Jonny Evans awarded MBE by the King

Saturday 17 June 2023 10:45

Former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has been awarded with an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours for 2023.

The list marks the extraordinary contributions and service of people across the UK, and Jonny has been recognised for his services to football in his home country of Northern Ireland.

Evans represented his country for the 101st time at senior level on Friday evening, against a Denmark side featuring Reds midfielder Christian Eriksen, in a narrow 1-0 loss.

The United Academy graduate reached the century mark during a game away to Greece in September, fulfilling a Sir Alex Ferguson prediction from 2006.

Jonny made nearly 200 appearances for our men’s first team between 2007 and 2015, having come through the ranks at the club.

Reacting to news of his award, the 35-year-old said: “When I got the letter through the door and it had the Royal seal on the back, I was a bit shocked, but it was also amazing.

“It made me feel very proud, especially when I saw that it was in recognition of my contribution to association football in Northern Ireland.

“It brought it home that playing more than 100 times for my country, and playing for so long for Northern Ireland, has been so good. 

“I represented everyone in the country and had many good times along the way.”

The when and where of the investiture ceremony, in which he will be formally honoured, is still to be confirmed, but he is looking forward to attending with his family, adding: "It’s something I’ll look forward to, going down to London with the family and making a great day of it.”

Irish FA President Conrad Kirkwood also commented: "Many congratulations to Jonny on being recognised in the King's Birthday Honours List.

"He has been a terrific servant to football in Northern Ireland and this award is richly deserved."

Congratulations, Jonny! We’re incredibly proud of you.