The event was a celebration of the careers of three of English football’s greatest ever managers, Bob Paisley, Brian Clough and Sir Alf Ramsey. Throughout the evening we heard from former players, former and current managers and distinguished names from across the game about what made these iconic men so successful including Graeme Souness, Phil Neal, Frank Clark, Martin O’Neill and Martin Peters.
The LMA was also delighted to induct two new LMA Hall of Fame members, Lawrie McMenemy MBE and David Pleat who were both Guests of Honour for the evening. The event provided the opportunity to look back at their achievements and successes in professional football.
Both McMenemy and Pleat were recognised for their immense contribution to the profession of football management at the highest levels both on and off the field. Special note was also made to McMenemy of two further elements which have featured heavily in his life. First, his extensive and hugely valuable charitable work especially with Special Olympics Great Britain and secondly, the beneficial work instigated over a period of many years through the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research at Southampton Solent University. In addition to his illustrious career, David Pleat’s extremely valuable input on behalf of his fellow members over a 30 year period of service as a committee member, first of FLESA and subsequently the LMA which he still serves to this day, was also celebrated.
Lawrie McMenemy MBE said; “I am extremely proud and honoured to join the group of elite managers in the LMA Hall of Fame. It has been almost fifty years since my first managerial appointment so to receive this accolade is truly humbling and I must thank everyone involved with the LMA on this very special night.”
David Pleat said; “It is truly a marvellous honour to join the list of managerial greats in the LMA Hall of Fame. My thanks must go the LMA and the managers themselves and I am very proud for my contribution to English football to have been recognised in such a special way.”
Howard Wilkinson, Chairman of the LMA said; “The public face of every manager is that ultimately he is always judged on results. However, we must remember that managers are the leaders of our football clubs which are themselves an integral part of community life and serve a much wider purpose. Tonight in addition to celebrating the careers of Bob Paisley, Brian Clough and Sir Alf Ramsey, the LMA are honouring two managers who have not only enjoyed outstanding and distinguished management success but they have also been recognised for their overall contribution, achievements and legacy in the game. In Lawrie McMenemy we also have a Life Vice President of the LMA and David Pleat has recently completed 30 years of unstinting service as a committee member of the LMA and its predecessor FLESA. We are extremely grateful for the amount of time and dedication they have willingly provided to the community, sport, our association and our members for so many years.”
Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA said; “Tonight has been a unique evening, bringing together football managers who provided an insight into some of the game’s most influential managers in Bob Paisley, Brian Clough and Sir Alf Ramsey. History, heritage and legacy are crucial elements in the very fabric of that which is the LMA Hall of Fame. On behalf of all the managers, the LMA would like to congratulate both Lawrie and David on their special evening and they are fully deserving of such a recognition for their overall contribution and legacy in the game.”