A former Brighton and Hove Albion footballer has been made an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Chris Ramsey – now technical director at Queen’s Park Rangers – was honoured for services to football and diversity in sport.
The 57-year-old former defender joined Brighton in 1980 when they were in the old First Division – now the Premier League – appearing 30 times for the club in four years.
He played in the FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley in 1983 but missed the replay because of injury.
A year later the young right-back left for Swindon Town where he played a hundred games in three seasons and scored five goals.
Since then he has managed the England Under-20 side, coached at Tottenham Hotspur and took over for a while at QPR where he is now technical director.
Rambo said: “I am quite in shock if I’m being honest.
“I have been in football for 41 years and have managed to touch every part of the game – grassroots, youth, women’s football, disability football, as well as at all first team levels. That means a lot to me.
“The diversity part is something that is close to my heart. I think it’s very important that we realise there are still areas of diversity that need to be looked at in the game.
“I thank all the clubs that I have worked for, especially QPR and also my time at Tottenham, which is where I was really able to cement my reputation.”