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Wednesday 08 May 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson: Timeline of a legend

A potted history of Manchester United manager's glittering career

  • Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed by Man Utd's then Chief Executive Martin Edwards in 1986

  • Ferguson guided Man Utd to the first Premier League title in the 1992/93 season

  • Man Utd won their second league and FA Cup double under Ferguson in 1996

  • Ferguson has won 27 Manager of the Month awards and 10 Manager of the Year accolades

  • Man Utd won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble in 1999

  • Man Utd have not finished lower than third in the Premier League under Ferguson

  • Wayne Rooney's move in 2004 was one of Ferguson's marquee signings as United manager

  • Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were among the academy products Ferguson developed

  • Man Utd won their second Champions League under Ferguson's management in 2008

  • The Red Devils eclipsed Liverpool's long-standing record of 18 league titles in 2010/11

  • The addition of Robin van Persie helped Man Utd win their 20th league title this season

  • Ferguson retires after winning his 13th Barclays Premier League trophy in his 26-year tenure

Sir Alex Ferguson timeline

From humble origins as an apprentice toolmaker in Govan, Sir Alex Ferguson went on to become the most successful manager in English football. Here is an at-a-glance timeline of his illustrious career, which will come to an end this month.

1941: Born 31 December in Govan, Glasgow.

1957: Joins Queen's Park as amateur while apprentice toolmaker in Glasgow factory.

1960: Joins St Johnstone as part-timer.

1964: Quits toolmaking to join Dunfermline.

1967: Moves to Rangers for £65,000.

1969: Moves to Falkirk, for £20,000.

1973: Joins Ayr, returning to part-time ranks while running his Glasgow pub.

1974: Appointed manager of East Stirling in September, but moves to St Mirren three months later.

1978: Sacked by St Mirren and appointed at Aberdeen as successor to Billy McNeill.

1980: First managerial honour as Aberdeen win Scottish championship.

1982: Aberdeen win the Scottish Cup, beating Rangers 4-1.

1983: Aberdeen retain Scottish Cup, beating Rangers 1-0, and defeat Real Madrid 2-1 in Gothenburg to lift European Cup Winners' Cup.

1984: Aberdeen win Scottish League and Cup double, beating Celtic 2-1 in the Cup final. Ferguson awarded OBE.

1985: Appointed caretaker manager of Scotland following death of Jock Stein during Wales v Scotland World Cup qualifier.

1986: Scotland knocked out of FIFA World Cup in Mexico after first round. Ferguson leaves Aberdeen to take over at Manchester United after sacking of Ron Atkinson.

1989: Breaks British transfer record to sign Gary Pallister for £2.3million from Middlesbrough.

1990: First trophy at Old Trafford as Man United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in an FA Cup final replay after a 3-3 draw.

1991: United overcome Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam to win Cup Winners' Cup.

1992: United claim European Super Cup with defeat of Red Star Belgrade and lift League Cup with 1-0 defeat of Nottingham Forest. Title dream dies as Leeds United overhaul Man United in final weeks of campaign.

1993: Old Trafford's 26-year wait for title ends as United finish 10 points clear of Aston Villa to win inaugural Barclays Premier League title; Signs Roy Keane from Nottingham Forest for British transfer record £3.75million.

1994: United become only sixth team to complete League and FA Cup double.

1995: Breaks British transfer record again to sign Andy Cole from Newcastle United for £7million; United finish runners-up to Blackburn Rovers in the Barclays Premier League and Everton in the FA Cup.

1996: United become the first club ever to complete the League and FA Cup double twice, overcoming one-time runaway leaders Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League and beating Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley.

1997: Claims fourth championship title in five seasons.

1998: Finishes season trophyless as Arsenal win double.

1999: Leads United to the treble of UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League and FA Cup; Knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

2000: Guides United to a sixth Barclays Premier League title, finishing the campaign 18 points clear of Arsenal.

2001: Wins seventh title in nine years.

2002: Shelves plans to retire to sign a new three-year deal as United manager; United finish outside top two in Barclays Premier League for first time.

2003: United win title again.

2004: United win FA Cup with victory over Millwall in final; Signs Everton star Wayne Rooney for a fee which could rise to £27million.

2005: United lose FA Cup final to Arsenal on penalties.

2006: Wins the League Cup for the second time thanks to a 4-0 victory over Wigan.

2007: Wins first Barclays Premier League title for four years but United are denied the double after FA Cup final loss to Chelsea.

2008: Wins Barclays Premier League title again before defeating Chelsea on penalties in the UEFA Champions League final in Moscow. United add the FIFA Club World Cup before the end of the year.

2009: Retains Barclays Premier League title having already won the League Cup against Tottenham. United lose to Barcelona 2-0 in Champions League final in Rome.

2010: Win League Cup against Aston Villa, as Carlo Ancelotti helps Chelsea reclaim the title; becomes United's longest-serving manager.

2011: Secures 12th Barclays Premier League title, and United's 19th English top-flight championship overall, breaking Liverpool's long-standing record.

May 2012: Pipped to the Barclays Premier League title on a dramatic final day, with rivals Manchester City taking top spot on goal difference thanks to Sergio Aguero's added-time winner.

September 2012: Ferguson manages his 1,000th Barclays Premer League match with United against Southampton. Two weeks later, he wins his 100th game in the Champions League beating Galatasaray at Old Trafford.

22 April 2013: United land a record 20th Barclays Premier League title with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

8 May 2013: United announce he will retire at the end of the season.

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Key Points

  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to retire in the summer
  • Ferguson is the most successful manager in English football history
  • Follow potted history of his career