7 famous people who you may not have realised went to school in Crawley 

We take a look at some of the most famous people who went to school in the town. Whether it was someone who you were in a nativity play with who went on to die in an episode of Holby City or someone who was in your school football team who ended up playing football for Accrington Stanley, we all have been to school with someone who went on to become a little bit famous.

Crawley like any other town has its share of pupils who went on to become household names – with some lasting longer in the memory than others.

After Gareth Southgate was made England manager last week we decided to take a look at some of the most famous former Crawley schoolkids.

1. Gareth Southgate

The 46-year-old went to Hazelwick School as a teenager and actually played for the school football team.

He made more than 500 club appearances for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and was capped 57 times for England.Southgate played with some of the most talented footballers in recent times, including Steven Gerrard, Alan Shearer and David Beckham.

He went on to manage Middlesbrough in the Premier League before taking charge of the England under 21 team and most recently the England senior team following Sam Allardyce’s sudden departure.

2. Romesh Ranganathan

Funnyman Romesh grew up in Broadfield and having been a pupil at Hazelwick School went on to become a maths teacher and head of sixth form at the same school.

Having switched careers to become a comedian he has appeared on TV almost as often over the last few years as that bloke who reads the 10 o clock news.

At a charity event at the Crowne Plaza, in Langley Green, in May, he said he gets noticed in Crawley more for being a former Hazelwick teacher than he does for his countless TV appearances.

3. The Feeling

Three members of the band The Feeling went to St Wilfrid’s School.Kevin Jeremiah, Ciaran Jeremiah and Paul Stewart are from Horsham but it was at the Southgate secondary school where they met, with the remaining two members Dan Gillespie Sells and Richard Jones attending the BRIT school in Croydon.

Their first UK single, Sewn, reached a creditable number 7 in the charts in 2006.Their second album, Join With Us, reached number one in the UK charts, in 2008.

4. Chico

The singer, who first appeared on our TV screens as a contestant on The X Factor in 2005, is a former Hazelwick School pupil.

The always smiling 45-year-old, whose real name is Yousseph Slimani, reached the quarter-finals of the singing competition and had a number one British chart hit with surely the greatest song since John Lennon’s Imagine or Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody – It’s Chico Time.

He spent part of his childhood in Morocco and had previous jobs before he found fame of being a goat herder, an exotic dancer and an engineer.The Crawley schoolboy starred on Dancing On Ice where he skated to third place in the 2012 series and appeared on other TV shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Celebrity Total Wipeout.

5. The Cure

Possibly the town’s most famous exports, Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey, Lol Tolhurt and Porl Thompson formed the band in 1976, which was originally called Easy Cure, at St Wilfrid’s School.

In 1978 the band’s name was refined to The Cure and they released their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, in May 1979.Robert Smith has remained the only constant member of a band that has racked up record sales in the region of 30 million with songs like Lovesong, Pictures of You and Just Like Heaven.Their legacy is so immense that films Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Just Like Heaven (2005) took their names from Cure songs.

6. Dan Walker

BBC presenter Dan Walker grew up in Crawley, supports Crawley Town and went to Hazelwick School.He has presented Football Focus for seven years and has recently started presenting BBC Breakfast.He also presents shows on BBC Radio 5 Live and has appeared regularly on Match of the Day – whenever Gary Lineker fancies a day off.

Being the son of a preacher, Dan has never worked on or played sport on a Sunday as a result of his faith, even admitting he once turned down youth football contracts because games were scheduled on Sundays.

7. Daley Thompson

Double Olympic gold medal winner Daley Thompson trained in the town and also studied physics, biology and geography at Crawley College of Technology.

He won decathlon gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984 and broke the world record for the event four times.The 58-year-old won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 1982 and was awarded a CBE in 2000.He was forced to retire from athletes in 1992 due to a persistent hamstring injury and in the 1990s he played professional football for Mansfield Town and Stevenage.

He has been back to Crawley in recent years to host coaching sessions at the K2 leisure centre.

Thanks to Kent Live for the post:- https://www.kentlive.news/news/celebs-tv/7-famous-people-who-you-506152


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