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Sir Alex Ferguson coming to Northern Ireland to lend support to McGibbon's cause


By Steven Beacom

Sir Alex Ferguson is coming to Northern Ireland on Monday…and it's all to help one of his former players promote mental health awareness. Ex-Manchester United ace Pat McGibbon has organised a special event at Craigavon Civic Centre where the iconic Ferguson will be the keynote speaker.

Ferguson gave McGibbon his United debut and has been a constant source of inspiration and support for the former Portadown player and manager, including when Pat's brother Phillip took his own life.

In tribute to Phillip, in 2013 Pat founded the locally based charity Train To Be Smart (TTBS) to promote positive mental health through sport. McGibbon does an outstanding job helping youngsters in the mid-Ulster area, coaching them both football and life skills.

On Monday the legendary ex-United boss, who won 13 Premier League titles and a host of other trophies, will have hundreds listening to his every word as he is interviewed by BBC and Sunday Life pundit Liam Beckett.

"It is fantastic that Sir Alex has given his time to Train To Be Smart to promote the positive mental health message," said McGibbon.

"Sir Alex and Manchester United were a huge source of support to me at a difficult time when Phillip passed away and he didn't hesitate when I invited him to be the main speaker."

There are still a few tickets left for the charity event available through or telephone 028 38 324741.

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