Arise Sir Geoffrey Boycott OBE

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Jammy Toast was delighted to hear this morning that one of our heroes has been knighted in Theresa May’s resignation honours list – probably one of the only decisions she has made that we have agreed with. Needless to say it has been met with a backlash because of his conviction for domestic violence in a French court. Personally, I never did believe his then girlfriend at the time of the conviction in 1998. This is a man who used to hit cricket balls out of cricket grounds. To do that you need to have strong arms and brilliant timing to achieve that goal. If he had have punched his girlfriend repeatedly in the face, someone with his power would have nearly killed her and not given her the small amount of bruising she received – according to Boycs – as a result of an accidental fall. It is just a shame that on a day when he has been honoured all this garbage has been brought to the fore again.

The honour has been given because he was one of the best opening batsmen the world of cricket has ever seen. Don’t forget this man opened for England in the days when Australia and the West Indies had the most lethal bowling line ups ever. And he stood there without helmets and all the safety equipment and padding players wear today. Australian batsman Steve Smith had to miss 10 days of cricket as a precaution because he was hit on the helmet in the third test match recently. Geoff used to get hit and carry on batting in his day and no one batted [sic] an eyelid.

Speaking on the Today Programme on Radio 4 this morning, Geoff, now a celebrated cricketing pundit, was confronted about the conviction. As presenter Martha Kearney began to quote Adina Claire, the co-acting chief executive of Women’s Aid, the former England cricket captain said: “I don’t give a toss about her, love. So you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it. I couldn’t give a toss.”

Boycs was commenting after Ms Claire said: “Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime. With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a Domestic Abuse Bill ready to be taken forward by Government, it is extremely disappointing that a knighthood has been recommended for Geoffrey Boycott, who is a convicted perpetrator of domestic abuse.”

Later in the interview Geoff implied that he backed Brexit because his conviction was in a French court. He stated: “It was 25 years ago love, in a French court, she tried to blackmail me for £1m. I said no. It’s a court case in France where… you’re guilty. It’s one reason I don’t vote to remain in Europe is you’re guilty until you’re proved innocent. That’s totally the opposite from England. It’s very difficult to prove you’re innocent.”

Boycott is still employed by the BBC as a cricket pundit. Despite the conviction, Sir Geoffrey has always denied assaulting Ms Moore, accusing her of putting a “stain on my name”. At his trial, public prosecutor Jean-Yves Duval rejected that claim, saying the injuries were “absolutely incompatible” with an accident.

In 2017 Boycott triggered racism claims after suggesting he would be more likely to be given a knighthood if he “blacked up”, claiming knighthoods were given to West Indian cricketers “like confetti”. He made the controversial remarks during a question and answer session following a Test match between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston.

“Mine’s been turned down twice,” Boycott told host Gary Newbon. “I’d better black me face.”

Edgbaston’s Labour MP Preet Gill said of his rant: “Let’s call it what it is, it’s irresponsible, it smacks of racism.” Boycott later apologised, saying: “Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable. I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly. I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players.”

Here at Jammy Toast though we would suggest there is some truth in what Boycs said. How many of the West Indian players from the 1970s and 80s have been knighted compared to England players. The answer is Eleven West Indian cricketers have been knighted so far and that includes cricket greats like Curtly Ambrose, Garfield Sobers and Viv Richards. In modern times there has only been one English cricketer knighted and that is Alastair Cook – Ian Botham was knighted for services to charity and not for his cricketing exploits.

Boycott played 108 Test matches for England and scored 151 first-class centuries. He has worked as a commentator for the BBC’s Test Match Special since 2004 and Mrs May is one of his greatest fans. The former Prime Minister repeatedly gushed about his style – which included enraging teammates with his slow scoring rate and sometimes running them out.

“I have been a Geoff Boycott fan all my life,” she beamed previously. “It was just that he kind of solidly got on with what he was doing. He just stuck in there and got on with the job that was the great thing… he had a plan and he got on with it, and more often than not delivered.”

