EVER heard the one about Sir Alex having a pint down Hartlepool town centre?
What is more is that he was largely left alone by other drinkers as he enjoyed a natter with two pals.
The date was Wednesday, March 4, 1992, and the venue the town’s 42nd Street nightclub.
Manchester United had just played at nearby Middlesbrough in a Rumbelows Cup first leg semi-final clash.
The Mail’s sports editor, Roy Kelly, takes up the story.
He said: “42nd Street was different then to how a lot of people will know it, with a big dance floor and a small bar at the front.
“Word got round that Fergie was in the bar with a couple of pals.
“No-one could believe it at first until the penny dropped that Manchester United had been playing Middlesbrough earlier that evening.
“But he had still done well to do his press conference at the end of the game and get up to Hartlepool before about 11pm. Apparently the two people he was with were old friends from the oil industry and this was a rare chance to meet up with them.”
Were the three to meet up today in a Hartlepool bar then Sir Alex would be mobbed with requests for autographs and photographs.
But Roy recalls: “Back then he was certainly a household name although not to the extent that he is now.
“He had only been at Manchester United for around five years and had not guided them to league success yet.
“There were also no such things as camera phones and social media to upload pictures.
“A lot of people knew he was in but seemed to just get on with whatever they were doing and left him alone.”
As for Fergie’s reputation for instructing fourth officials on how much added time should be played, Roy joked: “I don’t think he asked for five more minutes when the barman shouted last orders.”
l WERE you one of the people having a quiet drink with Sir Alex or did you have a chat with him that night?
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