It is a great privilege to be part of this honourable tribute to my father and former Blackburn Rovers player Mike Ferguson.
I am sorry that my mum and my father’s adorable wife of over 50 years, Pauline Ferguson, is unable to be here today to see this wonderful tribute and thank the club and fans.
My father will always be part of the history of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
His career has been woven into the very fabric of one of the founding members of the Football League.
He made over 200 appearances, alongside a generation of some of the most gifted and talented footballers to ever grace the game.
He recently told me that the Blackburn fans were some of the hardest fans to please.
He said that the only way to win support was to always give the fans something to admire – do that and they will support you!
The club badge says it all – Arte Et Labore – ‘By Skill and Hard Work’.
On behalf of my father, Mike Ferguson, thank you Blackburn Rovers.