Aberdeen date for Sir Alex Ferguson

Former Aberdeen and Manchester United Football Club manager Alex Ferguson
Former Aberdeen and Manchester United Football Club manager Alex Ferguson

Footballing icon and Aberdeen European Cup Winners glory mastermind Sir Alex Ferguson is heading back to the city for a one-night one-man chat show at the Music Hall this autumn.

As part of a national tour, to promote his new book Leading, he will be at the city centre venue on Thursday, October 1 and tickets for the event go on sale to APA Friends this Monday (July 27) and to the general public on Tuesday (July 28) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

The legendary and oft controversial Scottish manager, who is soon to be the subject of a BBC 1 documentary, famously managed Manchester United for more than 26 years until he retired in 2013 and is considered to be one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game.

During his years at Manchester United, he won many awards including 13 Premier League and two UEFA Champions League titles, and won 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 the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for his services to the game.

However, in the North-east, he is famed as the manager behind Aberdeen’s greatest footballing triumph and was awarded the Freedom of the City in 1999.

Before moving to Manchester United from Pittodrie, he managed the Dons for eight years and in the 79/80 season, the side won the Scottish league - the first time in 15 years that the league had not been won by either Rangers or Celtic.

The team continued their success with a Scottish Cup win in 1982 and then Furious Fergie as he was sometimes known by fans, led Aberdeen to even greater success.

They had qualified for the European Cup Winners’ Cup as a result of winning the Scottish Cup the previous season, and impressively knocked out Bayern Munich, before going on to win the competition with a 2–1 victory over Real Madrid in the final in May 1983.

The Gothenburg victory was a Red Army triumph and the city turned out in huge numbers to welcome the victorious side home.

Aberdeen was only the third Scottish team to win a European trophy and it was followed up with victory in the European Super Cup in December 1983, when the reigning European Cup champions Hamburg were beaten 2–0 over two legs.