Sir Alex Ferguson has taken time out of his managerial tasks for Manchester United by becoming Accrington Stanley FC’s 500th shareholder.
The League Two side have recently struggled with financial problems and have been selling £100 a pop shares internationally since October 2011; they now have one of the game’s most famous faces helping to secure their future.
Ferguson was presented with his share certificate at their Carrington training ground, as well as a retro ASFC football a book concerning the club’s links with Scottish club director Peter Shaw.
Sir Alex told the official ASFC website: “Everyone has heard of Accrington Stanley and I am so pleased to see a small community club flourishing during these times.
“Long may they continue to be an active and healthy member of the Football League.”
Accrington returned to the English football league in 2006 after going into liquidation in 1966 and returning two years later. The club were the second in history to go into administration.
Stanley chief executive Rob Heys said: “Sir Alex’s gesture of support in becoming a shareholder is extremely gratifying.
“We are not only honoured by his decision, but truly touched by his support for an historic neighbour. Everyone at the club is looking forward to welcoming him to our next AGM, where he’ll receive one vote as an official shareholder”.
VIDEO: Fergie receives ASFC shareholder certificate (courtesy of www.accringtonstanely.co.uk)