Francis Benali receives MBE

Local footballing legend receives New Year Honour after raising over a million pounds for cancer research.


Benali with research nurse

Francis Benali MBE with a research nurse

Local footballing legend Francis Benali has been awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Benali, who spent most of his footballing career with the Saints, also made 22 appearances for Eastleigh FC between 2006 – 2007.

Since 2014 the superfit former full-back has taken part in a number of endurance sporting challenges – covering 1,000 of miles on foot and bicycle –  in order to raise over a million pounds for Cancer Research UK.

Benali becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Cancer Patients in the UK.