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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 02:40 GMT 03:40 UK
Businessman Boyle gets OBE honour
John Boyle was the chairman of Motherwell football club
Millionaire entrepreneur John Boyle has been awarded the OBE in the Birthday Honours list for services to business.

Mr Boyle, the former chairman of Motherwell football club, said he was "really flattered" by the award.

"This kind of thing doesn't happen very often to boys from Bellshill. My family are over the moon," he said.

Mr Boyle set up investment vehicle Hamilton Portfolio in 1999 after making 56m from the sale of Direct Holidays to Airtours the year before.

Travel sector

The investment firm has ploughed more than 230m into property and small firms from the technology, media and printing sectors.

Boyle lost 10m chasing his footballing dream of helping Motherwell challenge the Old Firm and ended up saddling the SPL club with debts of more than 8m.

Ten players were sacked and nine released after Motherwell were placed into administration in 2002.

The Lanarkshire team finally saw off their creditors last April.

In 2003, Boyle made a foray back into the travel sector when he launched Scottish Caribbean tour firm Go Travel Direct and Zoom airline with brother Hugh.

As a youngster, Boyle trained to become a priest at Blair's College, Aberdeen, until he was expelled for smoking in the dormitory aged 13.

He completed his education at Holy Cross High School, Hamilton.

Mr Boyle, who remains majority shareholder in Motherwell, lives in Glasgow's Kelvinside with his wife Fiona and their four children.

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