Gordon Strachan reveals Sir Alex Ferguson was SO livid about Aberdeen’s display in the 1983 Scottish Cup final win over Rangers that he refused to let the players’ wives go back on the team bus with them
- Sir Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen beat Rangers in the 1983 Scottish Cup final
- Eric Black popped up with the winner in extra-time after the game ended 0-0
- Ferguson called his players’ display as a ‘disgrace’ despite winning the final
- Fergie banned Aberdeen stars’ wives from the bus back, says Gordon Strachan
Sir Alex Ferguson was so livid with his Aberdeen players despite winning the 1983 Scottish Cup final that he refused to let his players’ wives on the team bus after the game, Gordon Strachan has revealed.
The Dons won the Hampden Park final against Rangers via an Eric Black goal in extra-time – just three days after winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup against Real Madrid in Gothenburg – but manager Ferguson was furious with his side’s display.
The Scottish manager was livid during a post-match interview on the Hampden pitch, calling his players a ‘disgrace’ despite winning the final in dramatic fashion, with former Dons player Strachan claiming ‘Fergie’ went ‘bananas’ to his players.
Aberdeen beat Rangers in the 1983 Scottish Cup final 1-0 via Eric Black’s extra-time winner
Despite the win, Sir Alex Ferguson was livid with Aberdeen’s display in the Hampden Park tie
‘(It was) one of the most horrendous days in my life really winning the cup final,’ Strachan told talkSPORT. ‘None of us knew what he was saying, it was live on TV, we thought we were going to celebrate.
‘I think somebody says, ‘Archie (Knox, the assistant manager) can we get the champagne out for a drink?’ And Archie says ‘oooh not a good idea, he’s gone bananas out there, he’s gone bananas.’
‘So he comes back and starting shouting, doing the lot, then he wouldn’t let the wives get on the team bus after it because we were all a disgrace so the wives had to go on a different bus to the reception.’
Gordon Strachan (left) says Ferguson (middle) refused the Aberdeen players’ wives back on the team bus with them
The final ended 0-0 in normal time but Black headed home a winner four minutes from the end of extra-time to earn Aberdeen back-to-back Scottish Cup titles.
But Ferguson, who would go on to become Manchester United’s most successful manager ever after swapping Pittodrie for Old Trafford three years later, claimed Aberdeen only won the cup due to defenders Alex McLeish and Willie Miller.
‘We’re the luckiest team in the world,’ Ferguson bellowed in his post-match interview. ‘We were a disgrace of a performance. Miller and McLeish won the cup for Aberdeen.
Strachan played in the final, which came after Aberdeen’s European Cup Winners’ Cup title
‘Miller and McLeish played Rangers themselves. They were a disgrace of a performance. And I’m not caring, winning cups doesn’t matter.
‘Our standards have been set long ago and we’re not going to accept that from any Aberdeen team. No way should we take any glory from that.’
The cup final victory of 1983 was one of ten major honours Ferguson won at Aberdeen, which brought the Dons above Celtic and Rangers in the upper echelons of Scottish football.