Anderson and Lampard savour honours

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Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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England seamer James Anderson and former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard have both spoken of their pride after being awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Among other sportsmen honoured 2003 Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson has been made a CBE while Wales great Gareth Edwards received a knighthood for his services to the sport and charity.

An OBE for the 32-year-old Anderson capped a momentous few months having passed Sir Ian Botham as the country’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker in April.

He has since become the first Englishman to reach 400 Test wickets and the Burnley-born bowler, who in being recognised follows the entire 2005 Ashes-winning team who were awarded with MBEs or OBEs a decade ago, said: “I’m very proud of my recent achievements, and this just caps it off.”

“These achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of my family, friends and everyone at Burnley CC, Lancs CCC and England.”

Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals, is leaving England to play Major League Soccer for New York City this summer but he takes an OBE with him.

“I am delighted to receive this huge honour,” said Lampard, who won 106 England caps.

“I feel very fortunate to have had such a long and fulfilling career in football.

“This is an extremely proud moment for myself and my family.”

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has also been awarded an OBE for services to Welsh sport while former England women’s captain Casey Stoney, currently at the World Cup in Canada, was made an MBE.

The 33-year-old has won 109 caps for her country since making here debut in 2000 aged 18 and also captained Great Britain’s side at the 2012 Olympics.

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Jim Montgomery, famous for a memorable double save in the 1973 FA Cup final victory over Leeds, has been recognised with a British Empire Medal.

In rugby Wilkinson has had his OBE, awarded after his match-winning drop-goal in the 2003 final, upgraded to a CBE.

The 36-year-old ended his career by masterminding Toulon’s second-straight Heineken Cup win last year but he will forever by synonymous with that moment 12 years ago.

“For Jonny it was a pivotal and iconic moment, dropping that goal off his weaker foot,” said England team-mate Lewis Moody.

Edwards, a key figure in the Wales team of the 1960s and 1970s and one of a small group of Welshmen to have won three Grand Slams, has been knighted having been awarded a CBE in 2007.

Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies was “extremely humbled” to be awarded the OBE for fundraising for Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre.

Davies’ father died of the disease when he was just 14 and his wife Karen also lost her battle with the illness in 1997.

“You certainly don’t set out to get these, and I’m very honoured and extremely humbled,” Davies, who was awarded the MBE in 1996 for services to rugby, told Press Association Sport.

“I’ve just been part of a team trying to do something to fight back against a horrible disease that has touched so many people’s lives.”

An MBE for Britain’s surprise European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey completes a “surreal” year of success for the Devonshire runner.

Pavey became the oldest woman in history to claim gold at the European Championships in Zurich last year when she won at the age of 40 years and 325 days – her first major championship gold and coming only 11 months after she had given birth to her second child.

“Everything has been a big surprise and to get something like an MBE is just another surprise – it’s all so surreal,” Pavey told Press Association Sport.

“To meet the Queen will be another huge moment for me.”

Former Williams Formula One director Patrick Head, awarded a knighthood for services to motorsport, has been hailed a “design genius” by team founder Sir Frank Williams.

“My co-founder Patrick Head was the design genius who turned us from a small upstart into a World Championship winning force,” Williams said.

“His engineering talent helped play a key role in establishing Great Britain as a leading force in global motorsport and the benefits of this are still being felt to this day.”

Former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch is honoured with an MBE while three-time squash world champion Nick Matthew has an OBE, as does Peter Dawson, the retiring chief executive of golf’s rule-makers the R&A.

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl was also awarded a CBE and Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity receives a knighthood for services to tourism and his role in organising last year’s Tour de France Grand Depart.

Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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