About Colly

After 21 years of cricket for County Durham and England, Paul Collingwood is celebrating his testimonial year throughout 2017.

From Shotley Bridge, Paul a local hero has made more First-Class appearances for his home county than anyone – 201 – and scored more centuries (22). He made his debut in 1995, scoring 91 in his first, first class innings in 1996.

Collingwood made 68 Test appearances for England, including winning three Ashes series. His 197 one-day appearances are an English record and he won 35 Twenty20 caps.

He captained both white-ball teams, and is the only captain to lead England to a major global trophy, the 2010 World Twenty20.


  • Awarded an MBE in 2010.

  • 1,000+ Test runs in a calendar year in 2006.

  • England fourth wicket partnership record against Australia – 206 in a partnership of 310 with Kevin Pietersen in 2006.

  • Double century against Australia in 2007 – only the third English batsman to score a double century in Australia, and the first since Wally Hammond in 1936.

  • First Durham player to score a Test century for England, and first to hit one at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.

  • First English cricket captain to lead a major ICC tournament winning side.

  • 2007 University of Sunderland - Honorary Fellowship

  • 2013 Northumbria University - Honorary Degree