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Summerbee 'honoured' by OBE award

Mike Summerbee has expressed his pride after being recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The Manchester City legend and Club Ambassador has been acknowledged for his services to football and charity.

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Ever humble, 79-year-old Summerbee admitted he was surprised to find out he had been included in the 2022 list, but says he is honoured to receive the award.

“It was a shock because I didn’t expect anything like that in my whole lifetime,” he told mancity.com.

“It was something when I found out about it I thought immediately about my family, what they would think and how pleased they would be.

“It is indeed an honour to be in the Queen’s honours list.”

Summerbee’s playing career spanned more than 700 games over a 20-year period and saw him turn out for Swindon Town, Burnley, Blackpool and Stockport County.

It was at City, however, where he enjoyed his best spell, making 451 appearances over the course of a decade and winning every domestic available trophy and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in a successful period between 1968 and 1970.

In retirement he has taken on and excelled in the role of Club Ambassador and, after overcoming a battle with prostate cancer, became an active charity campaigner to help raise awareness of the disease.

For the last 50-years the former City winger has been supported by wife Tina, who revealed her joy on a proud day for the Summerbee family.

“To see he had been honoured with this was very emotional and wonderful,” she added.

“I am just so excited. I have been since we heard and we’ve not been able to tell anyone and now it’s out in the open and it’s the Jubilee weekend, it’s just the best thing ever.”

Watch Mike and Tina’s full interview in the video above.

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