View Full Version : Who should have received a Knighthood

09-07-2013, 10:01 AM
Following on from a discussion we have been having in our office at work, about whether Andy Murray should receive a knighthood, who should have received a knighthood, in your opinion, but never did.

09-07-2013, 10:04 AM
Fantastic achievement by Murray

But Cameron saying he cannot think "of anyone more deserving" is frankly ridiculous

art malice
09-07-2013, 10:07 AM
Kevin Phillips

The Misfit
09-07-2013, 10:09 AM
I don't agree with the honours system but if we must have one then Bobby Moore should have been knighted and John Surtees still can be.

09-07-2013, 10:21 AM
Can they award it after someone has died ?

R.J Mitchell - Inventor of the Spitfire.

strolling bones
09-07-2013, 10:25 AM
Simon Cowell should get one .. I would love to see if queenie would be tempted to swing the sword rather than just tap his shoulder.

09-07-2013, 10:27 AM
Dougie Freedman... then my username would be more apt.

elgin eagle
09-07-2013, 10:41 AM
Charlie Oatway

09-07-2013, 10:42 AM
Fantastic achievement by Murray

But Cameron saying he cannot think "of anyone more deserving" is frankly ridiculous

Cameron saying something ridiculous! Who'd have thought it?

09-07-2013, 10:46 AM
Fantastic achievement by Murray

But Cameron saying he cannot think "of anyone more deserving" is frankly ridiculous

Couldn't agree more.

09-07-2013, 10:52 AM
Steve Coppell, of course.

Close thread.

El Aguila
09-07-2013, 10:54 AM
This Edward Snowden chap deserves some kind of award.

09-07-2013, 10:54 AM
Steve Coppell, of course.

Close thread.


09-07-2013, 11:26 AM
I don't agree with the honours system but if we must have one then Bobby Moore should have been knighted and John Surtees still can be.

John Surtees, definitely. Local hero around my town too.

09-07-2013, 11:31 AM
Charlie Oatway

Surely a nappy would be better :D

Or an OBE (Order of Bum Emissions).

art malice
09-07-2013, 11:36 AM
Charlie Oatway

He should get a shitehood

art malice
09-07-2013, 11:37 AM
MBE. My bombshell excrement.

Lombardo 888
09-07-2013, 11:38 AM
This Edward Snowden chap deserves some kind of award.

Indeed. How about "Arrogant bastard of the year"

09-07-2013, 11:48 AM
Beckham deserves it more in my opinion -some that have died without receiving the award: Bobby Moore Fred Trueman & Fred Perry to name but a few

09-07-2013, 11:51 AM
Tenzing Norgay

oh and that it took until he was nearly 90 before Christopher Lee was knighted was also a bit ridiculous.

Gark Moldberg
09-07-2013, 11:58 AM
Geoffrey Thomas

Micky Droy
09-07-2013, 12:10 PM
Alan Turing

09-07-2013, 12:14 PM
Most decent types refuse it anyway- here's a partial list;

