By Obi Odenigbo
In furtherance of our culture of celebrating anniversaries on this column; NoCoolStory celebrates the enigmatic Sir Alexander Chapman “Alex” Ferguson, CBE.
On this day (31 December) in 1941, the former Scottish football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013 was born.
His time at the club has led to Ferguson being regarded as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of the game.
Ferguson managed East Stirlingshire and St. Mirren before a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen. After briefly managing Scotland following the death of Jock Stein, he was appointed manager of Manchester United in November 1986.
Ferguson is the longest serving manager of Manchester United, overtaking Sir Matt Busby’s record on 19 December 2010, eventually completing more than 26-and-a-half years as the club’s manager.
He has won many awards and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year most times in British football history. In 2008, he became the third British manager to win the European Cup on more than one occasion. He was knighted in 1999 for his services to the game and also holds the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen.
On 8 May 2013, Ferguson announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United. During his 26 years at the club, he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League and two UEFA Champions League titles. NoCoolStory celebrates his success today and wishes him a Happy Birthday.