Bernstein leads NY Honours

David Bernstein, Karren Brady, Ann Jones and Geoff Miller are among the sporting figures recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

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David Bernstein: Honoured with CBE for services to football

David Bernstein: Honoured with CBE for services to football

But there were no awards - this time at least - for either David Beckham, who had been tipped for a knighthood, or Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

Former Football Association chairman Bernstein is granted a CBE for services to football. West Ham United vice-chair Brady is also awarded a CBE, for services to entrepreneurship and women in business, as is 1969 Wimbledon champion Jones, for services to tennis.

Miller is awarded an OBE for services to cricket, having been a key figure - as national selector - in one of the England cricket team's most successful eras.

Rachel Yankey, England's most-capped women's football international, is awarded an OBE for services to football, women's football and the Youth Games.

David Bedford is awarded an OBE for services to athletics, including his two decades as Race Director of the London Marathon.

England rugby union women's captain Katy McLean - winner of six Six Nations titles - is awarded an MBE, as is Rugby League's match officials director Stuart Cummings.

And Karen Atkinson, England's most-capped netball international, is also awarded an MBE.

Delighted

Bernstein stepped down from his FA role in July after reaching the age limit of 70. He believes the honour also recognises his previous roles as chairman of Manchester City and Wembley.

"I think this honour relates to all my 20 years in football and I am really delighted," he said.

"I had 10 years at Manchester City and it was a fantastic period to be involved at a key moment in its history, getting the club back on its feet and organising the deal for the new stadium.

"It was then enormously satisfying to be involved with Wembley through its construction phase to see it become the greatest stadium in the world."

Miller, who is stepping down from his role on January 1, said: "I've been involved with England since 1976 and there are very few people who have won the Ashes home and away as both a player and a selector so that's right up there. The back-room team, the selection boys and then the team itself who have produced the goods over the last seven years. This award, this OBE is for all of them as well."

Yankey was thrilled to have an OBE to add to her earlier MBE: "It's a little bit overwhelming to be honest - to think that someone has nominated me again to be recognised for my achievements in football," she said.

Surprise

McLean is still pinching herself about her MBE: "Someone texted me to tell me a letter had arrived marked 'On Her Majesty's Service'. I thought I might have to go to court! There was never any inkling that I'd end up with an award like this - ever."

Cummings spent 11 years as a top-flight match official before taking over as the Rugby Football League's referees' chief in 2002, a position he relinquished last March.

He said: "It is nice to be honoured in this way. It was a complete surprise. It was back in November when I received the letter. There was a bit of thinking, 'Is it a wind-up?', but I soon realised it wasn't."

Also awarded MBEs are Jason Morgan, for services to Football in the Community at Charlton Athletic, and Alison Mackie, for services to Falkirk Ladies football team.

Morgan said: "It was a nice shock. A personal honour but it's recognition for the trust for what it's done over the years and for the great work done by the staff."

Professor Peter Sonksen, the scientist who spearheaded the test for human growth hormone, receives an OBE.

Sonksen has worked on anti-doping with the International Olympic Committee since 1992 and his team project GH-2000 developed a test for the hormone that was used for the first time at the London 2012 Olympics.

And Jasvir Jassal was awarded the BEM for services to Concorde Rangers football club.

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