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Famous Coventrians

Coventry born (122)

NameFamous for...Notes 
Alexander, GrahamFootballer(b.1971) Scottish international full-back who made over 1,000 professional appearances, becoming only the 2nd in the history of English football. Wiki entry 
Armstrong, RobertGuitar maker(b.1947) Internationally renowned guitar maker. Article 
Arthur, Robert "Bobby"Boxer(b.1945) Coventry-born boxer who won the British Welterweight Championship in 1972 with a victory over John H. Stracey, Career record. Wiki entry 
Ashby, Graham CliveBowls champion(b.1966) Seven-times Warwickshire Singles champion. Has appeared in four National Championship finals, winning Pairs (1998), runner-up in Singles (1999 & 2011) and Triples (1999). Elected National Bowler of the Year 1999. England International 2003. Former member of Stoke and Rugby bowling clubs, now in his second spell with the Avenue club in Gaveston Road. The Free Library 
Atkins, John F.Professional cyclist(b.1942) 12 times National Cyclo-cross champion. Wiki entry 
Back, Neil Antony, MBEEngland rugby international(b.1969) Educated at Woodlands School. England and British & Irish Lions flanker, playing his club rugby for Leicester Tigers. Wiki entry 
Barratt, Keren P.J.Football referee(b.1946) Football League referee who took charge of the 1993 FA Cup Final and replay between Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday. Wiki entry 
Barrowcliffe, Mark D.Novelist(b.1964) Also writes under the pen-name "M.D. Lachlan". Wiki entry 
Beaton, Stephen "Steve"Professional darts player(b.1964) He won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) version of the World Professional Darts Championship in 1996, having won the World Masters in 1993. Wiki entry 
Bell, Ian Ronald, MBEEngland cricketer(b.1982) Warwickshire and England cricketer. ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2006. Man of Series, England v Australia Ashes 2013. 100th test and 150th ODI appearances, 2014. Wiki entry 
Blakemore, JohnPhotography(b.1936) Photographer working in landscape photography and still life. Wiki entry 
Boddington, Peter JamesBoxer(b.1942) ABA Heavyweight Champion in 1967. Silver medallist in European Championship 1967. Wiki entry 
Bray, CharlesSocial reformer, philanthropist(1811-1884) Wealthy ribbon manufacturer and local newspaper owner who helped to found The Coventry Labourers & Artisans Co-operative Society mid-19th century. Wiki entry 
Bunney, Sydney JohnArtist(1877-1928) Locally-born artist famous for early 20th century paintings of Coventry. Wiki entry 
Cadman, Elijah (aka "Fiery Elijah")Evangelist(1843-1927) From humble beginnings became a leading Salvationist. Wiki entry 
Carey (née Taylor), Sheila Janet, MBEAthlete(b.1946) Olympic athlete who finished 4th in Women's 800m Final (1968) and 5th in 1500m Final (1972). Wiki entry 
Cartwright, Thomas William "Tom", MBEEngland cricketer(1935-2007) Classy Warwickshire all-rounder who found it hard to break into the England side, winning only 5 caps. Wiki entry 
Cash, JohnRibbon maker and philanthropist(1822-1880) Founded J & J Cash Ltd with his brother Joseph. Wiki entry 
Cash, JosephRibbon maker and philanthropist(1827-1880) Founded J & J Cash Ltd with his brother John. Wiki entry 
Child, Lee (James Grant)Author(b.1954) Writer of a series of novels following the adventures of Jack Reacher, a former US Military Policeman. Website. Wiki entry. 2013 news article 
Cole, GeorgeRugby player(b.1933) Coventry and Warwickshire scrum-half. Prolific goal-kicker, nicknamed "The Boot". Made a record 452 appearances for Coventry, scoring 2,856 points; also 87 games for Warwickshire and 539 points 
Connew, Paul NormanNewspaper editor(b.1946) Former pupil of King Henry VIII Grammar School, grew up in Tile Hill. Moved from local to national newspapers, becoming editor of Sunday Mirror. Wiki entry 
Connolly, CyrilLiterary critic and author(1903-1974) Literary critic and author. Co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Horizon. Wiki entry 
Crutchlow, CalMotorcycle racer(b.1985) MotoGP rider, winner of 2016 Czech and Australian GPs. 2009 Supersport World Champion. Wiki entry 
Dale, Christopher John (Dominic Dale)Professional snooker Player(b.1971) Former Welsh amateur champion, turned professional in 1972. Winner of two ranking tournaments. Career winnings exceed £1m. Wiki entry 
Davies, Dame Laura Jane, DBEProfessional golfer(b.1963) The most accomplished female British golfer of modern times. Winner of four major championships. Made a Dame in 2014. Wiki entry 
Derbyshire, Delia AnnMusician(1937-2001) Musician and composer of electronic music, most famously the theme to the "Doctor Who" tv series. Wiki entry 
Devonish, Marlon Ronald, MBEOlympic athlete(b.1976) World Indoor 200m champion in 2003 and member of 2004 Olympic 4x100m gold medal-winning relay team. Wiki entry 
Dewis, Norman, OBEJaguar test driver(b.1920) Chief test driver for Jaguar. When he retired he had driven more than 1,000,000 miles at speeds over 100 mph. Website. Article 
Dixon, Reginald Arthur "Reg"Variety star and comedian(1915-1984) Popular radio comedian in the 1940s and 50s. The Free Library 
Dredge, Allan Sydney, DSO DFCWWII airman(1918-1945) The most decorated airman from Coventry in the Second World War, who, having survived the conflict, died in a flying accident shortly after the German surrender. Article 
Duckham, David John, MBEEngland rugby international(b.1946) A product of the King Henry VIII Grammar School production line of Coventry and England rugby players in the 1970s. Became one of the all-time great backs of the 20th century. British Lion. Wiki entry 
Dunville, T.E. (Thomas Edward Wallen)Music Hall performer(1867-1924) One of the world's top paid entertainers of his day (late 1800s-early 1900s). Further information 
Eaves (nee Wills), Mary Ann19th century midwife(1806-1876) Prominent midwife in the Spon Street area during the 19th century. The Coventry FHS publication "The Midwife's Register" is a useful source of information for local researchers 
Egan, Sir JohnIndustrialist(b.1939) Educated at Bablake School. Rose to become Chief Executive of Jaguar Cars and later of British Airports Authority. Wiki entry 
Elliott, Geoffrey, CBENewspaper editor(b.1945) Former member of Holy Trinity Youth Club who went on to become editor of several regional newspapers, including Coventry Evening Telegraph and Kent Messenger. Article 
Fardon, Donald Adrian "Don" (Donald Maughn)Singer(b.1940) Had a No.3 hit in 1970 with "Indian Reservation". Wiki entry. Interview  
Farndon, Thomas "Tom"Speedway rider(1910-1935) Pioneer rider at Lythalls Lane track in 1929. Died after a track crash at New Cross, London. Thought by many to be The Greatest Speedway Rider of Them All. Wiki entry. Gravestone. Photograph 
Fretton, William GeorgeHistorian and antiquarian(1829-1900) Master of the Katherine Bayley (or Blue Gift) School. Best known as historian and antiquarian. 
