Author Archives: Peter Cowgill

Why Ryan Giggs can play on after 40

Ryan Giggs Arsenal Goal

Ryan Giggs’ “Wonder Goal” vs Arsenal, 1999

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs turned 40 at the end of last month – and although he may no longer have the skittering quickness that was his trademark early in his career, his vision and drive are still up there with the best.

Part of the reason that Ryan Giggs Memorabilia has been so popular over the last 20 years is because of his relentless determination on the field. There is something about the way Giggs plays, an indefinable energy that injects the team with youthful playfulness and a sense of purpose. Continue reading

BBC SPOTY – 3 Facts you might not know PLUS All the Winners Since 1954

BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The SPOTY Trophy – First awarded in 1954

BBC have been running Sports Personality of the year since 1954, the most successful sport is Athletics with 17 winners. Closest to that is Formula One with 6, and Football & Boxing are on 5 winners a piece. The rest of the winners are made up from the following sports: Cycling, Tennis, Figure skating, Golf, Swimming, Eventing, Snooker, Rugby union, Rowing , Show jumping, Motorcycle racing, Horse racing, Sailing, Darts, Gymnastics and Rallying.

Here are Three Facts you may not know about BBC SPOTY… Continue reading

Sir David Attenborough – Champion of the World

 David Attenborough (22)

There aren’t so many people who can be accurately described as a national treasure – Peter Kay maybe, or Freddie Flintoff at a push – but Sir David Attenborough is surely one of them.

He’s been sharing his knowledge, enthusiasm and love of the natural world with television audiences for more than 60 years and his hushed, almost awe-struck tones have informed and captivated in equal measure.

He was an early convert to the natural world, collecting fossils, stones and specimens throughout his childhood before winning a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge, where he obtained a degree in natural sciences.

His broadcasting career started almost by accident. He’d applied, and failed, to become a BBC radio talk producer in the early 1950s but his CV remained on file and was noticed by the head of factual broadcasting for the corporation’s TV arm, which was then very much in its infancy. Continue reading

Your Personal Collection: The Value of Autographs

Collectors have sought after autographs of notable people for hundreds of years. The desire to have a personal memento from a person of importance and fame fuels the autograph collecting field. This century old practice has now emerged into what we can call a marketplace for the exchange of autographs of the world. The first and most important aspect here is the person whose signature is being collected.

Those who take the crown, in terms of popularity, are actually a very small set of people. These are the icons that we respect and look up to. Their names stay in our hearts, and their images appear regularly in our culture. Not only are they admired, everything about them is passionately sought after, and be it their principles in life or their signed autographs. Some of the most prominent examples in the sports are Diego Maradona, Michael Schumacher, Pele, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth. In our political history, names like Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln fit the bill. When it comes to the world of entertainment, the list is simple endless. From movies to stand up comedy, TV shows to rock concerts, thousands of great artists like Leonardo Di Caprio, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe deserve the title. Continue reading