Everywhere he has been to, he made champions out of
second class clubs and he was feared for being
A Govan born Scot, Sir Ferguson played for 6 Scottish
clubs, making 317 appearances in all and scoring 171
goals in total. He last kicked football as a player in 1974
with Ayr United , afterwards he went on to coach the
national team, Scotland.
He first managed local club East Stirlingshire in 1974 at
age 32 at £40 per week, before moving on to St. Mirren
that same year. Aberdeen was the last club he coached
before Manchester United in 1986.
All through his coaching career, Ferguson was known to
be a disciplinarian and he was feared for being
One of the players he managed at first club Stirlingshire,
Bobby McCulley confessed that he’s never “never been
afraid of anyone before but Ferguson was a frightening
bastard from the start.”
He transformed St. Mirren from a second division club
merely watched by over 1,000 spectators to first division
champions in 1977.
Wherever he coached, he was never sacked except at St.
Mirren where he was axed for a ‘breach of contract’ after
he met with Aberden while on contract at St. Mirren
While coach of United, Sir Ferguson won many awards
and records both individually and for the club.
In 2008, he became the third British manager to win the
UEFA Champions League more than once after he first
won the 1999 final against Bayern Munich.
He was made a knight in 2006 and retired in 2013 after
26 years of managing the Red Devils, winning 38
trophies in total; including 13 premier league titles, two
UEFA Champions League titles (2001 and 2008), the UEFA
Cup-Winners’ Cup (1983) and the UEFA Super Cup