Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the time he was arrested after a drunken fight in his time as a player. The legendary Manchester United manager explains in his documentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, an incident that ended up being a turning point in his life.
“I was getting discouraged about football because I wasn’t a first team player (St Johnstone) all the time. My career was going overboard and I got off the rails a bit. I was going out to the city and I started going out even on Friday nights, the day before a game. My dad used to say, “You can’t go to the dance if you have a game tomorrow.” That was when we fought. There was a point where he said, “Go your own way and we’ll see what happens,” and then we weren’t talking to each other. For two years, between 1961 and 1963, we did not speak. One night I went out and got drunk, got into a fight and ended up in jail. I went to court and was fined £ 3. It was a bit of a black sheep. That period has always been on my mind and I have always regretted it. Here I am with the background and the education that I had and gave myself ”, assures Ferguson.
In the documentary, which premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival this weekend, Fergie explains how she managed to get her life back on track and how a hat-trick with St Johnstone against Rangers in December 1963 played a role. important.
“I said, ‘What do you think, dad?’ He said, “Everything was fine, it’s fine,” and then he started, “That’s the boy I had.” We were friends like before. That changed my life, it was the biggest break in my life and it was the one that mattered to me. After that, I got engaged. There was nothing but football for me ”.