Gardner, Fred CharlesCricketer and footballer(1922-1979) Warwickshire batsman who with Yorkshireman Norman Horner formed a formidable opening partnership in the 1950s and 60s. Coventry City footballer. Wiki entry 
Gavin, Right Reverend Monsignor Canon Thomas Joseph, MARoman Catholic priest and international rugby player(1922-2009) Ordained in 1946. Capped twice by Ireland in 1949. Parish priest, St. Thomas More, 1978-2004. Obituary 
Gee, DavidOil painter(1793-1872) Took his inspiration from the local area. Painted battle scenes and landscapes as well as pictures inspired by local legends such as Lady Godiva. In 1831, began restoration work on the Holy Trinity Doom. BBC Your Paintings. Wiki entry 
Gibberd, Sir Frederick ErnestArchitect(1908-1994) Architect and landscape gardener, educated at King Henry VIII Grammar School. Designed Didcot A Power Station and Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral. Wiki entry 
Giles, James Leonard "Jimmy"England rugby international(1910-1967) Coventry RFC scrum-half, capped by England and British Lions. Statistics 
Gittings, William John "Bill"England rugby international(b.1938) Diminutive scrum-half for "Cov" who won one England cap against New Zealand in 1967 
Goode, Andrew James "Andy"England rugby international(b.1980) Educated at King Henry VIII Grammar School. Best known as fly-half for Leicester and England. Wiki entry 
Gould, Robert Hewitt "Bobby"Footballer(b.1946) Well-travelled player and manager who started with Coventry City. Scored over 200 goals in career. Manager of FA Cup winners Wimbledon in 1988. Also managed Wales national team. Wiki entry 
Gray, John N. "Johnnie"Jazz musician and band leader(1920-2014) Educated at Bablake School. Tenor saxophonist who started with Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra, moved on to play with Ted Heath Orchestra in 1940s and also played on The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" recordings. Biography. Obituary 
Grewcock, Daniel Jonathan "Danny", MBEEngland rugby international(b.1972) Former Coventry, Saracens and Bath forward, capped 69 times by England. Wiki entry 
Gulson, JohnMerchant and benefactor(1813-1904) Silk merchant, founded Coventry's public library service, twice Mayor, 1867/69. Donated the site and most of the money for the building of the Gulson library adjacent to Holy Trinity church, opened in 1873. Also added a reference library in 1890. 
Hall, Marcus Thomas JacksonFootballer(b.1976) England Under-21 International full-back who played over 250 games for Coventry City in two spells. Wiki entry 
Hall, Terence Edward "Terry"Singer(b.1959) Lead singer with "The Specials". Wiki entry 
Hawthorne, Sir Nigel Barnard, CBEActor(1929-2001) Best remembered for TV role as Sir Humphrey Appleby in "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister", and for film role as King George III in "The Madness of King George". Wiki entry 
Hegan, Kenneth Edward, OBEEngland amateur soccer international(1901-1989) Educated at Bablake School. English amateur footballer who played on the wing and made four appearances for England in 1923, scoring four goals. He was a member of the Corinthian amateur club, and a professional soldier. Wiki entry 
Hill, Vincent B. "Vince"Singer(b.1934) Reached No.2 in the UK charts in 1962 with "Edelweiss". Wiki entry 
Hollier, ThomasSurgeon(1609-1690) Worked at both Bart's and St Thomas’s Hospitals. Operated on Samuel Pepys in 1658, to remove a large bladder stone. Profile 
Hutt, Arthur, VCSoldier(1889-1954) Enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire's 7th Battalion, Territorial Division. Awarded Victoria Cross for gallantry at Passchendaele in 1917. Wiki entry  
Ifield, Francis Edward "Frank"Singer(b.1937) Emigrated to Australia as a child. Had four No.1 records in UK including three in succession. Wiki entry 
Iliffe, Edward Mauger, 1st Baron IliffeNewspaper magnate and politician(1877-1960) Former owner of "The Coventry Evening Telegraph". Conservative MP. Presented Allesley Hall and grounds to the city in 1937. Contributed to the cost of the new Cathedral. Wiki entry 
Iliffe, William CokerBusinessman(1874-1942) Director and chairman of Midland Newspapers Ltd. Brother of Edward Mauger Iliffe. Founder member of Coventry City Guild. Benefactor to St. Mary's Hall. 
