Club legend is listed in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to football.Barnsley Football Club is hugely proud and delighted to announce that Norman Rimmington has been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen, in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.
The New Year’s Honours, which are awarded by the British Monarchy, is a long standing tradition which recognises extraordinary people for their achievements. The honours system commends people who have made achievements in public life and have committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.
Following his dedicated service to Barnsley Football Club and the local community over the decades, ‘Mr Barnsley’ now adds the prestigious British Empire Medal (BEM) to a long list of awards and accolades that he has received throughout his life.
The British Empire Medal (BEM) is awarded to individuals who have provided a service to the local community and have made a significant difference – and in Norman’s case, it is an award that he thoroughly deserves and we are thrilled that his work and dedication have finally been recognised with an honour of this stature.
Although Rimmo won’t be here with us as the 2017 New Year’s Honours list is officially unveiled, before he passed away he was informed that he had been awarded the honour and proudly accepted it. It was a special moment for Norman and his family, and they are truly overjoyed that he was able to savour the news before he sadly passed away. By Royal Invitation, members of Norman’s family will receive the medal on his behalf at a ceremony in the New Year.
Richard, Norman's grandson who started the application process in 2007, would like to pay special thanks on behalf of his family to the following people who supported the application process and helped hugely in getting Rimmo this thoroughly deserving honour.
Peter Jones (former treasurer of the Barnsley FC Supporters Trust)
Sir Alex Ferguson
Dan Jarvis MP
Michael Dugher MP