Lady Cathy Ferguson, the devoted spouse of the former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has passed away at the age of 84.
Having tied the knot in 1966, the couple enjoyed 57 years of married life, during which they raised three sons, including Darren Ferguson, who currently manages Peterborough United.
In an official statement released by the Ferguson family, they expressed their profound sadness, confirming Lady Cathy Ferguson’s passing on the previous day. They also requested privacy during this difficult time.
As a tribute to her memory, flags at Old Trafford have been lowered to half-mast, and both the men’s and women’s teams will wear black armbands in their upcoming fixtures.
Manchester United conveyed their heartfelt condolences in a statement, recognizing Lady Cathy as a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. They highlighted her unwavering support for Sir Alex throughout his illustrious career.
Lady Cathy and Sir Alex first crossed paths in 1964 while working at a typewriter factory. Throughout their 27 years together while Sir Alex managed Manchester United, she played a pivotal role in persuading him not to retire in 2002. As recounted in Sir Alex’s autobiography, she had firmly stated, “One, your health is good. Two, I’m not having you in the house. And three, you’re too young anyway.”
When Sir Alex eventually announced his retirement 11 years later, he credited Cathy as the cornerstone of his career, providing both stability and encouragement that words could not adequately express.
Numerous clubs joined in paying tribute to Lady Cathy on social media. Manchester City, Arsenal, St Mirren, Aberdeen, and Peterborough United all extended their condolences to Sir Alex Ferguson and his family during this challenging time.