Bernstein among honours' recipients

Former FA chairman David Bernstein leads the list of sporting awards in the New Year's Honours.

Last Updated: 31/12/13 at 08:01 Post Comment

Former Football Association chairman David Bernstein leads the list of sporting awards in the New Year's Honours - but there is nothing for Wimbledon winner Andy Murray.

Bernstein is made a CBE for services to football, but expectations that Murray - who received an OBE a year ago after winning Olympic gold and the US Open in 2012 - would also be recognised were dashed.

Speculation that David Beckham was in line for a knighthood after announcing his retirement from football also proved unfounded.

Bernstein, who stepped down from his FA role in July after reaching the age limit of 70, said he believed the honour also recognised 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.''

While there was nothing for Murray, one former Wimbledon winner is celebrating. Ann Jones, who beat Billie Jean King to win the 1969 ladies' title, receives a CBE after many years of work in tennis administration.

Other notable recipients include a CBE for West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady, for services to entrepreneurship and women in business, and an OBE to London Marathon race director Dave Bedford, a former 10,000m world record holder.

Rachel Yankey, the most capped England women's footballer, receives an OBE to add to the MBE she won in 2006, and there is an MBE for Katy McLean, captain of the England women's rugby union team.

Geoff Miller, who has retired as England cricket's national selector after a seven-year period which included three Ashes triumphs and England becoming world number one, receives an OBE.

An MBE also goes to Stuart Cummings, the much-respected rugby league referee who retired as RFL match officials director earlier this year.

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.

Sonksen, emeritus professor at King's College, London, said: "I was thrilled to discover I was to receive this honour - it was completely unexpected.

"It has been a very important step in anti-doping to develop this test, but the work must go on.

"Doping is still a big problem and will not go away - the cheats are always ahead of the testers and it is a running battle.''

NEW YEAR'S HONOURS IN SPORT

CBE

David Alan Bernstein, lately chair, Football Association, for services to football.

Karren Brady, vice-chair, West Ham United Football Club, for services to entrepreneurship and women in business.

Ann Jones (Adrianne Haydon-Jones), for services to tennis.

OBE

Geoffrey Miller, national selector, England cricket team, for services to cricket. (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

David Bedford, London Marathon race director, for services to athletics and charitable fundraising.

Martin Coyd, for services to Rugby League. (Gillingham, Kent)

Shona Malcolm, Disability Athletics development officer, for services to Athletics.

Charles Oliver, chair, Cricket Scotland, for services to cricket. (Edinburgh)

Robert Ropner, vice-president, British Bobsleigh, for services to bobsleigh, particularly youth training. (Bedale, North Yorkshire)

Professor Peter Sonksen, for services to anti-doping in sport. (Upham, Hampshire)

Professor Gregory Whyte, for services to sport, sport science and charity. (Marlow, Buckinghamshire)

Rachel Yankey, Arsenal and England women's footballer, for services to football, particularly the women's and youth games.

Fiona Young, chief executive, Disability Snowsport UK, for services to disability sport. (Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire)

MBE

Karen Atkinson, netball player and coach, for services to netball. (Loughborough, Leicestershire)

John Barrie, for services to badminton. (Lanark, South Lanarkshire)

Louise Brearey, head, London 2012 Games Team, Health and Safety Executive. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and voluntary service to young people in Essex. (Saffron Walden, Essex)

Robert Colhoun, honorary secretary, Alpha Badminton Club, Lisburn, for services to badminton in Northern Ireland.

Stuart Cummings, lately match officials director, Rugby Football League. For services to rugby league. (Ilkley, West Yorkshire)

Melvyn Evans, for services to crown green bowling. (Cannock, Staffordshire)

Lynda Fairbrother, chair, women's technical committee, British Gymnastics. For services to gymnastics. (Sandhurst, Berkshire)

Paul Foster, for services to bowls, (Troon, Ayrshire and Arran)

Miss Lucy Hodges, for services to blind sailing, (Rochford, Essex)

Susan Hough, chief executive, Dorset County Football Association, for services to women's and disability football. (Poole, Dorset)

James Little, honorary librarian, The All England Club, Wimbledon. For services to tennis. (London)

Dominic Mahony, for voluntary services to modern pentathlon. (Watlington, Oxfordshire)

Joseph McAree, lately chairman, Dungannon Swifts Football Club. For services to sport and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Dungannon, Tyrone)

Katy McLean, England women's rugby union captain, for services to women's rugby. (South Shields, Tyne and Wear)

Jan Paterson, director of Olympic relations, British Olympic Association. For services to sport. (Radstock, Somerset)

Gwilym Price, national director of sport, Independent Schools Association. For services to education and sport. (Rugby, Warwickshire)

Josephine Randolph, for services to swimming and to the community. (Tamworth, Staffordshire)

John Roberts, for services to athletics and to the community. (Oswestry, Shropshire).

Mark Shearman, UK Athletics official photographer, for services to sports photography. (London)

Quinton Shillingford, for services to boxing and young people. (Portsmouth, Hampshire)

Avril Spriggs, for voluntary service to gymnastics. (Basildon, Essex)

George Stevenson, member, Ulster branch, Tennis Ireland, for services to tennis in Northern Ireland. (Bangor, Down)

Jane Whetnall, co-founder, Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts. For services to disability sport. (Crewe, Cheshire)


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