Kel Coslett (pictured), whose association with Saints stretches back more than half a century, has been honoured by the Queen.
Her Majesty has bestowed a British Empire Medal on the 72-year-old Welshman in recognition of his devoted services to Rugby League which includes 15 years as a player at Knowsley Road and several coaching roles after leaving the Valleys to head north during the early 1960s.
Coslett, the club’s honorary life president and game day manager, still holds the record for the most appearancs in a Saints’ shirt (519) and career goals (1,639) and featured in Wembley triumphs over Leeds and Widnes in 1972 and 1976 respectively.
He said: “I received a letter a few weeks ago informing me of the honour. It came as real but nice shock and I am still trying to come to terms with it.”
Coslett, a dual code international, added: “I am proud and overwhelmed, excited and humbled by the award.
“To receive something like this at my time of life is superb. I’ve been here more than 50 years and would like to thank the many people who have helped me along the way.”
RFL chairman Brian Barwick said: “Every sport needs people like Kel and I’m delighted that his outstanding service has bee recognised in his manner. On behalf of everyone involved in Rugby League, I would like to congratulate Kel on an honour which is richly deserved.”