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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 14 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Glory in Gothenburg: The night Aberdeen Football Club turned the footballing world on its head (Kindle Edition)
I'm a Celtic fan and I loved this book.
Maybe missing a chapter on the fan`s experiences.

The quite incredible achievement of a great Scottish team is brought to live in a highly readable style by Richard Gordon.

Buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch, 18 Jan. 2013
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Not just for Dons fans, as a Rangers fan, it was a bloody good read. Great insight into a winning team, such a shame it was so long ago.........
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hark back to a glorious time, 30 April 2014
You can scarcely believe it nowadays, but there was a time when Europe’s superpowers could be regularly overcome by a provincial team from a less fashionable league. Given the right circumstances, smaller sides could rise up and beat the behemoths of the game, clinching major European silverware as they did so.

One of the more stunning examples of such a tale was the 1982-83 Aberdeen side, led by a certain Alex Ferguson and featuring a host of famous names, many of whom were embarking on what would become illustrious careers. I can just about recall the images of a rain soaked John Hewitt celebrating his late headed winner which beat Real Madrid in the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final in a sodden Gothenburg. It didn’t seem such an astonishing shock to my youthful mind, but with the benefit of a little time and a little perspective it can’t be classed as anything other than a phenomenal achievement.

Just how did this happen? Now it would be beyond Aberdeen’s wildest dreams to merely compete domestically with the relative financial giants of Celtic, and Rangers once they climb their way back. In 1983, it was another matter altogether.

By using that most golden of seasons in Aberdeen’s history, Gordon traces the rise through chapters looking jointly at the progressing season and the key men involved in making history for the Dons. Working through the whole line up from that famous Final flourish in Gothenburg from Jim Leighton, Willie Miller and Alex McLeish at the back, to Gordon Strachan, Neale Cooper, Eric Black, John Hewitt and Mark McGhee further forward and all those in between, Gordon tells each players’ tale with the benefit of first hand interviews from each player.

The players’ own stories are told in mini-biographical form within each chapter, but of course focused on their time at Aberdeen and in that European run in particular. What strikes is that in almost every case, the memories are fresh and clear, barring the seemingly forgetful Gordon Strachan. For many, it was the pinnacle achievement of the playing career, and is looked on fondly by them all. Even for those who went on to achieve more elsewhere, or at least of a higher profile in later years, the pride of those astonishing years in Aberdeen are clear for all to see.

At the helm there was of course the dominating figure of Alex Ferguson; a relative whipper-snapper at the time. Given what he went on to achieve, it is fascinating to note the effect he had on the team he made his reputation at, with examples of his infamous temper (such as after Aberdeen’s 1983 Scottish Cup win) and also his softer sentimental side (allowing an injured player to warm up in front of the fans so they would sing his name). What is clear is that even for those he subsequently fell out with, the respect is absolute from those that made it at Aberdeen. His ruthlessness may mean that some of those who fell by the wayside feel differently, but that would be another story; this is all about those who succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

Given this influence it is a shame that Ferguson is the one key protagonist who wasn’t interviewed for this book; the reasons are explained, but it’s a shame nonetheless. But there is so much revealing testimony from the players about Ferguson that it actually paints a detailed picture of the big man’s early managerial years. The lack of a Ferguson interview doesn’t impact overall on the impression of a thoroughly well researched book, mixed in with Gordon’s own personal recollections of that Aberdeen team and that night in Gothenburg.

For an Aberdeen fan, this book will bring the glorious memories flooding back, but for fans of other clubs it serves as a reminder that things weren’t always this way. There was a time when money wasn’t the be all and end all, and that given the right circumstances and the right people, others could rise to the top and achieve the impossible. Fascinating reading for football fans of all persuasions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for aberdeen fans & all football fans !, 23 Nov. 2012
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Superb behind the scenes stories from that amazing night in Gothenburg, interwoven
with insightful and often funny stories by the players and staff who made history in 1983.

Well written by a die hard dons fan, broadcaster Richard Gordon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Book, 23 Mar. 2013
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I'm not an Aberdeen fan but watched this side regularly humble my team (Celtic) and every other team in Scotland during this particular season and a few others.

Richard Gordon has a genuine love of Aberdeen and these players, which comes across in the way he writes about this season & the seasons leading up to, & after, it.

A great read and highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of football - and this Aberdeen team had few equals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars back to a glory era, 13 July 2014
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Was it 31 years ago a life time away this book brings it all back as if it was yesterday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 6 July 2014
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Raced through this book and love every page. A great read and tremendous memories of when Scottish football was great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, 15 Jun. 2014
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Great book Richard, so many memories coming back. A remarkable story written with true feeling, I'd recommend anyone with a love for football to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hate to use this term, but Unputdownable!, 14 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Glory in Gothenburg: The night Aberdeen Football Club turned the footballing world on its head (Kindle Edition)
Oh, the memories....I grew up supporting Aberdeen, my local "big" team, and such was the quality of the sides then that one just took it for granted that every game would end up in a win. As for Gothenburg itself, I was allowed to stay up to watch the game, and again, the result was never in doubt!

Well written, well researched and a fascinating insight into the formative years of one of, if not THE greatest manager this country has ever produced. Richard Gordon has pinned his red colours to the mast and written the ultimate Aberdeen fans book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Well structured and a proper page turner., 20 Mar. 2014
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Even though I was too young to be there I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great mix of fact and anecdote.
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