Top honours for sporting heroes

Freddie Flintoff, honorary fellow at Myerscough College
Freddie Flintoff, honorary fellow at Myerscough College
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TWO of the Fylde’s sporting heroes have swapped athletic medals for academic honours.

Former England and St Annes cricketer Andrew Flintoff and ex England and Blackpool footballer Jimmy Armfield have picked up their latest accolades.

Jimmy Armfield gets his honorary degree from Lancaster University

Jimmy Armfield gets his honorary degree from Lancaster University

Andrew Flintoff was made an Honorary College Fellow by Myerscough College, near Garstang, at their Further Education Awards Ceremony in recognition of his outstanding cricketing career both nationally and internationally.

He said: “It’s a great honour to receive this fellowship from Myerscough College and a delight to present all these successful students with their awards.”

Ann Turner, Myerscough College’s chief executive and principal, added: “It’s a pleasure to make Andrew Flintoff an Honorary College Fellow. His outstanding achievements in cricketing, both as a player and now as an ambassador, are an inspiration to all our students.”

Meanwhile, Pool legend Jimmy Armfield can now add a Doctor of Law degree from Lancaster University to his 43 caps for England and OBE and CBE for services to football and the community.

He said: “At my stage of life it is wonderful, it’s very good.”

Dr Gavin Hyman, public orator alternate, added: “His record of dedicated service has extended far beyond the football pitch and commentators’ box.

“He is a deputy lieutenant of Lancashire and has also served as a high sheriff of Lancashire, but perhaps more significantly, he has also tirelessly served this region in much more hidden and unsung ways.”