Freedom of Derby: Rooney, Ryan and Beckett honours to face final vote

A vote will be held to decide whether Wayne Rooney, Sandy Ryan and Dame Margaret Beckett should be awarded the Freedom of Derby.

Ex-Derby County manager Rooney, world champion boxer Ryan and the long-serving MP have been proposed for the city's highest civic honour.

The awards will be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of Derby City Council next week.

The meeting will mark the final stage of a process to honour the trio.

All three have made it through a series of preliminary votes

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said Rooney had been nominated for his commitment to Derby County when he managed the club through one of the most turbulent periods in its history.

The former Everton, Manchester United and England striker kept the Rams in the Championship in the 2020/21 season.

He nearly repeated the feat the following year, despite a 21 point deduction after the club slipped into administration.

He left to lead DC United in the United States and now manages Birmingham City.

Brian Cough
Legendary Rams manager Brian Clough is one of a select band to have the Freedom of Derby

Derby-born Ryan is the current WBO Women's Welterweight Champion, having won the title by a unanimous decision in April.

A council report said: "Ms Ryan proudly represents the city and speaks publicly about her strong sense of local identity. The council previously recognised her discipline, perseverance and good sportsmanship."

Labour's Dame Margaret is in her 40th year as MP for Derby South and could receive the freedom of the city before she steps down as an MP at the next General Election.

In its citation, the council said Dame Margaret had "regularly championed the city's transport engineering industry" during her long political career, which included becoming the first woman to serve as British foreign secretary in 2006.

Previous recipients of the honour include former Derby County manager Brian Clough, who led the club to the League title in the 1970s, and Olympic gold medallist swimmer Adam Peaty who trained in the city.

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