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Postby westoelad » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:12 pm

Alistair Cook to receive knighthood in New Year's Honours.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/alas ... -q3bbkfbzd
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Postby Durhamfootman » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:22 pm

Ah well...... I suppose that if you can get an MBE for scoring 7 runs, then a knighthood is probably the very least you can expect for 12,000
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Re: Sir Chef

Postby bigfluffylemon » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:00 pm

This must be the first cricketing knighthood for a long time. Sir Beefy was knighted, but I believe that was as much for his charity work as his cricket?
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Postby Durhamfootman » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:22 pm

Beefy was the last, I think.... and yes, he did get it for his charity walks for leukaemia
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Postby bigfluffylemon » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:35 pm

Trust wikipedia to have a whole page devoted to it.

The last English knighthood for services to cricket was Sir Alec Bedser in 1996.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... e_knighted

There's some fairly obscure names on that list - some knighted for services to cricket as administrators or journalists rather than players.
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Postby Durhamfootman » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:44 pm

good info
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Postby Arthur Crabtree » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:31 am

Must be followed by Sir Jimmy if this is just for his cricket career.
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Postby Durhamfootman » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:57 am

Jimmy has already been canonised, so a knighthood feels greedy
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Postby sussexpob » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:50 pm

This seems a bit unnecessary. Was he that good to justify this?
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Re: Sir Chef

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:32 pm

Have to wonder why a few others missed out if Cook gets one. But you can't fight City Hall.

Maybe he gets a vote on May's deal?
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Postby sussexpob » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:33 pm

Well he wasnt the best bat in the team during his career (Root and KP, probably even Trott had a better record before the insane quick decline). And his leadership came at a time when a significant portion of fans became massively disillusioned with the game. He wasnt the main reason, but he was certainly part of it.
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Postby Gingerfinch » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:49 pm

I preferred Gooch to Cook as well, and he was England's leading run scorer at one time. Has a cricketer ever been knighted at such a young age?
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Postby Arthur Crabtree » Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:16 pm

Gooch went to SA.

Cook has the little extras that make him a comfortable fit for a knighthood. The ones that GG didn't have, even if he hadn't taken the rand. Or Thorpey, who didn't do anything like that. I'm not surprised to hear Cook is getting a knighthood. I would if KP got one.

Maybe he'll turn it down, which actually might do something to repair bridges to the disillusioned.
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Postby andy » Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:56 pm

sussexpob wrote:This seems a bit unnecessary. Was he that good to justify this?



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Re: Sir Chef

Postby sussexpob » Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:02 pm

Arthur Crabtree wrote:Gooch went to SA. Cook has the little extras that make him a comfortable fit for a knighthood. The ones that GG didn't have, even if he hadn't taken the rand. Or Thorpey, who didn't do anything like that. I'm not surprised to hear Cook is getting a knighthood. I would if KP got one. Maybe he'll turn it down, which actually might do something to repair bridges to the disillusioned.


He became very much an establishment cricketer. I guess he is now benefiting from the rewards of those partnerships he protected.
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