Nicky English - Legendary Tipperary Hurler and Manager, Television pundit, Media Personality and After Dinner Speaker
A legend of Tipperary hurling and a member of the Tipperary Hurling Team of the Millennium, Nicky’s career as a player and manager was one of the most successful ever seen within the sport.
Born in Cullen, South Tipperary, he was encouraged to hone his natural talent by his hurling-mad father and having been educated at Abbey Christian Brothers School in Tipperary Town Nicky went on to win many hurling titles with local club Lattin-Cullen, University College Cork and of course at inter-county level with his beloved Tipperary. His reputation in Tipperary was further enhanced by a successful spell in charge of the county after he had retired and he is still seen as one of the finest hurlers to ever represent the county.
Nicky’s fine career as a player and manager coupled with his infectious and fun loving attitude has ensured he is a much sought after media personality within the GAA broadcasting community. He is a regular pundit for TV3 in their coverage of the Hurling Championship Season and also writes a weekly hurling column for The Irish Times.
He has also appeared as guest on many television panelist shows such as The Road to Croker among others.
A down to earth and natural people person, Nicky is a regular after dinner speaker, recounting memories and stories of his illustrious career in Hurling. He is also regularly requested for guest appearances, photo calls and launches and can be booked through JGA Sports Agency.
Success as a player for Nicky mostly came playing for his County. At club level he did win an intermediate football title in 1989 and and a junior and intermediate hurling title in 1992 and 1996 respectively. However, his long list of inter-county honours includes two All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships (1989, ’91), five Munster Senior Hurling Championships (1987, ’88, ’89, ’91, ’93) and two National Hurling League titles (1988, ’94). During this fourteen year period he also won six All-Star awards.
Nicky in Action
Nicky can also boast an impressive five Fitzgibbon Cup (1981, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85) winning medals from his time in University College Cork, where he earned a H Dip in Education.
In 1999, he took over as the manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team and guided them to one All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (2001), one Munster Senior Hurling Championship (2001) and two National Hurling League titles (1999, ’01) over a 4 year period before resigning in 2002.
Hurler of The Year ‘89
In 1989, Nicky was awarded with the Texaco Hurler of The Year award in recognition of his contribution to his county’s success in clinching the All-Ireland that year. Nicky amassed a personal tally of 2-12 on that particular occasion, the second highest ever total in a Liam McCarthy Cup final.