Arnie Sidebottom

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Arnie Sidebottom
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-04-01) 1 April 1954 (age 62)
Place of birth Shawlands, Barnsley, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Manchester United 16 (0)
1975–1978 Huddersfield Town 61 (5)
1978–1979 Halifax Town 21 (2)
Total 98 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Arnie Sidebottom
Personal information
Full name Arnold Sidebottom
Born (1954-04-01) 1 April 1954 (age 62)
Shawlands, Barnsley, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
Relations RJ Sidebottom (son)
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 512) 11 July 1985 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1973–1991 Yorkshire
1981–1984 Orange Free State
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA
Matches 1 228 240
Runs scored 2 4508 1304
Batting average 2.00 22.42 14.98
100s/50s –/– 1/13 –/1
Top score 2 124 52*
Balls bowled 112 30645 11399
Wickets 1 596 264
Bowling average 65.00 24.42 26.65
5 wickets in innings 23 2
10 wickets in match 3
Best bowling 1/65 8/72 5/27
Catches/stumpings –/– 63/– 51/–
Source: CricketArchive, 16 April 2010

Arnold "Arnie" Sidebottom (born 1 April 1954 in Shawlands, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England)[1] is an English former footballer and cricketer, who played cricket for Yorkshire and played one Test match for England.


Sidebottom started off as a professional footballer, playing as a central defender. He joined Manchester United as an amateur in January 1971, and turned professional in 1972. He replaced the injured Jim Holton during the 1974–75 season in the Second Division.[2] He did help United win the Second Division Championship in that season, but was soon transferred in January 1976 to Huddersfield Town, after making 20 appearances for United.[3] He later played for Halifax Town as well.

In 2007, he was voted in at Number 5 in The Times poll of the "50 Worst footballers (to grace the top division)."[4]


Sidebottom also had a cricketing career, and first played for Yorkshire in 1973, but did not win his county cap till 1980. Test match cricket seemed to have passed him by when he went to South Africa as part of the rebel tour led by Graham Gooch in 1982, which also earned him a three-year Test ban.[1] He also played for Orange Free State. After the ban ended, he was a surprise call up for the Trent Bridge Test in 1985 against Australia, where he took 1 for 65 before limping off injured. His only wicket was that of Bob Holland. Sidebottom himself admitted that his Test selection came when he was past his prime.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

He continued playing for Yorkshire until 1991, and then went into coaching. He finally left Yorkshire in 2003.

Arnie Sidebottom now coaches football and cricket to pupils at Woodhouse Grove School, West Yorkshire. He also coaches young cricketers at Thongsbridge Cricket Club and the Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His son, Ryan Sidebottom, is a left-arm fast bowler who has played cricket for both Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, and has also represented England – in both Tests and One Day Internationals. He retired from international cricket in September 2010 and domestic cricket in 2017.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 146. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ Ponting, Ivan (1999). The Red Army: Four Decades of Player Profiles. London: Hamlyn. p. 97. ISBN 0-600-59681-8. 
  3. ^ "Player roll call". Archived from the original on 27 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-03. 
  4. ^ Murphy, Alex (4 July 2007). "50 worst footballers". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  5. ^ Cricinfo - Gene genie
  6. ^ "Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ryan Sidebottom retires from England international duty". BBC Sport. 20 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 

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