Aberdeen 2-1 Real Madrid
What: European Cup Winners Cup final
When: 11 May, 1983
Way before he was Sir Fergie, Alex Ferguson masterminded one of British football’s greatest triumphs when Aberdeen beat Real Madrid.
The Dons, in their first European final were up against a team who had won the European Cup six times, but it was a golden period for the Scottish side and they were blessed with a group of young players hungry for success.
Breaking Celtic and Rangers’ dominance, they won four Scottish Cups between 1980 and 1986 as well as a Scottish League Cup and three league titles.
There was also an additional incentive not to lose to Real - Fergie would be waiting in the changing room afterwards and that was horrifying.
But their manager had every confidence his boys could get the job done in Sweden.
Sion, Dinamo Tirana, Lech Poznan, Bayern Munich and Waterschei were all beaten en route to the final where a goal from substitute John Hewitt in extra-time secured the trophy.
"Aberdeen have what money can't buy; a soul, a team spirit built in a family tradition"
- Alfredo Di Stefano
It was the last time a Scottish team won one of European football’s top prizes and defender Alex McLeish has described it as “one of the greatest nights in the history of Scottish football.”
Job done and bollocking averted.
And those who made their way back across the North Sea were given a wonderful welcome when the boat docked.
Along with McGhee, Fergie waited on the quayside with the trophy and shook hands with hundreds of merry supporters as they very delicately made their way onto dry land.
That will certainly have cured a few hangovers.