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Fergie - The Greatest: Manchester United 1986-2013 the Biography of Sir Alex Ferguson [Hardcover]

Frank Worrall
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24 Jun 2013
May 8, 2013: the day Manchester United fans had dreaded for nearly three decades. Sir Alex Ferguson announced he was to step down as manager of the world's biggest football club after 27 years in charge. The Scot, affectionately knows as 'Fergie' to United's vast army of fans worldwide, signed off in style with an honours list that confirmed him as the most successful manager in British - and world - football. At the age of 71, he would leave United having won 38 trophies - an amazing haul that included 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups. Fergie would now become a director and ambassador for the club he had rebuilt from top to bottom and turned into the greatest in the world during his colourful, wonder-filled reign. That he would still be around - to offer help and advice if needed to incoming new boss David Moyes - helped slightly cushion the blow of his departure for United fans. Fergie had left Moyes a wonderful platform from which to build: a talented young squad that had just brought the club its record-breaking 20th top-flight title and a stadium and training facilities second to none. The story of Sir Alex Ferguson is a true rags-to-riches fairytale. Born in Govan, Glasgow, in 1941, he played for Queen's Park, Dunfermline and Rangers before retiring in 1974 to begin his managerial career. At Aberdeen, he led a struggling side to the Scottish League championship and in 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup. But it would be at Manchester United that Sir Alex achieved world domination. Joining the club in November 1986, things didn't go exactly to plan in Sir Alex's first few years at United, but signing Eric Cantona for a bargain GBP1.2 million in 1992 helped turn the tide and secure their first League trophy in 26 years. An incredible run of success followed, shaped by the emergence of 'Fergie's Fledglings' - Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Nicky Butt. And Fergie's finest moment was still to come, when Manchester United romped to an unprecedented Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League trophies in 1999. He was knighted the same year for his services to football. Under Sir Alex, United have surpassed arch-rivals Liverpool's league title haul, and have reached four Champions League finals, wining the trophy on two occasions.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (24 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782197303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782197300
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Worrall is a journalist who writes regularly for the Sunday Times and the Sun. He is also the author of number one bestseller Roy Keane: Red Man Walking, and countless football books including Rooney: Wayne's World, Giggsy and The Magnificent Sevens.

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1.0 out of 5 stars No new insights 20 Aug 2013
By ConorM
This is simply a re-wording of well known facts and stories and as such contains no new insights into Fergie's relationships. For someone like Frank Worrell who claims to have great insider contacts its so disappointing that he sheds no new light on the main subject. He is so obviously restrained by the need to keep his own relationships intact that he is far too cautious in upsetting anyone by taking contrary views. If you know the United story during the Fergie years you will learn nothing new by reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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good book very pleased prompt delivery
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Biography 2 May 2014
By Jackie
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I must say I have read more interesting biography's I am a Manchester United Supporter for 20+ years and I was surprised that it was biased towards him rather than him and the club and players
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 4 Feb 2014
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Don't bother with this it is very poorly written and is more or less just a list of facts about Fergie which any true fan will already know
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 3 Feb 2014
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This book is a bit easier to read than his autobiography and concentrates more on his recent football experiences. Whilst you might love or hate him, Fergie was definitely his own man and stands by his decisions even though he admits to some mistakes. The book provides a good insight and sometimes amusing looks behind the scenes. Although controversial in some areas, his honest opinions shine through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fergie's Rants 14 Jan 2014
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Interesting tales from the manager's perspective which throws light on some of the more controversial decisions of his long reign
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRESS REVIEWS 20 Jun 2013
By Danny D
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'An epic biography charting the unstoppable rise of the Premier League's longest-serving and most successful manager ever: Sir Alex Ferguson, who's been in charge at Manchester United for an amazing 24 years. This is probably the best book ever on Fergie.'

Russell Forgham, The Mail


We have something to tuck in the footie fan's stocking this week and we're kicking off with a biography of that bloke from Govan.

He made a massive impact on Scottish football, then took a trip down the M6 to spread the magic.

Beautifully researched and packed with insider anecdotes, this is an outstanding account of the highs and lows of a career that has seen more drama than a cup final, more grit than a snowplough and more 'hairdryers' than Vidal Sassoon. If football is a game of two halves, one of them is guaranteed to be spending Christmas Day on the sofa with this.

Shari Low, The Daily Record

From Man Utd fan's website TRULYREDS...

How an Arsenal fan came to revere Sir Alex
By: Frank Scicluna

If you are anything like me, reading a good book on a lazy Sunday is one of the most enjoyable times of the week - unless you have a game to watch which in this day and age happens more often than I would like. Call me an old fart if you want but a 3pm kick off on a Saturday afternoon is what I grew up with and freely admit that I yearn for the return of those long gone days. For those who may feel the same way, Truly Reds will therefore attempt to review one of the many Manchester United related books each Sunday which may tempt you to go out an get for a relaxing weekend read.

****** This book is a wonderful read in its own right.
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