Piers Morgan leads tributes as Bunbury cricket charity fundraiser and Bee Gees manager, David English dies aged 76.
David English : Bee Gees | What happened to | Death
English was born in London in 1946, and grew up in Hendon. After leaving school, he worked on the grounds staff at Lords Cricket Ground. He later played cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club.
English set up Bunbury cricket club as a vehicle to raise funds for charity through which he raised £14m. The club recruited celebrities and former cricketers to play matches.
Also English was appointed CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to cricket and charity.
He had previously been appointed MBE in the 2003 Birthday Honours for services to charity.
In 1987, English was asked to fund the ECB annual schools cricket competition. In return the competition was renamed The Bunbury Festival after his series of children’s books.
David English Bee Gees
English, the former manager of the Bee Gees who raised £17million through his Bunbury cricket charity, died following a major heart attack.
At times I felt like The Other Bee Gee.
One by one I’ve seen them go… first young Andy, then Maurice, now Robin. Poor old Barry is the last one standing.
I’d known them all since 1973 when they joined RSO Records which I had started with Robert Stigwood.
I quickly learned the strength of the Bee Gees was their closeness, their incredible love for each other and for their families.
That never waned – from when they were little lads growing up together in Chorlton, Manchester, singing three part harmonies in the bath, while they were learning their trade singing at speedway circuits in Australia or when they were performing to a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.
A string of other famous faces have also walked out for the Bunburys celebrity team over the years, including Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and former Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear.
Footie pundit Gary Lineker said he was “terribly sad” to learn of the passing of “such a charismatic man”.
He joined The Sun’s cricket correspondent John Etheridge who tweeted: “Very sad to hear that David English, one of cricket’s greatest and funniest characters and founder of the Bunburys, has passed away. RIP Loon.”
What happened to David English
He died of a heart attack on 12 November 2022, at the age of 76.
The following day the England cricket team playing in the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final wore black armbands as a mark of respect.
Jos Buttler, who will lead his side out in the World Cup final against Pakistan, took to Twitter to post: “So sad to hear the news of David English passing away.
One of life’s great characters, so fun to spend time with and producer of some of the best English cricketers through his wonderful Bunbury Festivals. RIP.”
English, who in 2010 received a CBE for his services to cricket and charity, played for Marleybone CC and also worked on the ground at Lord’s.
But it was his founding of Bunbury Cricket Club, and support for the festival, which made him such an iconic figure.
England T20 captain Jos Buttler and Piers Morgan have led the tributes to David English following news of his death.
David English, the larger-than-life “Godfather of English cricket”, whose Bunbury schools festival has helped to foster the careers of more than 1000 first-class cricketers, including more than 125 international players died at the age of 76 following a heart attack.
English, who in 2010 received a CBE for his services to cricket and charity, played for Marleybone CC and also worked on the ground at Lord’s. But it was his founding of Bunbury Cricket Club, and support for the festival, which made him such an iconic figure.
English founded the Bunbury Cricket Club, through which he raised £14m for charity. He was involved in the creation of the Bunbury Festival, a national under-15s cricket tournament.
Also English was appointed CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to cricket and charity. He had previously been appointed MBE in the 2003 Birthday Honours for services to charity. He died of a heart attack on 12 November 2022, at the age of 76.
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