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The Impossible Dream

The impossible dream, made possible. That pretty much sums up Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Old Trafford. We had gone twenty years without a title when he got the job and just seeing our team win the league once would have been enough for most reds. But he didn’t just win it once, or twice, but thirteen times.

Sir Matt Busby lead United to glory in Europe, ten years after our team were decimated in Munich, as we became the first English club to win the European Cup. Ferguson matching that would have been more than enough for most reds, but he surpassed it.

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go.

To right the unrightable wrong
To be better far than you are
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To be willing to give when there’s no more to give
To be willing to die so that honour and justice may live

And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. King Eric says:

    Scott. 26 years mate!

  2. lol says:

    great lyrics, who wrote them?

  3. redevil83 says:

    26 years indeed :( i will miss the sight of the gaffer on united side lines

  4. Andrew says:

    thanks for everything boss

  5. Little Red Ant says:

    What emotion yesterday. The last time I cried was seven years ago when my daughter was born but yesterday I am not ashamed to say was the most recent. Just came out when SAF lifted the trophy. “Football bloody hell” !!

  6. Scott says:

    King Eric – By the time we won it in 1993 we had got 26 without the title. We last won the title in the 66-67 season, Fergie got the job in 86-87 season. 20 years.

  7. Manc Harvin says:

    When it comes to trophy presentations, nobody does it better than United.

    No other club would have been able to have the first 2 men to lift the very first Premier League trophy back in 1993, Bryan Robson & Steve Bruce, carry the same trophy onto the same pitch 20 years later.

    No other club would have been able to have flags held around the touchline showing the years of the previous 19 title wins.

    The atmosphere inside the ground yesterday built up long before kick off. A well chosen collection of music from Northern bands set the mood, and by the time Fergie walked onto the pitch with ‘The Impossible Dream’ playing, I don’t mind admitting that I cried, then looked around and saw other grown men in the Stretford End around me crying too. The words to that song are so appropriate.

    The noise and the colour yesterday were breathtaking, and seeing Fergie lifting the trophy was a special moment and brought an explosion of noise. Even after watching United lift the trophy so many times, the feeling of excitement, and sheer joy and relief, is always the same.

    Nobody does it better.

  8. markynorbs says:

    Beautiful. #26

  9. Haiku says:

    Thanks for posting the lyrics up Scott.

    Just downloaded ‘The Impossible Dream’ and what song could have been more apt for Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford?

    Apart from their trophy count, one of the only things I enved about Liverpool FC was ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and always thought it a shame we didn’t have an equally emotive, poignant and powerful anthem embedded withing our own club.

    What do we have? ‘Always Look On The Bright Side’?, ‘Ferguson’s Red & White Army’?

    No, we need something that does justice to the overpowering majesty of our great club, that could emotionally stretch from the tragedy of Munich 1958 to the euphoria of Barcelona 1999.

    Maybe ‘The Impossible Dream’ could be such an anthem?

    Be interested to see a thread dedicated to this subject as I think our club deserves a great anthem.

  10. Costas says:

    And even more impossible awakening in the months to come…

  11. King Eric says:

    Scott. Ah. Good point. My apologies.


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