Recognition for services to Liverpool FC, Celtic FC, Merseyside, Charity and the Hillsborough familes
  • Petitioned Richard TilBrook

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Head of Honours and Appointments Secretariat Cabinet Office 1 Horseguards Road London SW1A 2HQ
Richard TilBrook

Recognition for services to Liverpool FC, Celtic FC, Merseyside, Charity and the Hillsborough familes

    1. Peter Chadwick
    2. Petition by

      Peter Chadwick

      POWAY, CA

Over the course of his 62 year life, Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE has done a tremendous service for the people of the city of Liverpool, Liverpool Football Club, Scottish Football, Sports world in general and especially the support he gave to the families of the Hillsborough tragedy in April of 1989 under extremely hostile circumstances by a police force blaming the families themselves for the chaos on that fateful day..

When the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 plunged a city into mourning by taking the lives of 96 of its own, Liverpool's family craved a leader, a beacon. As manager of the Liverpool Football team Dalglish was the man who held together a grief-stricken community. Dalglish helped the bereaved; comforting them and ensuring Liverpool were represented at every funeral, sometimes 5 a day. He was, Liverpool’s shining light in their darkest hour.

He’s also been involved with a lot of charity work. He and his wife founded the Marina Dalglish Appeal, which in 2007 reached it’s target of £1.5 million and opened the Oncology Centre at the University Hospital in Aintree. Dalglish often competes in the annual Gary Player Invitational Tournament, a charity golfing event which raises money for children's causes around the world 

As far as his achievements in football go, his career spans 22 years, playing for Celtic and Liverpool, winning numerous honors with both. He is Scotland's most capped player of all time with 102 appearances, and also Scotland's joint-leading goal scorer, with 30 goals. Dalglish won the Ballon d'Or Silver Award in 1983, the PFA Player of the Year in 1983, and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1979 and 1983. In 2009 the web site FourFourTwo named Dalglish as the greatest striker in post-war British football, and in 2006 he topped a Liverpool fans' poll of "100 Players Who Shook the Kop". He has been inducted into both the Scottish and English Football Halls of Fame.

Dalglish began his career with Celtic in 1971, going on to win four Scottish First Divisions, four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup with the club. In 1977, Liverpool manager Bob Paisley paid a British transfer record of £440,000 to bring Dalglish to Liverpool. His years at Liverpool were among the club's most successful periods, as he won six Football League First Divisions, two FA Cups, four League Cups, seven FA Charity Shields, three European Cups and one UEFA Super Cup. For these achievements and his style of play he was given the name King Kenny by Liverpool supporters. Dalglish became player-manager of Liverpool in 1985 after the resignation of Joe Fagan, winning a further three First Divisions, two FA Cups and four FA Charity Shields, before resigning from Liverpool in 1991.

He returned to both Celtic FC and Liverpool FC in the latter half of his managerial career winning both respectively a Scottish League Cup and an English League Cup. He can also boast taking Blackburn Rovers FC to their first and only Premier League Championship.

Kenny Dalglish epitomises what is great about our club. He served us brilliantly as a player, taking up the mantle of Kevin Keegan and surpassing everything he'd done at the club, carving himself a place forever in the history of Liverpool FC. 

Following on from his unparalleled success as a player he seemlessly moved in management and again took us to ever greater things including the club's first ever double and two FA cup wins over neighbours Everton.


During his time as manager, the club and the country as a whole suffered following on from the devastating tragedy of Hillsborough. Not only did he attend almost every funeral of the victims of the disaster, he worked tirelessly with the HJC to eventually get the government to review the evidence and move towards the families getting the justice they had fought for for so long.

The term 'Legend' is thrown around far too often these days, but in Kenny Dalglish it sits well, and in my view should be accompanied by a Knighthood for his services to Liverpool Football Club and the wider family of football.

To emphasize his efforts during the time of the Hillsborough disaster and after, Kenny Dalglish has shown outstanding support to all of the families concerned in the disaster, he met with them, counseled them and told them they were not alone. 

