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Darren Gough MBE has returned to Yorkshire for a third spell, but this is his first in an administrative and coaching position, taking up the role of managing director of cricket in December 2021.
A Yorkshire and England legend, the Barnsley-born former seamer claimed almost 1,500 wickets across all formats during a decorated 20-season career between 1989 and 2008.
Gough won the County Championship title in 2001 with Yorkshire and claimed 760 wickets across all formats and scored 4,244 runs as a more than useful lower order batter.
The 51-year-old’s previous two spells at Headingley came either side of three seasons with Essex, the county where he has been based whilst forging a successful media career which came to an end with this appointment.
He debuted for Yorkshire in 1989, left for Chelmsford ahead of 2004 and returned home ahead of 2007 to finish his career as captain for two seasons.
He claimed a hat-trick at Sydney in 1999, becoming the first Englishman to claim an Ashes Test hat-trick in 100 years, the previous achieved by Jack Hearne at Headingley in 1899.
Dazzler, as he was affectionately nicknamed, embarks on his first major coaching role, though he has held previous bowling consultancy roles with England in 2017 and 2019.
“I am certain we can make Headingley roar again,” he said in his arrival press release.
That was something his all-action, never say die attitude regularly did, be it wearing a Yorkshire or an England shirt.
Gough’s first-class career best haul of 7-28 came at Headingley in a big win against Lancashire in early 1995, while he certainly made ‘Headingley roar’ in 1998 when taking the winning wicket for England as they claimed a 2-1 Test series victory over South Africa.
That famous final morning when crowds flocked to LS6 to see if England could take the final two wickets to win will forever be etched in Headingley folklore, with Gough trapping Makhaya Ntini lbw to spark wild celebrations.
It was a win which secured England’s first five-Test Match series victory the 1986/87 Ashes, with Gough finishing with 6-42 in the second innings – his best Test bowling analysis across his 58-game career.
In that match, Gough claimed his 100th Test wicket – he went on to take 229 in all – and the 500th scalp of his first-class career.
Milestone dates in Gough’s magical career include a Yorkshire first-team cap in 1993, Test and ODI debuts in 1994, being named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1999, a Yorkshire beneficiary in 2001 and a club skipper in 2007 and 2008.
Now, Monday December 6, 2021 could be classed as the most important date of them all given he is now central to the rebuild of a club which will once again rise to be the greatest of them all after recent, well documented, difficulties.