Alex Ferguson offers Man United friendly to raise money for strapped former club

With the time spent not shaking Rafa Benitez's hand, Sir Alex Ferguson has coming up with a way to help out a cash-strapped Scottish First Division club Dunfirmline. Ferguson played for Dunfirmline between 1964 and 1967, scoring 66 goals in 89 matches to earn a move to Rangers. Though that was 46 years ago, Ferguson apparently still has a soft spot for the club and has offered his Manchester United side as a way to raise money in their time of need.

From the BBC:

The Pars' finances are in a parlous state and the club learned on Friday that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is to serve it a winding-up order.

"He is a very busy man but he is a true fan," said Jim Leishman of Ferguson.

"We've to go and speak to him to see if he can come up with something."

The offer from the Manchester United boss came about when Roy Barry, who played for the Pars at the same time as Ferguson, was at Old Trafford recently for a match and Ferguson suggested staging a friendly game at East End Park to help his former club.

Relegated from the Scottish Premier League last season and desperate to finalize a takeover by new investors, Dunfirmline's current state has also brought out kindness in rival clubs. From Raith Rovers' official website:

Along with the rest of Scottish football the Raith Rovers board has been monitoring the very worrying developments at East End Park. Dunfermline Athletic are, and hopefully always will be, our fiercest sporting rivals…. but they are also our friends, and we would like to offer our friends a helping hand in their hour of need.

We have therefore agreed that, immediately after Saturday’s game, we shall donate part of the gate receipts to the Dunfermline Athletic Steering Group led by Jim Leishman. Stark’s Park’s away (McDermid) Stand can accommodate up to 3,250 fans and Raith Rovers will pay over to Jim’s group the admission money received from the Dunfermline support in excess of 2,000.

Of course we really don’t want our own support to be outnumbered… so this is a call to supporters of both clubs to get themselves, their friends and families along to the derby fixture which we sincerely hope will continue for many years to come.

And now, here are some more fun old pictures of Alex Ferguson...