- Football Book of the Year – Shortlisted
Fergie Rises returns to a time when Ferguson was lucky to get Aberdeen, not the other way around. It’s the story of an eight-year revolution that saw the Dons and their ambitious young manager knock the Old Firm off their perch, taste victory in Europe for the first time, and electrify Scottish football. When Ferguson finally left the club for Manchester United, in 1986, fans and rivals were unanimous in believing he had engineered one of the most astonishing upheavals in the game’s history. Taking a view from inside the dug-out, Michael Grant lays bare the full story of this remarkable but little known period of Ferguson’s career, revealing it as the crucible in which Britain’s greatest football manager was forged and examines the personal tragedies Ferguson overcame, the rivalries, setbacks and triumphs that shaped a sporting genius.