Innocent, Harold SidneyActor(1933-1993) Stage and screen actor who appeared in many popular TV series. Obituary. Wiki entry 
Jacox, C.A. "Bert"Bowls international(b.c1930) Renowned flat-green bowls player, for many years associated with Stoke BC. Gained outdoor international honours in 1968 and 1970-1975. Skipped one of Warwickshire's rinks to victory in their only Middleton Cup triumph in 1970. 
Jones, Sarah M. "Sally"Sportswoman and TV presenter(b.1955) Multiple sporting Blue and World Champion real tennis player. TV and radio news and sports presenter. Wiki entry 
Judd, JohnEngine designer(b.1942) Formula One engineer. Wiki entry 
Judd, Philip Edward "Phil"England rugby international(1934-2015) Coventry and Warwickshire prop-forward who won five caps for England, including one as captain. Wiki entry 
Jury, Christopher Byram "Chris"Actor, writer, director(b.1956) Actor best known for his role in BBC-TV series 'Lovejoy'. He has a long list of directing credits to his name, and has also moved into writing feature films. Website. Wiki entry 
Kilby, Brian LeonardOlympic athlete(b.1938) Part of Coventry Godiva's golden marathoning years in the 1960s. Finished 4th in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Marathon, behind clubmate Basil Heatley. Wiki entry 
Kimberley, Michael J. "Mike"Motor industry executive(b.1938) Former Chief Executive of Lotus Cars and President of Automobili Lamborghini. 
Kirkpatrick, John Henry Alexander (otherwise John Miller-Kirkpatrick)Computer pioneer(1946-1978) Ran an electronics company in the 1970s selling home computer kits to enthusiasts, and also writing articles for magazines and lecturing about microprocessors. A pioneer of home computing in the UK, and probably way ahead of the likes of Sinclair and Acorn. Article 
Kutner, Maureen Beverley (later Beverley Martyn)Musician(b.1947) Singer/songwriter. Formerly married to John Martyn. Coventry Solo Artists. Wiki entry 
Lane, William Henry "Billy"International angler(1922-1980) One of the country's most famous and successful anglers. Wiki entry 
Larkin, Philip Arthur, CH CBE FRSLPoet(1922-1985) Educated at King Henry VIII Grammar School. Declined the position of Poet Laureate in 1984. Wiki entry 
Ledger, Jennifer Carole "Jen"Musician(b.1989) Drummer and backing vocalist for Christian rock/hard rock band "Skillet". Wiki entry 
Lord, Sir Leonard Percy, 1st Baron Lambury, KBEMotor engineer(1896-1967) Worked for many motor manufacturers, becoming chairman of Austin and later president of British Motor Corporation. Wiki entry  
Malkin, Colin MichaelRally driver(1942-2006) 1968 British Rally Champion. Article. Obituary 
Mann, Thomas "Tom"Trade unionist(1856-1941) Renowned trade unionist and public speaker in the Labour movement. Wiki entry 
Manners, Margery (Margery Miriam Gradner, née Jevon)Singer(1925-1997) Popular singer who made a career performing Music Hall songs as a child in the 1930s, and appearing in Variety Theatres in the post-war years. Obituary 
Massey-Ellis, Sian Louise, MBEFootball referee(b.1985) Football referee. Officiates as an assistant referee in English Premier and Football Leagues. Wiki entry 
Matthew, BrianBroadcaster(1928-2017) Educated at Bablake. Veteran broadcaster, perhaps best remembered for "Thank Your Lucky Stars" on TV and "Saturday Club" on radio. At the age of 88 he presented his final "Sounds of the 60s" programme on Radio Two on 25 Feb 2017. Wiki entry 
Matthews, Reginald Derrick "Reg"England international footballer(1933-2001) Most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea from Coventry City in 1957. England international whilst playing for "The Bantams" in Division 3 South. Obituary. Wiki entry 
McGrory, DavidLocal author and historian(b.1957) One of the foremost historians of Coventry, he has published many books and articles about the city and its past. In addition to his writing and research, he gives lectures on Coventry's history and leads tours of the city. 
