Rare master video tapes of Aberdeen beating Real Madrid to be auctioned

Imajica Brand Evolution Managing Director, Jeff Riley and Gothenburg Great, Neil Simpson. Image: Big Partnership

It was a night that went down in the history books for Alex Ferguson's Dons squad, as they beat Real Madrid in the 1983 European Cup Winner's Cup final - and now you could own the master recordings.

Spread over two BetacamSP broadcast tapes, they will be auctioned off at the 'Champions of Europe Celebration Event' at P&J Live on November 24. 

They include all 120 minutes of the victorious night in Sweden, with original ITV Sport labelling and receipts, and are being donated by Imajica Brand Evolution. 

Managing Director, Jeff Riley, got a hold of the tapes when producing 'Stand Free: 100 Years of Aberdeen Football Club' in 2003. 

Mr Riley said: "For any Aberdeen supporter looking to own a slice of Gothenburg, these tapes are as rare a memento as is available as they are the only the only masters of that great night that are in the public domain. 

"I first acquired these over 20 years ago when making the documentary to mark the club’s centenary.

"The video footage was converted to DVD and was included as part of the DVD package that supporters could purchase.” 

Neil Simpson, former midfielder who played in the victory over Madrid, said: “It has been great this year to mark the 40th anniversary of the win over Real Madrid.

"It’s a night that is cherished by both supporters and players and these tapes are a wonderful souvenir that can be passed down from generation to generation to ensure that it will continue to be remembered and reflected fondly upon.” 

A Scotland strip signed by John McGinn from the team's victory over Spain earlier this year is also up for grabs at the event, as well as a limited edition signed 'Champions of Europe' memorabilia, a private lunch experience with the Gothenburg Greats and a Cormack Park training experience with Neil Simpson. 

All proceeds will go towards the Gothenburg Greats Legacy Fund. 

For more information about the dinner, contact Harvey Smith on harvey@championsofeurope83.co.uk or 07786 561 040.   

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