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Ferguson’s Hampden Park nightmare

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Alex Ferguson has tried to forget his darkest moment in football- the Hampden day back in the summer of 69 that brought his Rangers (IL) career to a halt.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun the former Manchester United boss makes a passionate plea to retain Hampden Park and explains his six favourite matches and memories from the stadium.

European Cup Finals feature heavily in his list ranging from the classic 1960 clash between Real Madrid and Eintract Frankfurt to the stunning goal from Zinedine Zidane for the same team in 2002 against a different German club.

After scoring 45 goals in 51 matches for Dunfermline in season 66/67 Fergie earned a £65,000 transfer to Rangers (IL) which was more than twice the fee Celtic had paid Hearts for Willie Wallace.

The all action forward continued to score at a great rate over two seasons at Ibrox with confidence sky high as they prepared for the 1969 Scottish Cup Final with Celtic. Confidence was so strong that details of a victory parade and party at Ibrox were published.

It was to be a day that Fergie would rather forget. Two minutes into the match he was rooted to the ground as Billy McNeill headed a corner straight into the net.

By the final whistle Celtic had added another three to clinch the treble. It was time up for Ferguson at Ibrox, he never played another first team match as he felt the coldest of cold shoulders.

In goals for Celtic that day was John Fallon, picking up his second Scottish Cup winners medal in four years.

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