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Sir Alex Ferguson honoured by Stirling University

Sir Alex Ferguson
Image caption Sir Alex started his managerial career at East Stirlingshire

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been honoured by Stirling University for his contribution to sport.

Sir Alex, who has run the Premier League club since 1986, received the award of Doctor of the University.

He was also addressing graduates at a ceremony at the university.

Born in Glasgow, the 69-year-old played for six Scottish clubs from 1957 to 1974, before starting his managerial career with East Stirlingshire.

He went on to manage St Mirren and Aberdeen before ending up at Manchester United - where he has won the Uefa Champions League twice, the English Premier League on 10 occasions and the FA Cup five times.

Sir Alex also led the Scottish national side at the 1986 World Cup finals.

Stirling University said he was receiving the award "in recognition of his great distinction in the field of sport and the general public arena".

The ceremony is to be held at the Scottish National Tennis Centre - part of the sports centre on the university campus.

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