Ferguson, Clough, Redknapp: Father and son sporting double acts

05 March 2009 02:55
Former England opening batsman Chris Broad helped protect wounded match official Ashan Raza during the terrorist ambush in Lahore with the sort of selfless act fathers normally reserve for their children. Broad, 51, dived on top of the shot Raza in a hail of bullets as the Sri Lankan team bus came under attack from terrorists, leaving his son, England all-rounder Stuart Broad, relieved his hero dad make it back at all. Broad senior has not always been the good guy in Lahore though. In 1987 he refused to walk after being given out caught behind against Pakistan in the Gaddafi Stadium and had to  be dragged off by skipper Mike Gatting - who later had a slanging match with umpire Shakoor Rana. Broad also smashed his stumps down after being bowled by occasional twirler Steve Waugh in Sydney a year later, cementing his fiery image and making him public enemy No.1 in Australia. However, young Stuart only seems to have inherited the talent, perhaps his bad-boy-turned-umpire dad instilling into him the fact that you can't beat the system. But there's no doubt the Broads are a talent, the longest in a line of father/son double acts that have graced pitches over the years. Not all the children aspire to the heights of their elders though - notably Sir Colin Cowdrey's children Graham and Chris - but enough have come through the echelons of elite sport - and here are are Sportsmail's top five. Brian Clough and Nigel CloughOld Big'Ead was forced to retire injured at the age of 29 in 1964 after scoring 251 goals in 274 appearances for Middlesbrough and Sunderland. But it is as a manager Brian is better known, winning the League title with Derby and Nottingham Forest, as well as European Cups and League Cups with Forest. Nigel netted over 100 League goals for Forest and played for England 14 times to his dad's twice. Having spent 11 years as manager of Non-League Burton he became Derby boss in January 2009 where he is already working the family magic on a team that looked relegation fodder when he arrived. Harry Redknapp and Jamie Redknapp A product of the West Ham academy, Harry played alongside greats like Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking at Upton Park. But it's as a manager he's made his mark, first guiding Bournemouth to an FA Cup win over holders Manchester United in 1984, then getting them promoted. Seven years in charge of West Ham yielded a top five Premier League place and since then he's guided Portsmouth to the Premier League and an FA Cup Final win and seen current team Tottenham reach the League Cup Final which they lost on penalties to Manchester United. Jamie was unlucky with injuries in his career but still managed over 250 appearances for Liverpool, became a Tottenham favourite  and was also part of the England midfield that reached the semi-finals of Euro 96. He has never shown any interest in following his dad into management though. Alex Ferguson and Darren Ferguson He's a tough act to follow but Darren is going some way to preserving the family tradition. A player of moderate success with Manchester United, Wolves and Wrexham, he has guided Peterborough into the promotion places in League One after taking them up from League two in his first full season. Alex Ferguson, Manchester United football manager, pictured with his son Darren Ferguson. Sir Alex is the most decorated manager in English football history having won every honour in the domestic game as well as the Champions League twice and even won it all in Scotland with Aberdeen - plus a Cup Winners' Cup. Unquestionably a better manager than he was a player. Ian Botham and Liam BothamBeefy was arguably cricket's greatest all-rounder with enough controversy surrounding him to fill a stadium by itself. But he rewrote the history books with 383 wickets and over 5,000 runs at Test level for England. He even played football for Scunthorpe and Yeovil and has since been knighted for all his charity work. Liam made a great start to life as a professional cricketer and took the wicket of former England skipper Mike Gatting on his Hampshire debut  in 1996. However, opted to escape the sport that made his dad famous to avoid comparisons and carved out a career as a rugby union player for West Hartlepool, Cardiff and Newcastle before turning to rugby league and spells with Leeds and Wigan before injury forced him to quit in 2005 aged 27. Graham Hill and Damon HillBack in the days when F1 drivers had the life expectancy of a mayfly, Graham Hill won the world drivers' championship twice and was every inch the dashing superstar the British public wanted. He died when the plane he was piloting crashed in 1975 so he never saw his son Damon pick up the F1 baton and clinch the World Championship in 1996. It's official, Liverpool are better without Torres. but only just!  

Source: Daily_Mail