Kenny Dalglish knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The 67-year-old former Celtic and Liverpool player and manager has been honoured for his services to football, to charity and to the city of Liverpool.

Dalglish is the only sportsperson knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dalglish said: “I am hugely proud to have accepted the accolade. It’s for yourself and for everyone who has been associated with you through the years, from your parents to your professional career.

“We are immensely proud as a whole family to have got it but everyone should feel proud because they have all played a very important role in what we’ve done and where we have got to.”

The Glasgow-born former forward, who made 102 appearances for Scotland, scoring 30 goals, began his playing career with Celtic, registering 167 goals in 322 games.

Dalglish became Liverpool manager at the start of the 1985/86 season at just 34 years old
Dalglish became Liverpool manager at the start of the 1985/86 season at just 34 years old

The 67-year-old moved to Liverpool, making 515 appearances and scoring 172 goals, and became player-manager following the May 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster.

“Obviously it was for others with more education and knowledge than myself to decide whether or not I deserved a knighthood and it goes without saying that I am hugely grateful to them for the decision that they have made,” added Dalglish.

“All I can say is that from my own point of view I am definitely no more deserving of an accolade like this than Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley were.

“I am just fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and I would like to dedicate this honour to them because without the standards that they set at Glasgow Celtic and Liverpool, individuals like myself would not have been able to thrive as much as we did.”

Dalglish was the Reds boss at the time of the April 1989 Hillsborough tragedy. He has been an avid campaigner for the families of the 96 people who died in the disaster.

He also managed Blackburn, winning the Premier League title in 1994-95, and Newcastle, with a brief spell at Celtic and a second, shorter spell at Liverpool.

In total, Dalglish won 14 championships as a player and manager in Scotland and England and three European Cups as a Liverpool player, plus numerous domestic cup competitions.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe (L) holds Bradley Lowery
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe (L) holds Bradley Lowery

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has been made an OBE for his charity work with his eponymous foundation.

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua and two-time Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold were also awarded OBEs.

Defoe was honoured for his work with the Jermain Defoe Foundation, which the 35-year-old London-born striker established in 2013.

His foundation supports homeless, vulnerable and abused children in his family’s home country of St Lucia.

Joshua hopes to unify the heavyweight division
Joshua hopes to unify the heavyweight division

Defoe is also well known after befriending terminally ill Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who died aged six in July 2017.

In February, Yarnold became the first Briton to successfully defend a Winter Olympics title, triumphing in the skeleton, an event which sees her slide headfirst down an ice track on the side of a mountain.

Joshua, who won Olympic gold at London 2012, is in the process of trying to unify the world heavyweight titles.

KNIGHTHOODS:

Mr Kenny Dalglish, MBE, for services to football, charity and the city of
Liverpool.

KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (GBE)

Sir Craig Reedie, CBE, World Anti-Doping Agency president, for services to
sport.

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (OBE):

Ms Sarah Clarke, former All England Lawn Tennis Club championships director,
for services to sports administration.

Mr Jermain Defoe, footballer, for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation.

Mr Mike Hay, MBE, Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2018 Winter Olympic Games
chef de mission, for services to sport.

Mr Anthony Joshua, MBE, boxer, for services to sport.

Mr Richard Leman, for services to hockey.

Mr Ian Ritchie, former Rugby Football Union chief executive, for services to
sports administration.

Ms Lucinda Russell, racehorse trainer, Arlary House Stables, for services to
horse racing.

Mr Jeff Savory, for services to disability sport.

Mrs Roisin Wood, Kick It Out chief executive, for services to tackling
discrimination and exclusion in football.

Ms Lizzy Yarnold, MBE, skeleton double Olympic champion, for services to Winter
Olympic sport.

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MBE):

Ms Sara Booth, for services to women’s football.

Mr Chris Brindley, chair GreaterSport, for services to sport in Greater
Manchester

Mr Steve Elworthy, former England and Wales Cricket Board director of events,
for services to cricket.

Miss Jess Fishlock, footballer, for services to women’s football and the LGBT
community.

Miss Menna Fitzpatrick, for services to Winter Paralympic sport.

Mr David Gourlay, Scotland Lawn Bowls head coach, for services to bowls.

Ms Aphroditi Catherine Hutchinson, former Netball Scotland chair, for services
to netball.

Mr Alex Jackson, for services to Cross Country Running in Scotland.

Ms Jennifer Kehoe, for services to Winter Paralympics sport.

Mrs Kirsty Letton, for services to curling.

Mr Ewan MacPherson, Royal Yachting Association Scotland chairman, for voluntary
service to sailing.

Mr Colin McEachran for services to Target Shooting and Commonwealth Games
Scotland.

Mrs Diane Modahl, founder of Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, for services to
sport and to young people in north west England.

Mr Dai Morris, for services to rugby in Wales.

Mr Simon Munn, for services to wheelchair basketball.

Mr William Fox-Pitt, for services to equestrian.

Ms Sue Redfern, for services to women’s cricket in the UK and abroad.

Mr Gordon Robertson, for services to disability athletics.

Mr Ronnie Sloan, SportsAid Scotland chairman, for services to sport and
charity.

source: Sky Sports