Alex Ferguson is visiting a school. In one class, he asks
the students if anyone can give him an example of a
'tragedy'. One little boy stands up and offers "that if my
best friend who lives next door was playing in the street
and a car came along and killed him that would be a
tragedy." "No", The United manager says "that would be
A girl raises her hand. "If a school bus carrying fifty
children drove off a cliff, killing everyone involved..... that
would be a tragedy." .... "I'm afraid not." explains
Ferguson. "That is what we would call a GREAT LOSS."
The room is silent, none of the children volunteer.
"What?" asks Ferguson. "Isn't there any one here who
can give me an example of a tragedy?" Finally a boy in the
back raises his hand. In a timid voice, he says "If an
aeroplane carrying Martin Edwards Alex Ferguson and
Manchester United players was blown up by a bomb, that
would be a tragedy." "Wonderful," Fergie beams.
"Marvellous, and can you tell me WHY that would be a
"Well," says the boy "because it wouldn't be an accident
and it certainly wouldn't be a great loss."