Alex Ferguson: Career highlights
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Highlights in the career of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson who will retire at the end of the season, the club announced Wednesday:
1941: Born Dec. 31 in Govan, Scotland.
1957: Begins playing career at Scottish club Queen's Park.
1966: Marries Cathy.
1974: Ends six-club playing career and takes charge of Scottish club East Stirling.
1978: Becomes manager of Aberdeen in Scottish top division, winning Scottish league for the first time in 1981.
1983: Wins European Cup Winners' Cup with victory over Real Madrid in final, and becomes Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
1985: Takes temporary charge of Scotland's national team after death of manager Jock Stein on Sept. 10.
1986: Coaches Scotland at World Cup, where team failed to advance from group.
1986: Becomes Manchester United manager as replacement for the fired Ron Atkinson. Leaves Aberdeen with three Scottish titles, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup.
1990: Wins first trophy at United, the FA Cup after a replay against Crystal Palace in the final.
1991: Wins European Cup Winners' Cup after beating Barcelona 2-1 in final.
1992: Signs French forward Eric Cantona.
1993: Wins United's first English title since 1967 and voted Manager of the Year.
1994: Retains English title and also wins FA Cup.
1995: Made Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1996: Wins Premier League again, this time with youngsters in his team such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville known as "Fergie's Fledglings.''
1999: Wins a historic Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble, after winning European Cup for the first time thanks to late goals by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich; Becomes a knight; Wins Intercontinental Cup