McSheffrey, GaryFootballer(b.1982) A prolific goalscorer as a youngster. Played over 240 times in two spells for Coventry City, scoring over 60 goals. Also played for Birmingham City. Wiki entry 
Moorcroft, David Robert, MBE OBEOlympic athlete(b.1953) Former World 5,000 metres record holder. Served as Chief Executive of UK Athletics. Wiki entry 
Mottram, Anthony John "Tony"Tennis player(1920-2016) Former GB No.1 player whose career took off after WWII. Won 36 of 56 Davis Cup matches for GB. Father of Christopher "Buster" Mottram. Tournament statistics. Wiki entry 
Myers, BillieMusician(b.1971) Reached No.4 in UK charts in 1998 with "Kiss the Rain". Wiki entry 
O'Connor, HazelActress and singer(b.1955) Had three hit singles in 1980s. Starred in film "Breaking Glass". Wiki entry 
Over, Ernest W. "Ernie"Bowls champion(1935-2016) One of Coventry's finest local sportsman, won a total of 17 Warwickshire CBA titles and appeared 150 times in Middleton Cup matches for the county. An England triallist who played for Stoke BC before moving to Wolvey. Article 
Owen, CliveActor(b.1964) Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning actor. Wiki entry 
Owen, Leslie Norman "Les"Speedway rider(1939-2004) England international who made 526 appearances for Coventry Bees between 1957-73 before a serious crash at Brandon left him with life-threatening injuries. He died after being hit by a train at Canley level crossing. Biography. Photograph 
Parker, David GeoffreyOlympic swimmer(1959-2010) Educated at Bablake School. Won 1500m bronze medal in 1975 World Swimming Championships and competed in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Obituary. Wiki entry 
Parkes, Sir Henry, GCMGAustralian statesman(1815-1896) Emigrated to Australia and went on to become the five-times premier and "Father of Federation". Wiki entry 
Parkinson, Christopher RobinActor(b.1929) Stage and TV actor whose career began at The Belgrade Theatre. Probably best known as Monsieur LeClerc in "'Allo 'Allo!". Father of Sarah Parkinson. Wiki entry 
Paterson, Dame Vicki A, DBEEducationalist(b.1956) Grew up in Holbrooks, attended Holbooks Primary School & then Stoke Park. Moved to London where she is the Executive Head Teacher of three primary schools in the SE of the city. Wiki entry 
Preece, IvorEngland rugby captain(1920-1987) Coventry, England and British Lions fly-half and captain. Broad Street RFC ground named after him. Father of Peter Preece. Wiki entry 
Price, Sandra, MBENational netball coach and umpire(b.1944) Started out with Copsewood Diamonds. England Netball Umpire Tutor and Assessor, also County Manager and an England Senior Team Manager. 2013 Coventry Solihull & Warwickshire Sports "Unsung Hero". Article 
Reason, John Francis William "Johnnie"Speedway rider and businessman(b.1930) 1950s Bees rider (nicknamed "The Cream Bun Kid"). Headed local haulage firm carrying the family name. Also served as a director of Coventry City FC. Newspaper article. Photograph 
Regan, Julie Anne "Julianne"Musician(b.1962) Lead singer with "All About Eve". Wiki entry 
Robbins, Peter George DerekEngland rugby international(1933-1987) Wing-forward who captained Coventry and Moseley, winning 19 caps for England. Wiki entry 
Rossborough, Peter AlecEngland rugby international(b.1948) With David Duckham and Peter Preece, a product of King Henry VIII Grammar School who went on to play for Coventry and England in the 1970s. Wiki entry. Photograph 
Rotherham, AlanEngland rugby international(1862-1898) Coventry half-back who captained England. Son of John Rotherham, watchmaker. Cousin of Arthur Rotherham. Inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame 2011. Wiki entry 
Scott, Clive K.Musician(1945-2009) Songwriter and keyboard player with "Jigsaw". Co-wrote 1975 worldwide hit "Sky High". Wiki entry. Obituary 
Sharp, ThomasAntiquary(1770-1841) Born in Smithford Street, son of a hatter. Devoted to study of local antiquities. Involved in founding the Coventry and Warwick hospital. Wiki entry 
Shaw, GeorgeArtist(b.1966) Studied at Sheffield before later doing an MA at the Royal College of Art in London. His subject matter is the council estate in Coventry where he grew up, and often the mundane everyday objects within it. Wiki entry 
Spencer, DavidBusinessman and philanthropist(1805-1888) Ran successful fabric businesses and was renowned for donating assets (both financial and land gifts) to charities, churches and the people of Coventry. Best known for donating 4,000 guineas in 1852 which was used to create Spencer Park. Biography. Friends of Spencer Park 
Stevens, ThomasRibbon maker(1828-1888) Inventor of the Stevengraph woven silk picture. Wiki entry 
Sykes, GrahamOlympic swimmer(1937-2008) Two-time Olympic competitor, also an Empire Games gold medallist at back-stroke. Obituary 
Symonds, Graham HenryOlympic swimmer(1937-2006) Represented GB in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. Obituary. Wiki entry 
Tallon, William John Stephenson, RVMRoyal Household employee(1935-2007) Page to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Nicknamed "Backstairs Billy". Wiki entry 
Terry, Dame Alice Ellen, GBEStage actress(1847-1928) Leading Shakespearian actress in Britain. Wiki entry 
Thompson, Geoffrey M. "Geoff"Writer(b.1960) Writer and self-defence instructor, black belt in several disciplines. Website. Wiki entry 
Turnbull, Sir George Henry, CEng FIMechEIndustrialist(1926-1992) Employed by Standard Motor Co. Became board member of British Leyland and Managing Director of Austin-Morris. Wiki entry 
Venn, TomBusinessman(1900-1976) Born in Red House PH, Stoney Stanton Road. Founded Red House Motor Services (RHMS) in 1919. Took over Bunty and merged with BTS and Godiva 
Walker, HarryRugby union player and official(b.1915) Coventry RFC's patron, and former club president, coach, player, and a variety of other roles. A product of the local schools system, he was capped four times by England. Article 
Ward, John JosephPhotographer, Naturalist(1875-1947) Known as "The Coventry Naturalist", a renowned photographer, writer and lecturer. Co-founder and President of the Coventry Natural History Society. Buried in London Road Cemetery. CNHS article 
Waterman, Peter Alan "Pete", OBEMusic entrepreneur(b.1947) Record producer, songwriter, radio and club DJ, television presenter, railway enthusiast, entrepreneur. Wiki entry 
Weston, Harry, MBEBusinessman and councillor(1896-1989) Founded Modern Machine Tools in 1928. Became a Conservative City Council member in 1936, holding the post of alderman from 1955 to 1974. Elected mayor in 1951 and awarded the MBE in 1974 
Whitelaw, Billie Honor, CBEActress(1932-2014) BAFTA-winning actress. Wiki entry. Obituary 
Whittle, Sir Frank, OM KBE CB FRSJet engine inventor(1907-1996) Inventor of the jet engine. Wiki entry 
Wilson, William, DLSolicitor and politician(1913-2010) Former Coventry South MP and defence lawyer. Obituary 
Wood, Thomas "Tom"England rugby international(b.1986) Educated at Woodlands School. Back row forward for Worcester, Northampton and England. Wiki entry 
Woodward, HildaMusician(1913-1999) Mother of Rob Woodward (founder of "Stavely Makepeace" with Nigel Fletcher). Played piano on the classic 'Mouldy Old Dough!', a No.1 hit in 1972 for "Lieutenant Pigeon" 
Youell, Alfred Edward, MBE ONZMBusinessman and philanthropist(1913-2012) Local builder and developer who funded many projects in the city and elsewhere. The Salvation Army Older Peoples Home at Binley bears the Youell name. Receiving his MBE, part 1. part 2. Obituary 

Earned Coventrian Status (109)

A person who, while not Coventry born, has contributed to Coventry in a major way.

