New Year's Honours for World Cup winners and a Lionesses legend

Wednesday 30 Dec 2020
Former England internationals Gillian Coultard, Ron Flowers and Jimmy Greaves have been made MBEs
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Ron Flowers and Jimmy Greaves have joined Gillian Coultard in being recognised for their contributions to football by being made MBEs in the New Year's Honours list.

The pair were both part of the Three Lions squad which won the World Cup on home soil in 1966, and the only two members of that group still alive who were still to be honoured.

Coultard is celebrated for becoming the first woman to make 100 appearances for England, en route to winning 119 caps between 1984 and 2000.

There was also a BEM for former professional footballer turned boxer, Curtis Woodhouse. The former England MU21s player was recognised for services to football and boxing.

And FA Council member and our former chief executive Brian Barwick was also granted an OBE.

Read more about each individual below...

Jimmy Greaves MBE

Former Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United striker Greaves was one of the most successful players of his generation.

A member of England’s World Cup winning squad in 1966, he won a total of 57 caps and scored 44 goals for the Three Lions between his debut in 1959 and final appearance in 1967.

That ratio makes him the fourth highest goalscorer in England records and the only player to have scored six hat-tricks for the Three Lions.

He’s also Spurs’ highest scorer with 266 goals and the highest-scoring player in the top flight of English football, with 357 goals to his name.

Following his retirement, Greaves became known to a new generation of football fans in his position as a TV presenter on the ‘Saint and Greavsie’ weekly magazine show.

Greaves at Wembley in 2006 after being honoured with his own stamp by the Royal Mail

Ron Flowers MBE

A Wolverhampton Wanderers legend who collected 49 caps for England and scored ten goals.

Flowers featured in the 1962 World Cup in Chile, as well as scoring England’s first-ever European Championship goal later that year in a game with France at Hillsborough.

The Doncaster-born midfielder was part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s squad for the 1966 World Cup, but didn’t make an appearance in the tournament and his final cap came in a warm-up game with Norway before the competition began.

Along with Greaves, Flowers and the other players who didn’t feature in the 1966 World Cup Final received a winners’ medal from then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Downing Street in 2009, following an FA campaign for all members of the squad to be recognised.

Flowers at 10 Downing Street with then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Gillian Coulthard MBE

Coultard made 119 appearances for England between 1981 and 2000, becoming the fifth player – and first woman – to win a century of caps for the country.

Having emerged as a prodigious talent in her childhood, Coultard trained with England at the age of just 13 and made her international debut only a few years later, in a 3-1 win over the Republic of Ireland in May 1981 – two months before her 18th birthday.

A winger-turned-midfielder, she was part of the England squad for the inaugural UEFA Women's European Championship in 1984, helping the Lionesses to a second-placed finish after losing to Sweden on penalties. More than a decade later, in May 1995, Coultard was later part of the team for England's first-ever game at the FIFA Women's World Cup finals, scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Canada in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Having held the captaincy between 1991 and 1995, Coultard regained the armband in 1997 shortly before winning her 100th cap, an achievement that only four English players had made previously in Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton and Peter Shilton. She was honoured with the presentation of a silver cap by another of England's 1966 heroes, Sir Geoff Hurst, at Upton Park ahead of a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in October 1997.

Coultard won the last of her 119 caps in 2000, retiring from international duty and then from playing a year later. She spent the majority of her domestic career with Doncaster Belles, winning the league twice and lifting the Women's FA Cup six times across a 20-year period.

Now 57, she was inducted into the National Football Museum's hall of fame in 2006 and has been a guest at a number of England's games in recent years, including the clash with Germany at a sold-out Wembley Stadium last November.

Coultard is presented with a commemorative cap at Ashton Gate in 2015 by Sue Hough

Curtis Woodhouse BEM

Woodhouse began his career with Sheffield United, where he broke into their first team as a teenager and was recognised with four England MU21 caps before moving on to Birmingham City in 2001.

He then played for the likes of Peterborough United, Hull City and Grimsby Town before retiring in 2006 to become a professional boxer. 

His professional boxing record saw him take on 31 bouts, of which he won 24 and lost seven.

In more recent years, he was back at St. George's Park to speak to Aidy Boothroyd's MU21s squad in the build-up to their 2007 U21 EURO campaign.

Brian Barwick OBE

The Liverpool-born executive has had a long career in sport, initially making his name with the BBC where he was a major player in their sport broadcast output as head of sport and editor of Match of the Day. 

He moved to ITV Sport as controller of sport in 1998 before joining the FA as chief executive in 2005, when his tenure included the development of the new Wembley Stadium and the launch of our Respect campaign.

Since leaving the organisation in 2008, he has been involved in rugby and is currently chairman of the National League as well as being a member of our FA Council.

By FA Staff