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Graduation 2014: Welsh football legend Robbie Savage accepts an honorary fellowship from Glyndŵr University

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Welsh football legend and broadcaster Robbie Savage spoke of his pride for Wrexham as he accepted an honorary fellowship from Glyndŵr University.

The former Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers star, now a regular pundit on Match of the Day and BBC Radio 5 Live, was honoured for Services to Sport on Wednesday October 29.

Robbie collected his award in front of hundreds of other graduates in a ceremony at the university’s William Aston Hall.

He said:“I feel a bit silly standing here with all these students who’ve worked so hard to get their degrees but it’s great to be honoured by Glyndŵr University.

“I’m proud to be a Wrexham boy and it’s great to see a university in a working class town like Wrexham.”

Robbie also paid tribute to the support from his family throughout his career, including that of his father, who passed away in 2012 after suffering the brain condition Pick’s disease.

Robbie is now an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and carries out high profile fundraising alongside his media commitments.

He added:“I would like to acknowledge the love and support of my family:my wife, my boys, my big brother and my mum and dad – who is my hero - who have been with me on my continued sports career and remained constant.

“Once again, I am extremely grateful and feel very humble in being chosen for such an accolade by the University.”

Born in October 1974, Robbie joined Manchester United as a trainee in the famed youth team of 1992.

He played for six clubs and represented Wales 39 times.

After 17 years and 631 appearances, the all-action midfielder announced his retirement in 2011, to concentrate on his growing media career.

His media highlights include Radio 5 Live’s 606 phone-in, frequent appearances on Match of the Day, taking to the dance floor for the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing and entering the bizarre world of Celebrity Juice.

In 2012, Robbie helped John Bishop on a leg of his Sport Relief ‘Week of Hell’, when the comedian cycled, rowed and ran over 290 miles from Paris to London.

Earlier this year, Robbie took on his own Sports Relief challenge, battling Alan Shearer to be the first to sit on 45,000 seats at Wembley stadium.

Glyndŵr University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott said:“Robbie Savage is Wrexham through and through and we are thrilled that he has accepted this honour.

“He has done so much for sport, but also for charity, and is now carving out a successful career as a broadcaster.

“We are very proud that he joined us here at the University.”

Among the other fellows to be honoured at this year’s graduation ceremonies are Mario Kreft MBE, owner of Pendine Park care organisation, NU Instruments’ managing director, Alan McCall, Comtek CEO Askar Sheibani and Tim Baker, Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People in Mold.Read more about our other fellows here.

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