Liam Botham

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Liam Botham
Personal information
Full name Liam James Botham
Date of birth (1977-08-26) 26 August 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 15 st (95 kg)
School Rossall School
Relatives Ian Botham
Club information
Position Second row, Wing
Current club Retired
Youth clubs
Years Club
Windhill CC
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
1996
1996–1997
1997–2000
2000–2003
2003
2003–2005
2003–2004
2005
2005
Hampshire Cricket
West Hartlepool
Cardiff RU
Newcastle Falcons
Bradford Bulls
Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Tykes
London Broncos
Wigan Warriors

14(15)
29(120)
74(111)


19 (10)

5 (0)
Representative teams
2000 England u21
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Liam James Botham (born 26 August 1977 in Doncaster) is a former rugby player who played rugby union and later rugby league. He is the son of English Test cricketer Ian Botham. His godfather is the former West Indian cricket captain Viv Richards.

Career[edit]

Botham initially followed in his father's footsteps, playing county cricket for Hampshire. He took the wicket of former England captain Mike Gatting on his County Championship debut. However, he left the sport in 1997 after just one season to play rugby union for West Hartlepool. He made his debut for the England under-21 team the same year, before successive moves to Cardiff and Newcastle Falcons.

Botham was first called up to the senior England squad by Clive Woodward for the 2000 England rugby union tour of South Africa.[1] However he was ultimately never capped at this level.

While at Newcastle the club won the Tetley Bitter Cup and reached the final of the European Shield. In 2003, he switched sports again, signing for Super League club Leeds Rhinos. Although playing well for the Rhinos, the 2004 Superleague Champions, Botham signed for struggling Wigan towards the end of the season, feeling he could not get a regular place in the Rhinos team.

In 2005, he announced his retirement aged 27 after a neck injury. Towards the end of the 2006 season, there were signs that he might return to playing competitive cricket: he played a significant role in an England XI victory against Lancashire in a testimonial match for Andrew Flintoff at Old Trafford. In 2006, Botham set up a company with his friend James Miller; Botham & Miller will offer executive sporting trips to South Africa, Australia and other destinations.

Between 2006 and 2008 he played for, and was latterly captain of, Northallerton Town 1st XI in the North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League before moving on to Middlesbrough in the same league in 2009.

Post-playing career[edit]

Since retiring, Botham runs a sports travel company, and lives in London.

Personal life[edit]

Botham married Sarah-Jayne, with whom he has three children, Regan (22), James (18) and Imani-Jayne (15); the couple divorced in 2011. Their son James, born in Cardiff whilst Botham was playing rugby there, is a student at Sedbergh School, and in March 2016 was selected at flanker for the Wales under-18 rugby team against Scotland.[2]

Botham married Northern Ireland socialite Lisa Harrison on the Caribbean island of Mustique in 2013. She gave birth to their son Benji in July 2015.[3]

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