1982/83: Aberdeen sing in the rain

Wednesday 1 June 1983
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He was just plain Alex Ferguson when he won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with AberdeenHe was just plain Alex Ferguson when he won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Aberdeen (©Getty Images)

Aberdeen FC 2-1 Real Madrid CF (aet)
Nya Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg

Alex Ferguson may have won stacks of silverware with Manchester United FC, but one of his fondest memories is of leading Aberdeen FC to victory over Real Madrid CF on a rainy night in Gothenburg.

Acid test passed
Having beaten FC Sion 11-1 in the preliminary round, the Scots cruised past KS Dinamo Tirana and KKS Lech Poznán without conceding a goal before an acid test against FC Bayern München in the quarter-finals. After drawing 0-0 in Munich, they outdid the Germans for resilience, winning 3-2 after being 1-2 down with 13 minutes to go. In the semi-finals, they trounced KSV Waterschei THOR, surprising victors against Paris Saint-Germain FC.
Real Madrid’s main obsession was avoiding a ‘fraternal’ clash with FC Barcelona. So they were grateful when FK Austria Wien defeated the defending champions on away goals on a night when Real Madrid were recording an epic victory over Internazionale FC in the quarter-finals. Gratitude was short-lived. Madrid beat FK Austria 5-3 in the semi-final to earn a second chance to win the title.

Supersub Hewitt
They were rattled when Eric Black gave Aberdeen an early lead in the final. But with wingers Juan Gómez ‘Juanito’ and Isidro Díaz supplying centre-forward Carlos Santillana, the Spaniards were dangerous in attack. Juanito equalised after 15 minutes and the fans were then treated to 75 minutes of end-to-end football and, despite the rain, nobody complained about extra-time. Substitute John Hewitt became the hero by bravely diving in front of the Spanish keeper to head the winner.

Aberdeen FC - Real Madrid CF 2 - 1*
Stage Final
Half-Time 1 - 1
Date 11.05.1983
Kick-Off 20:15:00
Venue Nya Ullevi
City/Town Gothenburg
Attendance 17,804
Referee MENEGALI Gianfranco (ITA)
Match Report
7' BLACK Eric
14' 'JUANITO' GOMEZ Juan (pen)
87' BLACK Eric (out) /
HEWITT John (in)
112' HEWITT John
91' CAMACHO José Antonio (out) /
SAN JOSÉ Isidro (in)
103' DIAZ GONZALEZ Isidro (out) /
SALGUERO José Antonio (in)
Team Line-Ups
Aberdeen FC Real Madrid CF
LEIGHTON Jim (G) RODRIGUES Agustin (G)
ROUGVIE Doug JOSÉ Juan
McLEISH Alex METGOD Johnny
MILLER Willie (C) BONET Francisco
McMASTER John CAMACHO José Antonio (C)
COOPER Neale STIELIKE Uli
STRACHAN Gordon GALLEGO Ricardo
SIMPSON Neil DE LOS SANTOS CANO Angel
McGHEE Mark ‘JUANITO’ Gómez Juan
BLACK Eric 'SANTILLANA' Carlos Alonso
WEIR Peter DIAZ GONZALEZ Isidro
Used Substitutes
HEWITT John SAN JOSÉ Isidro
SALGUERO José Antonio
Head Coach
FERGUSON Alex DI STEFANO Alfredo

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