The Daily Mail says Jeff Powell has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for his work as a sports writer.
Powell’s 57-year career with the Mail covering 13 World Cups and countless world title boxing fights saw him land an MBE for services to journalism and sport.
Lord Rothermere, chairman of the Daily Mail’s owner DMGT, praised Powell, 81, as “a great journalist and friend”.
He said: “Jeff joined the Daily Mail the year before I was born, and I have been proud to work with him as a great journalist and friend throughout my 25 years as chairman.
“I know my admiration for him is shared by many of the biggest names in British sport – Sir Alex Ferguson, Bryan Robson, Sir Clive Woodward, Barry McGuigan and Lennox Lewis, to name but a few.
“He was at the scene of both the Heysel and Hillsborough disasters, reporting for the Daily Mail, and in the aftermath led the campaign to replace standing terraces with all-seater stadia.
“It is no exaggeration to say this was a turning point for English football.”
Powell delivered the eulogy at Sir Bobby Moore’s funeral, led the campaign to replace standing terraces after the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters, and has brought in countless scoops over his decades at the Mail, added the publisher.
Paul Dacre, editor-in-chief of Associated Newspapers, said: “That Jeff broke so many extraordinary stories while retaining the enduring friendship of legions of legendary sportsmen is testament to his many qualities both as a journalist and as a human being.
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