Fergie buys Accrington Stanley shares
Share the wealth: Sir Alex Ferguson has bought shares in Accrington Stanley and was presented with a certificate by Stanley director Peter Shaw (right) and senior non executive Idris Khan
Accrington Stanley, who are they? Well it seems even Sir Alex Ferguson knows after the Manchester United boss became the League Two club's 500th shareholder.
Fergie made his commitment to the club - who achieved infamy after being mocked in a 1980s television advert - and this week, joining other holders from across the globe, including Canada, Brazil, Finland, Australia and the USA.
The two-time Champions League winning manager received a retro Stanley football and commemorative book at a presentation at United's training ground.
He said: 'Everyone has heard of Accrington Stanley and I am so pleased to see a small community club flourishing during these times. Long may they continue to be an active and healthy member of the Football League.'
Stanley chief executive Rob Heys added: 'Sir Alex's gesture of support in becoming a shareholder is extremely gratifying. We are not only honoured by his decision, but truly touched by his support for an historic neighbour.
'Everyone at the club is looking forward to welcoming him to our next AGM, where he'll receive one vote as an official shareholder.'
Accrington Stanley were formed originally in 1891 but collapsed the year England won the World Cup, 1966, before being reformed in 1968.
After 44 years out of the football league, they were promoted from the conference as champions in 2006.
Shares cost £100 each and can be purchased from the club shop or online at wearestanley.co.uk