Thirty years ago Sir Alex Ferguson took his Scottish side Aberdeen to the European Cup Winners’ Cup final to beat Real Madrid. That would go down as Aberdeen’s biggest moment in European football history but only give Alex Ferguson a taste of things to come.
Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen side had Mark McGhee, Gordon Strachan and Alex McLeish. That just shows you the legacy that Ferguson has. That the current Scotland manager and his Assistant Manager where under the tutelage of Sir Alex.
Aberdeen entered the game as underdogs and took a shock lead on the 7th minute with a goal from Eric Black. Madrid drew level thanks to a penalty. Santillana was brought down by Aberdeen ‘keeper Jim Leighton and Juanito converted the spot kick. The conditions of the pitch didn’t help either team, but was definitely in favour for Madrid with the penalty.
The Real Madrid team was managed by footballing legend Alfredo Di Stéfano but his managerial abilities never matched his on the pitch, and in that season in all competition’s they entered they came away with runners’ up medals’.
The game stayed level for the 90minutes and went into extra-time. Aberdeen’s substitute John Hewitt scored the eventual winner on the 112th minute to give Aberdeen their historic win and started Sir Alex Ferguson on his romance with winning European Competition’s.