John le Carre

THE SPY WHO WENT INTO THE COLD Author John le Carre has written his last spy novel at the age of 89. David Cornwell worked for the British secret service as a spy himself behind the Iron Curtain until Kim Philby broke his cover to the Russians. (Mysteriously he never forgave Philby for the whole […]

Gerard Houllier

FULL TIME FOR GERARD It would not be hyperbole to say that Gerard Houllier was the man who saved Liverpool football club’s place as one of the giants of football. When he arrived at the club, they had experienced nearly a decade of decline, with fashionista Spice Boys and piss drunk wind up merchants living […]

Pierre Cardin

BUBBLE DEATH Fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died aged 98. He invented the bubble dress in 1954, and was the costume designer for Patrick Macnee’s John Steed in The Avengers, as well as Roger Moore’s James Bond. Cardin’s name was international in fashion. Yours truly was once nearly knocked onto the line at Glasgow Hillhead […]

John Edrich

CHRISTMAS TIME, MISTLETOE AND WHINE Cricketer John Edrich has died aged 83. The last survivor of five Edrich family members who all played first class cricket, he played for England between 1963 and 1976. His form as a batsman at the crease, including breaking the then world record in 1971 for runs during an Ashes […]

KC Jones

KC AND THE GRAVEYARD BAND Basketball player KC Jones has died aged 88. As a member of the Boston Celtics, he won eight NBA championships in the 1960s as a player, before becoming a coach, and winning two NBA Championships as coach of the same team. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame […]

Davie Sneddon

KILLEDMARNOCK Scottish footballer Davie Sneddon has died aged 84 after a battle with dementia. He was a key part of their 1965 Scottish league winning side, and he later managed the team from 1977 to 1981. He was also manager of Stranrear. He was a unique pick for Willz’s 12 Lords/8 Ladies team, on which […]

Mike Sutton

SUTTON IN A COLDFIELD Footballer Mike Sutton has died aged 76. He played for Norwich and Chester (and Carlisle) and was the father of Chris and John Sutton. He was a unique pick for Sudden Death. Mike Sutton5 October 1944 – 26 December 2020unique

George Blake

DIE SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE British spy George Blake has died aged 98. Born in Holland, Blake was a POW in the Korean War before working for the RAF and M16. Unbeknownst to them, Blake had been turned in captivity by the Communists and was now passing on secrets to the KGB. How much […]

Charles Campion

MASTERDEATH Food critic Charles Campion has died aged 69. He wrote food reviews for the Times and Independent. He appeared on TV in MasterChef, giving advice on the food cooked. He also made an appearance on Celebrity Mastermind in 2013, on which his specialist subject was The Wind in the Willows. He finished runner up […]

Rosalind Knight

KNIGHT TO CREM-3 Actress Rosalind Knight has died shortly after her 87th birthday. Her career stretched over 60 years and included Carry On films, St Trinians, Richard III, Poirot and About A Boy. In recent years she played the Grandma in Friday Night Dinner. She was a unique pick for Sitcom to Heaven. Rosalind Knight3 […]