Fergie’s Fledglings


Fergie’s Fledglings is the most comprehensive and unique record of its kind, telling the story of Manchester United’s successful and prolific youth system through the eyes and words of the players who experienced it.

The most prominent ‘Fledglings’ of the first wave in the late 1980s describe the foundations and how Sir Alex Ferguson tried to work from the blueprint of the vision Sir Matt Busby had for Manchester United; members of the class of ’92 give unique insight on how and why that team achieved so much success, and a whole host of names share how Ferguson managed to move with the times with youth development as United evolved into the biggest club in the world.

Described as ‘essential’ by The Guardian and ‘fascinating and extremely well-researched’ by The Times, and written by best-selling author Wayne Barton (‘The leading writer on Manchester United’ – The Independent), Fergie’s Fledglings tells the stories of success, near miss, circumstance and personal tragedy in this thorough, chronological walk through of the most successful era in English football management history.


Essential ‘ – The Guardian

‘Fascinating and extremely well researched’  – The Times

About the Author

Wayne Barton is a best-selling author, ghost writer and producer.

In 2015 he was described by the Independent as ‘the leading writer on Manchester United’. He has ghost written a number of autobiographies of former footballers.

In 2018 his critically acclaimed biography of former United assistant manager Jimmy Murphy was a number one best seller; this was followed by the December 2018 release of ‘Too Good To Go Down’ which achieved the same accolade. ‘Too Good To Go Down’ is the book of the BT Sport film of the same name, which Wayne worked on in a producer capacity.


Title:  Fergie’s Fledglings  Author:  Wayne Barton
ISBN:  978-1910957-18-9
Paperback 216x138mm    Pages: 347    RRP: £12.99