The passing of Lady Cathy Ferguson, the wife of Sir Alex Ferguson, has evoked a heartfelt response, marked by numerous tributes, following a poignant statement from the family.
In a touching gesture before their Women’s Super League clash on Friday evening, Manchester United and Arsenal paid their respects to the late Lady Cathy Ferguson.
The announcement of Lady Cathy’s passing came through a statement issued by the Ferguson family on Friday afternoon. Her significant influence and unwavering support for Sir Alex during his remarkable 26-year tenure at Old Trafford and beyond has prompted an outpouring of tributes.
Lady Cathy and Sir Alex were blessed with three sons, including Darren, currently the manager of Peterborough United, along with Mark and Jason. They also had 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The couple’s love story began in 1964, culminating in 57 years of marriage.
The family’s statement expressed: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing yesterday [Thursday] of Lady Cathy Ferguson, survived by her husband, three sons, two sisters, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family asks for privacy at this time.”
In a show of respect for Lady Cathy’s passing, both Manchester United and Arsenal donned black armbands during their WSL match at Leigh Sports Village. This touching tribute by the women’s teams followed the lowering of flags to half-mast at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s official club account released a statement earlier in the day, honoring Cathy and her family. The statement conveyed: “Everyone at Manchester United extends their sincere condolences to Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the death of Lady Cathy.
“Lady Cathy was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a pillar of support to Sir Alex throughout his illustrious career.”
Friday evening marked an eagerly awaited showdown between title contenders Manchester United and Arsenal,