Chairman Tony Stewart talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Mr Stewart, who also owns local business ASD Lighting, has been honoured for his services to business and the Community of Rothetham.
During his tenure as Chairman of the Football Club, Mr Stewart has presided over three promotions, including two Play-off final victories at Wembley Stadium.
He also successfully oversaw the transition from Millmoor to Don Valley Stadium, before leading the Football Club back into Rotherham with the brand new AESSEAL New York Stadium.
After starting out as an apprentice electrician, Mr Stewart formed Tony Stewart Electricals which would eventually grow into ASD Lighting who employ over 200 people in the local area.
Mr Stewart was also awarded the freedom of the borough in 2014.
The Chairman told www.themillers.co.uk: “I was totally stunned to see the letter informing me of the news.
“When my wife Joan asked me to sit down I thought it was bad news. Then I saw it, and I could not believe what I was reading.
“I felt a mixture of being quite flattered but also proud to have been recognised.
“This is also an honour for everyone who has worked tirelessly with me over the years, and for my family who have been a huge support.
“I know what has been achieved with Rothetham United will have brought so much joy, not just to me, but to thousands of our loyal supporters. We still have so much to achieve and I am optimistic and excited about our future.
“This honour is something I’ll cherish forever.”