Kenny Dalglish has been awarded a knighthood in recognition of his contribution to the city of Liverpool both on and off the football field.
Our treasured King Kenny has become ‘Sir’ King Kenny after being awarded a knighthood during the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Recognised for his contribution to football, the 67-year old said he was “hugely grateful” to receive the award and dedicated it to Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, citing the “standards that they set at Glasgow Celtic and Liverpool,” as one of the reasons behind his success.
For those of you who don’t know – as incredible as it sounds, I’m sure there’s some out there – ‘King Kenny’ had a hugely successful career as a player at Liverpool and Celtic, winning numerous major honours with both clubs. After progressing into management, Kenny secured three league titles at Liverpool, including the 1986 league/cup double – the first player/manager to do so. He would also win the 1995 league title as manager of Blackburn.
Kenny also remains his native Scotland’s most capped player to this day, making 102 appearances for his country.
Despite the award being a significant personal honour, Kenny refused to take all the credit, saying: “The most important thing to stress is that this honour is not a reflection of myself.
“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.”
Dalglish’s Knighthood is also recognition for his off the pitch contributions, primarily in support of the Hillsborough families and The Marina Dalglish Appeal. The Scotsman has helped to raise over £10 million to improve cancer care across Merseyside.
In an article on the club’s official website, Liverpool’s ownership Fenway Sports Group expressed their “delight” at Kenny receiving the award, highlighting the Scot’s “extraordinary achievements” both in football and when raising money for charity.
The owners said of the award: “The totality of his distinguished football career in Scotland and England, especially in Liverpool; his selfless and tireless support of the Hillsborough victims, families, and survivors; and his incredible charitable efforts through The Marina Dalglish Appeal all make it abundantly clear that he is worthy of such distinguished recognition.”
Dalglish’s family-man reputation was also emphasised by the club’s ownership, who added “we as owners have been blessed to get to know the entire Dalglish family during our tenure. Without question, Kenny will be accepting this fantastic honour in the names of his entire family.”
All of us here at Rousing the Kop would like to congratulate Kenny Dalglish on his receipt of this award.
Dalglish is undoubtedly one of Liverpool Football Club’s biggest living legends and his contribution to the club both on and off the pitch has in short, been utterly wonderful.
Well in Kenny and congratulations.