A Huddersfield Town fan joins the likes of Bianca Jagger and pop star Damon Albarn among the 850 new names making their first appearance in Who’s Who.

Inclusion in the 2015 edition, which contains potted biographies of 33,000 of some of the best known, most talented and most accomplished people, is by invitation only so this is an honour for all the new entries and they include Huddersfield-educated, Huddersfield Town fan and Leeds-based criminal barrister, Abdul Iqbal.

Dad-of-two Mr Iqbal, 45, lines up alongside the likes of entertainer Paul O’Grady and TV presenter Julia Bradbury who are also making their first appearance in the world- famous reference book.

When Mr Iqbal was invited to appear in Who’s Who he was asked for specific biographical details, such as the name of the school he attended and the names of the clubs he belongs to or supports.

He replied: “Huddersfield Town Football, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football”.

Mr Iqbal was educated at Moor End High School – now Moor End Academy – before moving on to the universities of Bradford and Northumbria.

He briefly worked as a pharmacist and then he became a barrister in 1994.

Earlier this year he was made a Queen’s Counsel, which entitles him to place the letters ‘QC’ after his name.

He is not the first Huddersfield Town fan to appear in Who’s Who.

The late Huddersfield-born prime minister Harold Wilson was also a Terriers fan but, unlike Mr Iqbal, did not mention the Terriers in his Who’s Who entry.


Neither does actor Sir Patrick Stewart, 74, who doesn’t mention Huddersfield Town but does refer to his three marriages.

Others include Sir John Harman,aged 64, a former Huddersfield maths teacher, ex-Kirklees Council leader and former Environment Agency chairman, who lists his recreations as “music, reading, gardening, Huddersfield Town AFC.”

Also in there is Jason McCartney, 46, Conservative MP for Colne Valley.

In his Who’s Who entry Mr McCartney lists his recreations as “Huddersfield Town AFC, Huddersfield Giants RLFC, Yorkshire CCC, tennis, eating Hinchcliffe’s pies.”

Everyone in Who’s Who – with the possible exception of the fugitive peer Lord Lucan who vanished in November 1974 but who nevertheless retains his place in Who’s Who (until he is confirmed dead) – is invited to compile his or her own entry so entries can be as long or as short as celebrities wish.

The 2015 edition of Who’s Who is published by A and C Black at £262.50.