LONDON, June 12 1999 - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson Knighted by the British government.
"I am delighted and honoured. I see this as an honour not just for me but for the people who have supported me through my life and made me what I am" said Ferguson. 

Born in GOVAN New Years Eve (31/12/41), Fergie, as he's better known, is our
TOP AMBASSADOR

Born at 357 Shieldhall Road, drumoyne and brought up at 667 Govan Road,
Alexander Chapman Ferguson attended Broomloan Road Primary and Govan High Schools before starting an apprenticeship as a toolmaker in Remington Rand, Hillington, where incidently he met the future Mrs Ferguson, his wife Cathy.
Before turning pro he represented Govan High School, Glasgow Schools, Scotland Schools, Harmony Row Boys Club, Drumchapel Amateurs and then Queens Park FC in 1957


In 1960 he joined St Johnstone and scored in a 7-1 victory against Falkirk on his debut.
He moved to Dunfermline in 1964 and after some great times, including a hat-trick against his idols, in August 1967 realised a boyhood dream by joining local team Glasgow Rangers for 55,000 and won a second Scottish League Cap.
He then joined Falkirk and became chairman of the Scottish Proffessional Footballers Association before joining his last club as a player, Ayr United in 1973.

His first managerial job was at East Stirling in July 1974 before moving to St Mirren later that year.
His team won the first division championship in 1976-77 and multiplied their support ten fold!
In 1978 he joined Aberdeen and really took off!
He became a director and one famous footballer said that he even counted the toilet rolls the team went through!
Awarded the OBE in 1984 and took over from his idol, Jock Stein, after his sudden death, as Scotland manager at the World Cup.

He succeeded Ron Atkinson as manager of Manchester United on November 6th 1986 and in 1993 became the first manager to win titles north and south of the border. In 1995 he was awarded the CBE

He was given the freedom of Aberdeen after bringing the European Cup Winners Cup and Super Cup to the north east club in 1983, and the Freedom of Glasgow (the city's highest honour) from Lord Provost Alex Mosson, on Monday 8th November 1999.
He even had a tune written for him by an old friend, composer Archie Campbell, who was pipe major of the Strathendrick Pipe Band and a long time member of the Milngavie Pipe Band, and it was played at the ceremony by the Lord Provost's Piper. The tune was called
Sir Alex's Glorious Return To Govan

Sir Alex joins, among others, another Govanite, Kenny Dalglish, and Nelson Mandela as a Freeman of Glasgow.
The former East Stirling, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Scotland and present manager of Manchester United, was knighted in the Birthday Honours List in 1999 after leading his team to the 'Magic Treble'.
So far, Sir Alex has collected 25 major trophies plus a host of other awards.
St Mirren
League championship

Aberdeen
Super Cup
European Cup Winners Cup
3 League titles
4 Scottish Cups
Scottish League Cup

Manchester United
World Club Championship
European Cup
Super Cup
European Cup Winners Cup
5 Premier League Championships
4 FA Cups
League Cup


Sir Alex with some trophies.

When signing a young GOVAN footballer, Alex Peden, for St Mirren and again when he went to Aberdeen, Fergie remarked that he liked his footballers to come from Govan as they had invariably been bred on Irn-Bru and mince!
He has remarked more than once that he is a real fan of WATSONS PIES & TOTTIE SCONES.(a GOVAN delicacy!)

Sir Alex has for many years worked tirelessly to ensure the survival of his old youth club, Harmony Row.

Sir Alex sits comfortably at the top table with Mr Stein, Mr Busby and Mr Shankly.
We hope to bring you much more on Fergie in the coming months.

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