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Tony McCoy receives Knighthood in New Year's Honours list

SportBy Kevin Palmer
Arise Sir Tony McCoy
Arise Sir Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy has received a knighthood in the New Year's honours list, in what will be a fitting and lasting tribute to one of the greatest jockeys of all time.

McCoy joins the elite list of sporting Knights, which includes Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton and Olympic heroes Chris Hoye and Bradley Wiggins.

Ex-footballers Denis Law and Francis Lee are made CBEs in the 2016 list, along with former F1 and motorcycling champion John Surtees.

Broadcaster Sue Barker becomes an OBE, as do Ronnie O'Sullivan, Chris Froome and Chrissie Wellington, while there are MBEs for Carl Frampton, Mark Cueto, Tracey Neville, Jacqui Oatley, Steph Houghton and Fara Williams.

Yet it is the award to McCoy that captures all the headlines, with the hero who rode over 4,300 winners in his glorious career now to be known as Sir Tony in his retirement. 

"I never thought anything like this would be bestowed upon me," said the Northern Irishman. "You can't be recognised in any higher way.

"For the number of years I was competing, I always tried to be as successful as I could, but this honour has as much to do with the people who helped me on the way as it does with myself.

"I have told my close friends and family to call me Sir Anthony. Everyone else can call me AP, Tony or whatever they like."