Watford legend Luther Blissett has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Birthday Honours, which mark the extraordinary contributions and service of people across the UK.
Luther Blissett OBE said he was “overwhelmed” to be recognised for services to Association Football and to Charity in the list.
Luther spoke live from Watford on Sky Sports this morning (Thursday, June 2) about his OBE and why Watford as a town and football club means so much to him.
Luther Blissett OBE said: “First I must actually say thank you to Her Majesty for agreeing for me to be given this award. It is an overwhelming feeling for me to wake up this morning to all the congratulations from everybody. It’s just been quite amazing.”
Speaking of the moment he found out about his OBE, he explained: “This white envelope falls on the mat at home and it said Cabinet Office and I think goodness me what have I done! That was the first I knew about it and that was probably three weeks to a month ago.”
“The reason Watford is a very special place is Graham Taylor. He was the one that instilled what myself and all the other players are now trying to continue is this real family commitment to the community.
“I think the reward is the support they have given myself, since I finished playing even, moving forward to all the other players and the projects we have undertaken and that seems to be growing and long will that continue.”
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Luther Blissett has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee birthday honours. Luther works so hard every day for charities and good causes in the town. He is a true Hornets legend and his record at Watford FC is second to none.
“On top of that he has helped so many residents in difficult situations and he is doing a lot now to support veterans, arrivals from Ukraine and people with mental health challenges.
He is a Watford legend on and off the pitch and this recognition is thoroughly well deserved.”
Luther Blissett OBE was also given the Freeman of the Borough of Watford last year, in recognition for his work in the town. For over 40 years, Luther has been strongly involved with the community, championing many projects across the town and tirelessly giving his time and support to local people. During the COVID pandemic he organised a multitude of fundraising events, raising more than £200,000 for charity.