Sir Alex Ferguson’s son recalls the terrifying moment he dialled 999 after the legendary boss suffered a brain haemorrhage… and how the Scot astounded doctors by sitting up and talking despite being so seriously ill
- Jason Ferguson called the ambulance after his dad Sir Alex collapsed at home
- The Manchester United legend had suffered a brain haemorrhage back in 2018
- Sir Alex feared losing his memory, inspiring the making of a new documentary
- Jason directed Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, in UK cinemas from May 27
Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Jason has candidly described the harrowing process of calling 999 when his dad collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2018.
Jason directed the upcoming documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, which begins with a recording of the Manchester United legend’s son calling emergency services on Saturday May 5, 2018.
The film reveals that Ferguson feared memory-related consequences of his collapse, inspiring the documentary’s making, and Jason has opened up on the emotional toll of finding out how serious a condition his father, now 79, was in.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Jason recalled the scary moment he called an ambulance for his dad
Jason opened up on the emotional toll of seeing his dad suffer a brain haemorrhage in 2018
He told PA: ‘Oh totally, absolutely (I felt like things might not end well). We went up to Macclesfield hospital and that was when it was identified he had had a brain haemorrhage.
‘I remember stepping outside the room and saying to the doctor, ‘How bad is this?’ and she looked at me almost as if I was like an idiot and was like, ‘It’s bad, this is a pretty serious situation’.
‘The two guys looking at the scan couldn’t understand relating the image they were looking at on the screen of this massive bleed and the fact behind the curtain he was sitting up talking to a nurse. They couldn’t understand he was sitting up talking.
‘He obviously remembers none of this. But, yeah, going up to Salford, getting pulled by the doctors, getting told, ‘Get yourself ready here’, you know. It was not easy.’
Jason, who guesses he has watched the film more than 100 times, also stated that making the film could have helped him overcome the psychological difficulties of such a traumatic event.
Ferguson feared loss of memory after his collapse, inspiring the making of the documentary
He added: ‘It brings mortality to the table. Invulnerable – sometimes you view him in that way. That, as I say, brought the fact he isn’t to the table.
‘I’ve asked myself recently, ‘Has this been some sort of therapy in a way?’ – because it was pretty traumatic, the day. I’m not sure. In a way it’s probably allowed me to detach myself from it, so it really stripped the emotion out of it in a way.
‘But when I first heard the 999 call… that threw me a bit. My core objective was to make a film that wasn’t about football. It was to make a film that captured the man, not the public perception of who he is.
‘I felt our relationship and my closeness would allow him to be comfortable coming out as the man he is, which he did.’
The documentary spans Sir Alex’s playing and managing career, and his glittering 38-trophy haul at Old Trafford, including 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.
Ferguson revealed his management philosophy and how he enjoyed a long, sensational career
The documentary also revisits Ferguson’s playing career (above) and his tenure at Aberdeen
Documentary explores Ferguson’s life and opens up on his 55-year marriage to Cathy (right)
Ferguson – the most successful manager in the history of the British game – famously won the Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999, the year in which he was knighted.
More than 550 hours’ worth of material was gathered for the film, directed by Jason, with contributions from a number of stars that Ferguson developed while in the hot seat at United.
Ferguson spent several days in intensive care at Salford Royal Hospital after the health scare. He returned to Old Trafford in September 2018 to a rapturous ovation from supporters.
The film, which will be released in cinemas from May 27, Amazon Prime on May 29 and the world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on March 6, features exclusive and previously unseen archive footage of Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In will be in UK cinemas from May 27 and available on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Republic of Ireland from May 29