Fergie welcomes 'freeman' honour

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is to be made a freeman of Trafford borough in October. A road near Old Trafford stadium will also be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

"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."

– Sir Alex Ferguson

"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."

– Matt Colledge, leader Trafford Borough Council

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Fergie to received new honour

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is to receive the honorary freedom of Trafford borough. He will be formally honoured in October 14. A road near Old Trafford stadium will also be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way.