He told The Sun: “It was a conversation between Sir Alex and David Pleat. Ferguson wanted me but Pleat didn't want to sell. That was the end of it.
“The first I heard about it was when Fergie put it in his autobiography. It was an absolute honour - but I've had a word with Pleaty since, trust me!
“Not that I wanted to leave Luton, but, you know, there are certain clubs…"
Ferguson's interest says much for Harford's wider qualities, beyond the stereotype.
“I hate being remembered as a hard player," he says, “I was brave, I'd stick my head in where it hurts but so did a lot of players then."