In The Hotseat with Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan headshot
Michael Vaughan headshot

MICHAEL Vaughan was born in Manchester in 1974 and went on to become one of Yorkshire and England’s finest cricketers.

A right-handed opening batsmen, he made his debut for Yorkshire in 1993 and went on to make his England debut in 1999.

He retired from the professional game in 2009, not before playing alongside Whitby’s Adam Lyth in the Yorkshire side.

Arguably his finest achievement was leading England to victory in The Ashes in 2005.

He now spends time mentoring the under 19s at Yorkshire CCC while also working in the media as an expert summariser for the BBC’s Test Match Special team.

Editor Jon Stokoe spoke to Michael about his love of Trenchers’ fish and chips, his hopes on visiting the area on a more regular basis when his pad at the Raithwaite Hall development is completed next year, and enjoying a drop of red wine.

1 What are your first memories of Whitby?

Enjoying fish and chips at Trenchers.

2 What makes Whitby special to you?

I have only been to Whitby three times.

But my place up at Raithwaite Hall should be ready by early March so I’ll be visiting more often.

3 Life’s highlight?

Career highlight has to be winning the Ashes in 2005.

And my life’s highlight would be the births of my three children.

4 Biggest regret?

I don’t have any.

5 What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Poached eggs on toast.

6 What is your favourite eating place?

Trenchers in Whitby and Zuma, a Japanese restaurant, in London.

7 What is your favourite pub?

I don’t really go to pubs but I do like Nonnas in Sheffield.

8 Where are the best fish and chips?

Trenchers and Rennards in Scarborough are good.

9 What is your worst habit?

Drinking too much coffee.

10 Where was your last holiday?

South Africa.

11 When was the last time you cried?

When I resigned as captain of England.

12 What would be your ideal day in Whitby?

A walk along the beach, a round at Whitby Golf Club, fish and chips at Trenchers and chill out at Raithwaite Hall.

13 What was your first job?

A cricketer.

My first team was Sheffield Collegiate.

14 What is your favourite film?

Roadhouse.

15 What is your favourite book?

I like autobiographies.

I have just read Chris Evans’ new one.

16 If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?

I’d probably put it away.

I’d also treat a few people and look after my family.

17 Dracula or Captain Cook?

Captain Cook.

18 What is your signature dish?

Spag bol.

19 Favourite drink?

I like a nice red wine like an Italian amarone or a Australian Chiraz.

An Ernie Els red wine is good too.

20 What would be your epitaph?

I’d probably just say I’ve enjoyed my life.