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Sir Alex Ferguson books
Sir Alex Ferguson Books
He's a living legend at Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson took over Ron Atkinson as manager in 1986, leaving Aberdeen, where he had already changed Scottish football by beating Celtic and Rangers to the title. After rebuilding United from scratch, in 1990, Fergie lead United to FA Cup victory against Crystal Palace (some say, it saved his job). However, the ultimate goal was the league title, and finally in 1992, United won the Premiership. Over the following years, United went on to win many titles, FA Cups, League Cups, the European Cup Winners Cup, the Super Cup, and of course the European Cup in the treble year. Alex became a Sir in 1999 for his achievements in the game.

This Is The One: Sir Alex Ferguson Uncut
By Unknown Publishers Aurum Press Ltd 2007
Written over the course of two hugely eventful, diverse and controversial seasons, "This Is The One" offers a unique, warts-and-all portrait of Sir Alex Ferguson from a privileged position behind the scenes at Manchester United; from the flint-faced authoritarian to the softer, humane side of one of the most controversial and talked-about figures in sport. Entertaining, revelatory, sometimes shocking but always affectionate, this is the close-up look of the most successful manager in the business, a man who infuriates as much as he inspires, but whose heart is as big as the Old Trafford trophy room, and who may yet choose this season to hang up his hairdryer and retire in glory. Released July 25th 2007.

The Boss - The Many Sides Of Alex Ferguson
By Michael Crick Publishers Pocket books 2007
A re-release of Michael Crick's book. Released May 8th 2007.

Sir Alex - The Story of 20 Remarkable Years At United
By David Meek & Tom Tyrrell Publishers Orion 2006
When Alex Ferguson joined United in November 1986, he had already developed a great reputation after driving Aberdeen to numerous trophies and breaking the traditional Old Firm stranglehold on Scottish football. Now he had taken on the biggest job in football, with a brief to bring back the glory days of Matt Busby and re-establish United as not just the biggest club in the land, but the best. At first, things didn't go smoothly and by 1990 there were press stories that his job was on the line. But Ferguson led his team to FA Cup success that year, and the groundwork he'd been laying was beginning to bear fruit as a new generation of young stars was about to emerge, starting with Ryan Giggs. That trophy marked the start of United's dominance throughout the 1990s, capped by the unique Treble of 1999 when the Reds won the Champions League, Premiership and FA Cup. This book tells not just the story of how Sir Alex did it, but features interviews with players, rival managers, colleagues and fans that provide a real insight into why he has been so incredibly successful. Released November 2006.

If You're Second You Are Nothing - Ferguson and Shankly
By Oliver Holt Publishers Macmillan 2006
Bill Shankly was one of ten children from an Ayrshire mining village. Alex Ferguson was a shipyard worker's son who went on to become a toolmaker's shop steward. Both of them enjoyed distinguished but not outstanding playing careers. Both of them raged against the might of the rich in their early managerial days, and both of course will be remembered as two of the mightiest figures in the history of the English game. There is a rich seam that links the epic lives of Shankly and Ferguson, running between their enemy football strongholds in Liverpool and Manchester. It goes deeper than the myriad achievements of both men - three league titles for Shankly, eight championships and a European Cup for Ferguson. What binds them is their long love affairs with football, which were so consuming that a tragic form of rejection was almost inevitable. Shankly felt betrayed by the club he had built from the ground up in the 1960s, and when he died from a heart attack in 1981 the deep rift between him and Liverpool had not been healed. Equally, with Malcolm Glazer's takeover, Ferguson looks more and more like a man out of his time, a man whose once absolute authority over his players may be slipping. In this riveting dual biography Oliver Holt takes two of football's undisputed greats and shows what made both men tick. In part a celebration of two driven, charismatic and hard-nosed characters, "If You're Second You Are Nothing" is also a poignant evocation of men not knowing how to let go of the game to which they have given so much. Released September 2006.

Beckham and Ferguson: Divided They Stand
By Jason Thomas Publishers Sutton 2003
On 17 June 2003 it was finally over: England's superstar footballer was leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid. The Becks and Fergie era was at an end. This is the story behind one of the greatest bust-ups in sport. After more than a decade together David Beckham and Alex Ferguson went their separate ways, but how and why did football's most famous relationship fall apart? From before his 14th birthday David Beckham was destined to play for the club he idolised. Alex Ferguson was the man who recognized what his talent meant for United, gave Beckham the opportunity to develop, put him in the first team and backed him after the notorious sending off against Argentina. The old man and the new man seemed made for each other. But by the time the notorious boot went flying across the Man Utd dressing-room, everything had changed. Jason Tomas looks behind the headlines at the relationship between Ferguson and Beckham, what brought them close together and what pulled them apart. And as fans across the world swap red shirts for white, he asks how they will get on without each other.

The Boss - The Many Sides Of Alex Ferguson
By Michael Crick Publishers Simon & Schuster 2002
An in-depth biography of Sir Alex. No punches pulled, mixes acclaim with criticism. Definitive! The paperback was released in 2003.

Sir Alex, United and Me
By Andy Pacino Publishers Empire 2002
Manchester United fans have a fickle reputation. Players are often singled out for criticism while others can get away with murder. This was never truer than in the late 1980s when Ferguson, following a stuttering start to his Old Trafford career, was scapegoated by supporters. Here the author, one of the few to have actively supported United's manager during this bleak period, details his remarkable relationship with United's legendary manager.

