Anthony McGrath

Yorkshire and England cricketer, Anthony McGrath, studied for his BTEC National Diploma in Leisure Studies at Bradford College in 1993 and 1994.

Anthony McGrathCricket Club in 1995 when he was just 19 and the following year he played for England on their tour of Pakistan. After his early promise he had some leaner times but he was Yorkshire’s top bowler in 2002 though he was only 6th in the batting. In 2003 he became Captain of Yorkshire and created headlines with his bowling and batting for England against Zimbabwe. He stepped down as Captain at the end of that season as he didn’t think he could do the role justice due to England duties. Anthony played in 4 Tests and 14 one-day internationals.

He signed a new contract with Yorkshire in 2007 and was only 69 runs short of reaching 1000 first class runs for a 3rd consecutive season because he missed 2 championship matches through illness and injury. His score was enough to take his county-career aggregate past 10,000. He made his current career-best score of 188 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 2007. Anthony is currently Vice-Captain of Yorkshire and is playing on magnificent form.

Anthony was already a keen cricketer, playing for Bankfoot when he came to College aged 16. He entered the 6th Form at Yorkshire Martyrs and was one of 6 pupils wanting to study BTEC National Diploma in Leisure Studies, which was a new course for the school. The course was jointly delivered with Bradford College under the leadership of College Lecturer, John Tiffany, who also coached Anthony at Bankfoot.

“I was mad on sport and so I knew I wanted to do this new course which was just getting off the ground. We came to College for an induction and then did some classes in College and some in school. I particularly remember going on a residential in the Lake District. I signed as a professional while I was still doing the BTEC and I have been playing ever since.”

John Tiffany, who retired from Bradford College 2 years ago, remembers “Anthony was the most talented sportsperson I ever taught at College. The students planned the outdoor pursuits camp at Windermere as part of their course and did climbing, sailing and all sorts of outdoor activities. I arranged for him to come back to College in November 2000 to open what was then the new Bodyworks Gym in the Westbrook Building.”

Photograph supplied by Yorkshire County Cricket Club