Ebene News – GB – The great Curtis of Swansea becomes MBE

Swansea City legend Alan Curtis has been named MBE in New Year’s Honors list

Curtis, 66, is recognized for his service to Welsh football after more than 40 years with the Swans

Selected 35 times by Wales, Curtis has visited Southampton, Stoke and Cardiff during his playing career

“I am delighted – really choked to pieces It is obviously a great honor,” Curtis told BBC Sport Wales

“It’s such a shame when I look back now that my parents are no longer alive because they would have been absolutely thrilled It’s tinged with sadness but the overwhelming feeling is one of pride”

Although he has had spells with other clubs, Curtis will forever be associated with Swansea, where he had three stints as a player and filled a succession of off-court roles before retiring l ‘last year

Curtis has done all of the club’s coaching job, from the youngsters to the interim first team manager, alongside Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup

And long before Premier League glamor, Curtis could even be found in the former Swansea club store, which was in a terraced house next to their old Vetch Field home

“I have been fortunate enough to be in the game for a very long time – 40 years with the Swans plus involvement with the other clubs I have played for,” added Curtis

“Having said that, I was sacked twice, sold twice and given free transfer As you’ve probably heard me say before, it felt like I was tied up by a rubber band (in Swansea ) and I continued to bounce

“I am grateful for all the support from the players, the staff and especially the supporters because it has been a long journey and a fantastic trip

“There have been a lot of ups and downs, but obviously the highs far outweigh the lows”

Curtis joined Swansea at the age of 18 in 1972 and helped the club move from the former Fourth Division to the Premier League under John Toshack

The Swans were promoted to No. 1 in 1981, and Curtis scored the most memorable goal of his career on the opening day of the following season as Leeds fell 5-1

Swansea threatened to win the title that season but finished sixth – the best league ranking in club history

With the Swans in decline, Curtis joined Southampton and then, after a period on loan from Stoke, signed for Cardiff, before ending his professional playing career at Swansea in 1989-90

Having retired after scoring 110 goals in more than 400 appearances with Swans, he served the club with distinction in a number of roles before being named Honorary President for Life after his retirement in 2019

Wales Secretary of State Simon Hart said: “Alan is synonymous with Swansea City FC and Welsh football and it’s fantastic to see a true sports legend receiving this honor

Twin brothers Mike and Dave Knight, 65, received British Empire medals for their voluntary service at Newport Cricket Club in South Wales

The club’s stalwarts for 40 years, they have helped it recover from its closure in the 1980s following the forced sale of the club’s land

They built thriving sections for youth and women and girls, and eventually saw County Cricket return to Newport for the first time in over 50 years when Glamorgan played Gloucestershire at Spytty Park in 2019

“It’s not something we set out to do, but we had a great group of people at the club who helped make it the success it is,” said Mike Knight

“When we look at the hours of dedication and what the club has accomplished, it is worth it”

Swansea City AFC, Alan Curtis, New Year Honors, Wales

Ebene News – GB – Swansea great Curtis to become MBE

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55468151