"We had a marvellous Annual Dinner on Saturday when Hoggy was our guest speaker. Hoggy mingled with members and guests pre-dinner, gave a brilliant talk about his cricketing experiences which was very well received by ALL the audience and then followed it with a very entertaining Q & A session. Nothing was too much trouble for Hoggy with numerous photographs and signings being requested – he certainly enhanced our evening and I would thoroughly recommend him. Thanks Hoggy you’re a star."
Richard Evans - Chairman – Lapworth Cricket Club
"As MC I just wanted to ask you to pass on my thanks to Matthew for his heartfelt and emotional speech, giving us a real insight into his career. A number of those attending expressed their enjoyment and appreciation. And what a very likeable and down to earth man as well, probably should have expected that from Yorkshire!"
Jim Patrick - Dundee Rotary Club
"Everything went very well! They loved Hoggy (as did I, fortunately I sat next to him at dinner so I we had numerous chats). Nothing was too much trouble, he talked to everyone who went up to him, told some great stories - TOP MAN!"
Andrew Barrett – North Runcton CC
"Hoggy was the guest at our annual cricket club dinner and proved an absolute hit with the guests from the moment he arrived. A natural on the mic. and as down to earth and approachable as you'd imagine, Hoggy was the perfect entertainer throughout the evening. We couldn't recommend him highly enough"
James Smith, Fixture Secretary, Alford Cricket Club
"Matthew gave an entertaining presentation and participated in a team building activity that was a talking point of our event."
George Herd, Managing Director - Farmfoods
"Matthew Hoggard was guest speaker at an Annual Dinner held by Headingley Golf Club, Leeds at the Clubhouse on 6 March 2015. 110 guests were present. Matthew is a local lad, born in Pudsey, who went on to play for Yorkshire in 1996 and England in 2000. He became the fast bowling stalwart of one of the most successful England Cricket Teams of all times. During a golden period between 2004 and 2006 he played in 40 consecutive test matches, beating the West Indies in the Carribean for the first time in 36 years, South Africa on their home grounds and finally winning the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years. His talk was an inspirational journey from playing junior cricket for Pudsey Congs in the Bradford League to that glorious Ashes win in 2005, Buckingham Palace for an MBE and Downing Street. I would recommend him to you all."
Philip Kay, Headingley Golf Club
"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
"Congrats on a great career mate. It was a pleasure to play alongside you and tour with you."
James Anderson on Matthew Hoggard retiring
"Great career. Very fine bowler. Hope he is not thinking of going into catering."
Mike Selvey on Matthew Hoggard retiring
"Hoggard was the workhorse that every good team needs. He would run in all day long, putting everything into every ball and generating late swing to cause the batsmen plenty of problems. Hoggard took big wickets at key moments."
Alec Stewart OBE
"In the current era you get a sense there is a gulf between the normal person in the street and the players but England fans could identify with Hoggy. They would sing his song, wave to him and hang around with him after the match. He became one of them but his day job was bowling for England.
He was part of changing the culture and mentality of the England team 10 years ago. He was one of a group of fast bowlers respected for what they delivered against the great Aussie side. Plus his cover drive off Brett Lee at Trent Bridge to help win the 2005 Ashes Test will be remembered forever."
Michael Vaughan OBE
"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
"Matthew was nothing short of phenomenal. The evening was a huge success for the club with 150 people attending, Matthew took the time to talk to everyone before doing the awards, including playing a quite exquisite cover drive with a spade across my arse, a moment that will forever live with me.
His after dinner speech was outstanding, how he had everyone on the edge of their seats, truly captivating.
I honestly can't praise him highly enough, the bar has well and truly been set, the worry is that we will never top it."
Chris Sayers - Forton Cricket Club
"Hoggy was the guest speaker at a cricket club fundraiser for our junior practise facilities. We had 130 guests of varying ages and he had them all laughing at his stories. He is very well rehearsed and speaks with ease and passion.
We also had a Q&A session where people in the audience asked questions about his playing days and the current England set up, he spoke openly and honestly and gave a great insight into the life of an England Cricketer.
Top Cricketer, Top Man, Top Speaker."
Michael Dyer, Captain, Norton-In-Hales Cricket Club (Shropshire)