He approached one of the famous Lord’s gatemen. “Excuse me, has a ticket for Lord Coe been left here by one of the players?” “I’ll have a look, sir, but I don’t remember any name like that. No, I am afraid there isn’t one here.”

Lord Sebastian Coe

“Are you sure? It’s for Lord Coe, the chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee.” “No, I’m sorry sir. But sometimes tickets are left at the North Gate on the other side of the ground.”

“No, he definitely said the Grace Gates. Surely you recognise me? I’m Sebastian Coe, the double Olympic gold medallist and world record breaker in the 800 metres, 1,500 metres and the mile.”

“Well, I wouldn’t know about that, sir but if you really are Sebastian Coe, it shouldn’t take you too long to run round to the North Gate.” Courtesy: The Wit of Cricket by Barry Johnston and John Ireland