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Friday, 14 June, 2002, 23:01 GMT 00:01 UK
Queen honours sporting stars
Newcastle manager Bobby Robson
Robson has had a 53 year career in football

Bobby Robson, the Newcastle and former England manager, has capped an extraordinary career with a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The 69-year-old is among a host of sporting stars honoured by the Queen, including England rugby union coach Clive Woodward and athlete Paula Radcliffe.

Robson has spent 53 years in football during a career that has brought success at Ipswich Town, PSV Eindhoven, Porto and Barcelona and most recently Newcastle.

  Queen's Birthday Honours list
Knighthood -
Bobby Robson
CBE - David Will
OBE - Clive Woodward
MBE - Tommy Boyd
Rhona Martin, Fiona MacDonald, Debbie Knox, Margaret Morton and Janice Rankin
Jason Leonard
Paula Radcliffe

The 69-year-old also guided England to the World Cup quarter-finals in 1986 and the semi-final four years later.

Woodward, the man responsible for an upturn in England's rugby union fortunes, has been awarded an OBE.

Since he took over in 1997, England have won the Six Nations twice and have once again become a team to be feared.

They also shocked rugby superpowers South Africa and Australia last November by defeating both nations.

Hope Powell, coach of the England womens' football team, is also awarded an OBE.

Curling gold medallists Debbie Knox, Fiona MacDonald, Rhona Martin, Margaret Morton and Janice Rankin have been awarded MBEs after their triumph in the Winter Olympics.

The MBE has also been awarded to Celtic defender Tommy Boyd.

Boyd made 72 international appearances for Scotland and is their fifth most-capped player of all time.

Another footballing Scot, David Will, vice-president of Fifa's executive committee, receives a CBE.

Jason Leonard, who has won 98 caps for England and is the most capped forward in rugby union history, has been awarded an MBE.

The prop made his Test debut against Argentina in 1990.

An MBE also goes to British athletics star Paula Radcliffe, the world cross-country champion, who recently won the London Marathon.

Full list of sporting honours:


Bobby Robson
Services to football


Professor William Allen, director Equine Fertility Unit, Cambridge University
Services to horseracing and equine science

David Will, vice president of the executive committee of Fifa
Services to football


William Edwards
Services to cricket in Wales

Joan McCloy, lately president of the Irish Hockey Association
Services to hockey

Gordon Neale, chief executive Disability Sport England
Services to disabled sport

Hope Powell, coach of England Women's Football
Services to football

Professor Sidney Watkins
Services to Formula One and motor racing

Clive Woodward, head coach of England Rugby Union team
Services to Rugby Union football

Andrew Mapple
Services to water skiing


Thomas Boyd, former captain of Celtic Football Club
Services to football

Alfred Bunner
Services to athletics for young people

June Jack, president of All England Netball Association
Services to netball

Margot Kirk
Services to the Scottish Borders Athletics Club

Debbie Knox
Services to curling

Jason Leonard
Services to Rugby Union Football

Fiona MacDonald
Services to curling

Rhona Martin
Services to curling

Ruth McMullen
Services to equestrian training

Margaret Morton
Services to curling

John Newcombe
Services to bowling for visually impaired people

William Noble
Services to disabled swimming

John O'Connor
Services to the Lewes Priory Cricket Club

Paula Radcliffe
Services to athletics

Janice Rankin
Services to curling

George Reid
Services to Colony Park Football Club

Peter Scantlebury
Services to basketball

Debra Veal
Services to trans-Atlantic rowing


Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan
Services to humanitarian causes and the arts

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Bobby Robson
"I feel honoured, excited and overwhelmed"
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