He made his debut as an amateur with Queen’s Park in 1957. He played 31 games for the team and scored 20 goals, yet he could not secure a regular place in the team.
In 1960 he moved to St. Johnstone where he scored 15 goals in 31 league matches.
He signed a contract with Dunfermline in 1964 and became a professional footballer. In the 1965-66 season, he led the Scottish League along with Celtic’s Joe McBride with 31 goals. In this season alone, he had scored 45 goals in 51 appearances.
His success with Dunfermline led to a record £65,000 contract with Glasgow Rangers in 1967. After playing with them for just two seasons, he left the team. Here, he had managed to score 25 goals in 41 league matches.
He joined Falkirk in 1969 where he was made the player-coach. After four seasons, he was removed from this role by the new manager which made him quit the team.
He played for Ayr United for sometime before ending his playing career.
He secured a part-time managerial position with East Stirlingshire in June 1974, but was lured away by rival team St. Mirren within months. He started working with St. Mirren in October 1974, and served there till 1978 when he was fired from the post.
He joined Aberdeen in June 1978 replacing their manager Billy McNeill. The performance of the team improved considerably after his joining, and he helped the team win the Scottish First Division in 1980. He worked with Aberdeen till 1986, winning the Cup Winner’s Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and several other league titles.
In 1986, he was offered the position of manager with Manchester United which he accepted and replaced their then-manager Ron Atikinson. It was a very popular outfit, but had not been doing well lately.
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He was a strict disciplinarian and added new players like Steve Bruce, Brian McClair, Neil Webb and Paul Ince to the team. Despite all his efforts, the team could not win any major title till 1989.
The first big success came when the team won the FA cup beating Crystal Palace in the 1989-90 season. The team, having found their winning ways, won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup in 1991.
Over the decade, Ferguson led his team to various other title wins: Premier Leagues, FA Cup double, and UEFA Champions League.
In the 1998-99 season, the team won the ‘treble’: the FA Cup, the league, and UEFA Champions League. By this time, Manchester United had become the most famous and richest of all the football clubs in the world.
The team continued its winning streak under the able guidance of Ferguson, and was as successful as ever in the new millennium. They won their sixth Premier League and became the champions of England for the seventh time in nine years.
Ferguson was thinking of retiring by the end of the 2001-02 season, but decided to stay on by signing a new deal with United to manage the team for 11 more seasons.
In 2004, the team won the FA Cup which would be the final one under his management. The team beat Wigan Athletic 4-0 in the League Cup finals to lift the trophy in 2006.
By the time of his retirement, the team had managed to win the European Cup (2008), clinched three straight league titles in 2009, and also won the Premier League in 2013.
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Awards & Achievements
He has won The League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award four times. The award is presented to a manager from any division in English Football for his achievement in the prior season.
He has been named the Premier League Manager of the Season 11 times.
He was awarded British knighthood in 1999 for his contribution to the game of football.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) recognized him as the IFFHS World's Best Coach of the 21st Century in 2012.