SIR KENNY DALGLISH
Liverpool fans’ long-standing wish is finally a reality as Kenny Dalglish was announced as a knight in the the Queen’s Birthday Honours on Friday (June 8). For the man himself, seeing the official crown emblem on a letter he received wars cause for a moment of panic. “I got a letter through the door. I thought it was the taxman!” he told LFCTV with a smile, as he explained the moment that he turned him into “Sir Kenny Dalglish”.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 8, 2018
Thrilled to see that Kenny Dalglish has been knighted. No one in football is more deserving. A truly great footballer and wonderfully empathetic human being. Arise Sir King Kenny.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 8, 2018
Football has been Dalglish’s life, one of the greatest players in Scotland and Liverpool’s history and the Reds legend has finally been recognised for his remarkable contribution to the beautiful game. Yet his great story goes well beyond the sport as his feats off the field have been equally extraordinary, if not more.
He has given so much back, through the cancer charity he founded with his wife Marina, and in supporting the families of the Hillsborough victims, while also helping to raise more than £10million to improve cancer care across Merseyside.
Even as the news of Kenny Dalglish knighthood came in, the 67-year-old immediately dedicated the award to Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley as he said: “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. All I can say from my own point of view is that 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 said.
Kenny Dalglish honours
Dalglish has enjoyed a spectacular career in football, both as a player and a manager. In a glittering playing career that spanned more than 20 years, Dalglish represented Celtic and Liverpool and won major honours with both clubs. Internationally, he remains Scotland’s most-capped player with 102 appearances.
He also secured three league titles as a manager at his beloved Liverpool, including a league and cup double in 1986 – the first person to ever achieve this feat as a player/manager. Further down the line, he also went on to win a Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers in the year 1995.
The complete list of Kenny Dalglish honours is given below:
- Scottish First Division: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77
- Scottish Cup: 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77
- Scottish League Cup: 1974–75
- Football League First Division (6): 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86
- FA Cup (1): 1985–86
- League Cup (4): 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84
- Charity Shield (5): 1977 (shared), 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986 (shared)
- European Cup (3): 1977–78, 1980–81, 1983–84
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1977
- Football League First Division (3): 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90
- FA Cup (2): 1985–86, 1988–89
- League Cup (1): 2011–12
- Super Cup (1): 1986–87
- FA Charity Shield (4): 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990
- Blackburn Rovers
- Premier League (1): 1994–95
- Football League Second Division Play Off Winners (1): 1991–92
- Scottish League Cup (1): 1999–2000
- Ballon d’Or: Runner-up 1983
- IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1977–78
- PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 1982–83
- FWA Footballer of the Year: 1978–79, 1982–83
- FWA Tribute Award: 1987
- English Football Hall of Fame (Player): 2002
- Scottish Football Hall of Fame: 2004
- FIFA 100: 2004
- European Hall of Fame (Player): 2008
“Knighthood a reflection of everyone who has played a part in my life and my career”
Sir Kenny Dalglish was ever so humble when asked to reflect on his knighthood.
“The most important thing to stress is that this honour is not a reflection of myself,” he said.
“It is a reflection of everyone who has played a part in my life and my career. Nobody achieves anything alone, especially in football, and in my case any success I have enjoyed has been due to the contributions made by my family, the players, coaches and managers that I was fortunate enough to work with, and the supporters who backed me. This instance is no different.
“The enjoyment that I have derived from being involved in football for as long as I have is outstripped only by the sense that I’ve been hugely fortunate to have the right people around me at all times.
“None more so than my family, whose support allowed me to focus on playing and managing, sometimes to the detriment of their own aspirations and ambitions. They share this honour as much as anyone else because without them none of this would have been possible.
“Similar sentiments apply to those in football who believed in me sufficiently to give me opportunities and who backed me on and off the pitch in a multitude of ways.
“At Milton Bank Primary, High Possil Secondary, Glasgow Boys, Cumbernauld United, Celtic, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United I was fortunate to be supported and accompanied by individuals who gave me a chance to do my job to the best of my ability, whether as a player or a manager. I have always appreciated the roles that they played in my life and that applies even more on this day as it does on any other.”
In the end, Dalglish also thanked those who nominated his name to be included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
“Last, but by no means least, I would like to express my gratitude to those who nominated me for a knighthood,” Dalglish stated.
“I don’t know exactly what the process is but obviously something like this couldn’t happen unless someone puts your name forward, so thank you to whoever it was who holds me in sufficient esteem that they believe me worthy of such an accolade. It is extremely humbling to have people who think of you in this way.”
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