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Modest Dalglish dedicates his knighthood to family and friends

 

By Carl Markham

Liverpool and Celtic great Kenny Dalglish dedicated his knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours to his family and everyone involved in his career after admitting it "doesn't feel right" receiving the personal accolade.

'King' Kenny, as he is belovedly known by millions of football fans, has become, to give him his full, formal title, Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish.

But the 67-year-old will not be signing himself as 'Sir Kenny' and is keen for the work which brought the recognition - rather than the recognition itself - to be the focus of attention.

And what a body of work it is. From extensive honours on the pitch - including winning three European Cups in seven years as a player - and lifting league titles with two different clubs as manager to off-field heroics in the wake of the Hillsborough Disaster, where 96 people died in 1989, and his charity work with wife Marina which had raised more than £10million.

"Obviously it takes everything you have done in your life into consideration," said the Scot, who joked he thought the citation was a bill from the taxman when it dropped through his letterbox.

"Football was part of it and a very important part of it. So is the charity that we have in Marina's name and obviously Hillsborough must have been part of it as well.

"Someone in their wisdom has thought it was deserving of some recognition. I am hugely proud to have accepted the accolade.

"You start off in your life just hoping to be a footballer. You become a footballer and have a bit of success and that seems to give you a platform to go on to other things.

"We only set out to do the best we possibly could, even through all the other stuff.

"The charity or Hillsborough; it was to help people because somebody helped us."

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