17 Facts About Sir Alex

1. Sir Alex is widely regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time and has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football.

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2. Sir Alex was knighted in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to the game.

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3. Sir Alex began his football career with Harmony Row Boys Club in Govan, before progressing to Drumchapel Amateurs, a youth club with a strong reputation for producing senior footballers.

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4. Sir Alex took an apprenticeship as a toolmaker at a factory in Hillington, being appointed a union shop steward.

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5. Sir Alex was blamed for a goal conceded in the 1969 Scottish Cup Final, in a match in which he was designated to mark Celtic captain, Billy McNeill, and was forced to play for the club's junior side instead of for the first team.

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6. Sir Alex claimed wrongful dismissal against the club at an industrial tribunal but lost and was given no leave to appeal.

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7. Sir Alex was still a strict disciplinarian, though, and his players nicknamed him "Furious Fergie".

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8. Sir Alex was dissatisfied with the atmosphere at Aberdeen matches, and deliberately created a "siege mentality" by accusing the Scottish media of being biased towards the Glasgow clubs, to motivate the team.

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9. Sir Alex made two major signings – goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and defender Paul Parker – to bolster his side.

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10. Sir Alex made at least one approach for the Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst, but manager Trevor Francis rejected all offers and the player stayed put.

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11. Sir Alex received a 14-day prison sentence for the offence but the sentence was quashed on appeal and replaced by a 120-hour community service order.

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12. Sir Alex met the player and his agent in Manchester to discuss formalities and was informed of Van Nistelrooy's troubled right knee.

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13. Sir Alex replaced the defender with Laurent Blanc, a long sought-after target.

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14. Sir Alex criticised the Scottish Government and First Minister Alex Salmond for denying the vote to Scots living in the UK but outside Scotland.

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15. Sir Alex objected to the self-imposed rule by the Yes Scotland campaign against accepting donations from people living outside Scotland of more than £500, which they urged the No campaign to adopt.

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16. Sir Alex made a recovery from the surgery and attended his first match at Old Trafford since then on 22 September 2018.

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17. Sir Alex is the Vice-President of the National Football Museum, based in Manchester, and a member of the Executive Committee of the League Managers Association.

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