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Former test cricketer Harmison becomes football manager
February 9, 2015 / 8:52 AM / 3 years ago

Former test cricketer Harmison becomes football manager

LONDON (Reuters) - Former cricketer Steve Harmison, who took more than 200 test wickets for England, has swapped sports to become the new manager of non-League club Ashington, who play in the ninth tier of the English football pyramid.

England's Steve Harmison reacts after bowling during the second day of the fourth Ashes cricket test match against Australia at Headingley in Leeds, northern England, August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Harmison, 36, remembered for his outstanding pace bowling performances in England’s 2005 Ashes victory over Australia, will take charge of his hometown team for the first time when they play Bishop Auckland in Division One of the Northern League on Tuesday.

Harmison, who took 226 test wickets for England between 2002 and 2009, is a lifelong Newcastle United supporter and had a brief spell playing for Ashington as a teenager.

Ashington were members of the Football League between 1922 and 1929 when they played in the old Third Division North and is famous in football circles as the birthplace of England World Cup winning brothers Bobby and Jack Charlton.

Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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