There will be plenty of top-class Yorkshire sporting talent on show when BBC A Question of Sport’s biggest ever live tour hits the county.
Host Sue Barker and team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson head to Hull Bonus Arena on Friday 17 September, Sheffield City Hall on Sunday 19 September and Leeds First Direct Arena on Saturday 28 November. The tour also takes in dates in Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool.
Among the guest stars joining Sue, Matt and Phil in Yorkshire will be local Olympians Nile Wilson, Bryony Page and Jack Laugher together with former Leeds United star Danny Mills and White Rose cricket hero Ryan Sidebottom.
Superbike legend Carl Fogarty, Paralympic Games great Dame Sarah Storey – who won her 17th gold medal in Tokyo only this week – former England cricket all-rounder Dominic Cork, Euro Tour golfer Sophie Walker and athletes Kelly Sotherton and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey are also confirmed among the line-ups.
The guest line-ups for the Yorkshire shows are:
Hull Bonus Arena, Friday 17 September:
Carl Fogarty is a British motorsport legend and one of the most successful World Superbike racers of all time. In a glittering career the Lancashire-born racer – known as ‘Foggy’ – won the World Superbike title no fewer than four times (in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999). He holds the second highest number of race wins ever at 59.
Harrogate-born Jack Laugher won gold in Rio 2016 with partner Chris Mears in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard – the pair becoming Britain’s first diving Olympic champions in the process. Three-time European champion Jack followed his Rio Gold bronze in the individual 3m springboard just weeks ago in Tokyo.
Flamboyant England international pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom played for both Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire during his 20-year first-class cricket career – winning five County Championships. Huddersfield-born Ryan took more than 1,000 career wickets – including 79 test wickets – before retiring in 2017.
Grimsby-born Sophie Walker’s passion for golf started at a very young age. By 15 she became English Girls champion and later Ladies Strokeplay champion before going on to play more than 150 European Tour events. She is now a popular media analyst, commentator and coach.
Sheffield City Hall, Sunday 19 September:
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey – the 2005 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and the first athlete to win gold medals at both 100m and 200m at the World Youth Championships – won gold in the 4x100m relay at the European Championships in both 2014 and 2018, and gold in the same event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Sheffield University graduate Bryony Page became the first British trampolinist to win an Olympic medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won the silver medal. Five years later, at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, she once again reached the podium winning a brilliant bronze medal.
Dame Sarah Storey is Britain’s most successful Paralympian. She has an incredible 17 gold medals to her name – the first five from swimming before her switch to cycling. Her 17th gold medal came only this week as she won the C4-5 Road Race. She has now won all bike events entered dating back to her Games debut on two wheels in Beijing in 2008.
All-rounder Dominic Cork played 37 tests and 32 one day matches for England in a 21-year first class cricket career which saw him play for Derbyshire, Lancashire and Hampshire. He amassed more than 10,000 first class runs and more than 1,000 wickets.
Leeds First Direct Arena, Saturday 28 November:
Ryan Sidebottom together with:
Triple Olympic medalist Kelly Sotherton is one of the most influential and passionate female voices in British Sport. She won Olympic Heptathlon bronze at both Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) where she also won bronze in the 4x400m. With two World Championship medals, to add to a Commonwealth Heptathlon gold, Kelly is one of Britain’s most decorated track and field athletes.
Danny Mills is a former Norwich, Charlton, Leeds, Manchester City and England full-back. He helped Leeds reach the 2001 UEFA Champions League semi-final. He played 19 times for England, including every minute of the Three Lions’ five matches at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Leeds-born gymnast Nile Wilson was Great Britain’s first ever Olympic medalist in the Horizontal Bar when he won a Bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. With two golds, one silver and a bronze medal to his name, Nile is England’s most decorated ever Commonwealth Games gymnast.
A Question of Sport Live is the perfect way for fans to see the hit show up close in a thrilling live environment. The live shows – which follow the popular TV format, and feature many of the rounds and challenges fans know and love – will be a fun-packed and joyous lap of honour for Sue, Matt and Phil who stepped down from the hit BBC TV show earlier this year.
Final tickets for this unmissable show – A Question of Sport’s first live tour in more than a decade – are available via ticketmaster.co.uk
A Question of Sport Live is brought to you by Cuffe and Taylor, Live Nation and Simon Fielder Productions in association with BBC Studios. Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, said: “This tour has been two years in the planning so we cannot wait for these unmissable shows to happen. We are delighted to be able to announce a host of sporting favourites – including many world champions, Olympians and household names – will be joining Sue, Matt and Phil. Demand for tickets has been truly phenomenal so I would advise any fans to not delay in getting theirs.”
The full A Question Of Sport Live tour dates are:
Wednesday 8 September, Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Saturday 11 September, Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall (matinée)
Saturday 11 September, Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall (evening)
Sunday 12 September, Brighton, Brighton Centre
Wednesday 15 September, Plymouth, Pavilions
Friday 17 September, Hull, Bonus Arena
Saturday 18 September, Cardiff, Arena
Sunday 19 September, Sheffield, City Hall
Thursday 23 September, Glasgow, SEC Armadillo
Friday 24 September, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Monday 27 September, London, Palladium
Sunday 21 November, London, Eventim Apollo (matinée)
Sunday 21 November, London, Eventim Apollo (evening)
Wednesday 24 November, Newcastle, City Hall
Sunday 28 November, Leeds, First Direct Arena
Monday 29 November, Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
Tuesday 30 November, Southampton, Mayflower Theatre
Sunday 5 December, Birmingham, Symphony Hall (matinée)
Sunday 5 December, Birmingham, Symphony Hall (evening)