He is the godfather of Manchester United, he lives and breathes football. Sir Alex Ferguson once said about his wife, Cathy, that “she is not a football fan or a Manchester United fan; she is an Alex Ferguson fan.” So just how much does Sir Alex get to even see his wife? Fergie is not one that can cope without football because he enters the doors of Carrington at 8am everyday and inevitably is one of the last ones to leave.
However, this great man does have a life outside football and avid followers of the Scotsman will know that from watching various documentaries and reading about Fergie. Even though he is keen about issues away from the beautiful game, fear not United fans; the legendary manager has no intentions of retiring to pursue his extra-curricular activities.
Horse racing- this is easily Fergie’s second love, well actually third, because his first should be wife Cathy and then United should be second shouldn’t it? Anyway, he has enjoyed a record breaking seven victories with Rock of Gibraltar, a horse he owned in partnership with Sue Magnier, the wife of Manchester United shareholder John Magnier. Fergie’s love of horse racing has also seen him have a share in a horse called Gatwick. In 2005 he had his first horse, Against The Grain.
Sticking with sport, he is said to be a passionate golf player/follower and the same applies to snooker.
Politics- this does not surprise me. You can imagine Fergie laying down the law in the Houses of Parliament. In fact, former PM Tony Blair often told those around him to study Sir Alex’s pre and post match press conferences.
On a serious note, Fergie’s upbringing has seen him get involved with politics. In 2005 he said: “I am almost as passionate about politics as I am about football. I have never forgotten where I come from or how fortunate I have been to get where I have – and how important politics has been in improving the lives of the people I come from. And I don’t want families to suffer again the misery that the Tories caused as I saw in Scotland and the North West. That’s why I always have, and always will, vote Labour.”
Aside from horse racing and politics, Sir Alex has also written an autobiography called Managing My Life. There are players out there who write an autobiography whilst in their mid-20s- one of the sad things about today’s football. But, Fergie at 69, this is a person in football worth knowing about- even off the field.
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