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Liverpool legend “King Kenny” knighted

Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

King Kenny as he is fondly called by Liverpool fans was honoured for his services to football, contribution to charity and to the city of Liverpool in what was an illustrious career during his playing days.

The Scot, 67, won 9 major titles with Celtic before joining the Reds to win three European Cups and six League titles before taking up the managerial role in the club. 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.

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

Dalglish who was the only sportsperson knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours was delighted to receive the 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 significant role in what we’ve done and where we have got to.”

“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,” said Dalglish, who also helped raise more than £10 million ($13m) to fight cancer care across Merseyside.

“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.”

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About Obiwon Echi

Obiwon Echi
Obiwon is a graduate of the International Academy of Medicine and Ecology, Kyiv, Ukraine where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He is a passionate football fan and likes to work as a columnist as a part time job. As an editor in Footballwood.com, he covers news, match previews, reviews and much more from major leagues round the globe.

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