Knighthoods for Robson and Jagger

 

Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger have received knighthoods in the Queen's jubilee birthday honours list.

The accolade was announced on the day England face Denmark in the second round of the World Cup.

Sir Bobby, 69, joins England World Cup heroes Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst as well as the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a football knight.

Robson was capped 20 times for England and in 1990, as England manager, he led England to its most successful World Cup campaign since the victory of 1966. Since then he has successfully managed clubs in Portugal, Holland and Spain before returning to his native north east in 1999 as manager of Newcastle United, bringing Champions League football to St James's Park next season.

Elsewhere, Mick Jagger was also awarded a knighthood for services to "popular music."

Controversy is expected to arise over the award to Gulam Noon, an Indian curry entrepreneur, and a donor to the Labour Party. His last donation, of £100,000, was registered in June last year.

Other notable accolades go to former newspaper editor Max Hastings (knighthood), athlete Paula Radcliffe (MBE), and transatlantic rower Debra Veal (MBE). There is also MBEs for members of Scotland's gold-winning curling team at this year's Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

PA