Despite retiring nearly a decade ago, Sir Alex Ferguson is about to add to his medal collection with an old European cup. UEFA has decided to award Aberdeen FC European Cup Winners’ Cup medals for their 1983 triumph over Real Madrid. Ferguson was at the helm at the Scottish club from 1978 to 1986 before departing for Manchester United.

“It’s a great honor to be receiving this medal and I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen,” said Ferguson after UEFA’s decision was revealed.

“Their efforts, along with the co-operation of UEFA, is much appreciated. It’s also fantastic to see some of the wonderful people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes during this hugely successful period for the club now being honored.”

Club legends like Ferguson able to receive European Cup medal

Europe’s governing body of the sport will only be handing out limited medals for the victory. Only Aberdeen’s starting XI and five substitutes were guaranteed to receive a medal. However, the club will also get to hand out six additional medals as well. Ferguson is set to receive one of the extras.

Along with the iconic manager, assistant manager Archie Knox and midfielder Dougie Bell will also be given medals. Bell missed the final against Real because of an injury. Former team vice-chairman Chris Anderson and Teddy Scott are set to be awarded medals posthumously as well. Scott spent nearly 50 years at the club as a player, coach and kit man.

Aberdeen chairman grateful for UEFA’s decision

“We are extremely grateful to Chris Gavin of the AFC Heritage Trust and Duncan Fraser for their tireless work on this special project which will now ensure Sir Alex, Archie, Dougie and the Donald, Anderson and Scott families are rightly recognized for the important part they played in the club’s success in 1983,” proclaimed Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack.

“The presentation of these medals during the Freedom of the City celebrations will give our supporters a further opportunity to play their part in recognizing the inspirational achievements of these players and staff.”

UEFA made the ruling near the 40th anniversary of the match. Aberdeen collected their first European trophy on the night as they beat Real 2-1 in extra time. The European Cup Winners’ Cup later fold in 1999. It was previously an annual competition consisting of clubs which won their domestic national cup tournaments.