While many Manchester City supporters may have only witnessed Mike Summerbee’s contribution to the club as an ambassador in recent years, he is among the greatest players to ever wear the club shirt.
Making 357 appearances for Manchester City during a 10-year career, the legendary wide player played a pivotal role in the club winning the Premier League title, FA Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and the League Cup during a golden era.
As well as being recognized as one of the greatest wingers the English game has had to offer, Mike Summerbee has also supported charitable causes after his retirement, as well as being an active campaigner for Prostate Cancer UK and supporting Christie’s Hospital in Manchester.
For his inspirational contributions to football and charity, the Manchester City icon has now received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.
Mike Summerbee was named alongside other British sporting heroes, such as former Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, England cricketer Moeen Ali and Sochi Olympics bronze medalist curler Evi Murihead.
After it was revealed the honor would go to the Manchester City ambassador, club chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak paid tribute to a man etched in the club’s rich history.
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“We are all absolutely delighted that Mike received an OBE. It is such a well-deserved recognition for his immense contribution to the game, both as a player and as an ambassador.“, he commented, quoted by the official website of Manchester City.
Al-Mubarak continued:But more importantly, it is a recognition of his selfless and enduring commitment to the charitable causes and the many communities for which he works. Mike still contributes so much to the City family and I know today the City family couldn’t be prouder of him or happier for him..”
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