Sir Kenny Dalglish is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023 on Tuesday, 19th December.

Expressing his gratitude, Sir Kenny Dalglish stated, “Being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award is genuinely humbling. I’ve always emphasized the significance of collective success, and I wouldn’t have reached this point without the teammates I’ve played alongside, the individuals I’ve worked under, and the steadfast supporters who stood by me. This recognition is for them.”

His illustrious career includes scoring 167 goals in 320 appearances and securing nine trophies at Celtic Park before his notable move to Liverpool in 1977 for a then-British record transfer fee of £440,000.

Faced with the daunting task of filling Kevin Keegan’s shoes, Dalglish quickly endeared himself to the fans by scoring just seven minutes into his league debut. His inaugural season culminated in him scoring the decisive goal as Liverpool clinched the European Cup against Club Brugge at Wembley.

A plethora of trophies and numerous goals followed for the revered ‘King Kenny,’ often hailed as Liverpool’s greatest footballer. Notably, he remains the sole player to achieve over 100 league goals in both Scotland and England.

Internationally, Dalglish participated in three World Cups, maintaining his status as Scotland’s record men’s appearance maker with 102 caps and joint record scorer alongside Denis Law with 30 goals.

In 1985, he assumed the role of Liverpool’s player-manager, leading them to a league and cup double in his debut season. Additional accolades, including two more league titles and an FA Cup, further solidified his legendary status at Anfield.

After a brief hiatus, Dalglish returned to manage Blackburn Rovers in the second division, guiding them to a memorable Premier League title in 1995 within just four years.

Subsequent managerial roles at Newcastle and brief stints back at Celtic and Liverpool resulted in a League Cup triumph for both clubs. Notably, Dalglish was at the helm during the tragic Hillsborough disaster in 1989, demonstrating commendable leadership in the aftermath.

Together with his wife, Marina, the Dalglishes have raised over £10 million for various charities, including the Marina Dalglish Appeal dedicated to cancer care.

In 2017, Anfield’s Centenary Stand was renamed the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand in his honour, and he was knighted in 2018 for his ‘services to football, charity, and the city of Liverpool.’

Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, says: “Kenny has dedicated so much of his life to football, both on the pitch and as a manager. He’s broken records for club and country, and always shown himself as a true leader, especially through the tragedy of Hillsborough in 1989 and the years to follow. Kenny is a true inspiration and a deserved winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement award.”

Previous winners of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement award include Billie Jean King, Pele, Sir Bobby Charlton, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, David Beckham, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Chris Hoy, Simone Biles and last year’s winner, Usain Bolt.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year takes place on Tuesday 19 December at 7pm live on BBC One and iPlayer from Media City UK in Salford.

For voting criteria on all awards please visit : BBC Sports Personality

In an interview with BBC Sport about winning the award, Kenny said: “My accolades would be the players I played with, the supporters that stood by me and the supporters that gave me the support and the confidence to go and play.”

On the support from fans, Kenny said: “For every club side and national team I’ve been involved with, I’ve always said how important it is to have the support of the fans. And the fans who support you, they’re a vital, a vital part of any success. With all the teams, I experienced that, and I can tell you it is true, they do help us. When we are struggling, they’re still there and they’re willing you on, trying to get a result, a positive result.”

Reflecting on becoming a manager, he said: “To go from the dressing room to the manager’s office, I wasn’t always the most comfortable, but I had fantastic support from senior people at Liverpool. The most comfortable place for me as a player was in the dressing room. I missed the dressing room, but you’ve got to move on in your life and that is what destiny was telling me, move on.”

Speaking about Glasgow and Liverpool, Kenny said: “Glasgow and Liverpool are very similar. Obviously, they have shipyards with two teams in the city. But for me, the people were fantastic as well. They’ve got a real sense of humour and they take time to talk to you. As long as you’re respectful to them, they’re going to take to you and all they want on the football pitch is for you to do your best. Just try your best and if it doesn’t work then at least you’ve tried…and for me both at Celtic and Liverpool the fans were tremendously supportive of us.”

About Kenny and his family’s relationship with Liverpool, he said: “The football club means everything to ourselves as a family. For Marina and I, we brought the family here to start off a playing career and the way they adapted to life in Liverpool was unbelievable. They loved going to football when they were younger. They love the environment in Liverpool and going back there. It’s just really comfortable in and around Liverpool, a couple of them were born here. So, this is their home and they’ve loved it. Marina was there, she has spent most of her time with the kids and without her there spending time with the kids you’re not going to be successful as a player or as a manager. They say behind every successful man there’s a woman, but I say get her right beside you, not behind you.”