Matthew Hoggard MBE
Matthew Hoggard MBE is one of the most successful international cricketers to have played for England and he was a vital member of the inspirational England side that won the epic Ashes series of 2005.
2006 not only saw him named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year, he was also officially ranked the 4th best Test Match bowler in the world and became the 10th England bowler to take 200 Test wickets. Off the pitch, he was named in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list for an MBE.
He also holds the impressive acclaim of being the 6th highest-wicket taker in England’s test match history with 248 wickets from 67 matches, an accolade which highlights his professionalism further.
After being released by Yorkshire at the end of the 2009 season, Matthew was immediately announced as the new captain for Leicestershire County Cricket. He took his 700th first-class wicket during the 2010 campaign and continues to be an asset on the field as an opening bowler and off the field as a mentor to the teams’ younger professionals. A true leader, Matthew captained Leicester County Cricket Club to their third T20 win in August 2011, after the most dramatic finals day in T20 history.
With his international career at an end, Matthew has had the opportunity to increase his profile within the media, releasing his book ‘Hoggy: Welcome to My World’ in 2009 and contributing regularly to the Independent’s website during England’s Summer Test series against India in 2011.
Playing a pivotal role in one of the most successful periods in English cricket, Matthew has a remarkable story to tell and is a great asset to the after dinner circuit. Delivering his speeches with great enthusiasm, he is sure to make your evening a resounding success, entertaining your guests with tales from over a decade competing against some of the greatest cricketers in history.
A true cricketing legend, Matthew certainly knows the pressure that comes with taking part in some of the most spectacular sporting events in the world. Having experienced many highs and lows in his career, the Leicestershire County Cricket captain is the perfect motivational speaker for any company looking to inspire a winning attitude amongst their workforce.
Known as one of England’s greatest ever swing bowlers, Matthew specialises in seam/swing bowling master classes and is the perfect tutor for cricketers of all levels.
As a trusted ambassador, he has worked with companies small and large throughout his career and using his wealth of experience from working with the media, Matthew is the perfect candidate to gain mass exposure for brands.
"Matthew was fantastic!! We loved him, thank you so much. Five star. What a lovely, genuine, grounded man, put everyone at their ease. I myself was able to have a good giggle with him and when he spoke, it was from the heart and he absolutely got to the level of the audience and the kids. Afterwards, he was so good with kids and adults and accommodating about signing stuff and having pics taken."
Malcolm Gough, Head of Sutton Valence Prepatory School
"It was great to meet Matthew at the annual dinner for our village cricket club, Burton Agnes. He was able to chat with our players and guests and his speech or his reflections on a career stretching from Pudsey to an MBE proved that success hadn’t spoiled him. You can take a Yorkshireman out of his county but success hasn’t taken the Yorkshire out of Matthew."
Dave Jackson - Burton Agnes Cricket Club
“Thank you for your assistance with the arrangements with Matthew for our dinner on Friday night. Could you please pass on my thanks on to Matthew as well. The night appears to have gone down as a success and I think in many ways down to Matthew who was a great speaker and guest. I would highly recommend him for future dinners.”
Sophie Graham, Saint & Co Chartered Accountants