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Byline: Anthony Haggerty

SIR Alex Ferguson is celebrating his retiral by taking his family on a dream cruise around Scotland.

The former Manchester United boss let slip to a pal, former Scotland boss Craig Brown, that since leaving Old Trafford last month he has been busy planning the holiday of a lifetime.

Fergie will sail from Oban to Iona, taking in the Hebrides and trips to North and South Uist as well as Benbecula.

Brown, 72, says his 71-year-old friend can't embark on the trip that his two sons, wives and his 11 grandchildren are all going along for the ride, too.

wait to and t their ggri He said: "Sir Alex has been in New York and France since he retired at Manchester United but his dream is a cruise.

He told me that his family holiday of a lifetime is to go on a Scottish cruise.

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he told me he was desperate to go on a cruise Scotland.

is taking his family - sons and grandchildren included. I think the cruise starts in Oban and he will then be sailing on to Iona.

"Sir Alex is deadly serious about this."

Brown revealed that Fergie is passionate about Scottish history - and could have been a university scholar.

He joked that Fergie used to show off his knowledge of Scotland by holding trivia quizzes on the team bus for away trips.

Brown said: "Sir Alex is well-read on Scottish history. He is a very intelligent man and has a catholic knowledge.

"He was always one for Trivial Pursuit questions and quizzes on buses to away games. He was the font of all knowledge on all things Scottish.

"Sir Alex used to split the bus into two teams but our doctor, Professor Stewart Hillis, was always on his side and he would get all the answers.

"Sir Alex and Billy McNeill - who have both held the European Cup aloft, for Manchester United and Celtic - could have been university students if they had wanted to.

"There's hardly a subject you can beat Alex on - you certainly can't beat him on football."

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Date:Jun 13, 2013
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