Football Manager; Raised under the shadow of the Govan shipyards Sir Alex Ferguson began senior football with Queen’s Park and enjoyed a largely successful playing career, most notably with Dunfermline Athletic. He will always be remembered, however, as a top class manager.
His managerial career began in 1974 with East Stirlingshire where an outstanding start quickly brought interest from St Mirren. Ferguson enjoyed a successful spell with the Paisley club taking them into the Premier Division before moving to Aberdeen in 1978. With ‘Fergie’ at the helm the ‘Dons’ smashed the domination of the Old Firm and conquered Europe, winning the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983 and European Super Cup in 1984.
Ferguson took over as caretaker manager of Scotland for the 1986 World Cup Finals following the tragic death of Jock Stein. By the end of the year Manchester United had succeeded in bringing him to Old Trafford. A difficult opening spell in Manchester had to be endured but Ferguson persevered and the club went on to dominate English football for most of the 1990s. The European Cup Winners Cup was won in 1991 and in 1999 Manchester United lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy, Premiership trophy and FA Cup.
At the date of induction Sir Alex has won eight Premiership titles, five FA Cups and one League Cup to add to the three Premier Division titles, four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup won with Aberdeen.