RIP Clive ‘Chalky’ White, tennis and football writer


Former Times deputy sports editor Clive White has died peacefully at the age of 71 at his daughter Chloe’s home after a long battle with cancer.

Thoughts go out to Chloe, siblings Phoebe and Elliott and the rest of Clive’s family and close friends. 

He joined The Times in 1981 becoming deputy sports editor from 1982-84 and then deputy football correspondent where he covered three World Cups and two European Championships before leaving in 1991.

From there Clive – often known as Chalky – joined The Independent where he covered tennis and football and in 1995 moved to the Sunday Telegraph as tennis correspondent and football writer for the next 13 years.

At the Sunday Telegraph he wrote the columns of both John McEnroe and Gary Lineker. He also co-wrote Lineker’s 2010 World Cup diary.

Tennis played a major part in his career. He was author of the ITF Davis Cup yearbook between 2010-12 and worked for the federation in a writing and broadcasting capacity.

He had also written the programme notes for Wimbledon and was back at the All England Club in 2012 as tennis team leader for the Olympic News Service.

Clive also worked for ONS at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, reporting on cross-country skiing. At the Baku 2015 European Games he covered boxing and karate.

Funeral details: Monday February 18th, 10.0am, West Hertfordshire Crematorium, High Elms Lane, Gartson, Watford, Herts WD25 0JS. 

Then Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, Piggottshill Lane, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1AB

No flowers. Donations to cancer research. Please feel free to wear any colour.

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