Although scoring a respectable 11 goals in 32 games for Queen’s Park, Alex Ferguson could not claim a regular first team place, so at the age of 19, he tried his luck at St. Johnstone. His luck didn’t change much for his new club though, and he was often left out of the starting line-up.
However, fate smiled on Ferguson in a match against his boyhood heroes Glasgow Rangers. St. Johnstone tried to buy a striker but failed in their quest so the young Alex Ferguson was brought into the team. Ferguson grasped the chance to shine against the giants of Scottish football and bagged himself a hat-trick.
Impressed by his exploits, Dunfermline Athletic moved quickly and snapped up Alex Ferguson on professional terms in 1964. He enjoyed his time with the club and repaid their faith in him by scoring an impressive 66 goals in just 88 games.
In 1967, whilst continuing to impress with his goal scoring antics, Glasgow Rangers were instantly interested in him. They went on to signed him for a fee of £65,000, which at the time was a record transfer fee between two Scottish clubs. During his two years at the club, Alex Ferguson scored 44 goals in 57 games but left Rangers rather abruptly after the 1969 Scottish Cup, when the fiery Scot was blamed for a goal which his side had conceded.
In 1969, Alex Ferguson signed for Falkirk, where he became a player coach, but in 1974, he left The Bairns when manager John Prentice took charge of the team and relieved Alex from his coaching duties, which didn’t go down too well with him. The future Manchester United manager quickly put in a transfer request and joined West coast side Ayr United, where he finished his playing career after a serious knee injury.
At the age of 32, Sir Alex Ferguson began his management career as a part-time job in June 1974 with East Stirlingshire FC. It was only when he moved to the St. Mirren FC that he started his full-time management career. With him as the coach, the Saints’ team won the Scottish First Division in 1976-77. During his stay at St. Mirren, Sir Alex Ferguson coached the team and spotted young talents like Billy Stark, Tony Fitzpatrick, Lex Richardson, Frank McGarvey, Bobby Reid, and Peter Weir.
After taking over at Aberdeen, he was quick to gain the respect of fans and players at the club as he went on to break the Glasgow stranglehold on the Scottish Title, as well as leading Aberdeen to European glory. It was here that his management skills and successes were being identified and recognized by all.
The rest, well, let’s just say it’s history. He turned Aberdeen into a major club in those years and you could tell he had a massive future as a manager no matter what club he managed. For what he did at Aberdeen, he had gone down in their history books for it and will always have the respect of everyone that has been associated with that club for it.
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