Cricketing legend Graeme Swann honoured by Lord's Taverners
Graeme Swann was honoured at the home of cricket; Lord’s Cricket Ground yesterday to celebrate a truly remarkable career and raise much-needed funds and awareness for the Lord’s Taverners.
The legendary spinner, who took 225 wickets for England in 60 Test matches, was joined by fellow players, contemporaries and friends alike, with close friend and former England teammate, Jimmy Anderson, leading the tributes to Swann’s fantastic career with a special letter from Andrew Strauss as well.
Managing director of England Cricket, Paul Downton, said that Swann’s record with the ball for England shows just how much he will be missed, while Swann’s fellow BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Not Just Cricket’ presenter, BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James, admitted to being somewhat nervous about presenting the show, having been a big fan of the spinner throughout his cricket career.
The ‘Swann Song Lunch’, compered by former England captain and president of the Lord’s Taverners, Chris Cowdrey, raised £20,000 for the ground-breaking grassroots cricket and disability sports programmes, which include the upcoming Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket Competition, London Disability Cricket Championships and Lady Taverners Girls’ Indoor Cricket Competition.
Graeme Swann, said: “It was great to return to Lord’s, this time to support the Lord’s Taverners. The charity does incredible work for disadvantaged and disabled young people and I was humbled that they wanted to pay me a tribute.”
To view upcoming events and fixtures, and to see the many different ways in which you can support the Lord’s Taverners, go to www.lordstaverners.org/get-involved for more details.