The Dundalk Democrat can reveal that one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s signing my have been for a Dundalk soccer player.
Twelve-year-old Oisin Rogers who plays for Woodview FC in Dundalk was lucky enough to scoop Sir Alex’s signature and a host of other footballing legends signatures when he visited Old Trafford with his dad, Fintan, last week, just days before the Manchester United manager’s big announcemen.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Oisin says he was delighted to get his signature and several other footballing legends photos while he was at it.
“We had seats just behind the subs bench, and so before the match went as close as we could to see if we get a few signatures.
“The first one we got was Marcel Desailly. He gave us the thumbs up and came over for a photo.”
Next was Manchester United legend Brian Robson.
“He spoke to us for a good few minutes, which was great,” says Oisin, who said it was a thrill to meet so many stars. “He said that he thought Robin Van Persie would win players player of the year.
“Then just after the players came out we saw Sir Alex and he came over for a brief second. There were just two of us who got the signatures. He didn’t say anything really and left fairly quickly.”
Yet there was more to come for Oisin and his dad, who got a picture with ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright, who was in full commentary mode at the time.
“He just said ‘Top Man’ and gave us the thumbs up.”
Then, spottting Gary Neville outside the stadium they approached the recently retired England and Manchester player.
“He took me to the side and said ‘keep walking’, as he didn’t want to be seen by anyone else. He signed his autograph then left.
“There was a great buzz around the stadium, even though the team lost. The league was already won, so there was a real good atmosphere.”
Speaking to the paper on Thursday, Oisin, who still habours dreams of playing professional football, said he would have preferred Mourinho to manage United.
Oisin, a lifelong Man United supporter, and left midfield at Woodview, and now apparently an ace signature hunter concluded: “I will probably frame the signatures now.”