'Huge honour' - Southampton ace blown away by Royal experience
By James Black
Former Rangers captain Steven Davis has revealed it was a “huge honour” to receive his Member of the British Empire (MBE) award from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
The Southampton ace, who led his country to the last-16 stage in the European Championships in France last summer, was awarded the honour in recognition of his services to football.
Davis has enjoyed spells with Fulham, Aston Villa, Rangers and Southampton and has represented Northern Ireland 99 times.
The 32-year-old admitted he’ll “never forget” his trip to Buckingham Palace to be awarded his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge – who also serves as the FA’s president.
“Huge honour to receive my MBE from Prince William this morning, an incredible experience I’ll never forget,” Davis said on his personal Twitter account.
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Huge honour to receive my MBE from Prince William this morning, an incredible experience I’ll never forget. pic.twitter.com/aCx60YbBjq
— Steven Davis (@StevenDavis8) October 31, 2017
Davis joined Rangers – initially on loan – under Walter Smith and was part of the side who made it to the UEFA Cup final against Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008.
The Northern Irishman made his move permanent that summer and remained at Ibrox until leaving in 2012 in controversial fashion following the club’s financial meltdown.
Davis was handed the captain’s armband earlier that season after David Weir left the club to re-join Everton as a member of their backroom staff.
If Davis features in the World Cup play-offs against Switzerland next month, the 32-year-old will become only the third Northern Ireland player to win 100 caps – after defender Aaron Hughes and goalkeeper Pat Jennings.
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