Fergie a Fitting Tribute?

5 Nov



Fergie’s achievements at United don’t need to be repeated or shouldn’t to genuine fans. He is a United Legend, a football God he will go down in history as one of the greatest if not the greatest manager ever. He is loved, adored, worshiped by many including myself and those who know me personally will know how loyal I have always been down the years to the great man.

However I confess I do feel uncomfortable with the latest honour the North Stand named after him.  When Busby took over United we were probably not even the biggest club in Manchester, our trophy hall was pitiful and we didn’t even have a fully functioning ground. City were kind enough to let us use Maine Road due to Old Trafford suffering major bomb damage during the war. Busby it has to be said created United with Jimmy Murphy, we became under them the team everyone wanted to watch, most people’s second favourite team. We won titles, FA Cups and were the first English team to win the European Cup despite may be our best ever team being virtually destroyed due to the Munich disaster.

The legacy Busby passed on was that we were the biggest club in England and the best supported. Players wanted to play for us, managers wanted to manage us. Clough once said he would walk on his hands and knees to manage United.

Busby of course has a statue and a road leading up to Old Trafford named after him. However these events took place after his retirement. Busby built United I feel that naming a stand after Fergie before Sir Matt doesn’t sit well. Sir Alex will no doubt  have countless honours bestowed on him after he retires and has passed on from this earth and rightly so. But no one has ever had a stand named after them, it has to be one of the biggest tributes in football, I believe that honour should have been given to either Sir Matt first or two stands named at the same time after the two great men.

I apologise if my timing is wrong or I upset anyone, if you want to respond by abuse in the comments I will take that and allow it without editing.

The response I’ve had so far on Twitter is that the majority disagree with my opinions, but agree or disagree it is a belief I hold strongly and genuinely!

Without Busby,  Fergie would almost certainly never have joined United.

Do you have an opinion?


9 Responses to “Fergie a Fitting Tribute?”

  1. John de Loos (@dilynux) November 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Very good point. Tend to agree with you here.

    • Chrispy (@chrispycod) November 6, 2011 at 12:05 am #

      Maybe its just the slightly older fans that feel this unease without wishing to diminish saf’s achievements the club would be nothing without Sir Matt ffs the guy nearly died for the club. As some have suggested maybe other parts of the ground can be renamed/or given there old name back as its apparently no longer a safety issue that they be called north,south etc. Don’t worry keith judging by my mates views in the pub tonight your definitely not alone in thinking this way

      • themancunianred November 6, 2011 at 11:47 am #

        Absolutely agree Chrispy @chrispycod thanks for the reply

  2. mohammed November 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I haven’t witnessed Sir Mat Busby’s days but I felt a bit the same because of the same reasons you mentioned that I believe changed the whole spirit of the team, fergie used that structure and history that already have been placed in very very hard time!. It’s so emotional and you just can’t clearly give an opinion. I think we can blame David Gill(if he was behind that idea) using fans’ emotions to ease some of the pressure on the glazers.

  3. Dave November 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Good article he is without doubt the greatest football manager in the history of football.0ne can only be thankful he runs United and not another team.I grew up during the Busby years and while his achviements were great and maybe if things were differant he would have attained all that Fergie has .You have to say Fergie is the Best Ever

    • themancunianred November 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      Thanks Dave I would agree Fergie is the best ever but only also taking in to consideration his exploits in Scotland.

  4. Susan November 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I do agree with you but do think that naming a stand after Sir Alex is incredibly appropriate. He has built the team again and again and maintained the success enabling us to fill the stadium. I love what Sir Alex has done for us and wonder what else the board could have come up with for his 25th anniversary. But it is a shame that one of the stands has not been named after Sir Matt. Would be great to see his name above the south stand. Two great managers facing each other. Maybe one day it will happen. I’m sure Sir Alex would love to see Sir Matt’s name on a stand too.

  5. la rambler. November 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    I agree that if anyone is to have a stand at Old Trafford named after them, then Busby should perhaps be higher in the queue than Fergie.

    But if the club wanted to honour Sir Alex while he’s still at the club (rather than waiting until he retires), then considering the length of service he’s given and the continued success over many, many years, the gesture really did need to be huge.

    Doing nothing other than a guard of honour, or the bringing onto the pitch of a few ex-players just wouldn’t have seemed enough.

    It had to be big, and even as an LFC fan, I personally think it was a fitting tribute to recognise his service to United.

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