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banner Monday, 10 December, 2001, 15:13 GMT
Fergie takes a bow
BBC Sport Online hears tributes from Sir Alex Ferguson's peers and adversaries as he collects a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year show.

Alex Ferguson poses for the camera at Ibrox during his time with Glasgow Rangers
Ferguson spent the best part of his 16-year playing career as a striker with Rangers between 1967 and 1969

"He's a Govan man first, then a Glaswegian, then a Scot, then a Briton and then a citizen of the world - but he always starts with Govan."
Hugh McIlvanney
Sports journalist

Alex Ferguson and Archie Knox celebrate winning the European Cup Winners Cup after Aberdeen beat Real Madrid
In eight years at Aberdeen Ferguson broke the Old Firm monopoly with seven domestic titles and one in Europe

"What he did at Aberdeen was almost miraculous."

Alex Ferguson and Jock Stein masterminded Scotland's qualification for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico
Before moving south of the border to United Ferguson took over the national side after Jock Stein's death

"He has been the best manager that Britain has ever produced without doubt."
Willie Miller
Former Aberdeen player

Bryan Robson and Alex Ferguson celebrate winning the FA Cup at Wembley after a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in 1990
After four years at the club Ferguson celebrates winning the 1990 FA Cup - the first of his 15 titles with United

"Usually he has beaten you, but one thing I've found is that over a glass of red wine afterwards he is very humble. If I can achieve a little of what he has done I'll be delighted."
David O'Leary
Leeds United manager

Alex Ferguson poses with the FA Cup and Premiership trophy in 1996
Over the years the trophies kept coming and Ferguson celebrated two domestic doubles in 1994 and 1996

"A great manager has to win titles - he has done that."
Sven-Goran Eriksson
England manager

Alex Ferguson leads the celebrations with Peter Schmeichel after Manchester United won the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich
Ferguson celebrates his greatest success - winning the Champions League and 1999's unprecedented treble

"He drives you on but he is also a very fair man. If you do a good job for him he'll do anything for you."
Peter Schmeichel
Former Manchester United goalkeeper

Alex Ferguson talks tactics with Frankie Dettori
Ferguson takes his second sporting passion - horse racing - just as seriously as his first

"You can talk to him about politics, Northern Ireland, he knows about wine, he obviously knows about racing and he knows a bit about football."
Angus Deayton
Comedian and Manchester United fan

Alex Ferguson celebrates his seventh league title with Roy Keane at Old Trafford
Ferguson celebrates his seventh league title and his third in a row as manager - a new record at one club

"It has been a period when our fans have been in paradise for about 12 years and it might never be the same again - he has given them some magical moments."
Sir Bobby Charlton
Manchester United director and former player

Sir Alex Ferguson
"Maybe we have to re-discover the dog-fight"
See also:

09 Dec 01 |  Sports Personality
Fergie handed new accolade
06 Nov 01 |  Photo Galleries
Fergie's 15 stressful years
09 Aug 01 |  Man Utd
Sir Alex: The working-class hero
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