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Former Rovers Man Gary Mabbutt MBE Receives Honorary Degree

Gary pictured player for Rovers (right)

12 July 2018

The ex-Rovers defender Gary Mabbutt has been presented with an honorary doctorate in health for his efforts towards diabetes charities and campaigns, alongside his reputable playing career.

Gary was born in Bristol and made his debut for the Gas in 1979, staying for three years and making over 130 appearances before moving to Tottenham Hotspur where he enjoyed a remarkable 17-year career.

The former England international was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of just 17, but persevered through the condition to have a distinguished playing career at the highest level.

Since his retirement he has contributed massively in raising awareness for diabetes, particularly by campaigning with Diabetes UK and as such today received his honorary degree.

He was part of the University of Bath's summer ceremony this afternoon where he was presented his degree and the club extends its congratulations to Gary.

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