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Sir Alex Ferguson to receive Honorary Freedom of Trafford
1:28pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
SIR Alex Ferguson is to be awarded the Honorary Freedom of Trafford.
The former Manchester United manager, who retired earlier this year after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, will be formally honoured by Trafford Council at a full meeting on October 14.
Sir Alex is one of only three people to have received the honour since Trafford Council was established in 1974.
A road close to Old Trafford stadium, which is currently called Waters Reach, is also to be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way in his honour.
The 72-year-old Scot joins a small number of sporting stars who have Trafford streets named after them, including Sir Matt Busby Way and Brian Statham Way.
Sir Alex said: "I am delighted to accept this honour from Trafford Council. When I arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 I had little idea of the journey that awaited me.
“Over quarter of a century later, to receive the Freedom of the Borough of Trafford, and to have a part of Trafford carrying my name, is truly humbling."
Leader of the Council, Cllr Matt Colledge, said: “Sir Alex has contributed significantly to Trafford over a sustained period of time through his strong leadership of the Manchester United team and it was felt that the Honorary Freeman title and the renaming of the street was a fitting tribute to him.
“Football contributes significantly to the borough through the large number of visitors it attracts and jobs it creates. It has been through the success of the team that the club has grown in strength over the years, becoming one of the world’s most successful and renowned clubs.”
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