Football: I'll never speak to Fergie again; LEIGHTON TELLS OF BITTER ROW.ABERDEEN goalkeeper Jim Leighton James ("Jim") Leighton (born 24 July, 1958 in Johnstone) is a former football goalkeeper. Among the clubs he played for are Aberdeen (two spells), Manchester United, Dundee and Hibernian. He joined Aberdeen from Dalry Thistle in 1978. has opened up for the first time about his bitterness towards Sir Alex Ferguson.
Veteran Leighton, who is expected to hang up his gloves in May to become the Dons' new specialist coach, has kept his silence on Fergie for a decade.
But now the former Scotland No.1 has finally chosen to slam the Manchester United boss who dropped a bombshell by dropping him for the 1990 FA Cup final replay at Wembley.
Les Sealey Leslie Jesse Sealey (29 September, 1957 – 19 August 2001) was an English professional football goalkeeper who played for, amongst others, Coventry City, Luton Town, Manchester United, Aston Villa and West Ham United. He was a nephew of Alan Sealey. took over as United beat Crystal Palace to seal Ferguson's first trophy for the Red Devils four years after he quit his Pittodrie hot-seat.
Leighton's career nose-dived with loan spells at Arsenal, Sheffield United and Reading and a disastrous move to Dundee.
However, he staged a comeback by joining Hibs and earned a sensational Scotland recall before agreeing a second stint with his beloved Dons in 1997.
But the wounds suffered by Ferguson's ruthless selection move have never properly healed.
Worse still, they were re-opened last year by the Scots legend's attack on Leighton and his wife Linda in his autobiography.
Leighton said: "I will always be grateful for the part Fergie played in my career when we were both at Aberdeen.
"That's why it really saddens me to see the way things went between us at Manchester United - and how he has conducted himself since as regards to certain things.
"His book has been a source of a lot of pain. It's terrible, a lot of really good people are in the same boat as me, seeing things Seeing Things may refer to:
"I won't speak to Ferguson again if I can help it because there are only so many cheeks you can turn to suit him and put up with some of the things he has done over the years."
Leighton revealed that his relationship with Ferguson had become strained long before the Wembley shocker shock·er
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Noun 1. shocker - a shockingly bad person
bad person - a person who does harm to others
2. which came two years after he joined United from the Dons.
He said: "It had broken down to the extent even going to Old Trafford Old Trafford commonly refers to two sporting arenas:
Leighton told how he might have returned to Aberdeen sooner had Ferguson not blocked a move by then Dons boss Alex Smith
It was after the FA Cup disappointment and Leighton said: "Alex Smith asked to take me back on a three-month loan.
"Theo Snelders Theodorus ("Theo") Antonius Gerardus Snelders (born December 7, 1963 in Westervoort) is a former Dutch goalkeeper, who started his career with FC Twente but is mostly remembered in Scotland especially for Aberdeen F.C.. was sidelined by a bad face injury and I was excited because I saw it as a chance to maybe persuade Aberdeen to take me back permanently. I might have ended up at Aberdeen again through the 1990s - but Fergie wouldn't let me go."
Meanwhile, Forgotten Dons defender Stuart McCaffrey Stuart McCaffrey (born 30 May, 1979 in Glasgow) is a Scottish professional football defender, playing in the Scottish Premier League for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
McCaffrey began his career as a trainee with Hibernian, before signing for Aberdeen in July 1998. has vowed to finally show what he can do after solving his injury nightmare.
The former Hibs youngster was tipped for big things when he moved from Easter Road Easter Road is the home ground of Scottish football club Hibernian. Located in the Leith area of Edinburgh, the stadium has a capacity of 17,500, making it the seventh largest stadium in Scotland and the largest stadium used primarily for football in Edinburgh. two years ago.
However, McCaffrey endured two unnecessary hernia operations before a specialist discovered he actually had a hip injury.
Now the 20-year-old is on Aberdeen's trip to Spain and is hoping to finally make his long-awaited debut.
He said: "Ebbe Skovdahl has told me I will get a fair chance of first-team football. It's a massive boost to be going to Spain and I plan to show the manager what I can do."
Aberdeen will play Spanish outfit Jerez and Dutch club Fortuna Sittard during the trip.