Football - Miller recalls Dons' European glory

Gothenburg Great Willie Miller says Aberdeen earned their place among the biggest names in world football with their European Cup Winners' Cup triumph.

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Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the Pittodrie outfits' famous 2-1 win over Spanish giants Real Madrid at the Nya Ullevi Stadium.

The greatest day in the club's 110-year history is still cherished by the club's supporters, perhaps more so as their 17-year wait for a trophy lingers on.

Managed by Alex Ferguson, the Scottish side not only shocked the Bernabeu big guns to lift the trophy but also shot down German cracks Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

Eric Black and John Hewitt were the Reds heroes as they held out for their extra-time victory and for skipper Miller, it was a success which took the Dons to the peak of the game in Europe.

The defender told STV: "It's a huge achievement to lift any major trophy - but a European trophy is pretty special.

"I don't think we realised at the time how special it was. As the years have gone by, we realised it. We put Aberdeen's name on the map. When we travelled abroad, people knew who we were.

"We were just a little provincial club from Scotland. But we won a European trophy and that gives you pedigree. When you see that we are sandwiched in between Juventus and Barcelona on that cup, it sums up what we did.

"We didn't just win the trophy, we did it with style. We put out Bayern on the way and beat Real in the final, so that shows that we did it with style."

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