Forty years after Aberdeen’s European victory, Ferguson receives his medal

Ferguson’s assistant, Archie Knox, will also receive a medal.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary manager of Manchester United, is set to receive a medal that has eluded him throughout his career. Before retiring in 2013, Ferguson had a remarkable career, winning many trophies.

However, he did not receive a medal when he led Aberdeen to victory in the Cup Winners’ Cup in Gothenburg in 1983. In accordance with UEFA regulations at the time, only the starting XI and five substitutes were eligible to receive medals. He will receive one of six extra medals at a ceremony at Pittodrie on May 12. Archie Knox, Ferguson’s assistant, will also receive a medal and midfielder Dougie Bell, who was injured during the final.


Ferguson said about receiving the medal: ‘It’s a great honour to receive it, and I am grateful to everyone who has worked hard to make this happen. Their efforts, along with Uefa’s cooperation, are much appreciated. It’s also fantastic to see some wonderful people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes during this hugely successful period for the club now being honoured.” Ferguson won four Scottish Cups, the Scottish League Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and the European Super Cup during his time at Aberdeen.