What you need to know about Sir Alex Ferguson (part 1)

Sir Alexander Ferguson never loose a major club competition since he started his coaching career in Scotland with Aberdeen. He managed the team to win the Scottish Premier League in 1980. His range of success came and continued throughout the time he managed Manchester United with an unprecedented 13 times of winning the English Premier League, five FA Cups and two times winning the UEFA Champions League. Alex Ferguson has become the most iconic coach in British soccer.

Early life
Alex Chapman Ferguson was born in Govan on 31 December 1941 and grew up with his parents and younger brother at 667 Govan Road. The man started his football career with Harmony Row Boys Club in Govan, before moving to the youth football club called Drumchapel Amateurs.

Playing career
Ferguson’s football career started as an amateur striker with Queen’s Park when he was 16. His debut match was a “nightmare” in which Queen’s Park’s goal in a 2–1 defeat against Stranraer. During the time at Queen’s Park’s, his most notable game was the 7–1 defeat away to Queen of the South on Boxing Day 1959. The man could not secure a regular place despite his achievements in scoring 20 goals out of his 31 games; thus, he moved to St Johnstone in 1960. Despite his effort, the same thing happens and he even considered emigrating to Canada. Luckily, Dunfermline signed him the following summer (1964), and Ferguson became a full-time professional footballer.

The season of 1964 – 1965, Dunfermline were strong candidate for the Scottish League title as they reached the Scottish Cup Final, but Ferguson was dropped for the final after his poor performance in a match against St Johnstone. In the end, Dunfermline lost 3–2 to Celtic in the final match then failed to win the League by one point. The following season, Ferguson scored 45 goals in 51 games for Dunfermline and became the top goalscorer in the Scottish league with 31 goals.