List of football personalities with British honours

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Trevor Brooking was the most recent former professional footballer to be knighted, an honour he received in 2004.

This is a list of football personalities who have received Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom. Entries are listed alphabetically under the highest award attained. Previous awards, if gained, are listed in the relevant notes section. As many as 15 football personalities have been knighted so far (excluding honorary knighthoods). All players from the winning team in the 1966 World Cup Final were awarded the MBE, additionally Jack Charlton, Bobby Moore and Gordon Banks were made OBE.

List of recipients[edit]

Former England manager Bobby Robson received a knighthood in 2002.
Geoff Hurst was knighted in 1998. As of 2016, he is the only man to have scored three goals in the final of the FIFA World Cup.
Pelé received an honorary knighthood in 1997. As a Brazilian citizen, he was not eligible to receive an actual knighthood.
Gary Mabbutt received an MBE in 1994.
Name Year of
award
Award Notes Ref.
Trevor Brooking 2004-Jun Knighthood For services to Sport; also appointed a CBE in 1999-Jan and an MBE in 1981-Jun. [1][2][3][4]
Matt Busby 1968-Jun Knighthood After guiding Manchester United to the European Cup title; also appointed a CBE in 1958-Jun. [5][6][7]
Bobby Charlton 1994-Jun Knighthood For services to Sport, particularly Association Football; regarded as second footballer to be knighted;
also appointed a CBE in 1974-Jan and an OBE in 1969-Jun.
[8][9][10][11]
Charles Clegg 1927-Jun Knighthood Thought by some to be the first man knighted for services to football;
although the citation did not mention football.
[12]
Kenny Dalglish 2018-Jun Knighthood For services to Football, to Charity and to the City of Liverpool;
his services to Charity and to the Liverpool are regarded as recognition of his continued support to the families and victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
also appointed an MBE in 1985-Jan.
[13][14][15]
Alex Ferguson 1999-Jun Knighthood Only the eighth football manager or player to receive a knighthood;
also appointed a CBE in 1995-Jan and an OBE in 1985-Jan.
[16][17][18][19]
Tom Finney 1998-Jan Knighthood For services to Association Football; regarded as third footballer to be knighted;
also appointed a CBE in 1992-Jan and an OBE in 1961-Jun.
[20][21][22]
Geoff Hurst 1998-Jun Knighthood For services to football; regarded as fourth footballer to be knighted;
also appointed an MBE in 1979-Jun.
[19][23][24][25]
Stanley Matthews 1965-Jan Knighthood The only active footballer knighted, regarded as first footballer to be knighted;
also appointed a CBE in 1957-Jan.
[26][27][28]
Bert Millichip 1991-Jun Knighthood Chairman, The Football Association. [29]
Alf Ramsey 1967-Jan Knighthood Manager, England Association Football World Cup Team.
(following England's 1966 World Cup triumph)
[28][30]
Dave Richards 2006-Jun Knighthood Chairman of the FA Premier League and Football Foundation. For services to Sport. [31]
Bobby Robson 2002-Jun Knighthood For services to Association Football;
also appointed a CBE in 1991-Jan.
[19][32][33]
Stanley Rous 1949-Jan Knighthood For contribution to the 1948 London Olympics and to sport in general;
also appointed a CBE in 1943-Jan.
[34][35][36]
Walter Winterbottom 1978-Jan Knighthood First England manager, For services to Sport;
also appointed a CBE in 1972-Jan and an OBE in 1963-Jan.
[28][37][38][39]
Pelé 1997 KBE (honorary)
Jimmy Armfield 2010-Jan CBE Also appointed an OBE in 2000-Jun. [40][41]
Craig Brown 1999-Jun CBE For services to Association Football. [42]
Paul Elliott 2012-Jun CBE For services to Equality and Diversity in Football; also appointed an MBE in 2003-Jun. [43][44][45]
Ron Greenwood 1981-Jan CBE Manager, England Association Football Team. [25][46]
Denis Law 2016-Jan CBE For services to Football and charity. [47]
Hope Powell 2010-Jun CBE Also appointed an OBE in 2002-Jun. [48][49][50]
Alan Shearer 2016-Jun CBE Also appointed an OBE in 2001-Jun. [28][51][52]
Jock Stein 1970-Jun CBE For services to Scottish Football. [53][54]
Billy Wright 1959-Jun CBE For services to Association Football. [55][56]