Kenny Dalglish attended many funerals of the victims including four in one day and was greatly praised for the dignity and compassion he showed in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Not only did he attend many of the lost fan's funerals, he also visited their families and offered support to them and offered them guidance in letting them know they would not walk alone. In the days following the tragedy the City united. Reds and blues came together. It is important to remember that not all of the 96 were from Liverpool. The wider Liverpool community came together as one. One Scotsman made sure nobody walked alone. The role of Kenny Dalglish in the aftermath of Hillsborough was immense. He carried a football club and a grieving city.

Since then, Dalglish has organized charity matches and rose awareness for 'justice for the 96' campaign which succeeded in the revelations of a police cover up on September the 12th 2012

We want the British government to take action and help Kenny Dalglish to be awarded a knighthood for all his work and support to the fans of Liverpool F.C, for Merseyside and the victims of the horrible events in April 1989 who are now appeased with the findings of the HIC on September 12th 2012.

For the reasons of his immense humanitarianism, leadership, charity work and his achievements in sports, I firmly believe that Kenny Dalglish deserves to be knighted in the Queens boirthday honors list, follwing the second inquest on Hillsborogh .

Many deserving people receive knighthoods for services to sport, or to charity or to community, and Kenny Dalglish, through his actions these past years, is a candidate in all three fields.



Richard TilBrook, Head of Honours and Appointments Secretariat Cabinet Office 1 Horseguards Road London SW1A 2HQ
For "Sir" Kenny Dalglish, another signature of support.
He is a living legend and deserves to be knighted for his services to Liverpool FC, Merseyside, and the families of the departed 96 Liverpool fans.
No-one deserves this more than this man.


Peter Chadwick

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Recent signatures


    1. Made it to 10,000 supporters

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all, twitter has become a major friend in completing this petition, to allow other supporters to sign I have raised the goal a little so that other supporters of King Kenny could continue to sign.
      Again many many thanks for your time
      Look for the queens birthday honors award in June of 2014, that's what I decided to target. It may be 2015, as these things take time but I hope that the next inquest into our beloved 96 early next year will show Kenny as the gentleman and modest person he is, and with your help a knighthood should follow.


    2. Reached 10,000 signatures
    3. UK radio to promote Sir Kenny

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      I have reopened the petition after talks with local radio station in the UK, we have untill December to get 10,000 supporters

    4. Petition sent to London

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      I have closed the petition, as we entered August 2013 the petition had to be sent to the honors secretariat in London..., Thank you all for your support

    5. Reached 9,000 signatures
    6. Ongoing with the petition

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      I have received a communique from Her Majesty's Government that this may well be considered in the queens Birthday honors list on June 16th 2014 (where many Knighthoods are awarded for public services etc.. )

      This is a 12 to 18 month process so please sign now but be patient, I will send the signatures along with the necessary forms mid year 2013.
      I have re-opened the petition and targeted the person who will be facilitating those awards.

    7. Reached 8,000 signatures
    8. Tweet and send to fellow supporters of this petition

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      Tweet @mrpeterchadwick the link is on there YNWA

    9. International support for Knighthood of Kenny Dalglish grows daily.

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      An amazing man is Kenny Dalglish, he has support from all over the world for a knighthood
      Just under three weeks ago, in the expectation that the Hillsborough Independent Panel would bring out the truth about Hillsborough and the 96, and show the efforts Kenny undertook back in 1989 ensuring all of the funerals of the 96 were attended by a Liverpool representative going far above the job description of a football manager, so great was his stress and support for what was back then a “dirty, drunken, ticketless set of fans” he stood his ground. Now the truth is out and its tie for Kenny to be recognized for his efforts back in April 1989
      Supporters from all over the world have increased raised this petition to over 2,250 in just 20 days simply by using facebook, Liverpool web sites and twitter

    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. New Facebook page

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      Kenny's petition has a new Facebook page.
      Please like it, share it, or comment on it, to spread the word.

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. Almost 250 and counting, today we've had a signature almost every 3 minutes

      Peter Chadwick
      Petition Organizer

      I have joined redandwhitekop and as soon as I'm approved I will post this petition on there as well.

    14. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • steve gerrard MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      I m a celtic fan

    • Hendarin Kusumadilaga SANTA ANA, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Kenny Dalglish has always shown amazing humanity we all should try to live up to.

      • 5 months ago

      Long overdue for everything he's done for Hillsborough families

    • Will Richards AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      He's a liverpool hero. Deserves it more than most.

    • john latham WET VIEW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      because he never asks for recognition


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