Four ‘Gothenburg Greats’ will be inducted into the AFC Hall of Fame, sponsored by READ Cased Hole, next month to complete the eleven who started in Sweden on that momentous evening in May 1983.
Doug Rougvie, Eric Black, Gordon Strachan and Mark McGhee will join former keeper Theo Snelders and ex-manager, the late David Halliday, at a glittering ceremony in the Chester Hotel on Thursday 21st November.
Defender Doug Rougvie joined Aberdeen in 1972 and went on to establish himself in the team of the late 70’s and the all-conquering Reds of the 80’s. Big Doug made over 300 appearances for Aberdeen and scored 21 goals before being transferred to Chelsea in 1984. Doug’s single international appearance was against Ireland in 1983.
Eric Black famously scored the opening goal in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final against Real Madrid and during his time at Pittodrie totalled 70 goals in 180 appearances. Moved to French side Metz in the summer of 1986, injuries forced Bellshill born Eric to retire from professional football in his late twenties.
Signed in 1977 from Dundee, in a deal that saw Jim Shirra move in the opposite direction, Gordon Strachan went on to become a crucial element of the Dons side. Capped 50 times for Scotland, including appearing in two World Cup Finals, Gordon moved to Manchester United after scoring 89 times in 292 outings for the Pittodrie club.
Mark McGhee joined the Dons from Newcastle United in 1979, becoming part of the 80’s team that carried all before them both domestically and in Europe. Scored 100 times in 250 appearances for Aberdeen, and won four international caps, before moving to SV Hamburg in the Bundesliga in 1984.
The evening on the 21st November will be another memorable occasion for Dons supporters, sponsors and partners alike, featuring a 3-course meal and a Q&A session with the inductees. Tickets for the event are available at £109 plus VAT per person. For more information or to book please call 01224 650434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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