Earps named on the New Years Honours list

Saturday 30 December 2023 10:18

Mary Earps has been named on the New Years Honours list, rounding off an incredible 2023 for the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Our no.27 is set to become an MBE for her services to football, which included helping England to a World Cup final in the summer. 

She is joined by England team-mates Lauren Hemp, also awarded an MBE, and Millie Bright, who has received an OBE. 

Mary's recognition comes just a week on from being named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year, becoming just the third woman to achieve the feat. 

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The last 12 months have been nothing short of extraordinary for Earps, who has made history on a number of occasions, for both club and country. 

Her standout accolades during 2023 have included becoming the first goalkeeper to be named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year, being named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, earning the highest-ever ranking for a ‘keeper at the Ballon d’Or awards after finishing third, picking up the Golden Glove at the World Cup, and being named the world’s best goalkeeper at the FIFA ‘The Best’ awards

In a year in which the Reds also made history, Earps played an integral role; recording 14 clean sheets in our 22/23 campaign, setting a new Women’s Super League record.


Earps becomes the fifth Red to received an MBE for their contributions to sport and the surrounding community. 

Marcus Rashford was awarded one in 2020 after his efforts to help vulnerable children during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Manchester United Foundation CEO John Shiels was named in the honour’s list for the late Queen’s birthday a year later, followed by MUDSA leader Chas Banks in 2022, with Reds defender Jonny Evans named on the King’s Birthday Honours list earlier this year. 

Congratulations on your achievement, Mary.