Gordon Banks 1970-Jun OBE For services to Association Football. [53]
Brendon Batson 2015-Jan OBE Also appointed an MBE in 2001-Jan. [57][58][59][60]
David Beckham 2003-Jun OBE For services to Football. [28][61]
Brian Clough 1991-Jun OBE For services to Association Football. [62][63]
Chris Coleman 2017-Jan OBE For services to Football. [64][65]
Garth Crooks 1999-Jun OBE For services to the Institute of Professional Sport. [66][67]
Jack Charlton 1974-Jun OBE For services to Association Football. [68]
Jermain Defoe 2018-Jun OBE For services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation. [69]
George Eastham 1973-Jun OBE For services to Association Football. [28][70]
Ryan Giggs 2007-Jun OBE For services to Sport. [71][72]
Jimmy Hill 1995-Jan OBE For services to Association Football and to Broadcasting. [73][74]
Gérard Houllier 2003 OBE (honorary) [75]
Emlyn Hughes 1980-Jan OBE For services to Association Football. [28][76]
Mark Hughes 2004-Jun OBE Also appointed an MBE in 1998-Jan. [77][78]
Kevin Keegan 1982-Jun OBE For services to Association Football. [79]
Frank Lampard 2015-Jun OBE For services to Football. [80]
Gary Lineker 1992-Jan OBE For services to Association Football. [28][81]
Cliff Lloyd 1975-Jun OBE Secretary/Treasurer, Professional Footballers' Association. [82]
Nat Lofthouse 1994-Jan OBE For services to Association Football. [83][84]
Des Lynam 2008-Jan OBE For services to Sport. [85][86]
Joe Mercer 1976-Jan OBE For services to Association Football in England. [28][87]
Bobby Moore 1967-Jan OBE Captain, England Association Football World Cup Team. [25][88]
John Motson 2001-Jun OBE For services to Sports Broadcasting. [89][90]
Bill Nicholson 1975-Jan OBE Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. [91]
Martin O'Neill 2004-Jan OBE For services to Football. [92]
Bob Paisley 1977-Jun OBE Manager, Liverpool Football Club. [93]
Don Revie 1970-Jan OBE Manager, Leeds United Football Club. [28][94]
Bryan Robson 1990-Jan OBE For services to Association Football. [28][95]
Bill Shankly 1974-Jun OBE Manager, Liverpool Football Club. [96]
Peter Shilton 1991-Jan OBE Also appointed an MBE in 1986-Jan. [28][97][98]
Walter Smith 1997-Jun OBE For services to Association Football. [99]
Gareth Southgate 2019-Jan OBE Manager, England Football Team. For services to Football. [100]
Gordon Strachan 1993-Jun OBE For services to Association Football. [101]
Gordon Taylor 2008-Jan OBE For services to Sport. [102]
Graham Taylor 2002-Jan OBE For services to Association Football. [103]
Jack Taylor 1975-Jan OBE Football Referee. [91]
Geoff Thompson 2007-Jun OBE For services to Sport. [104]
Tommy Walker 1960-Jun OBE For services to Scottish Association Football. [105][106]
Arsène Wenger 2003 OBE (honorary)
Bob Wilson 2008-Jan OBE For charitable services through the Willow Foundation. [107]
Rachel Yankey 2014-Jan OBE Also appointed an MBE in 2006-Jan. [108][109][110]
Gianfranco Zola 2004 OBE (honorary) [111]
Tony Adams 1999-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [28][112]
Viv Anderson 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [28][113]
Alan Ball Jr. 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [113]
Debbie Bampton 1998-Jun MBE For services to Women's Association Football. [114][115]
Noel Bailie 2013-Jun MBE For services to Football in Northern Ireland. [116][117]
John Barnes 1998-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [28][114]
Ted Bates 2001-Jan MBE For services to Southampton Football Club. [58][118]
Peter Beardsley 1995-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [119][120]
Colin Bell 2005-Jan MBE For services to the community in Manchester. [28][121]
Clyde Best 2006-Jan MBE For services to football and the community in Bermuda. [110][122][123]
Billy Bingham 1981-Jun MBE Manager, Northern Ireland Association Football Team. [3]
Billy Bonds 1988-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [25][124]
Tom Boyd 2002-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [125]
Steve Bull 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [28][126]
Karen Carney 2017-Jan MBE For services to Football. [64][127]
Tony Carr 2010-Jun MBE For services to Football. [128][129]
Ray Clemence 1987-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [28][130]
