All Hail Sir Alex

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If a person, who gets to earn money from being a part of the sport he loves, counts himself lucky, and if a person, who goes on to win trophies by the dozen, counts himself luckier, Sir Alex Ferguson has to count himself as the luckiest man in the world. Saturday, November 15, 2008, marked the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Alex’s first game, when he played striker for Queens Park F.C., a Scottish amateur team.

Few know that Sir Alex almost left the game at the onset of his playing career. At the age of 21, he nearly emigrated to Canada to become a tool-maker. Thank God he didn’t, or else football may not have been what it is today.

Sir Alex first made a name for himself on the world stage in football when his Aberdeen team shocked everyone by defeating the mighty Real Madrid in the Final of the European Cup Winner’s Cup of 1983. The legendary Alfredo de Stefano was manager of Real at the time, and few could even imagine that Aberdeen, who had surpassed all expectations reaching the Final itself, could provide any resistance to Real. In 1986, after having struggled for years since the end of Matt Busby’s reign, Manchester United signed Ferguson to be their manager. Three seasons passed without any silverware at Old Trafford, and just as doubts started to emerge as to whether Ferguson was right for the job, the Red Devil’s clinched the 1989-90 FA Cup, which signaled the start of another Golden Age at the club.

Undoubtedly one of the best managers to have ever been a part of the game, Sir Alex was the inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. A number of stars wore the famous red jersey of Manchester United during Sir Alex’s time in charge, but none was bigger than the Scot himself. No wonder that the biggest fear amongst the supporters of the club is the day when Sir Alex finally retires. He is more than just the manager of the Manchester United.

He is Manchester United.

Honours

As Player

St. Johnstone (1960–1964)

• Scottish First Division: 1962–63

Falkirk (1969–1973)

• Scottish First Division: 1969–70

As Manager

St. Mirren (1974–1978)

• Scottish First Division: 1 (1976-77)

Aberdeen (1978–1986)

• Scottish Premier Division: 3 (1979-80, 1983-84, 1984-85)
• SFA Cup: 4 (1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86)
• Scottish League Cup: 1 (1985-86)
• UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1 (1982–83)
• UEFA Super Cup: 1 (1983-84)

Manchester United (1986–present)

• Premier League: 10 (1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08)
• FA Cup: 5 (1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04)
• League Cup: 2 (1991–92, 2005–06)
• FA Charity/Community Shield: 8 (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008)
• UEFA Champions League: 2 (1998–99, 2007–08)
• UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1 (1990–91)
• UEFA Super Cup: 1 (1991-92)
• Intercontinental Cup: 1 (1999)

Individual

• Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award: 1996
• Mussabini Medal: 1999
• UEFA Champions League Manager of the Year: 1998–99
• BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award: 1999
• BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award: 1999
• IFFHS Club Coach of the Year: 1999
• LMA Manager of the Decade: 1990s
• Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year: 2000
• BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award: 2001
• English Football Hall of Fame: 2002
• Onze d’Or Coach of the Year: 1999, 2007
• Professional Footballers’ Association Merit Award: 2007
• UEFA Team of the Year: 2007
• FA Premier League Manager of the Year: 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
• FA Premier League Manager of the Month: August 1993, October 1994, February 1996, March 1996, February 1997, October 1997, January 1999, April 1999, August 1999, March 2000, April 2000, February 2001, April 2003, December 2003, February 2005, March 2006, August 2006, October 2006, February 2007, January 2008, March 2008
• LMA Manager of the Year: 1998–99, 2007–08

By Raveesh Bhalla

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