Arise Sir Geoffrey.

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44 Comments on “Arise Sir Geoffrey Boycott OBE”

  1. I am not a fan to be fair. All sportsmen get paid well to do what they do why do they need an award? I would much rather these things went to the many volunteers or dinner ladies, nurses, carers and lollypop people that this country relies on and often takes for granted.

  2. Before they past a law in 2018, in Europe you were guilty unless you could prove you were innocent. Also, a friend of Miss Moore has come forward to say she told her she slipped on a marble floor, hitting her face. A relative has also stated that Boycott is innocent. And a Solicitor for Boycott claimed a representative of Mrs Moore said pay £150k or they go to the papers and the Court even has a document asking for £1 million to drop the case.

    I am not a fan of Boycott’s but I know a lie when I hear one.

  3. I’m lying in bed with a beautiful half naked woman right now if anyone’s arsed? And why aren’t I smashing her, I hear you say… Because the ballbag has had her implant taken out today, that’s why. Selfish twat!

  4. I’m at the gym , sipping coffee . Possibly the most metrosexual I’ve ever been ? Grace is swimming yet again. I’m more the drinking coffee on the side line type of cat . And extreme Jack Russell terrier walking .

  5. Some of my lovely Twitter friends are concerned about what might have happened to me tonight. My family don’t want you to worry. I got into a building on campus & it took a while to get me out. I will tell you more tomorrow. I am absolutely fine & asleep on my humans’ bed.

    Rolf x

  6. I was in 8th grade gym class when we first heard about the 9/11 attacks. School was cancelled but we all sat around the library watching the news in disbelief.

    I think we all remember.

  7. Rolf report Sept 11

    Last night I got into the Rootes student residences & I couldn’t easily get out. I walked the whole length of the building seeking an exit. My human tracked me for an hour. Jacqui from campus Security rescued me (thank you). I was never in any danger.

    Rolf x

  8. Today I remembered Glo and that made me feel sad because Little Glo and her humans moved away to another town and I don’t see her any more. We had some good times together and I miss her. Why do friends have to move away?

  9. “Most of us have small, sad places in our hearts. My father felt deeply but kept his feelings to himself. Or rather, being a writer, he let them escape in his writing. And so such sadnesses as there were put on cap and bells and emerged as Eeyore.”

    ~C.R.Milne

  10. Current status. Standing under a tree in monsoon conditions shouting have a shit , dickhead and we can go home at a Jack Russell terrier who despite eating his breakfast and something horrific off a nettle is clenching his clacker valve tight shut just to spite me.

  11. Harry and Cobweb off to the vets today . Harry for an update on his blood tests and Cobweb for his first jabs. Fingers crossed for Harry’s results. I might ask the vet to give me a once over too whilst we’re there.

  12. Why are the houses in porn videos so lovely? I always find myself distracted wondering where they got their corner couch from rather than the woman having her arse eaten on it.

    Not that im watching porn at 11:50am on a Wednesday or anything!

  13. My human has been away from home for almost 4 weeks puppysitting. He belongs to her son and although he looks cute, he is a bit wild. Even though I love dogs, I think I would rather cope with smacks from Dorothy than puppy-bites from Barry.

  14. Everyone knows where they were on September 11th 2001 – I was busy stealing car stereos from Motorworld, where I actually worked at the time. Filling the bins in the back with stock for the lads to turn up and load into their cars 2003, I was caught and sacked YNWA

  15. Strange to be flying on September 11. I’ll never forget that day. Leaving school & seeing thousands of people walking uptown with looks of total confusion & sadness. In the weeks/months that followed I saw my city & country come together like never before. WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!

  16. Ruddy is working on Victoria Street and everyday a baghead brings wares to sell that he’s robbed round town and I don’t condone funding habits but I’ve just got some Dre beats for £20 so that’s decent init?

    I’m sure he will spend that on fruit and veg and other pleasantries.

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