael Atherton, now providing commentary on TV for many years. He was born in Failsworth near Manchester in 1968. We have watched him on these shows giving great commentary for a while now. Other sports played and watched in Manchester are Basketball, Cycling and Speedway. These may not get the huge crowds going to watch them, like Football and Cricket, but still get a good following. Cycling has been a big success since the Manchester Velodrome was built in 2002 and you can regularly watch our Olympic cyclists training there.

Author: M Flanders

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