Cricket star Graham Gooch inspires students at St Joseph's College, Stock-on-Trent

England batting legend Graham Gooch has given inspiration to a young Catholic cricketer from St Joseph’s College in Stoke on Trent, the school that was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1932. Mr Gooch told John Hancock, 18, that he has nothing to fear as he plays top-class grade cricket in Perth this winter.

He said the England team, on the other hand, had “a whole country to compete against”. Graham Gooch was the guest speaker at the Trent Vale Catholic college’s first ever sports awards night.

John Hancock from Newcastle-under-Lyme, will serve on the ground staff at the Western Australian Cricket Association in Perth during the third Test and will be honing his skills playing as a professional for Gossners Cricket Club. He is captain of the St Joseph’s College cricket and rugby teams. He has already played for Staffordshire and hopes to get a county contract on his return.