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Discussion in 'Aberdeen' started by Null, May 9, 2013.
My totally biased opinion has to be "The Godfather" taking Aberdeen from virtual obscurity in the 70s to winning the ECWC in 83 after beating the might of Real Madrid 2-1 in the final.
Also beating the German champions Bayern Munich 3-2 in the quarter finals after being 2-1 down with twenty minutes to go with goals from Mcleish & Hewitt to reach the semis against a happless Waterchei (5-1).
Still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand free.
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Aberdeen were not in obscurity when Ferguson arrived. Eddie Turnbull started off the revolution in the 60's by immediately getting rid of 15 wasters and then leading the team to cuff the European Finalists Celtic in the Scottish Cup 3-1. An awesome result. We were also challenging in the league. When Turnbull left we suffered and Jimmy Bonthrone struggled. But then Ally McLeod arrived and the buzz was incredible, beating Rangers 5-1 in the semi and Celtic 2-1 in the Final of The League Cup, both games I was at. Then Billy McNeill arrived and continued the great work, finishing runners up in the league and Cup. He was also the man responsible for signing Stevie Archibald and Gordon Strachan. The team was in place. Ferguson instilled the winning mentality and was phenomenal, the best manager there has ever been. He, himself, is very grateful to Aberdeen for what he subsequently achieved at Man United. Also he has enormous respect for three men in particular, Chris Anderson, Dick Donald and Teddy Scott. These three guys were instrumental in the emergence of Aberdeen.
Did you see the documentary on BBC Alba last night. Happy memories.
Tomorrow 30 years to the day.
Aberdeen were still pretty obscure in the seventies as far as winning trophys, Dryborough cup 1971 & the league cup 1977 (think), compared to three league titles 80-84-85 & three Scottish cups 82-83-84, not forgetting ECWC & Super cup 1983.
Aye seen the documentary brilliant stuff.