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    Quote Originally Posted by kwsaint View Post
    https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publicat...ational-honour

    Link above. Anyone can nominate someone for an honour. Not sure about the knighthood, but recognition is certainly warranted (MBE?). Think that this should come from the club
    why not from you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwsaint View Post
    https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publicat...ational-honour

    Link above. Anyone can nominate someone for an honour. Not sure about the knighthood, but recognition is certainly warranted (MBE?). Think that this should come from the club
    Might be better using the English version rather than the one from Northern Ireland, The NI executive would probably be surprised to receive nominations for Francis O'Benali.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ational-honour (yes the forms are different, even if only the return address)

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    Good to see Romeu and PEH have given to the cause

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyinthesky View Post
    Went to the Guildhall last night to see him arrive,
    I think only Matt Le Tissier with an association with the club was there to welcome him home.
    Shame really.
    No Civic dignitaries either.
    Franny really shows the Spirit of Southampton to the best degree.
    I am not one to promote the distribution of honours but if anyone earns one it is definitely Franny!!
    How about TSW awarding Fran a spot on our website banner above? There's room, and he is one of the very best of Saints.

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    Apparently there is a Facebook campaign to get him recognised in the honours list

    If Alan Knight can get a MBE for playing for one team then Frannie should at least replicate this for the same arrangement plus a little extra (ie raising some coinage for cancer research)

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    AMAZING

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    Great news............................Karen will be pleased he won't be knocking his pipe out doing something equally as daft in the future.

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    Brilliant. Would be very nice to see Saints add a bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroppie View Post
    Brilliant. Would be very nice to see Saints add a bonus.
    Am I right in thinking Saints gave 20k in one of the earlier attempts? TBH, I was a little disappointed that more PL and then PL & Champ clubs didn't help. Maybe I am a bit biased as he is Saints, but if all PL clubs chipped in 20k, then he would easily have reached his target, and let's face it, cancer is something that affects us all.

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    I presume he'll be interviewed on the pitch at St Mary's on Sunday? Maybe Saints will give him a cheque then.

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    Impressive stuff.

    You could never doubt his commitment to the cause when playing although this is easily eclipsed by his dedication and fund raising since.

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    Fair play. Someone using their midlife crisis to do some good in the world.

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    What does he do for work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    What does he do for work?
    According to Wiki, football management agency, with MLT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroppie View Post
    According to Wiki, football management agency, with MLT.

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    He also owns a bit of rental property too, when him and Matty were a bit persona non grata at SMS in the time of Cortese, most of that animosity stemmed from Cortese being a tenant and allegedly pretty much trashing the place through redecorating and changing stuff and refusing to pay for reparations. Something like 15k was a number I seem to recall.

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    Pretty sure that was his old place in Chilworth that he rented to Cortese. Must be worth a fair whack. I went to that house once to interview him, lovely place.

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    He's in a Queen tribute act.

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    There’s a full-page article on his challenge in The Times this morning (paywall):

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/f...-to-raise-1m-R

    You may be able to find it by searching for:
    “Southampton star Francis Benali who drove his body to the brink to raise 1m“

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