Alex Ferguson/Manchester UnitedWaterfall of Success
Alexander Chapman Ferguson, Kt, CBE, popularly known as Sir Alex or Fergie, was born 31 December 1941 in Govan, Glasgow. From humble origins as an apprentice toolmaker, he went on to become the most successful manager in English football history.
Having presided over a phenomenal and seemingly cascading period of success at Manchester United, Sir Alex announced his retirement at the end of 2012-2013 season. He bowed out on top having guided his beloved club to yet another Premier League title.
On Sunday May 12, 2013, United supporters packed their famous Old Trafford stadium to say farewell to their long-serving, iconic manager. Ferguson, was taking charge of the final home game and Swansea were the visitors. The fans were swept up in a carnival-style atmosphere well before the game began, with The Stone Roses classic, ‘Waterfall’, kicking-off a very Manchester-centric playlist . As both Sir Alex Ferguson (and midfield legend Paul Scholes) bade farewell to 'Madchester' United, tunes by the Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Charlatans, New Order and many more could be heard booming out of the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ sound system.
Wining epitomized this remarkable man’s impeccable career - 13 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League trophies in 26 years. The numbers around the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson are truly remarkable - winning 514 of 723 home games at Old Trafford, 38 trophies…with at least one trophy in 19 of the last 24 seasons. A feat of the likes we are unlikely to ever see again.
'I’m privileged to have followed Sir Matt because all you have to do is to try and maintain the standards that he set so many years ago.' Sir Alex Ferguson on Sir Matt Busby
'My greatest challenge is not what's happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch.' Sir Alex Ferguson