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'I have been given the
privilege of teaming up
with them. Nobody could be
blessed with better friends' —
Alex Ferguson with, from left,
John and Susan Magnier
in 2001 before their bitter
feud broke out over a horse

'I have been given the privilege of teaming up with them. Nobody could be blessed with better friends' — Alex Ferguson with, from left, John and Susan Magnier in 2001 before their bitter feud broke out over a horse

'I have been given the privilege of teaming up with them. Nobody could be blessed with better friends' — Alex Ferguson with, from left, John and Susan Magnier in 2001 before their bitter feud broke out over a horse

As his battle for an iconic 19th league title goes down to the wire, it is hard to believe that 10 years ago the most famous manager in British football was fighting for survival at Manchester United after a bitter feud with one of Ireland's richest men threatened to end his career at the club.

As the well-heeled guests made their way into the Gimcrack Dinner at York racecourse on a frosty night of December 12, 1999, few could have anticipated that one of the high points of racing's social calendar would ignite a row that would pit the football manager Sir Alex Ferguson against his one-time friend, the multi-millionaire owner of the Coolmore racing empire, John Magnier.


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