NameFamous for...Notes 
Adcocks, William A. "Bill"Olympic athlete(b.1941) Part of Coventry Godiva's golden marathoning years in the 1960s. Finished 5th in the 1968 "high altitude" Olympic Marathon in Mexico City. Interview 
Barratt, Harold "Harry"Footballer and crown green bowler(1918-1989) Oxfordshire-born Coventry City footballer who went on to manage Gillingham. Crown green bowler and administrator who became National Coach. Wiki entry 
Bean, Cyril J.Walker(1930-2012) Hiking enthusiast who founded "The Coventry Way Association". Obituary 
Bernard, Barry J. "Barrie"Musician(b.1944) Bass guitarist with pop groups "Pinkerton's Assorted Colours" and "Jigsaw" 
Bettmann, SiegfriedIndustrialist(1863-1951) German-born manufacturer of cycles and motor-cycles and cars who founded the Triumph Motorcycle Co. Wiki entry 
Black, Pauline (Belinda Magnus)Singer(b.1953) Lead singer with "The Selecter". Wiki entry 
Black, Sir John PaulIndustrialist(1895-1965) Senior figure in British motor car industry, most notably Managing Director of Standard Motor Co (later Chairman, Standard-Triumph). Son-in-law of William Hillman. Wiki entry 
Boocock, NigelSpeedway rider(1937-2015) Coventry and England's No 1 rider and captain for many years. Known as "Little Boy Blue" because of his distinctive blue leathers. Made 748 appearances for Coventry Bees between 1959-76. Wiki entry. Photographs 
Bourton, Clarence Frederick Thomas "Clarrie"Footballer(1908-1981) Coventry City's all-time leading goalscorer with 181 goals in 241 appearances between 1931-37. Scored 49 league goals and 1 FA Cup goal in his first season at Highfield Road. Wiki entry 
Brazil, AngelaChildren's writer(1868-1947) Preston-born who moved to Coventry and became a well-known local figure for conservation and charity work. Wiki entry 
Brown, EdwinArtist(1814-1891) Born in Mancetter, Victorian artist well-known for his animal paintings. Detailed article 
Buchan, Eric AncrumArchdeacon of Coventry(1907-2001) Bristol-born, became vicar of St Mark's Church, Coventry, in 1945, before holding a number of posts in the diocese. Domestic Chaplain to Bishop Bardsley, and later appointed Archdeacon of Coventry. Wiki entry. Obituary 
Camkin, William John, MAJournalist and businessman(1922-1998) Sports journalist and commentator. As director of Coventry City persuaded Jimmy Hill to become manager. Built travel agency business which he sold to Thomson's, becoming director of that company and Lunn Poly. Wiki entry. Obituary 
Cantwell, Noel Euchuria CorneliusFootball manager(1932-2005) Former West Ham United and Manchester United full-back who succeeded Jimmy Hill as Sky Blues manager. Took club into Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970 after 6th place finish in Division One. Wiki entry 
Carnegie, AndrewIndustrialist and philanthropist(1835-1919) Gave £10,000 for the building of Stoke, Earlsdon and Foleshill Libraries which opened in 1913. Wiki entry  
Christie, Errol G.Boxer(1963-2017) 1982 European amateur middleweight champion whose professional career failed to reach the expected heights. Wiki entry 
Clitheroe, Canon Graham WilliamVicar of Holy Trinity(1884-1968) Vicar of Holy Trinity 1931-64 who helped to save his church during the Blitz of Coventry by extinguishing incendiaries falling from the sky and throwing them from the church roof. Still rode his motor-bike to church well into his 70s. Article 
Coop, Michael Anthony "Mick"Footballer(b.1948) Grimsby-born defender who played over 400 games for the Sky Blues. Wiki entry 
Cunningham, James Dolan "Jim", MPPolitician(b.1941) Member of Parliament for Coventry South and former Leader of Coventry City Council. Wiki entry 
Curtis, George W.Footballer(b.1939) Stalwart centre-half and captain who led Sky Blues into Division I under Jimmy Hill. Made 534 appearances for club, becoming manager in 1986, winning FA Cup in 1987. Wiki entry. Photograph 
Dammers, Jeremy David Hounsell "Jerry"Musician(b.1955) Born in India, attended King Henry VIII School. Founded "The Specials" for whom he was keyboard player. Wiki entry 
Deasy, Henry Hugh PeterAutomotive pioneer(1866-1947) Founder of Deasy Motor Car Co, fore-runner of Armstrong-Siddeley. Wiki entry 
Di Mascio, DionisioIce cream manufacturer(????-1969) Italian born "D Di" set up his first ice-cream business in Hillfields in the 1930s. The Free Library 
Dix, SelinaService to Coventry(1859-1942) An extraordinary woman who made a major contribution to the welfare and education of girls and women in Hillfields during thirty-five years of working there and continued to work for their interests in the city at large right up until her death. 
