Pompey great and Havant stalwart among Queen’s honours

Havant Rugby Club's Mick Chalk   Picture: Mick Young
Havant Rugby Club's Mick Chalk Picture: Mick Young
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David James and Mick Chalk are among the names in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Former Pompey keeper James was made an MBE for services to football and charity.

The 41-year-old enjoyed a hugely-successful four-year spell at Fratton Park, helping the Blues to FA Cup glory in 2008.

James said: ‘Sportsmen should appreciate the fact they are in a privileged position.

‘Where they can, they should try to give something back and show a humane side.

‘There are plenty of lads out there who don’t get the glory but do a lot of good work.’

Meanwhile, the achievements of Havant Rugby Club’s ‘Mr Rugby’ Chalk have been recognised with the award of a British Empire Medal.

Chalk, who has been at the Hooks Lane club since 1966 as a player, committee member and chairman, was surprised to hear of the prestigious award for his services to the sport.

‘When I first heard I thought someone was pulling my leg,’ said Chalk.

‘I am chuffed to bits and to say it is an honour is a massive understatement.

‘It has come right out of the blue and I believe it is for my services to Havant Rugby Club.

‘I joined the club as a 16-year-old playing in the colts and must have played more than a thousand games in my career.

‘Over the years, I don’t think there can be many jobs or posts that I haven’t held at the club.

‘It has been a very important part of my life and widened my horizons from a very early age.

‘Because of it I have met lots of lovely people and made many good friends.

‘I see the award as belonging to everyone connected with the club who have put in hours and hours of unpaid work to make it what it is.

‘It is also for my family – wife Lynn, daughter Michelle and sons Lee and Michael.

‘Without their support I wouldn’t have been able to do half the things that I have.

‘I also had some superb mentors in the early days people like Phil Jones, Trevor King and Bob Iverson.

‘Havant is a fabulous club and an important part of the local community.’

Chalk has been with Havant through good times and bad and in his playing days was a no-nonsense hooker.

He was a member of the side that reached the last 16 of the John Player Cup and was chairman when Havant just missed out on promotion to the second tier of national rugby.

Apart from his work with Havant, Chalk has also been a loyal and hard-working servant for Hampshire rugby.

He is one of the most respected individuals on the circuit and the award will be seen as a well-deserved reward for his unstinting dedication to rugby in the area.

Other sports stars to be named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours include Luke Donald, awarded an MBE.

The Englishman has had 48 weeks at the top of golf’s world rankings since first reaching the pinnacle of his sport in May last year.

The 34-year-old also achieved an unprecedented double when he topped the money lists on the European and American tours last season.

Shane Williams also received an MBE for his services to rugby.

Williams, the record try-scorer for Wales with 58 tries in 87 matches, retired from international rugby after the World Cup last year.