Livewire Real Lives - Alex Ferguson
By Mike Wilson Publishers Hodder Murray 2001
"Livewire" is a range of reading material with a teenage/adult interest level for those with reading ages below 10, or for adult students learning English as a second or foreign language. All "Livewire" titles have been written by experienced special needs teachers, and have been fully assessed by The Basic Skills Agency to ensure accessibility in both layout and content. They are subtly colour-coded for the appropriate "reading age". This biography of Adolf Hitler is part of the "Livewire: Real Lives" series, which features personalities from sport, film and music, politics and history. Obviously this Livewire book focuses on Sir Alex.

The Unique Treble: Achieving Our Goals
By Sir Alex Ferguson Publishers Hodder & Stoughton 2000
In 1999 Manchester United achieved the unthinkable - they won the FA Carling Premiership, the FA Cup and the European Champions League. The excitement generated was heightened by the intensity and drama of matches such as their 4-2 comeback over Juventus and their last-minute victory over Bayern Munich in the Champion's League final. Here, the man who masterminded this remarkable feat presents an illustrated, match-by-match account of how his team planned and scored the goals during that incredible year. Alex Ferguson provides insights with his managers reports, capturing each match of the season in detail. The paperback was released in 2002 by Coronet Publishers.

The Ferguson Effect
By Harry Harris Publishers Orion 2000
From his early career as a manager for Aberdeen to taking the helm at Manchester United and guiding the club to its most glorious period for 30 years, Alex Ferguson has become the most influential and succesful figure in English soccer in the 1990s, perhaps ever. In this tribute, fellow managers and international stars of the game provide personal insights into one of soccer's most successful managers anywhere in the world.

Alex Ferguson - Managing My Life
By Alex Ferguson & Hugh McIlvanney Publishers Hodder & Stoughton 2000
An updated paperback version of Alex Ferguson's autobiography.

Alex Ferguson - Managing My Life
By Alex Ferguson & Hugh McIlvanney Publishers Hodder & Stoughton 1999
A storming book! Much more comprehensive than his previous efforts and its' publication ruffled quite a few feathers. A must for any true Red! Also released as an audiobook, read by the man himself.

The Ferguson Effect
By Harry Harris Publishers Orion 1999
Fifty of the biggest names in football give their own unique insights into the astounding character and career of Alex Ferguson. The paperback was released in 2000.

Alex Ferguson - A Will To Win - The Manager's Diary
By David Meek Publishers Andre Deutch 1998
An updated paperback version of Alex Ferguson's diary of the 1996-7 season. Inlcudes new chapters on the 1997-98 season. Orginally in hardback released in 1997 (The story of the 1996-7 season in the form of a daily diary kept by the Boss. Good insight).

Fergie: The Biography of Alex Ferguson
By Stephen F Kelly Publishers Headline 1998
In this biography, Steve Kelly assesses the development of Fergie's Fledglings and how he has prepared United for the next millennium. This edition brings the reader up to the end of the 1997/98 season, including United's bid for both Championship and European glory, and life after Cantona.

Fergie: The Biography of Alex Ferguson
By Stephen F Kelly Publishers Headline 1997
In this biography, Kelly assesses what has made Alex Ferguson the greatest manager of his generation, looks at Ferguson's relationship with Cantona, examines the development of Fergie's Fledglings and how the manager has prepared Manchester United for the next millennium.

Alex Ferguson - 10 Glorious Years
By Jim Drewitt & Alex Leith Publishers Andre Deutch 1996
An account of Alex Ferguson's ten years as manager of Manchester United, recounting the triumphs and tragedies, the glorious wins and the occasional losses. Also discussed are the big transfer deals and the development of the young players.

A Year In The Life: The Manager's Diary
By Alex Ferguson Publishers Virgin 1995
This is the personal and revealing football diary of the 1994-1995 season of Manchester United's manager, Alex Ferguson. This book offers a behind-the-scenes account of what Ferguson goes through everyday in the football season, what he thinks, eats, breathes and does. As the game lurched from one crisis to another during the 1994-1995 season, Ferguson had his own problems to deal with. The diary reveals the reasoning, thoughts and decisions of United's manager as he and his team battled their way through the Premier League, European Champions League and FA Cup. This book is endorsed by Manchester United.

Just Champion!
By Alex Ferguson & Peter Fitton Publishers Manchester United FC 1993
A record of the drama and tension of Manchester United's last remarkable season by the manager who took them to the top, Alex Ferguson.

Alex Ferguson: Six Years At United
By Alex Ferguson & David Meek Publishers Mainstream 1992
A biography of the football manager Alex Ferguson, concentrating on the six years he has spent in charge of Manchester United. Beginning his time there in the shadow of Sir Matt Busby, he led them to success in the 1990 FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. This book records his progress.

Light In The North: Seven Years With Aberdeen
By Alex Ferguson Publishers Mainstream 1985
Alex's first biography, tells his story up to his successful days at Pittodrie. The book is very readable and is written in a less harsh manner than some of his later works. If you want an insight into Ferguson's early managerial career, or are interested in what was happening in Scottish football during the 1980s, then this book is well worth a read.

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