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This weekend marks 40 years since Sir Alex Ferguson lifted his first top-flight trophy as a manager

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On a magical afternoon in Leith exactly 40 years ago, unfancied Aberdeen confounded the odds - and their critics - to break the spell cast over the land by the Glasgow giants.

'The fact it had been since 1965 that a team out with Glasgow had won the league, I think people thought the title would be shared between Rangers and Celtic for the rest of time,' legendary former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller told Sportsmail this week.

Then just plain old Alex Ferguson, he had proven himself a young manager of huge promise by building an exciting young St Mirren team that won the First Division title in 1977.Upon his arrival at Pittodrie, Ferguson was aware that psychological boundaries must be broken down if his side was to smash the Old Firm duopoly.

'Only 15 times in the century had the Scottish League championship been won by a club other than Rangers or Celtic,' Ferguson recalled in his first autobiography, Managing My Life.'The dominance established by the Glasgow giants virtually since the beginning of professional football in Scotland infects the mentality of other clubs with resignation; an acceptance that it is their destiny to be the supporting cast.

With Aberdeen 2-0 up and cruising, he berated referee Brian McGinlay for giving a throw to Hibs that Ferguson thought should have been given for his side.

The title triumph sparked an astonishing six-year run of silverware for Aberdeen under Ferguson that produced two more league wins, four Scottish Cups, the League Cup, the European Cup-Winners' Cup and Super Cup.It was the manager's first major honour in a glittering career that saw him go on to steer Manchester United to 13 English league titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues.

Just how important was that historic Scottish title win for Aberdeen, Ferguson and the players involved?

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