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HOLY GRAIL... Alex Ferguson and his ecstatic Man United team lift the European Cup in triumph after last night’s dramatic win in Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium over Bayern Munich
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Champions Cup final: Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1

RECORD-breaker Alex Ferguson savoured an historic and remarkable Treble and proclaimed: “This is the best moment of my life.”

The Manchester United manager is on top of the world after his team sensationally scored twice in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions’ Cup final in Barcelona. Even Ferguson who has seen some many great comebacks from his team admitted he was stunned.

“I’m really proud of my players, proud of my heritage and my family for what they have given me and this is the greatest moment of my life,” he said.

“I simply don’t know where to begin but you can’t deny people with this spirit we have and that’s why we have won this trophy.”

Ferguson admitted he had felt United’s chance had gone when they trailed to Mario Basler’s sixth-minute goal only for substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to write the most remarkable chapter in United’s glorious history.

“I was stunned when they scored,” said Ferguson. “I was starting to adjust to losing the game and I kept saying to myself keep your dignity and accept that it’s not your year.

“But football is such a funny game and it’s a fairytale really. It’s the anniversary of Sir Matt Busby’s birthday and I think he was doing a lot of kicking up there.

“I just could not take it in and it happened so quickly.

“When it went to 1-1 Steve McClaren said to me we should regroup back to a 4-4-2 for extra-time but I said this game isn’t finished – and it wasn’t.”

Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Cole (Solskjaer 81), Giggs, Blomqvist (Sheringham 67), Yorke.

Bayern Munich: Khan, Babbel, Kuffour, Matthaus (Fink 79), Effenberg, Basler (Salihamidzic 89), Jeremies, Tarnat, Jancker, Zickler (Scholl 70), Linke.

Att: 90,000

Ref: P Collina (Italy)




STOPPED BY STEFFEN...Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs is tackled by Bayern Munich’s Steffen Effenberg during the Red Devils’ European Champions Cup final triumph in Barcelona last night



FERMANAGH boss Pat King has handed three Ulster senior championship debuts to Tom Brewster, Sean Quinn and Sean Burns for Sunday’s preliminary round match with Monaghan.

Brewster and Quinn were both non-playing substitutes in last year’s first round defeat to Cavan but will get their first taste of championship action at Clones having been named last night on the ‘40’ and fullforward respectively.

Burns, from Devenish, was a late call-up to the panel after several injury setbacks in the half-back line over the past few months.

He is perhaps the surprise package in the starting 15 and has been selected at right half-back alongside Tony Collins and club-mate Kieran Gallagher.

Colm Courtney’s knee injury has ruled him out of a starting place in midfield, where Kinawley’s Liam McBarron comes in to partner Paul Brewster.


MANAGER Frank Maloney will be calling for sweeping changes in professional boxing rules at tonight’s British Boxing Board of Control AGM in London.

London fight promoter Maloney is incensed at the controversial ‘cuts’ ending which cost Belfast flyweight Damaen Kelly his Commonwealth and British titles at the Maysfield leisure centre at the weekend.

Kelly was streets ahead of Scottish challenger Keith Knox when the double title fight was terminated before the start of the seventh round of their scheduled 12 round clash.

And now Maloney wants British boxing to fall into line with the main World associations and implement new rules to allow fights stopped on cuts to go to point decisions or allow the champion to retain his title.


DERRY minor hurling training takes place at Owenbeg tomorrow for the following players: J McGeehan, S McGlone, M Kidd, T Conway, S Carmichael, Patrick Bradley (Ballinascreen); F McCloy, E Cushnahan, P Hearty, M Maguire, P Doherty, T Carmichael (Lavey); A Quigg, B McGuigan, D McMullan, F Lagan, S Kelly (Slaughtneil), P Sweeney, A McCloskey, R McCloskey, K Hinphey, R McCloskey, S McGuigan, K Hasson, P Kelly (Kevin Lynchs); P McElhinney, C O’Donnell, P Gallagher, J Gallagher (Na Magha); Gary Stevenson, C Biggs (Banagher).

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