George Cohen 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [28][131]
Norman Creek 1943-Jun MBE Military Division; also awarded the Military Cross in 1918. [28][132][133]
Barry Davies 2005-Jan MBE For services to Sports Broadcasting. [134]
Steven Davis 2017-Jun MBE For services to Football. [135]
Robbie Earle 1999-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [136]
Barry Ferguson 2006-Jun MBE For services to Sport. [137]
Tony Ford 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [138]
Steven Gerrard 2007-Jan MBE For services to Sport. [28][139]
Shaun Goater 2003-Jun MBE For services to Sport and young people, Bermuda. [140][141]
Dario Gradi 1998-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [142]
John Greig 1977-Jun MBE Captain, Glasgow Rangers Football Club. [143]
George Harkus 1949-Jun MBE Military Division; for keeping up morale in the forces whilst stationed in the Middle East. [144]
Eric Harrison 2018-Jan MBE For services to Football. [145]
David Healy 2008-Jun MBE For services to Football and to the community in Northern Ireland. [146]
Steph Houghton 2016-Jan MBE For services to Football. [147]
Roger Hunt 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [28][148]
Gordon Jago 2006-Jun MBE For services to the promotion of international youth football. [149]
David James 2012-Jun MBE For services to Football and Charity. [150][151]
Harry Kane 2019-Jan MBE Captain, England Football Team. For services to Association Football. [152]
Shelley Kerr 2019-Jun MBE For services to Football. [153]
Alan Knight 2001-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [154][155]
Henrik Larsson 2006 MBE (honorary) For services to Football. [156]
Jim Leighton 1998-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [157][158]
Gary Mabbutt 1994-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [28][159]
Sian Massey-Ellis 2017-Jan MBE For services to Football. [64][160]
Gary McAllister 2002-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [161]
Gareth McAuley 2019-Jan MBE For services to Football in Northern Ireland. [162]
Ally McCoist 1994-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [163][164]
Lawrie McMenemy 2006-Jan MBE For services to Sport and to Charity. [110][165]
Billy McNeill 1974-Jun MBE Captain, Glasgow Celtic Football Club. [166]
Willie Miller 1991-Jun MBE For services to Association Football in Scotland. [167]
David Narey 1992-Jun MBE For services to Association Football in Scotland. [168][169]
Michael O'Neill 2017-Jan MBE For services to Football and the community in Northern Ireland. [64][170]
Terry Paine 1977-Jan MBE Player Coach, Hereford United Football Club. [171][172]
Stuart Pearce 1999-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [173][174]
Martin Peters 1978-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [25][175]
Ivor Powell 2008-Jan MBE For services to Sport. [176][177]
Niall Quinn 2003 MBE (honorary) For outstanding services to international football and his contributions to charities. [178]
Cyrille Regis 2008-Jun MBE For services to the Voluntary Sector and to Football. [179]
Pat Rice 2013-Jan MBE For services to Sport. [180][181]
Jason Roberts 2010-Jan MBE For services to Sport. [182][183]
Peter Schmeichel 2001 MBE (honorary) [184]
Alex Scott 2017-Jan MBE For services to Football. [64][185]
Teddy Sheringham 2007-Jun MBE For services to Football. [186][187]
Kelly Smith 2008-Jun MBE For services to Football. [188]
Tommy Smith 1977-Jun MBE Footballer, Liverpool Football Club. [189][190]
Neville Southall 1996-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [191][192]
Gary Speed 2010-Jun MBE For services to Football. [193]
Nobby Stiles 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [28][194]
Casey Stoney 2015-Jun MBE For services to Football. [195]
John Toshack 1982-Jan MBE Manager, Swansea City Association Football Club. [196]
Howard Webb 2011-Jan MBE For services to Football. [197]
Ray Wilkins 1993-Jun MBE For services to Association Football. [198]
Fara Williams 2016-Jan MBE For services to Women’s Football and charity. [199]
Ray Wilson 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [28][200]
Ian Wright 2000-Jan MBE For services to Association Football. [200][201][202]

See also[edit]

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