Liverpool’s very own King Kenny is now Sir Kenny Dalglish
At Anfield, Kenny Dalglish is regarded as “King Kenny”. Now, Liverpool’s very own ‘King Kenny’ became Sir King Dalglish. Liverpool great was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours in recognition of his services to football, charity and the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
Kenny Dalglish became the member of the order of the British Empire in 1984, but it took 34 years for him to be knighted. Former Celtic and Liverpool player recognition in football is indubitable and his step in humanitarian and charitable causes makes him a truly great person.
Dalglish playing career spans 22 long years. The Glasgow born football great first played for Celtic scoring 167 goals in 322 appearances, then he moved to English giant Liverpool. There he played throughout his career scoring 172 goals in 515 games and honoured as Liverpool’s finest ever player.
Sir King Kenny won everything during his time at Anfield. He won nine League Championships – three as manager – three European Cups and three FA Cups. His greatness doesn’t end there. He goes on to become Scotland’s most capped player with 102 appearances for the country.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 8, 2018
Dalglish also led Blackburn Rovers to their maiden Premier League title in 1995. But, it’s not only his football achievements which earn him the knighthood. It’s his humanitarian and charitable activities which sets him apart from others.
Liverpool’all-timeme great manager Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley were equally deserving to receive the honour but both English man were overlooked by British royals. Each of them won three European Cups and put Liverpool on the map they are today. But, it’s Kenny Dalglish who joined the handful of football greats to receive the honour alongside England’s World Cup-winning manager Alf Ramsey, player Bobby Charlton, Bobby Robson, and Manchester United’s former coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Kenny Dalglish’s Knighthood citation reads, “He was Liverpool manager at the time of Hillsborough disaster in 1989. He selflessly made himself available to the families of the bereaved, attending most of the funerals, organizing hospital visits and attending annual memory services held at Anfield. He has been a steadfast supporter of the families in their quest for and throughout the Hillsborough inquiry and was granted freedom of the City of Liverpool in recognition of his work. He is the co-founder of The Marina Dalglish Appeal, his family’s cancer charity which opened the £1.5m centre for Oncology at University Hospital, Aintree in 2007 and which has raised over £10m in total”, as The Guardian reports.
Dalglish was knighted because former Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram, now metro mayor for the city region, tabled a common motions in 2011 for Dalglish to be awarded knighthood. The motion was signed by 13 MPs. It was also followed by change.org’s petition for awarding Knighthood for the Liverpool’s King Kenny.
King Kenny was delighted to become Sir Kenny Dalglish as he said, “You start off with your parents and they put you on the right road. Marina and I are fortunate that we got good direction from them. Then the football. You couldn’t get any better tutors than [former Celtic manager] Jock Stein and Bob Paisley. People might say they didn’t get a recognition like this. I wouldn’t go into a discussion about that but I’m not saying I’m any more deserving than those two great men.”