Houghton, Williams and Rabbatts on New Year Honours list

Wednesday 30 Dec 2015
Steph Houghton, Heather Rabbatts and Fara Williams

England's captain Steph Houghton and most-capped player Fara Williams are among football’s representatives on the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

The Lionesses pair are both awarded MBEs while FA director and FA Inclusion Advisory Board chair Heather Rabbatts has been made a dame for services to football and equality.

Sports broadcaster and Women in Football member Jacqui Oatley, who fronted the BBC’s coverage of last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, receives an MBE for services to broadcasting and diversity in sport.

Derry Hill United founder Alan Crocker’s remarkable work in the Wiltshire football scene has been rewarded with an MBE, as has Brian Lee, the chairman of the National League and a former FA staff coach.

The FA's chief executive, Martin Glenn, said: "I would like to congratulate Steph and Fara for their deserved honours. Although football is of course a team game, they have both stood out for their remarkable individual contributions culminating in last summer’s World Cup in Canada. 

"It was a privilege for me to be able to travel out to the finals and see at first hand just how committed they, and the rest of the squad, were to doing well for England.

“Brian Lee and Alan Crocker represent the true spirit of the game”

Martin Glenn FA chief executive

"As captain, Steph has represented our Lionesses with distinction, leading from the front and setting the right example for others to follow. 

"Fara has also had a year to remember, and away from the pitch has done much to inspire so many in her position as patron of the Homeless FA

"Having both played pivotal roles in the superb third-place play-off victory against Germany, I am sure Steph and Fara will always look back on 2015 with great pride.

"On behalf of The FA, I would also like to pay tribute to Jacqui Oatley for the recognition she has received for her services to broadcasting and diversity in sport. She helped tell the Lionesses story to millions of viewers and has been a superb ambassador for the women's game over many years. 

"Brian Lee and Alan Crocker also represent the true spirit of the game especially as their work is away from the national spotlight and it is wholly right that their services to football have been recognised in this way

“Last, but not least, Heather Rabbatts has long been a powerful and informed voice in the game, especially in terms of championing the importance of football for all. Her honour is fully deserved and wonderful recognition for that unstinting service." 

By FA Staff