Ryan Sidebottom


Born January 1978 the Yorkshire and England international bowler has had a distinguished career spanning 20 years as a professional with over 1000 career wickets under his belt.  He can add to his list of credits being a T20 World Cup winner and five times County Championship winner along with being the 37th ever international bowler to take a test match hatrick, which he took against New Zealand in 2008, being the 11th Englishman to take a hatrick.

Ryan’s career has spanned an impressive 20 years and he is still prolific bowler for his county Yorkshire.  During his time with England he played 22 tests averaging 28.24 with the ball bagging 5 test match 5 for’s and 1 test match 10 wicket hall. He played 25 ODI’s averaging 35.82 and 18 international T20’s averaging 19.00 culminating in playing an integral part in the England T20 World Cup winning side in 2010.

He played his first Test match in 2001 against Pakistan, this was to be his only test for some time.  He went back to his county of birth Yorkshire continuing to improve as a cricketer then moving to Nottinghamshire in 2004.  In early 2007 after an impressive period with Nottinghamshire where he was to help them to a double promotion, took 50 first-class wickets to become the Player of the Year and help them to the Championship title for the first time in 18 years, he was brought back into the England side by Michael Vaughan and took four wickets in his first innings and eight wickets in the game.

He went on to become a prolific bowler for England over the next two years. March 2008 saw him take his third five-wicket haul in the same series, breaking the previous record for an Englishman in New Zealand.  Injuries saw him lose his place in the Test side in 2009.  In 2010 he played a pivotal role in the T20 World Cup winning side led by Paul Collingwood who orchestrated a historic world cup winning victory in the final against the old adversaries Australia where Sidebottom was the leading England wicket taker with 2 wickets for 26 runs at an average of 6.5. He was joint leading wicket taker in the series, alongside Graeme Swann, taking 12 wickets.  He retired from international duty on 20 September 2010

During his time with England he was named England player of the year 2008 and man of the series two years running, against Sri Lanka in 2007 & New Zealand in 2008.  His other accolades include being named Wisden Cricketer Of The Year 2008 and being included in the ICC test team of the year in 2008. Ryan is the only player in the history of the recent game to have won five county championships, with Yorkshire in 2001, 2014 and 2015 and with Nottinghamshire in 2005 & 2010.  He was a C&G one day trophy winner with Yorkshire in 2002 and won The Dennis Compton Award in both 1999 and 2000.

The son of Yorkshire and England cricketer and Manchester United, Huddersfield and Halifax footballer Arnie Sidebottom.  He is married to Kate and is a devoted father to their two children, daughter Indiana Nell, and son Darley Jack, who has a famous godfather in England’s Jonny Bairstow, close family friend and Yorkshire team mate.

Ryan spends his time away for the game coaching children in the art of cricket.  In 2013 he set up Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy which he runs along with his hand picked team of ECB qualified coaches.  He is passionate about developing young talent and also has his own foundation for under privileged children, the children receive regular weekly coaching free of charge from himself and his coaches.

Ryan’s sporting passion outside cricket is rugby league which he has been passionate about since being taken to a Bradford Bulls game by Arnie as a child. He can often be seen on the panel of Question of Sport and enjoys a spot of tom foolery when posing as Mystery Guest having once dressed as Beyonce and performed a dance routine with backing dancers, managing not to have his identity guessed! Ryan is also ambassador for three charities, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Fable and Melanoma UK.

To book Ryan Sidebottom as the cricket speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on

When at corporate events, Ryan is known to cover the following topics:

  • Sporting Success
  • England Test Cricket
  • Sporting Injury
  • Cricket Coaching
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity

“Ryan Sidebottom, was the perfect guest. He embraced the club perfectly. He was insightful and interesting in his after dinner Q&A and made a great effort to get to know everyone at the event. I genuinely cannot speak highly enough of him and am very happy to go down as the social secretary that booked him!” – University Of Warwick