Former England & GB International Bernie Cotton Awarded MBE

Former England and Great Britain international player and coach Bernie Cotton was recently awarded an MBE for services to sport in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Bernie, who received the honour for his work as a performance manager with the British Olympic Association (BOA), played 73 times for England between 1970 and 1978 and notched up a further 54 matches for Great Britain.

His work with the BOA saw Bernie make several visits to China prior to the Beijing Olympics as he and his colleagues looked to find a suitable training camp for Team GB, eventually selecting Macau.

During a successful hockey career, Bernie played for Great Britain at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich as well as Cambridge University and Southgate.  Bernie, who lives in Bishop’s Stortford, was Assistant Manager with the Great Britain men’s team when they won Gold at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and was Manager in Barcelona four years later.

As well as a successful hockey player, 60-year-old Bernie was a teacher at Bishop’s Stortford College and says that the Honour is as much a reward for his family as it is for him.