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Sir Alex Ferguson and Alex O'Henley

Sir Alex looks back

It’s been a busy time for us all at purpleTV with production well underway on a brand new documentary film Gothenburg '83, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the incredible season where Aberdeen Football Club defeated Sion, Dinamo Tirana, Lech Poznan, Bayern Munich and Waterschei in a stunning European Cup Winners Cup run that saw them conquer the might of Alfredo di Stefano’s Real Madrid in the final in Gothenburg on the 11th of May 1983.

The season has been described as a fairytale, and who better to tell that story than the players, management team and fans that made the narrative possible. Our crew has travelled up and down the country, and to the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, capturing the precious memories of those that took part in the game, as well as those who travelled by plane and ferry to support Aberdeen on their European adventure.
Gothenburg '83 includes personal testimonies of, in particular, two distinguished Scottish footballing legends: the Aberdeen FC manager at the helm at the time of the European success, current Manchester United manager and one of the most respected figures in world football, Sir Alex Ferguson; and the former Aberdeen FC midfielder and current Scotland National Team Manager, Gordon Strachan.

Our one-hour must-see film for BBC ALBA is presented by sport broadcaster and UEFA correspondent for Scotland, Alex O'Henley.

The amazing journey of a provincial football club from the north east coast of Scotland that conquered Europe is captured in exclusive interviews, entertaining anecdotes from behind the scenes and archive footage of the stunning events that led up to that legendary, rainy night in Gothenburg.

Gothenburg '83 will be transmitted on BBC ALBA on Thursday 9 May at 9pm. Following this broadcast, the programme will be repeated on the same channel on Saturday 11 May at 9.30pm and Sunday 12 May at 6pm.
BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms: Sky 143 (UK), Freeview / You View 8 (Scotland only), Virgin Media 188 (UK), Freesat 110 (UK), BT Vision 8 (Scotland only), Smallworld 170 (Ayrshire and North West England) and Live on BBC iPlayer (UK).

22 March 2013 11:17


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