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  • Dalglish celebrates knighthood honour

    Tom Martin

    KENNY Dalglish has expressed his huge gratitude after it was revealed he will be given a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

    The Liverpool legend, who is referred to by Reds fans as King Kenny, has been given the award following his remarkable achievements in football and his steadfast support for the Hillsborough families in their lengthy quest for justice.

    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.”

    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.

    During his managerial tenure at Anfield, he secured three league titles, including a league and cup double in 1986 – the first person to ever achieve this feat as a player/manager. A further league title followed with Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

    Dalglish’s knighthood is also recognition for his contribution off the pitch in support of the Hillsborough families and The Marina Dalglish Appeal.

    He has helped to raise more than £10million to improve cancer care across Merseyside.

    Dalglish, who lives in Birkdale, celebrated news of his knighthood with staff and customers at local restaurant after it was revealed on Friday, June 8.

    In a video posted online, the 67-year-old, who was sat with his family, was presented with a special cake by staff as the entire restaurant sang ‘For he's a Jolly Good Fellow!’

    In a Facebook post by Bistrot Verite, it read: “So happy for soon-to-be Sir Kenny Dalglish and his lovely family on his knighthood. You don’t get many nights like these in little Bistrot Verite!”

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