I read with interest your article about the campaign to award Bobby Moore a posthumous knighthood (BBM November).
I’m aware that no one in history has been honoured in this way, but I see no reason the system should not be amended to allow England to pay tribute to those who have given so much for the nation. Bobby Moore was an outstanding footballer and a great leader. He is the only Englishman to lead his country to a World Cup victory but on top of that was a superb man who was greatly respected for his charm, courage and integrity.
For too long there was a snobbery about giving public honours to sports people, as though sporting achievements were not as important as those who had contributed to other areas of public life.
Fortunately those days are behind us now and the likes of Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton have all been knighted. However, the honours system is still blighted by those who have been honoured for making large donations to political parties or made a fortune for themselves in business.
A knighthood for Bobby would go some way to restoring faith in the system and also be a fitting tribute in death to a man who was shamefully forgotten in the final years of his life.