Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff MBE
Cricketing legend turned television presenter and broadcaster, Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is now a regular face on our screens. Since retiring from professional cricket, Freddie has been keeping busy filming action and adventure programmes, and eye-opening documentaries. No challenge too big or small, the cricketer's motivation is infectious. Comfortable in front of the camera, Freddie is an excellent after-dinner speaker for any audience.
Andrew Flintoff, commonly known as Freddie, joined his local club in Lytham St Annes at the age of 13, frequently impressing with his hard-hitting batting style and ability to score quick runs. It was from there that Lancashire signed him.
He struggled to make the step up to county level: his first-class debut in August 1995 against Hampshire was marked by a nervous display in the field.
In Andrew’s early county and international career, he was considered a raw but unfulfilled talent, facing criticism from all corners, about his weight, concentration, and excessive drinking.
It was the 2001 tour to India, on possibly his worst international batting form, that Andrew felt he had a turning point in his career, specifically the crucial final one-day match. Entrusted with bowling the final over with India needing 11 to win, he ran out Anil Kumble and bowled Javagal Srinath with successive balls to win the match, ripping off his shirt in celebration.
In 2004, a newer, fitter Freddie was called into the England squad against New Zealand and the West Indies as a specialist batsman, scoring two consecutive centuries in the series and hitting seven sixes in one innings.
Over the course of England's record-breaking summer, he hit a half-century in all seven victorious Tests. At the end of the season he was named as the inaugural winner of the ICC Award for one-day player of the year, and the Professional Cricketers' Association player of the year.
For his achievements throughout the 2005 Ashes series, won by England, he was named as "Man of the Series", and his achievement also won him the inaugural Compton-Miller Medal. He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of Preston.
In the same year Freddie was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and in 2006 he found himself in the New Year's Honours List with an MBE.
In February 2006 he was named captain of the England team and subsequently announced that he would be staying in India for the entire Test series, although he and his wife were expecting their second child.
Andrew returned as captain of the England team for the 2006-07 Ashes series in Australia, despite captaining his team, injuries he had suffered throughout his career all became too much.
In 2009 he officially announced his retirement from cricket due to a succession of crippling injuries, but not before he had established himself as one of the great heroes of the modern game.
Although, this was not quite the end, he briefly came back to cricket in 2014 to play Twenty20 before finally retiring for good.
Moving into TV, Andrew is a team Captain in the panel show A League of their own, he had his own show on ITV2: Freddie Flintoff versus The World and he has also worked with numerous channels to make sporting and wildlife documentaries. He won Australia’s version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! In 2015, and in the same year hosted Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week.
Andrew Flintoff MBE, one of the great British cricket heroes, while still remaining very much a part of the cricket industry in his role as a President of The PCA (Professional Cricketers Association), he is now concentrating on life as a television personality and a charismatic and motivational after-dinner speaker.
His speaking topics include:
- Reaching the top of your game in sport
- Overcoming injury and facing adversity
- Cricket and boxing
- Freddie’s motivational story