ALEX FERGUSON'S WIFE, LADY CATHY FERGUSON DIES AGED 84

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Alex Ferguson and his late wife

Lady Cathy Ferguson, the cherished spouse of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has peacefully passed away at the age of 84. 

The couple, who celebrated 57 years of marriage, were pillars of the football community and raised three sons, one of whom is currently the manager of Peterborough United, Darren Ferguson.

In a statement issued by the Ferguson family, it was confirmed that Lady Cathy had passed away, and they kindly requested privacy during this difficult time. 

In tribute, the flags at Old Trafford have been lowered to half-mast, and both the men's and women's teams will wear black armbands during their upcoming matches this weekend.

Manchester United extends its heartfelt condolences to Sir Alex Ferguson and his family. Lady Cathy is remembered as a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. 

She provided unwavering support throughout Sir Alex's illustrious career, serving as a source of strength.

Cathy and Sir Alex's paths first crossed 59 years ago while working at a typewriter factory. Her significant role in persuading him not to retire in 2002 is well-documented in Sir Alex's autobiography. 

He credited her with convincing him to continue, citing his good health, her reluctance to have him at home, and her belief that he was still too young to retire.

When Sir Alex eventually retired 11 years later, he expressed deep gratitude, saying his wife Cathy had been the cornerstone of my career, providing both stability and encouragement."

Numerous football clubs, including Manchester City, Arsenal, St Mirren, Aberdeen, and Peterborough United, have also expressed their condolences to the Ferguson family during this challenging period. 

Lady Cathy's passing marks the conclusion of an era in the world of football, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering support and dedication to the sport.

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