Former Chesham United player and manager Luther Blissett has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee birthday honours.

The 64-year-old, who is best known for his time at Watford, was given the honour for services to football and charity.

The Jamaican-born England striker, who became the first black player to score a hat-trick for the Three Lions on his debut, spent 14 months with Chesham in the mid-2000s as manager, as well as a player.

He joined the Generals in February 2006 as a coach, and also made two substitute appearances for the south Bucks side before leaving the club in April 2007.

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Speaking to the Watford Observer about his honour, he said: “My career as a footballer can be used by the charities to touch the lives, not just of football fans, but their families and the community as a whole is in itself a great honour.

“To receive an OBE not just for my achievements in football but for using that career for the good of others makes me immeasurably proud, even more so in this Platinum Jubilee year.”

Blissett is currently Watford’s highest appearance maker and goalscorer, as he played for the Hornets 503 times and bagged 186 goals across three separate spells.

His time in Hertfordshire saw the club get promoted from the old Fourth Division (League Two) to the First Division (Premier League) in eight seasons.