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Mike Summerbee awarded OBE

Town Legend recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

2 June 2022

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Swindon Town Football Club would like to congratulate Mike Summerbee, who has been awarded an OBE for his services to football and charity.

Summerbee was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, recognising his incredible work both on and off the pitch.

The former forward became one of Bert Head’s “Bert’s Babes” when he made his Swindon Town debut in a 2-0 win against Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic in December 1959, with his first goal for the Reds coming a few months later.

The tricky winger soon established himself as a key player for the Reds, combining great pace, skill and a superb ability to cross the ball to cement his status as one of the brightest young players in the game.

Summerbee scored 40 times for Swindon in over 200 appearances, while also going on to represent England at U23 level, before being sold to Manchester City in 1965. 

Summerbee’s legend only grew from that point as he scored 68 goals over a 10-year-span, helping City win the league, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winner’s Cup in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

After being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2012, Summerbee has since dedicated his time to raising awareness of a disease which claims the lives of 11,500 men in the UK every single year.

Everyone at Swindon Town Football Club is incredibly proud of the achievements Mike has been recognised for, and we are delighted that he has been awarded an OBE for his incredible services on and off the pitch.

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