Great Manchester Names Street In Honour Of Former Manchester United Boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Also Awarded " Freedom Of Trafford

Great Manchester Names Street In Honour Of Former Manchester United Boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Also Awarded " Freedom Of Trafford


By Lanre Oguntoyinbo:
Ferguson unveiling street named after him
Sir Alex Ferguson has joined Sir Matt Busby in having a road named in his honour.
The former Manchester United manager also received the Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony at the council chambers.
Ferguson with wife Cathy (right), Mayor Dylan Butt (left), Matt Colledge (2nd left) and Therasa Grsnt Chief Executive (2nd right).
“It’s a privilege and an honour to have a road named after me. You don’t expect these things in life,” he said.
“It encapsulates probably the last 26 years – coming to the great club, the history of it. It’s been an incredible journey for me, ending today for me to unveil this road sign: Sir Alex Ferguson Way.
“I’m really proud of that and I’m proud of everyone who has been associated with the club.”
Ferguson unveiled the new sign in front of family, friends, fans and media. Sir Alex Ferguson Way is the renamed Water’s Reach road heading south towards Old Trafford, just as Warwick Road North became Sir Matt Busby Way in 1993.
Sir Alex Stand outside Old Trafford
“I’d like to thank Manchester United for inviting me down here, 26 years ago. It was a fantastic elevation in my life and a challenge that I accepted. And we are where we are now,” Ferguson said.
“It’s a great, great football club. You, the supporters, have enjoyed it. And I still think that a lot of our young fans don’t remember that there were bad days. Dealing with bad days is what we’re good at. This club will always go on.”
Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football history, winning almost 40 trophies, will also be formally honoured at a meeting of Trafford Council.
Sir Alex and family at old Trafford last year, unveiling his statue
And as a permanent tribute to the United legend, Waters Reach, a road close to the Old Trafford stadium and overlooked by the new statue of Sir Alex, is to be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way.
The former United boss, who retired earlier this year after 26 years at the helm, won 13 Premier League titles with the Red Devils, whose home is actually in Manchester’s neighbouring borough of Trafford.
Sir Alex said: “I am delighted to acceptthis honour from Trafford Council. When I arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 I had little idea of the journey that awaited me. Over a 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 statue outside Old Trafford
“Sir Alex Ferguson Way will be on the other side of the ground to another stadium approach road, Sir Matt BusbymWay, named after one of his illustrious United predecessors.Ferguson will have a road named after him near Old Trafford The Honorary Freedom is the highest honour which the council can bestow.
Under Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 borough councils may admit as Honorary Freemen of the Borough “persons of distinction and persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services to the borough”.

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Councillor Matt Colledge, leader of the council, 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.

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“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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By Lanre Oguntoyinbo:
Ferguson unveiling street named after him
Sir Alex Ferguson has joined Sir Matt Busby in having a road named in his honour.
The former Manchester United manager also received the Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony at the council chambers.
Ferguson with wife Cathy (right), Mayor Dylan Butt (left), Matt Colledge (2nd left) and Therasa Grsnt Chief Executive (2nd right).
“It’s a privilege and an honour to have a road named after me. You don’t expect these things in life,” he said.
“It encapsulates probably the last 26 years – coming to the great club, the history of it. It’s been an incredible journey for me, ending today for me to unveil this road sign: Sir Alex Ferguson Way.
“I’m really proud of that and I’m proud of everyone who has been associated with the club.”
Ferguson unveiled the new sign in front of family, friends, fans and media. Sir Alex Ferguson Way is the renamed Water’s Reach road heading south towards Old Trafford, just as Warwick Road North became Sir Matt Busby Way in 1993.
Sir Alex Stand outside Old Trafford
“I’d like to thank Manchester United for inviting me down here, 26 years ago. It was a fantastic elevation in my life and a challenge that I accepted. And we are where we are now,” Ferguson said.
“It’s a great, great football club. You, the supporters, have enjoyed it. And I still think that a lot of our young fans don’t remember that there were bad days. Dealing with bad days is what we’re good at. This club will always go on.”
Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football history, winning almost 40 trophies, will also be formally honoured at a meeting of Trafford Council.
Sir Alex and family at old Trafford last year, unveiling his statue
And as a permanent tribute to the United legend, Waters Reach, a road close to the Old Trafford stadium and overlooked by the new statue of Sir Alex, is to be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way.
The former United boss, who retired earlier this year after 26 years at the helm, won 13 Premier League titles with the Red Devils, whose home is actually in Manchester’s neighbouring borough of Trafford.
Sir Alex said: “I am delighted to acceptthis honour from Trafford Council. When I arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 I had little idea of the journey that awaited me. Over a 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 statue outside Old Trafford
“Sir Alex Ferguson Way will be on the other side of the ground to another stadium approach road, Sir Matt BusbymWay, named after one of his illustrious United predecessors.Ferguson will have a road named after him near Old Trafford The Honorary Freedom is the highest honour which the council can bestow.
Under Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 borough councils may admit as Honorary Freemen of the Borough “persons of distinction and persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services to the borough”.

Manchester United trophy room

Councillor Matt Colledge, leader of the council, 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.

local trophy room

“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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