Perhaps shouldn't admit this but never heard of him.
Just reading the article on BBC.
"A life-long fan of Manchester United, he declined a CBE in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.
"I think the Sir thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery," he said at the time."RIP
He was born on the same street as me in Salford - best scrooge ever