Trevor Brooking was the most recent former professional footballer to be knighted, an honour he received in 2004.
This is a list of football personalities who have received Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom. Entries are listed alphabetically under the highest award attained. Previous awards, if gained, are listed in the relevant notes section. All players from the winning team in the 1966 World Cup Final were awarded the MBE, additionally Jack Charlton, Bobby Moore and Gordon Banks were made OBE.
1 List of recipients
2 See also
4 External links
List of recipients
Former England manager Bobby Robson received a knighthood in 2002.
Geoff Hurst was knighted in 1998. As of 2016, he is the only man to have scored three goals in the final of the FIFA World Cup.
Pelé received an honorary knighthood in 1997. As a Brazilian citizen, he was not eligible to receive an actual knighthood.
Gary Mabbutt received an MBE in 1994.
Brooking, TrevorTrevor Brooking
For services to Sport; also appointed a CBE in 1999-Jan and an MBE in 1981-Jun.
Busby, MattMatt Busby
After guiding Manchester United to the European Cup title;
also appointed a CBE in 1958-Jun.
Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton
For services to Sport, particularly Association Football; regarded as second footballer to be knighted;
also appointed a CBE in 1974-Jan and an OBE in 1969-Jun.
Clegg, John CharlesJohn Charles Clegg
Thought by some to be the first man knighted for services to football;
although the citation did not mention football.
Ferguson, AlexAlex Ferguson
Only the eighth football manager or player to receive a knighthood;
also appointed a CBE in 1995-Jan and an OBE in 1985-Jan.
Finney, TomTom Finney
For services to Association Football; regarded as third footballer to be knighted;
also appointed a CBE in 1992-Jan and an OBE in 1961-Jun.
Hurst, GeoffGeoff Hurst
For services to football; regarded as fourth footballer to be knighted;
also appointed an MBE in 1979-Jun.
Matthews, StanleyStanley Matthews
The only footballer knighted whilst still playing, regarded as first footballer to be knighted;
also appointed a CBE in 1957-Jan