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The sporting world when Ferguson took over in 1986...

Manchester United’s decision to confirm Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 140 characters or less served to underline the extraordinary technological progress since he began his reign in 1986.

While Ferguson was getting his feet under the table at United’s Cliff training ground, the National Science Foundation were linking America’s supercomputer centres and unwittingly establishing the backbone of the internet as we know¬†it today.

> Coventry claimed a famous FA Cup triumph over Tottenham, Clive Allen’s 49 goals earned him both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards, and Tony Adams was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

> Within a fortnight of Ferguson’s appointment, Mike Tyson was crowned the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion in history at 20 years and four months after battering Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.

> Jack Nicklaus won his final major at the Masters at the age of 46, a teenage Boris Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon title, West Tip won the Grand National and Joe Johnson stunned Steve Davis to win the World Snooker Championship.

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