UEFA has granted medals to some of the key individuals behind Aberdeen’s victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1983, including Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager who coached Aberdeen to victory that night in Gothenburg.
Only the 11 Aberdeen players who started the game and five substitutes received winner’s medals at the time. However, following a campaign by Aberdeen’s heritage trust and the club’s former chief executive, Duncan Fraser, who is a UEFA delegate, six additional medals have been provided.
Aside from Ferguson, assistant coach Archie Knox and midfielder Dougie Bell, who missed the game due to injury, are among those to receive medals.
Aberdeen stated that “these medals will now ensure they are all suitably recognized for the contribution they played and will further underline their place in the club’s history.”
Ferguson, who won 48 titles in his coaching career, including 10 with Aberdeen, is one of the most successful managers in soccer history.