Scottish football legend Sir Alex Ferguson was arrested and sent to jail for an altercation with a drunken man as a young player.
A Manchester United hero, 79, has admitted to having a hit on the bottle and falling off the track while having a hard time being an official first-team participant in St Johnstone.
His behavior in the early 1960s led to such discord with his father, Alex Senior, that they did not talk in two years.
Fergie, the 79-year-old who was brought to Govan, Glasgow, said he was fined for PS3 for the attack after appearing in court. He was then viewed as”a “black sheep” by his family and friends.
However, scoring a hat-trick in the game against Rangers at Ibrox was the solution to the problem and marked the turning point in his career that would be hailed by many as the best football coach ever.
Fergie exposes his turbulent history in the new documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give in, and says that this is among the most regrettable moments of his life.
He told me: “I was getting despondent about football since I was not a first team player at all times.
“My career was slipping down the toilet and I was off the rails.
“I was out in town and started going out on Fridays even the day prior to the game.
“My dad used to say “You can’t go out dancing when you’re playing next week.’
“That’s the time we broke up. The situation got to the point at which he said “Go your way and we’ll watch what happens’ and we didn’t talk about each other.
“For two years between 1961 and 1963, we didn’t speak.
“One night, I was out, and I got drunk. I got fighting and ended up in the jail.
“I was in the courthouse and was penalized PS3. I was the black sheep.
“That time was always at my mind’s eye and I’ve always regretted it.
“Here’s me with my background and the upbringing I received and I renounced.”
It was in the movie, and was shown at an international premiere during the Glasgow Film Festival this weekend Ferguson declared that he would immigrate to Canada following his court humiliation.
He relates that his life was changed, and the rift between him and his father was restored after he scored a triple to St Johnstone against Rangers at Ibrox in December 1963.
He stated: “It was the most important game in my entire life..
“I wanted to visit home and meet my dad as I knew he’d be happy.
“I asked him ‘What do you think, dad?’. He replied ‘It’s alright okay’, and then he says ‘That’s the boy I was with.’
“We were back friends. It changed my life forever, it was the most devastating loss of my life, and the only one that was important to me.