On This Day | 22nd May 1982
Scottish Cup Final
Rangers 1 v 4 Aberdeen a.e.t.
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COOPER SEALS CUP WIN WITH EMPHATIC STRIKE IN EXTRA TIME
Aberdeen suffered a blow when Peter Weir was ruled out through injury and 15 minutes into the game their prospects darkened when John McDonald headed a Dalziel cross past Jim Leighton. This Dons team was made of stern stuff though and 17 minutes later McLeish curled a delightful effort past Stewart from the edge of the box to level the score. There was to be no further scoring in the 90 minutes, but the Aberdeen support were treated to a goal fest in extra time. It began three minutes after the restart as McGhee headed a Strachan cross past Stewart. Ten minutes later it was Strachan himself who was on target after Bell had crashed a shot off the woodwork. McGhee flicked the rebound across goal and from all of six inches Strachan smashed the ball into the net. The humiliation was completed ten minutes from the end when Neale Cooper charged down a clearance from Stewart and smashed the ball into the empty net to seal the 4-1 win. It was a dream come true for the local loon.
Aberdeen team: J. Leighton, S. Kennedy, D. Rougvie, J. McMaster, A. McLeish, W. Miller, G. Strachan, N. Cooper, M. McGhee, N. Simpson, J. Hewitt.
Subs: D. Bell, E. Black,
Aberdeen Scorers: N. Cooper (1) M. McGhee (1) A. McLeish (1) G. Strachan (1)
Referee: McGinlay, B
Manager: Ferguson, Alex
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FERGIE LOOKS TO FUTURE SUCCESS
The final whistle had barely blown when Alex Ferguson started his plans for the future with the re-signing of skipper Willie Miller his number one priority. “I’ve heard the rumours that Miller will be leaving the club, but I will be doing everything in my power to keep him. I’m not interested in breaking up this team. There will be no buying or selling. During the season, we tried to buy Sandy Clark, but times have changed. We now have Hewitt, Black and McGhee competing. The average age is 23. Who is to say what they can achieve? Now we’ve broken through and the benefits will be seen next season. We go into Europe as winners and looking to improve on past performances.”
KEEPY UP KING SIGNS FOR DONS
16,000 fans filled Pittodrie on Sunday to welcome home the Scottish Cup winners. Among those celebrating was 14-year-old Michael Campbell. Not only was he celebrating the Dons win, but he had his own double celebration as he lifted the trophy as Scotland’s keepy Uppy champion, which he won at Hampden yesterday. He is now set to become an Aberdeen player in the near future as the youngster has been training at Pittodrie for the last two seasons and hopes to emulate his hero, Gordon Strachan.
SPURS LIFT FA CUP WITHOUT ARGENTINE PAIR
At Wembley Spurs and QPR fought out at 1-1 draw with Spurs winning the replay 1-0. Due to the on-going conflict in the Falklands, Spurs were unable to call on the services of their Argentinean pair of Ardiles and Villa, who had both lit up the final 12 months earlier. The pair returned to Argentina during the conflict and the cousin of Osvaldo Ardiles, Jose Ardiles was killed during the conflict when his aircraft was downed.
BRITISH ESTABLISH BEACHEAD IN FALKLANDS
Today British troops established a beachhead in San Carlos Bay in their attempt to retake the East Falklands. It was not all positive news from the front however as the Navy lost HMS Ardent and HMS Antelope in the space of three days. Elsewhere another Argentinean was in the news as Maradona completed his world record £5m move to Barcelona.
SOPHIA LOREN JAILED IN ITALY
As the Yorkshire Ripper today marked his first year in prison since being handed down a life sentence at the Old Bailey, a famous actress was enduring her first week behind bars. Hollywood actress Sophia Loren had been sentenced to a month in prison in her native Italy after being found guilty of tax evasion. It was a crime that the 47-year-old attributed to “a little error” by her accountant.
FOOTBALL TAKES ON NICOLE IN CHARTS
A Little Peace by German Eurovision winner, Nicole, topped the chart, but she was facing stiff opposition from ‘musical’ footballers. The Spurs squad were at number 24 with the imaginatively titled Tottenham, Tottenham. However, the Scotland World Cup Squad were at number six with the memorable We Have a Dream. Former Don Steve Archibald had the claim to fame of being one of very few people to appear twice on Top of the Pop in the same episode.
Number 1 Single
A Little Peace
Number 1 Album