It was the year of Chernobyl, the Nasa Challenger disaster and Margaret Thatcher was in the seventh of her 11 years as PM.
The 1986 World Cup in Mexico saw Maradona's infamous Hand of God, while closer to home Steaua Bucuresti had won the European Cup and Oxford the League Cup.
Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew, while Alex Ferguson moved south from Aberdeen to take the helm at Manchester United in the week former Eastender Nick Berry was at number one in the charts with 'Every Loser Wins'.
As the following 20 years bear testimony, Sir Alex Ferguson has made United the ultimate winners.
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