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Creators of Football Manager game made MBEs by Prince Charles

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Two football-mad brothers from Shropshire enjoyed the red carpet treatment at Buckingham Palace when they received MBEs for their work creating best-selling computer game Football Manager.

Two football-mad brothers from Shropshire enjoyed the red carpet treatment at Buckingham Palace when they received MBEs for their work creating best-selling computer game Football Manager.

Paul and Oliver Collyer, who spent their childhoods at Upper Affcot, near Church Stretton, were awarded the honours by Prince Charles yesterday for their services to the computer games industry.

Their mum, Judy Collyer, who still lives in the county, said: "They're absolutely lovely boys and I'm very proud of them.

"It's very unusual for two brothers to get an honour on the same day, we don't even know if it's ever happened before, it's not just one of my sons, but both of them."

Elder brother Paul said: "It's nice to get the award, but very surreal. I've been working on the game since I was 16 and I'm 41 now. The presentation was made by Prince Charles. He was very quietly spoken, quite sweet. Oliver and I went up together and we were the only people who did."

A new version of the game, Football Manager 2011, is due to be released next week.

Oliver, 38, said: "Growing up in Shropshire was fantastic. We were in an area with lots of animals and lots of beautiful scenery, but it could be a bit quiet at times. I think that probably helped us lock ourselves away in the attic and do what we've done with the game.

"We've always got on really well and it was a good creative process."

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Other recipients at the investiture ceremony included horror writer James Herbert who after receiving an OBE from the Prince, told him: "You're in my new book."

After the ceremony the writer described the OBE, for services to literature, as an honour and something his mother, now dead, would have been proud of.

He added: "I believe it's the first time a horror writer has had an award of this kind. Strangely enough this year they had the world horror convention in England and they gave me the award, Grand Master of Horror.

"The recipient before me was Stephen King, so he'll be pleased for me today as we're old friends."

His latest work will be called Ash, the name of the character who has featured in another of his books, and will probably be published in two parts.

By Hannah Costigan

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