Remembering the county’s most famous homegrown talent
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Staffordshire and the surrounding areas is a beautiful place. We don’t need to convince you of that. But what we locals do need reminding of on occasions is the vast array of talented individuals who have come from the area. There have been a lot.
The county is already blessed when it comes to historical figures and Lord of the Rings creators who once lived here, but we’re here to highlight the stars of today who are very much still representing Staffordshire loudly and proudly.
So, without further ado, we thought it was time to remember some of the county’s most famous homegrown talent and to highlight their success in our own little way.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor
Darts has become big business, and that’s largely thanks to the achievements of Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, who helped propel the sport into the public consciousness after breaking endless records and recording massive success overall. We all enjoy settling down to watch the darts, snacks in hand and video poker games like the ones you find at https://www.casino.com/uk/videopoker/ fired up and ready to go, especially in Stoke, and especially when Phil Taylor was playing. Having won 16 world championships, The Power is a true legend of the sport.
Easily one of the most well-known figures to have come from the community, Robbie Williams has gone on to become one of the best selling solo artists of all time after selling more than 75 million records, alongside arguably his biggest achievement of all – being born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. His solo career has sent him into legendary status, but his success with Take That really shot him to stardom, especially when he departed the band in 1995. The rest is history, as they say, and everyone still can’t stop singing Angels.
When Lemmy passed away in 2015, the whole of the music world was shocked, as was his beloved hometown of Stoke. The heavy metal icon was the frontman of the hugely successful band Motorhead, where he cemented himself as one of the greatest frontmen of all-time. Sadly, though, his lifestyle eventually caught up with him. His real name of Ian Kilmister might not be on everyone’s lips, but his nickname certainly will be, and for a good while yet. Rest in peace, Lemmy.
Guns N’Roses lead guitarist Slash is another huge name to hail from the county, having been born in London, but subsequently raised in Stoke. When you’re labelled as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history, then you must have done something pretty damn right. The fact he’s from Stoke too, though, makes Slash even better.
Sir Stanley Matthews
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Football fans might listen to Oasis and claim to know everything about the Premier League, but if they’ve never heard of Sir Stanley Matthews, then they simply aren’t worth talking to. Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame following his death, Matthews was a joy to watch with a ball at his feet. Born and bred in Hanley, Stoke, Sir Stanley Matthews is a God around these parts, and rightly so too.
Stan Collymore isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re from the Cannock area, then he’s a complete and utter legend. He grew up in the town before going on to have a very good career in football, playing for the likes of Aston Villa and Liverpool, where he was known for his goal-getting capabilities. His off the field antics blighted his career somewhat, but he appears to have grown up and learnt from his mistakes these days, which is good to see.