Published 01 June 2022 4 min read
England Football represented in Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours List
England internationals Rio Ferdinand, Carol Thomas, James Milner and Luther Blissett among Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours List
No fewer than eleven people from the world of English football were recognised in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List for 2022.
The list was revealed on Wednesday evening, with five former England internationals recognised along with more people from the world of grassroots and community football also being recognised.
The Honours List for 2022 marks the incredible public service of individuals across the UK in celebration of Her Majesty’s unprecedented 70 years of service.
In tribute to the Queen, recipients have been awarded for their outstanding contributions across all sectors, with ex Three Lions defender Rio Ferdinand receiving an OBE for his activism and charity work while his former England squad mate James Milner collects an MBE for the great work his foundation undertakes.
Also on the list for OBEs for their services to football and charity are ex England and Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee and former England and Watford striker Luther Blissett.
Former England Women’s international Carol Thomas, who became the second ever captain of the women’s team in 1976 and went on to get over 50 caps as well as leading the team to second place in the 1984 UEFA Women’s Championship, becomes a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire for her services to football and charity.
There’s an OBE for services to football for Anwar Uddin, a former professional player and coach, who is now Fans For Diversity campaign manager at the Football Supporters' Association.
From the grassroots football world, there’s an OBE for William Thomson, the secretary of the Army Football Association for his services to sport while Clare Martin who is CEO of Portsmouth FC’s Pompey in the Community programme is rewarded for her services to the local community.
Derek Rigby, a football coach and scout leader for Lydiate Football Club, is also on the OBE list for his services to young people in Merseyside, along with Kristine Green who is currently a director or Grimsby Town FC and chair of the Mariners Trust, for her services to football in north east Lincolnshire.
Finally, Richard Bevan who is CEO of the League Managers Association and based at St. George’s Park, collects an MBE for his services to football.