Interview with United fan that raised “ta ra Fergie” banner in 1989

United fanatic Pete Molyneux raised a banner calling for Alex Ferguson’s head. For manager and supporter alike it was their darkest hour. Pete never gave up on his team and, thank God, Fergie stayed.

Ta Ra Fergie tells Pete’s story of his time following United at home and abroad since 1964, attending over 2,000 matches. This is the story of United from a fan s perspective covering Alex Ferguson s reign. From the despair of relegation and the tortuous false-dawns of the 1980s to that elusive title win, the doubles, the treble and two more European Cups, his obsession with watching United brought countless thrills but it also had a darker side that led to heartache and tragedy.

Speaking exclusively to SN, Pete describes himself as “the prat” who held up the banner in 1989. Buy Ta Ra Fergie via Amazon.


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  1. Pete,

    After hearing what you had to say about Manchester United and your thoughts on Fergie years ago, I cannot wait to get ahold of your book. Understandably you were upset with the current condition of United back during that time – and I personally, loved the idea of your protest. I can only hope that supporters won’t do “Ta Ra Moyes” if he isn’t to win any silverware in his beginning season with us. Dale’s right in the fact that football has lost some loyalty over the years especially to managers; however, I hope Manchester United can keep ahold of their legacy and carry on the stability they’ve had over the past 26-27 seasons under Fergie.

    You did the right thing for yourself to display your discontent with the reds current situation at that moment and for that, I thank you. I can only hope that Moyes is the right man for the job, and that he’s we’re allowed to fall in love with him just as we were Fergie. Being only 21, I completely understand that I’ve been spoiled with United’s successes both domestically and throughout Europe. Ferguson and the rest of the players I’ve grown up following have stolen my heart and although there will be tough times ahead, I promise to be loyal to Moyes – while also understanding, it’s okay to let others know you’re unsettled at times.

    Again, all the best Pete and thanks for sharing! Brilliant listen, and I cannot wait to get my hands on your book.


    Robert Moore

  2. Great interview with the entertaining Pete Molyneux. Thanks.

    Maybe Pete can hold up another banner at the Chelsea game saying

    ’27 years of excellence
    but I’m still crap.
    Ta-ra Fergie’

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