Dublin, DionEngland international footballer(b.1969) Centre-forward who scored 61 goals for Sky Blues in 145 appearances, during which time he was capped by England. Wiki entry 
Dugdale, Sir WilliamAntiquary and herald(1605-1686) Educated at King Henry VIII School, he was influential in the development of mediaeval history as an academic subject. Wiki entry 
Eliot, George (Mary Anne Evans)Novelist(1819-1880) Attended school in Coventry and lived at Bird Grove, Foleshill until 1849. Wrote "Middlemarch", said to be based on Coventry. Wiki entry. Profile 
Elliott, Joseph Warden "Joe", MBEBusinessman(b.1943) Director of Elliott's car accessories, founder of AIMS (Association of Independent Motor Stores). Director of Jaguar-Daimler Trust, The Alan Higgs Centre Trust, Museum of British Road Transport Trust Ltd. Also former director and life-president of Coventry City FC. Article 
Ferguson, Henry George "Harry"Industrialist(1884-1960) Irish engineer and inventor noted for the development of the modern agricultural tractor and also the first four-wheel drive Formula One car. Wiki entry 
Firth, AlanArtist and teacher(1935-2012) Waterways artist and art teacher at Tile Hill Wood School. Obituary 
Francis, Gordon InglesbyAutomotive manufacturer(1889-1972) Born in USA. Founded Francis-Barnett motor cycle manufacturing company and also Lea-Francis, which moved from motor cycle to car production. Grace's Guide entry 
Garratt, Miriam SabinaPoet(1898-1970) Author of the wartime poem "The Coventry I Remember". Also a talented artist. Worked in the City Architects Department  
Gibson, Michael, GCGallantry(1906-1940) Killed whilst transporting an unexploded bomb away from a Coventry factory. Wiki entry 
Glazier, William James "Bill"Footballer(b.1943) Nottingham-born goalkeeper, signed by the Sky Blues from Crystal Palace for £35,000, then a record fee. Played over 300 games for the club. An Under-23 England international, a broken leg probably cost him full honours. Wiki entry 
GodivaNoblewoman(11th century) Legendary Anglo-Saxon noblewoman, wife of Leofric. Wiki entry 
Godwin, Herbert "Bert; also H.O."England rugby international(1935-2006) Born in Wales. Coventry, Warwickshire, England and British Lions hooker. Obituary. Tributes 
Gray, John DenisCricketer, international rugby player(b.1948) Attended Woodlands School. Played first-class cricket for Warwickshire, also rugby union for Coventry and rugby league for Wigan, earning international honours at both codes before emigrating to Australia. Cricket stats. Wiki entry 
Grey, John GeorgeBuilder(1875-1958) Born in Louth, Lincolnshire. One-time owner of Coombe Abbey, he built Courtauld's Foleshill factory and many others in Coventry, the War Memorial, also a number of housing estates including Wyken and Stoke 
Hales, John, MPWriter and politician(c1516-1571) Founded Coventry's Free Grammar School in the church of St John's Hospital. Wiki entry 
Hamilton, James Leigh "Jim"Scotland rugby international(b.1982) Born in Swindon, educated at Coundon Court School. Played rugby for Barkers Butts RFC. Joined Leicester Tigers, the first of several senior clubs. Wiki entry 
Hancock, Gregory Alan "Greg"Speedway rider(b.1970) American speedway rider who had five seasons with Coventry (1997-2001), winning the first of his four World Championship titles in 1997 as a Bees rider. Photograph. Wiki entry 
Hanson, John (John Stanley Watts)Singer(1922-1998) Canadian-born tenor, famous for his role as the "Red Shadow" in the musical "The Desert Song". Free Library. Wiki entry 
Harris, Christopher Calvin "Chris"Speedway rider(b.1982) Cornwall-born speedway rider who captained the Coventry and England teams. British GP winner 2007. Three-times British Champion. Nicknamed "Bomber". Wiki entry. Photograph 
Harris, Mary DormerLocal historian and author(1867-1936) Carried out the complete translation of the Coventry Leet Books. 
Hart Dyke, Capt. David, CBE LVO ADC RNRoyal Navy Officer(b.1938) Former Commanding Officer of HMS Coventry during Falklands Conflict 1982. Author of "Four Weeks in May: the Loss of HMS Coventry - a Captain's Story". Father of actress Miranda Hart. Wiki entry 
Heatley, Benjamin BasilOlympic athlete(b.1933) Kenilworth born, the second of Coventry Godiva's amazing marathon runners during the 1960s. Silver medallist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics behind the great Abebe Bikila in an epic race. Wiki entry 
Herbert, Sir Alfred Edward, KBEIndustrialist and philanthropist(1866-1957) Pioneer of machine tool production in the city. Generous benefactor, including the provision of Lady Herbert's Garden and Almshouses. Wiki entry 
Higgs, Alan EdwardBusinessman and philanthropist(1912-1979) House builder who made provision for a charity to be created after his death to help deprived children from Coventry and nearby localities. Wiki entry 
Higgs, Sir Derek AlanBusinessman(1944-2008) Son of Alan Edward Higgs. One-time director of Coventry City FC. Trustee of Alan Edward Higgs Charity. Wiki entry 
Hill, James William Thomas "Jimmy", OBEFootballer, manager, broadcaster(1928-2015) Former Fulham inside-forward who took over as manager of Coventry City in 1961 and led them to the 1st Division in six years, only to resign on the eve of their debut season. Obituary. Wiki entry 
Hill, Susan, CBENovelist(b.1942) Educated at Barrs Hill School. Author of "The Woman in Black". Wiki entry 
Hillman, WilliamIndustrialist(1848-1921) Pioneer automotive manufacturer, founder of what was to become Hillman Motor Co. Father-in-law of Sir John Black. Wiki entry. Gravestone 
Houchen, Keith MortonFootballer(b.1960) Scorer of Sky Blues most famous goal, for many the best FA Cup Final goal of all, in the 1987 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Wiki entry 
Howard, Very Reverend Richard Thomas "Dick"Wartime Provost of Coventry(1884-1981) Ordained in 1908. Provost of Coventry 1938-1958. During the Blitz he organised and planned some of the Cathedral's defences against aerial attack. His voice was heard on the wireless the following day announcing that "Coventry Cathedral will rise again". Article 
Hudson, George AnthonyFootballer(b.1937) Centre-forward, voted Sky Blues fans' all-time greatest player, scoring 75 goals in 129 appearances. Wiki entry 
Hutchison, Thomas "Tommy"Footballer(b.1947) Scottish international winger, who made 353 appearances for Sky Blues. Wiki entry 
Hyde, Pearl Marguerite, MBE JPFirst lady Lord Mayor(1904-1963) Enfield-born, leader of women's voluntary work and politician, became the city's first lady Lord Mayor in 1957. Died in a road accident in Scotland. Warwick University article 
Ives, Michael F.J. "Mick"Professional cyclist(b.1939) Multi-times champion cyclist. Wiki entry 
Jackson, Peter BarrieEngland rugby international(1930-2004) Coventry, Warwickshire, England and British Lions winger, notably remembered for match-winning try against Australia in 1958. Obituary 
Kearns, Michael D. "Mick"Footballer(b.1938) Born in Nuneaton. Defender who came through the youth ranks to play in five divisions for Coventry City, totalling 382 competitive appearances. 
