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City duo receive honours

Steve Lansdown and Marina Dolman have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

City’s owner receives a CBE for services to business and the community in Bristol, while club president Marina becomes an MBE for services to football.

Lansdown was the co-founder of UK financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, which began trading from a bedroom in 1981. The company has grown to become one of the largest in Bristol, based on the Harbourside and a constituent of the FTSE100.

Lansdown began his association with the club in 1996, joining the Board of Directors. He became chairman in October 2002, taking over from John Laycock.

City have won three promotions and lifted the Football League Trophy twice in his time with the club.

The most notable change has come in the last few years as Ashton Gate has been transformed into a state-of-the-art 27,000-seater stadium that Bristol can be proud of.

Through Bristol Sport, Lansdown has extended his backing to Bristol Rugby and Bristol Flyers, along with motorsport and badminton.

Lansdown said: “I’m honoured by the recognition and I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked with me to achieve it. Maggie and the rest of the family deserve a special mention as they have backed me in everything I have done and deserve this honour more than I do.”

Mrs Dolman has followed Bristol City for over half a century, having married then club chairman Harry Dolman in 1961.

Lansdown added: “Nobody deserves this recognition more than Marina. For many, many years she has supported football at all levels in the Bristol region, and she has been marvellous in her support for Bristol City Football Club.” Mrs Dolman said: “It’s a great surprise but I’m very, very honoured.

“I first came to watch Bristol City in August 1961 after I married Harry and it’s now 56 years that I’ve been watching.

“Football is an important part of my life, at all levels. As well as being president for Bristol City FC and the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust, I’m also president of the Sunday League.

“My Sundays are often spent watching my nephew play for Shire Colts. I’ve been watching him right from under-8 level and he now plays for the Under-14s!”

The club president added: “Steve’s CBE is thoroughly deserved and I’m absolutely delighted for him and his family.”

The club’s chief operating officer Mark Ashton said: “Everyone at Bristol City Football Club would like to congratulate Steve and Marina. These honours are thoroughly deserved and couldn’t be awarded to two better people.”