Ferguson: 26 years ago today

Alex Ferguson leaves Manchester United in an era very different to the one in which he started the job.

Ferguson: 26 years ago today

The year of 1986 was a momentous one and not just because of the appointment of a little known Scot to the position he was to occupy for well over two decades.

When he first entered Old Trafford, current Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was just a year old.

It was a season in which Everton won the First Division title in their final season under Howard Kendall, followed by Liverpool and Leicester. Manchester City and Aston Villa were both demoted to Division Two.

Coventry won the FA Cup while Clive Allen was named both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year. Arsenal legend Tony Adams was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

Kerry defeated Tyrone to win the All Ireland football title for the third year in a row while in the hurling decider Cork beat Galway to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup.

This was a year when Mike Tyson was crowned the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion in history at 20 by knocking out Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas and Jack Nicklaus won his final major at the Masters at the age of 46.

Still a teenager, Boris Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon title, West Tip won the Grand National and Joe Johnson stunned Steve Davis to win the World Snooker Championship.

In the charts, Nick Berry’s “Every Loser Wins” was knocked off the top spot in the British charts by Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”.

The movie hits that year were the Tom Cruise cult classic Top Gun, while Vietnam war classic Platoon won the Oscar for best movie. Chernobyl and the space shuttle Challenger exploded, and Brian Keenan was taken hostage in Lebanon.

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