King, PaulMusician, TV presenter(b.1960) Born in Galway, a graduate of Coventry Drama School. After music career in bands and as a solo artist, became a presenter and producer on MTV and VH1. Wiki entry 
Kirkland, Christopher Edmund "Chris"Footballer(b.1981) Came through the ranks at Highfield Road before a £6m dream move to Liverpool. Injuries blighted his career which saw him move to Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday. He won one full England cap. Wiki entry 
Lawson, Henry John "Harry"Automotive pioneer(1852-1925) Formed the Daimler Motor Co Ltd in 1896. Wiki entry 
Leahy, Michael "Mick"Boxer(1935-2010) Irishman who won the British Middleweight Championship title in 1963 with victory over George Aldridge. In 1964 he beat an ageing Sugar Ray Robinson. Career record. Wiki entry 
Lee, Henry PelhamEngine pioneer(1877-1953) Founder of Coventry Climax Engines. Wiki entry 
LeofricEarl of Mercia(c1017-1057) Husband of Godiva. Wiki entry 
Linnell, Stuart, MBE BA(Hons) HonMABroadcaster(b.1947) Involved in the launch of Mercia Sound, becoming Managing Director. Website. Wiki entry 
Loades, Edward "Ted"Engineer(1910-2002) Grimsby-born. Founder of Abbey Panels Ltd. The Edward Loades Story 
Lyons, Sir WilliamAutomotive pioneer(1901-1985) Founder and owner of Swallow Sidecar Co which became Jaguar cars. Wiki entry 
Maudslay, Reginald WalterAutomotive pioneer(1871-1934) Managing Director of Maudslay Motor Co. He went on to found Standard Motor Co. Wiki entry 
McAlinden, DannyBoxer(b.1947) Irish-born, educated in Coventry. British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion. Wiki entry 
Moffitt, Ralph LawsonRyder Cup golfer(1932-2003) Assistant professional at Hearsall GC who represented GB v USA in 1961 Ryder Cup. Later became club professional. Runner-up in Dunlop Masters tournament in 1962, 1963 and 1964. Obituary. Wiki entry 
Mountford, Ronald George "Ron"Speedway rider(1927-1993) Rode in over 400 matches for Coventry Bees 1957-68 and 1970-72. Photograph. 
Mowlam, Marjorie "Mo", MPPolitician(1949-2005) Labour politician who rose to become Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Wiki entry 
Nellist, David John "Dave"Politician(b.1952) Former Coventry South East Labour MP and Socialist Party City Councillor for St. Michael's Ward. Popular with many for his strong convictions in defence of working class people illustrated by the majority of his MP's salary being donated to charities or political causes. Wiki entry 
Nicholls, Scott KarlSpeedway rider(b.1978) Ipswich-born speedway rider who collected his 7th British Championship title in 2012. Regular England and Great Britain international who led Coventry to two Elite League Championships. Wiki entry 
Ochiltree, Charles EdwardSports promoter(1919-1998) Appointed by Jack Parker in 1947 as co-promoter of the post-WWII Coventry Bees. With his wife Linda he built the club into one of the powerhouses of British speedway. Also promoted stock-car racing 
Ogrizovic, Steven "Steve"Footballer and cricketer(b.1957) A member of Coventry City's 1987 FA Cup winning side. Made 601 appearances, the club record. Cricketer with Shropshire. Wiki entry, Photograph 
Olsen, OleSpeedway rider(b.1946) Danish international speedway rider who won three World Individual Championship titles, including one in 1978 as a Coventry Bees rider. Appeared for the Brandon club between 1976 and 1983. Wiki entry. Photograph 
Owen, John ErnestEngland rugby international(b.1939) Sutton Coldfield-born forward who won 14 caps for England between 1963 and 1967 whilst a member of the Coventry club 
Parker, John "Jack"Speedway rider(1905-1990) Pioneer rider from 1929 at Lythalls Lane. Possibly robbed of his best years by World War II, finishing 2nd in 1949 World Championship Final. Connected with the promotion of speedway at Brandon post-WWII. Wiki entry 
Paxton, Sir JosephArchitect and politician(1803-1865) Eminent designer, engaged by Coventry's councillors to draw up plans for one of the country's first municipal cemeteries. A well-respected Liberal MP for Coventry, he also designed the Crystal Palace. London Road Cemetery website. Wiki entry 
Peake, TrevorFootballer(b.1957) Nuneaton-born defender who made 336 appearances for the Sky Blues, collecting an FA Cup winner's medal in 1987. Wiki entry 
Phipps, Simon Wilton, MCChaplain(1921-2001) Former Industrial Chaplain in Coventry. Friend of Princess Margaret. Went on to become Bishop of Lincoln. Wiki entry 
Preece, Peter StuartEngland rugby international(b.1949) Coventry and England centre. One of a trio of internationals from King Henry VIII Grammar School in the 1970s. Son of Ivor Preece. Wiki entry 
