Yorkshire have paid tribute to Sir Michael Parkinson following the tv chat present host’s dying after a quick sickness, aged 88.
Before his well-known broadcasting profession received off the bottom, Parkinson and Barnsley Cricket Club opening accomplice Dickie Bird had trials at Yorkshire alongside future England batter Geoffrey Boycott.
Parkinson as soon as saved Boycott out of his hometown Barnsley crew however the pair, plus Bird, a former umpire and one of the crucial recognisable figures in cricket, established lifelong friendships with one another.
Indeed, in April, Parkinson attended the ninetieth birthday of Bird at Headingley, and former England quick bowler Darren Gough paid tribute to the broadcaster who he considered an in depth buddy.
Gough, Yorkshire managing director of cricket, stated: “He was a Barnsley boy, like myself, and it was an absolute pleasure to know him and his family.
“We are all devastated here at Yorkshire and thoughts of everyone at the Club are with Sir Michael’s family and friends at this sad time.”
Barnsley Football Club additionally paid their respects, saying on Twitter: “Barnsley Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Michael Parkinson CBE.
“The town has lost one of its favourite sons, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
Parkinson interviewed quite a few high-profile sportspeople, most notably former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali – broadly considered the best boxer of all-time – with whom he had a few tense exchanges within the Nineteen Seventies.
It was on Parkinson’s present in 2008 the place Victoria Beckham – husband of former England captain David – revealed she referred to the ex-midfielder as ‘Golden Balls’, a nicknamed he would turn into synonymous with.