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After all the endeavour, hope and expectation, frustration, nerves and tension, Alex Ferguson was on the golf course when his Manchester United team ended the club’s 26-year wait to win a league title. While the Reds had moved a huge step closer to our Holy Grail with a midweek 2-0 win at Crystal Palace, nobody expected second-placed Aston Villa to slip up at home to Oldham Athletic on Sunday 2 May 1993.Information Guide Nigeria

It was the day before United’s final home match of the 1992/93 season, on Bank Holiday Monday night against Blackburn Rovers, and there had still been talk that Ferguson’s side could collapse under the weight of pressure, just as we had in the previous campaign amid a ridiculous fixture pile-up.Information Guide Nigeria

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Dwight Yorke, the future United forward, holds off Craig Fleming during Villa’s decisive defeat to Oldham.
Certainly many United fans were not yet taking anything for granted as Villa began the game that could have taken them to just one point behind the Reds.Information Guide Nigeria

Thankfully, Oldham midfielder Nick Henry scored the only goal of the afternoon at Villa Park as the visitors defied the 20 places between the teams to win 1-0.NYSC Portal

Joe Royle’s Latics side, who needed three wins from their last three games to have any hope of survival, somehow ended up escaping the drop, with Crystal Palace instead being relegated with Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.NYSC Portal

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As Sir Alex later recalled, a stranger broke the news to him as he finished off his round on the golf course.

“A man came over the hill and said: ‘Excuse me, Mr Ferguson, Aston Villa have been beaten. You are the champions.'”NYSC Portal

The legendary manager added at the time: “It’s the greatest achievement, the greatest moment of my football career.NYSC Portal

“I’m proud of the players and really pleased for the chairman, the supporters and everyone connected with the club. Some of the people concerned have been connected with the club for all those [26] years and it’s fantastic for them.”NYSC Portal

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Mark Bosnich, who would rejoin United in 1999, pictured in goal for Villa against Oldham on 2 May 1993.
It meant that Monday’s meeting with up-and-coming Blackburn Rovers, who would emerge as key rivals for silverware, would no longer be a tense affair at Old Trafford and instead become a party like no other.JAMB Result

“It will be a carnival atmosphere,” predicted Ferguson, speaking the day before. “The place will be a cauldron. It will be a wonderful night.”JAMB Result

And indeed it was. Despite falling behind to a Kevin Gallacher goal, efforts from Ryan Giggs, Paul Ince and Gary Pallister ensured a 3-1 victory and the most joyous of scenes unfolded at a delirious Theatre of Dreams. As Queen’s We are the Champions belted out around the ground, Sir Matt Busby – the previous United manager to win a league title, back in 1967 – was in attendance to soak it all up on a truly memorable occasion.JAMB Result

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