Robins, Derrick HaroldBusinessman and sportsman(1914-2004) Founded Banbury Buildings. Played cricket for Warwickshire. As chairman of Coventry City, financed the Sky Blue Revolution under Jimmy Hill. Wiki entry. Profile 
Robinson, Geoffrey, MPIndustrialist and politician(b.1938) Chairman of Jaguar Cars 1973-1975. Labour MP for Coventry NW since 1976. Former Paymaster General and director of Coventry City FC. Wiki entry 
Rouse, Andrew "Andy"Racing driver(b.1947) Gloucestershire-born, four-times British Saloon Car Champion. Established own company in the city, developing and preparing many winning cars. Wiki entry 
Shaw, HarryBusinessman(b.1930) Started off delivering milk in jugs in the early 1950s with one milk float and two churns. Progressed to road haulage and then to coach travel and tourism. Website info 
Shelton, John Bailey, MBEArchaeologist and historian(1900-1974) Coventry's famous archaeologist who spent many years excavating the centre of the city. Author of "A Night in Little Park Street". Became City Chamberlain, greeting visitors to St Mary's Hall. David McGrory remembers. Articles by J.B. Shelton. Wiki entry 
Siddeley, Sir John Davenport,1st Baron KenilworthAutomotive pioneer(1866-1956) Founder of Siddeley Autocar Co. High Sheriff of Warwickshire 1937. Owned Kenilworth Castle. Wiki entry 
Sillett, John CharlesFootballer(b.1936) Former Chelsea full-back who joined Coventry City in 1962. Went on to become 1st team coach and manager of Sky Blues, winning FA Cup in 1987. Wiki entry 
Silvera, Carmen BlancheActress(1922-2002) Most well-known as "Edith" in TV series "'Allo! 'Allo!". Wiki entry 
Singer, GeorgeIndustrialist(1846-1909) Pioneer cycle manufacturer who founded Singer Co. Transport Museum Link. Wiki entry 
Smith-Clarke, Capt. George Thomas, MIMechE FRASAutomobile and medical engineer(1884-1960) Chief Engineer, Alvis Cars, 1922-1950. Became chairman of Coventry & Warwickshire Hospitals 1935. Grace's Guide entry 
Spence, Sir Basil Urwin, OM OBE RAArchitect(1907-1976) Architect of many buildings world-wide, most famously including Coventry Cathedral. Wiki entry 
Staple, Neville EugentonSinger(b.1955) Vocalist with "The Specials". Wiki entry 
Starley, JamesInventor(1831-1881) "Father of bicycle industry". Wiki entry 
Starley, John KempInventor(1854-1901) Nephew of James Starley. Inventor of the modern bicycle and originator of the name "Rover". Wiki entry 
Tandy, Henry (also Tandey), VC DCM MMSoldier(1891-1977) The most decorated British private in World War I, awards included the Victoria Cross. Wiki entry 
Thomas, TrevorSwimming coach(1924-2004) Welshman, member of City of Coventry Swimming Club who went on to become England Team Manager. Obituary 
Thornton, JohnMaster glazier and glass painter(14/15th c.) Responsible for some of the finest mediaeval glass, including windows at York Minster and Coventry Cathedral. Wiki entry 
Trelford, Donald G.Newspaper editor(b.1937) Former pupil of Bablake School who became editor of The Observer. Wiki entry 
Webb, Rodney EdwardEngland rugby international(b.1943) Flying winger for Coventry, Warwickshire and England, for whom he won 12 caps between 1967-72. Surprisingly never played for British Lions. Developed the modern Rugby ball. Wiki entry 
Welby, Justin Portal, MA(Cantab) BA DipMinArchbishop of Canterbury(b.1956) Former oil company executive who rose from being Curate at Chilvers Coton (1992-95) to become Bishop of Durham in 2011, having also held posts at Coventry Cathedral between 2002 and 2007. In Feb 2013 he formally took office as Archbishop of Canterbury. Wiki entry 
White, Sir ThomasBusinessman and philanthropist(1492-1567) Cloth merchant who founded St John's College, Oxford. Lord Mayor of London 1553. Established scholarships for King Henry VIII School. Wiki entry 
Wickman, Axel Charles (also von Wichmann)Industrialist(1894-1970) Founder of Wickman, for many years this machine-tool company was a large employer in Coventry. Grace's Guide entry 
Wood, Alfred Robert "Alf"Footballer(1915-2001) Born in Aldridge. Played over 200 games in goal for Coventry City between 1935 and 1951. After a spell with Northampton Town he returned to Highfield Road, and played a further 13 games, his final appearance in 1958 aged 43 years and 207 days. Went on to manage Walsall in the '60s. Wiki entry 
Wyatt, Robert Elliott Storey "Bob; also R.E.S."England cricket captain(1901-1995) Educated at King Henry VIII School. Warwickshire and England cricketer, closely identified with the infamous "Bodyline" series in Australia in 1932-33. Wiki entry. Profile 


 
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