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Tuesday, June 15, 1999 Published at 08:19 GMT 09:19 UK

Sport: Football

Sir Alex honoured again

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates winning the elusive treble in Barcelona

Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is to be given the freedom of his native City, Glasgow.

The move was agreed on Monday by Labour councillors and is certain to go through as the party holds 74 of the council's 79 seats.

Among those backing the move was Glasgow's Lord Provost, Alex Mosson.

The council will approach the Manchester United manager, and the ceremony could take place within months.

[ image: Sir Alex: Loved by players and fans alike]
Sir Alex: Loved by players and fans alike
Leader of the council, Charles Gordon, said: "The move recognises one of the great football managers in Europe.

"We are proud to honour him in Glasgow, his native city.

"He is someone of considerable stature, who has made a contribution to the world."

The honour is not awarded lightly.

The last person to be given the freedom of the city was Nelson Mandela, who came to Glasgow to receive it in the early 1990s, and Ferguson would be the first freeman of the city since a 1996 council reorganisation.

Sirt Alex, 57, knighted only days ago in the Birthday Honours after guiding his team to a historic treble - the Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup - was born in the Glasgow district of Govan.

He was awarded an OBE in 1984 and is only the eighth football manager or player to receive a knighthood.

The former Scotland and Aberdeen manager, who was also awarded the freedom of Aberdeen in March, will now be remembered alongside the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Bobby Moore, Sir Tom Finney, Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alf Ramsey.

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