Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson, widely known as Alex Ferguson, is universally acclaimed for his commitment and service of 26 years as a manager of the football club, Manchester United. Having managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, he holds the record of longest serving manager for the club and has a net worth of $50 million.
Childhoos & Schooling life of Alex
Alex Ferguson was born on 31 December, 1941 and brought up in a working-class shipbuilding locality of Scotland by his parents Alexander Beaton Ferguson and Elizabeth. His early education was completed in Broomloan Road Primary School followed by Govan High school.
Early Life of Ferguson
Alexander Beaton Ferguson was an amateur soccer player which explains Alex’s surging interest in the game right from his childhood days. Young Alex kicked the ball through the lanes of his neighborhood with his younger brother, Martin and his friends.
Career & Hights in Alex Life
Alex describes his debut match as a striker of Queen’s Park as a ‘nightmare’, even though he was a lone scorer in this match against Stranrer. Unable to secure a regular place in Queen’s Park in spite of scoring 20 goals out of the 31 games which he played for Queen’s Park, Alex moved onto St. Johnston Football Club.
The turning point of Alex Ferguson’s soccer career was the moment when Dunfermline Athletic Football Club signed Ferguson in summer of 1964. Alex scored the highest number of goals in the Scottish League, along with Joe McBride, in the season 1965-66.
Ferguson joined Glasgow Rangers in 1967 and played for two years until he was alleged for a conceded goal in Scottish Cup Final of 1969. He moved onto join Falkirk Football Club as a player-coach. Ferguson played four seasons for Falkirk before moving to Ayr United where his career as a football player concluded in the year of 1974.
At the age of 32, Ferguson’s managerial career commenced with East Stirlingshire Football Club in the year of 1974 as a part time manager. Four months later, Ferguson was offered a managerial post by St Mirren Football Club where he remarkably modified a second division team to First Division title-holders in the year 1977. With an unfortunate turn of events, Ferguson was accused of breach of contract by St Mirren, and was eventually fired by the same.
In 1978, Alex Ferguson joined Aberdeen and led the team to win the Scottish First Division in the year 1980. The performance of the team under Ferguson’s strict managerial disciplines led the team to bag the Scottish cup in 1982, followed by a win at European Super Cup in 1983. Ferguson left Aberdeen in 1986 when he was offered a position at Manchester United Football Club.
Manchester United, under the management of Ferguson, won their first successful titles at League Cup and Eurpean Super Cup in the year of 1991. In 1988-99 season when Manchester United had a hat-trick win of the League, the FA cup and the European Champions League, the club attained the reputation of being the most popular football club in the world.
With the winning trophy of Premier League in 2013, Alex Ferguson retired from his long and shining managerial career.
Achievements & Awards
Having won 49 trophies in his managerial career, he has outshined all other football managers in the British soccer history. He is the recipient of honors namely OBE (1985), CBE (1995), and Knight Bachelor (1999).
The IFFHS accredited Ferguson as the IFHS World’s Best Coach of 21st Century (2012).
Personal & Family Life
Alex Ferguson stays with his wife Cathy and three sons, Mark, Darren and Jason, in Wilmslow, Cheshire. He is United Kingdom Ambassador for UNICEF. He received two honorary degrees, Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration and Honorary Masters in Business Administration from the Manchester Metropolitan University in the years 2009 and 1998, respectively.