Video: Jock Stein and night the Aberdeen fans sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

ABERDEEN won the ECWC in 1983 after beating Real Madrid in what was a famous night for the Dons and Scottish football. Before the match, the legendary former Celtic manager Jock Stein evaluated their chances of beating the Spaniards.

In his usual calm demeanour, Stein who won the greatest European prize in 1967, backed the Aberdeen players to pull off a shock under his apprentice, Alex Ferguson.

Aberdeen won the match 2-1 thanks to an extra-time winner from John Hewitt. The Scotland manager’s pre-match analysis proved to be spot on and the similarities between Stein and Ferguson were evident.

Perhaps more bizarrely, you also have the Aberdeen supporters signing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before the match. Which was apparently a regular occurrence in the early 1980s despite it being associated with Celtic and Liverpool. Celtic are said to have adopted the anthem in the late 1960s, having played the Anfield side in the ECWC in 1966.

Ferguson tells the story that before the game, Stein urged him to give his Spanish counterparts an expensive bottle of whisky, suggesting he was in awe of them.

Aberdeen’s European triumph comes nowhere near Celtic’s in 1967, Stein’s side triumphed in Europe playing attacking football and Stein etched his name into football royalty.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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