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King of the Beach End to be inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame

Monday September 2nd 2019 at 12:27 PM

Aberdeen’s all time leading goal-scorer is to take his place among footballing royalty after it was revealed he is to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

The King of the Beach End, Joe Harper, will sit alongside Dons greats Willie Miller and Sir Alex Ferguson, as well as Aberdeen’s favourite footballing son Denis Law, when he’s installed at a ceremony in Hampden in October.

The 71-year-old scored 205 goals during two spells with the Pittodrie side, picking up the Premiership title, League cup and Scottish cup along the way.

In 1972 he picked up the European bronze boot for scoring the third-highest number of goals in the continent.

In an interview with the Evening Express, the man the Red Army dubbed the “King” said: “It is such an honour and I was a wee bit overcome with emotion when I was told about it.

“The first thing that came into my head was my mum and dad as I would have loved for them to be there to see it.

“Unfortunately they won’t be.

“However, my partner Sheila and my kids Ross, Laura and Joanna will be there.

“This honours Aberdeen as well as it is recognition of what I did while playing for the club.

“Football has given me a fantastic life and just when I thought it could give me no more I get the news about the Hall of Fame.”

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