Cathy Ferguson was known as the wife of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Her husband was known for his incredible run at the Premiere League club, Manchester United from 1986 to 2013.
His contribution to the club made him one of the greatest managers of all time and has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football. Cathy Ferguson passed away on 5 October 2023. In this post, we have details about Cathy Ferguson’s age and her contribution to her husband’s career.
Who Was Cathy Ferguson?
Cathy Ferguson was born Cathy Holding. She was known as the wife of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Her husband was known for his incredible run at the Premiere League club, Manchester United from 1986 to 2013.
They first met in 1964 and after two years of dating, married in 1966. Cathy was known for being by her husband’s side throughout his playing career, and incredible journey to management. They have been married for a long time which is almost 60 years.
Before her death, Cathy and has husband had three children together and 12 grandchildren. Their son Mark was born in 1968, followed by twin boys, Darren and Jason, born 1972.
Lady Cathy Ferguson passed away on 5 October 2023. She was 84 years old at the time of death. A statement on behalf of the Ferguson family said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing yesterday of Lady Cathy Ferguson, survived by her husband, three sons, two sisters, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. “The family asks for privacy at this time.”
Who Is Cathy Ferguson’s Husband, Alex Ferguson?
Ferguson was born Alexander Chapman Ferguson on 31 December 1941 in the Govan district of Glasgow. His parents were Elizabeth Hardie and Alexander Beaton Ferguson. His father was a plater’s helper in the shipbuilding industry. Ferguson had a younger brother named Martin who also played football. He attended Broomloan Road Primary School and later Govan High School.
Alex Ferguson began his football career with Harmony Row Boys Club in Govan, before moving on to Drumchapel Amateurs, a youth club with a strong reputation for producing senior footballers. In the quest to support his family, young Ferguson also took an apprenticeship as a toolmaker at a factory in Hillington, being appointed a union shop steward.
Before taking up the role of a manager, Ferguson was a footballer. He first started at Queen’s Park, where he made his debut as a striker at the age of 16. Despite scoring 20 goals in his 31 games for Queen’s Park, he could not command a regular place in the side and moved to St Johnstone in 1960. Ferguson was on a part-time contract with St Johnstone, and he combined working in a Govan shipyard with training at night in Perth.
At St Johnstone, Ferguson could not get regular play despite his lethal goal-scoring skills. St Johnstone’s failure to sign another forward led the manager to select Ferguson for a match against Rangers, in which he scored a hat-trick in a surprise 3–2 victory at Ibrox. So from St Johnstone, he was signed by Dunfermline. In the following season (1964–65) Dunfermline were strong challengers for the Scottish league title and reached the Scottish Cup Final, but Ferguson was dropped for the final after a poor performance in a league game against St Johnstone. Dunfermline lost the final 3–2 to Celtic, then failed to win the League by one point. The 1965–66 season saw Ferguson notch up 45 goals in 51 games for Dunfermline. Along with Joe McBride of Celtic, he was the top goalscorer in the Scottish league with 31 goals.
From Dunfermline, Ferguson then joined Rangers for £65,000, which was a record fee for a transfer between two Scottish clubs. Though he did well by scoring six goals in nine appearances in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup including two against in the 1967–68 competition, he was blamed for a goal conceded in the 1969 Scottish Cup Final, and to pay the price was subsequently forced to play for the club’s junior side instead of for the first team. There were also reports that Ferguson suffered discrimination at Rangers due to his marriage to a Catholic, Cathy Holding
Ferguson joined Falkirk and later Ayr United, where he finished his playing career in 1974. After his playing career, Ferguson was appointed manager of East Stirlingshire in June 1974 at the age of 32. It was a part-time job that paid £40 per week, and the club did not have a single goalkeeper at the time.
From East Stirlingshire, Ferguson was invited to manage St Mirren in October 1974. He did very well and transformed the team into a superb attacking football. He managed the club from 1974 until 1978. Ferguson went on to manage other clubs till he was appointed manager at Old Trafford on 6 November 1986. He went on to win several trophies at the club until he retired in May 2013.
Cathy Ferguson Age: How Old Was Alex Ferguson’s Wife Before Death?
Alex Ferguson’s wife, Cathy Ferguson was 84 years old at the time of her death. It is however not known what might have caused her death.