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Leishman 'humbled' by MBE honour
Jim Leishman
Jim Leishman lives in Kelty, Fife
Colourful football figure Jim Leishman has been appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The director of football at Dunfermline said he was "very humbled" by the award for his services to sport.

Speaking to the BBC Scotland news website from Italy, Mr Leishman said he was "very excited" to be made an MBE.

He said: "Nobody in my family has been appointed such an honour and my children have been winding me up by asking if they now have to bow to me."

He added: "I've told them they just have to clean my shoes.

"I feel very humbled, its a great honour and I am very pleased."

General manager

Leishman, 53, who now lives in Kelty, signed for Dunfermline as a schoolboy in 1968.

After his playing career ended he moved into management, being appointed as Dunfermline's manager in 1983.

He led the club to two successive promotions before his controversial departure from the club in 1990.

He had spells at a number of clubs, including a successful stint at Livingston, before returning to the Pars in 2003 as general manager.

Police sign
A Lothian and Borders officer received the Queen's Police Medal

He then became manager towards the end of the 2004-05 season, saving the club from relegation.

He said: "That period was one of the most interesting of my career and was the best thing I did."

He stepped down from that role in October last year to become director of football again.

Mr Leishman is one of the figures from Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians who featured in the Birthday Honours list.

Edinburgh's former Scottish Prison Service chief executive, Tony Cameron, was made a Companion of the Order of The Bath.

Edinburgh consultant paediatrician, Dr Helen Florence Hammond for NHS Lothian was appointed an OBE for her services to medicine.

Linlithgow Academy physics teacher, Thomas Balanowski, becomes an OBE for services to education in West Lothian.

A Queen's Police Medal has been given to Ian Dickinson, of Lothian and Borders Police.

A Queen's Fire Service Medal was given to Forbes Catto, 55, who was until recently the chairman of the learning and development portfolio for the Chief Fire Officers' Association in Scotland.

Leishman MBE
16 Jun 07 |  Dunfermline Athletic

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