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Dandy Dons back on song as Harry Barry football anthem from nearly 40 years ago features in Sir Alex Ferguson documentary

© Richard Sellers/PA WireSir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson

A football anthem from nearly 40 years ago is making a comeback in a new film about Sir Alex Ferguson.

European Song, written by the late Scottish composer Harry Barry, celebrated Aberdeen FC’s victory in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983.

Now it’s in the documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, which was directed by Ferguson’s son Jason as the football legend recovered from a brain haemorrhage in 2018.

Sir Alex said: “Losing my memory was my biggest fear when I suffered the haemorrhage.

“In the making of the film I was able to revisit the most important moments of my life, good and bad.

“Having Jason direct the film has ensured an honest and intimate account.”

Jim Leighton, Gordon Strachan, Alex McLeish, Willie Miller, Mark McGhee and winning scorers Eric Black and John Hewitt all sang on the record.

It was pressed as a 7in single in the Dons’ red and white colours and had to be reissued when initial supplies of 100,000 copies ran out.

The documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In premieres at the Glasgow Film Festival on March 6 and will be shown in cinemas from May 27 if restrictions are lifted, and on Amazon Prime Video from May 29.