TERRY FLANAGAN was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to Rugby League and charities.
And the 56-year-old from Grasscroft was “delighted” to be recognised for his work in these two fields.
Terry said: “I am very proud and honoured to receive this, and I firmly believe this is a team award for all the amazing things I have been involved in over the years.
“I had known about it for six weeks but, when it became public, my phone was red hot with calls offering congratulations.”
Terry will be taking wife Sue, Super League playing son Mark and daughter Louise, a former England netball squad member, to Buckingham Palace to share his special day.
It was with home-town team that Terry, a versatile pack man, spent the whole of his RL career making 281 appearances and scoring 42 tries. He was also capped four times by Great Britain.
Terry came from rugby stock as his father played the game in the 1940s as did his brother Kevin, cousin Neil and son Mark who is currently with Salford Red Devils.
But even in his prime when playing for Oldham in the top division, he remained a part-time professional and was already laying the foundations to become a highly successful businessman.
He explained: “I was from an era when players were part time, even in the 1980s when Oldham had a successful side.
“I had a more balanced life and also another one outside rugby.”
After winding down his businesses in telecommunications, Terry has devoted more time to charity and was a driving force behind setting up Madhlo youth zone in Oldham. He has been involved for eight years and is the chairman.
Terry was also instrumental in the formation of the charity Rugby League Cares that looks after the mental wellbeing of players.
He has also recently branched out into education as has set up two projects Commando Joe’s in schools and TooToot, an app that helps clubs with safeguarding and anti-bullying.
Terry is also heavily involved at Saddleworth Rangers where he began his playing days, He is the club’s president and recently the new clubhouse was named after him, another hugely proud moment.
He said: “RL values are embedded in players who never forget where they came from.
“I played at Saddleworth Rangers before joining Oldham and my son Mark, nephew and brother-in-law also played for them.
“I am not alone as Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott are also avid supporters of the local rugby scene.”