Kenny Dalglish MBE – Freeman of the city of Glasgow

Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish MBE – Freeman of the City of Glasgow

Kenny Dalglish MBE was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 1986. He was born in Glasgow and became a legendary striker for Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland before becoming a successful manager.

Kenny Dalglish was the first player to score 100 goals in both Scottish and English football. He made his debut with the Celtic senior team in September 1968 and Celtic went on to won four First Division titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups from 1971 to ’77.

He joined Liverpool in 1977 for a record transfer fee  between two British clubs. He made an immediate impact by scoring in his first League and home games, and then scored the only goal against Brugge to win the European Cup. Dubbed “King Kenny” he led Liverpool to two more European Cups, five English League titles and four League Cups, twice winning FWA Footballer of the Year along the way.

Kenny Dalglish played for Scotland in the 1974, ’78 and ’82 World Cups en route to a Scottish-record 102 caps, and his total of 30 goals in international play ties him with Denis Law for their country’s top spot.

In 1985, he became player-manager of Liverpool. Her took the club to its first double and two more League titles and another League Cup. He gave up playing in 1990 and resigned as manager in 1991. He went on to manage at Blackburn and Newcastle with a year at Celtic and returned to Liverpool for a spell in 2011, winning the League Cup in 2012. In 2017 it was announced that Liverpool FC were to name Anfield’s Centenary Stand as The Kenny Dalglish Stand in recognition of his unique contribution to the club.

Kenny Dalglish gave of his time to play in the charity fund-raising Nelson Mandela Invitational Golf Tournament in South Africa. Nelson Mandela appeared at the event almost every year to accept proceeds on behalf of the Children’s Fund and the Player Foundation.

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