top ten moments of sir alex’s career

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1974

Throws club chairman Willie Muirhead out of the dugout at East Stirlingshire during his first managerial job, setting a reputation

for dealing firmly

with directors. Ferguson actually

liked Muirhead, too.

1977

Wins the Division One championship and promotion to the Premier Division with St Mirren. Is sacked the following year after a bust-up with Saints’ chairman Willie Todd. He later loses the industrial tribunal case against St Mirren.

1980

Takes Aberdeen to the Scottish Premier Division title and the final of the League Cup. Transfers Steve Archibald (right) to Spurs for a record 750,000. Wins the

pre-season Drybrough Cup, beating St Mirren in the final to gain a revenge of sorts over his old club.

1983

Having won the Scottish Cup the previous season, guides Aberdeen to famous Cup-Winners’ Cup victory over Real Madrid in Gothenburg. Then he wins Scottish Cup again. The following season sees Aberdeen win the double of League

and Cup, plus the European Super Cup.

1986

Serves a brief spell, which includes the World Cup finals, as caretaker and part-time manager of Scotland following Jock Stein’s death, before joining Manchester United. Immediately cracks down on United’s booze-ridden culture.

1990

After the newspapers and fans had called for his head, Ferguson’s team goes to Wembley twice and wins the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 in a replay for which goalkeeper Jim Leighton is controversially dropped.

1991

United win the European Cup-Winners’ Cup, beating Barcelona in the final. It marks a remarkable double for Ferguson as the only manager to lift the trophy at a Scottish and English club.

1993

Ferguson is on the golf course when he hears the news that defeat for Aston Villa has handed United their first League title for 26 years. His signing of Eric Cantona during the season is viewed as the key element in United’s success.

1999

On Wednesday, May 26, Ferguson leads his men into the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona to face Bayern Munich in the European Champions Cup Final. One of the most extraordinary finishes in footballing history sees United win the Cup with two goals in injury-time. It is United’s second European Cup, 31 years after Matt Busby’s legends

won at Wembley.

2001

The seventh league title is won at a canter. The victory brings Ferguson’s haul at United to 21 trophies or titles. Ferguson confirms that he will retire at the end of the

2001/2002 season.

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