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Monday, 1 April, 2002, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
British sport honours Queen Mother
The Queen Mother was a regular at Royal Ascot
The Queen Mother was a regular at Royal Ascot
Sports organisations across Britain have been paying tribute to the Queen Mother, who died aged 101 on Saturday.

Football grounds across England fell silent at 3pm on Monday.

Many played the national anthem, but all fell silent as players, wearing black armbands, and fans stood for a minute's reflection prior to kick-off.

The FA decision to go ahead with all its Easter Monday fixtures followed discussions with Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Premier League and the Football League.

The Football League were quick to decide they wanted the games to go ahead, giving football fans the opportunity to pay their respects "as a group".


The Queen Mother was undoubtedly an inspiration to the generation who underwent the Second World War
Sir Rodney Walker

Rugby League followed suit, observing a minute's silence before kick off at the four Super League games and four National League Cup games held on Monday.

Sir Rodney Walker, retiring chairman of the League and chairman of UK Sport, said: "We would like to express our sympathies to our patron, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, at her family's loss.

"The Queen Mother was undoubtedly an inspiration to the generation who underwent the Second World War and the person who subscribed to the principles of devotion and duty to her family and country."

British Horseracing Board officials announced on Sunday evening that the fixtures scheduled for Pontefract, Southwell and Exeter on 9 April, the date of Her Majesty's funeral, will be cancelled.

The 15 meetings scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday went ahead, but with appropriate marks of respect.

BHB chairman Peter Savill said: "Everyone involved in our sport is immensely proud of the very special relationship which the Queen Mother had with racing.

"The British Horseracing Board considers it wholly appropriate to make a speedy decision to cancel fixtures on the day of her funeral.

"All in racing will have the opportunity to pay their respects to one of our sport's most important and best-loved figures."

The Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League had no games at the weekend, but all clubs will fly flags at half mast and observe a minute's silence next weekend.

Rugby Union's Zurich Premiership fixtures on Sunday were all preceded by two minutes' silence.

England captain Nasser Hussain wearing a black armband
England's cricketers will wear black armbands

RFU president Roy Manock said: "We heard the news with great sadness and the sympathy of the Rugby Football Union and all concerned with the game goes to our patron Queen Elizabeth.

The Scottish Rugby Union will also fly flags at half-mast.

The Union Flag was lowered to half-mast at Eden Park in Auckland, where England's cricketers are playing New Zealand in a Test match.

The Queen Mother was a regular face at horse racing meetings
The Queen Mother's love of racing was well known

Nasser Hussain's players have confirmed that they will be wearing black armbands for the remainder of the third Test.

Tim Lamb, the England and Wales Cricket Board's chief executive, said: "The England touring party were saddened to hear of the death of the Queen Mother. We send the Royal Family our condolences."

Ken Schofield, executive director of the European golf tour, said: "She will be deeply missed, and those associated with sport will miss her tremendous support, her kindness and her enthusiasm.

"The world of golf extends its deepest sympathies to the Queen and all the Royal Family."

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