T. S. Ashton, economic historian, Professor of Economic History, University of London, 1957 New Year Honours[20]
Frank Auerbach, artist (in 2003)[3]
Norman H. Baynes, historian, Professor of Byzantine History, University of London, 1951 Birthday Honours[20]
Alan Bennett, playwright (in 1996; had previously declined appointment as CBE in 1988)[2]
Arnold Bennett, novelist
David Bowie, musician (in 2003)[21]
Danny Boyle theatre and film director (2012)[22]
Lester Brain, aviator and airline executive (in late 1960s; later accepted appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1979)[23]
Francis Crick, physicist and Nobel Prize winner
George Davies, fashion retailer
Paul Dirac, Nobel Prize winner for physics in 1933, declined a knighthood in 1953 but accepted the OM in 1973.,[24][25]
Lionel Elvin, Principal, Ruskin College Oxford, Director of Institute of Education, University of London.
Michael Faraday, scientist
Harry Ferguson, businessman, engineer and inventor from Ulster
Albert Finney, actor (in 2000, had previously declined appointment as CBE in 1980)[2]
E. M. Forster, author and essayist (in 1949)[26]
Michael Frayn, novelist and dramatist (in 2003; had previously declined appointment as CBE in 1989)[2]
John Freeman, Labour MP and journalist. UK Ambassador to the USA and India. Chairman of London Weekend Television
John Galsworthy, playwright and novelist
Graham Greene, novelist
Calouste Gulbenkian, philanthropist, Hon KBE, 1951 New Year Honours
Richard Hamilton, artist
Stanford G. Haughton, sound recordist (musician), 1952 New Year Honours
Stephen Hawking, scientist[27]
Bill Hayden, Governor-General of Australia[28]
Patrick Heron, artist, declined award of Knight Bachelor 1980s in protest at government policy on Art education.
Alastair Hetherington, newspaper editor
Peter Higgs, physicist, Profesessor of Theoretical Physics University of Edinburgh, discoverer of the 'Higgs Boson'.
Keith Hill, Labour MP (2010 Dissolution Honours)[29]
Eric Hobsbawm, historian
David Hockney, CH, RA, artist (in 1990; accepted appointment as CH in 1997, and OM in 2012)[2]
Charles Holden, architect, declined twice, in 1944 and 1951.[30]
Trevor Howard, stage/film actor (in 1982)[2]
Aldous Huxley, author (in 1959)[2]
Muhammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, In 1925 offered a knighthood, replied "I prefer to be plain Mr Jinnah"
Rudyard Kipling, author
David Lange, former New Zealand Prime Minister
Essington Lewis, Australian mining magnate[31]
Eli Lobel, 1955 New Year Honours
L. S. Lowry, artist (in 1968; had previously declined appointment as OBE in 1955 and CBE in 1961; later declined appointment as CH in 1972 and 1976; holds the record for the most honours declined)[2]
Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician, broadcaster and author (in 1995)
Arthur Mann, then editor of the Yorkshire Post, declined 2 knighthoods in the 1920s on the basis that accepting would interfere with his journalism; upon retirement he became a Companion of Honour.[32]
Kingsley Martin, journalist and editor in 1965
John Loudon McAdam, Scottish road builder[33]
Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum (in 1999); however, in 2010 he accepted appointment to the Order of Merit, which is in the personal gift of the British monarch[34]
Michael Meacher, Labour MP and minister
James Meade, economist (in 1969). Winner Nobel Prize for Economics
Norman Miscampbell, Conservative MP (in 1989)
Henry Moore, sculptor, declined a knighthood in 1951[16]
Stanley Morison, 1953 Coronation and Birthday Honours (later declined offer of CBE)
Robert Morley, actor, in 1975
A.G.Norman, scientist, 1969
Frank Pick, chief executive of London Transport (also declined a peerage).[35]
William Pember Reeves, New Zealand statesman, declined knighthood three times, including GCMG[36]
J.B. Priestley, novelist and playwright, also declined a peerage
Gilbert Ryle, philosopher in 1965
Amartya Sen, economist and Nobel Prize Winner
George Bernard Shaw, playwright and critic; also declined OM[37]
Paul Scofield, actor
Alastair Sim, actor, declined a knighthood as did his father
Quentin Skinner, historian (in 1996) Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge.[38]
Arnold Toynbee, historian
Ralph Vaughan Williams composer
J. Steven Watson, historian (twice, in 1960 and 1966) Principal St Andrews University 1966-86
H.G. Wells, writer (also declined the OM)
George Henry Doughty, General Secretary, Technical and Supervisory Section, Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers

09-07-2013, 12:15 PM
Ray Galton & Alan Simpson

Maidstoned Eagle
09-07-2013, 12:48 PM
Wilko Johnson

09-07-2013, 12:49 PM
Steve Coppell, of course.

Close thread.

And a very Happy Birthday to Sir Steve today :lux:

09-07-2013, 01:51 PM
Ian La Frenais & Dick Clement

09-07-2013, 02:52 PM
Mr Benn. The things he did for others throughout history.

Aki Aki Aki
09-07-2013, 06:59 PM
Double Olympic gold medal winner Daley Thompson.

09-07-2013, 08:27 PM
Geoffrey Thomas

Totally agree.

10-07-2013, 05:33 AM
John Lydon