Rangers hero Billy Dodds recalls thrashing of Aberdeen in 2000 Scottish Cup Final
Billy Dodds’ remarkable cup last record speaks for itself.
Yet May 27, 2000, will forever hold an unique place in his heart. On that day, a boyhood dream was realized as he got the third objective in Rangers’ 4-0 thrashing of Aberdeen. The emphatic Scottish Cup final victory sealed the Double for Dick Advocaat’s side and secured a complete set of winners’ medals for Dodds.
The former striker remembered: “It was my very first Scottish Cup last and my very first Scottish Cup winners’ medal.” It finished the set for me. To score a goal in the final was fantastic too. It’s what you dreamed of growing up.” I ‘d won the league and the League Cup twice, I ‘d even won the B&Q Cup last I played in for Dundee.” So I played in four cup finals and never lost one.” It was a special sensation to score also. I was desperate to rating.” As a wee kid, I desired to play for Scotland and I desired to score a cup last winner.” This wasn’t the winner but to score in the last and raise the trophy was incredible.”
Aberdeen’s hopes of a Cup upset were rushed inside the opening five minutes when Jim Leighton was injured and, without any replacement goalkeeper on the bench, Robbie Winters was offered the gloves.
Yet it took a half-time blast from Advocaat prior to Rangers lastly put paid to the Dons.
Dodds stated: “I do not believe Jim played once again and it was a pity the way it ended for him. However Aberdeen made it really hard for us and we never ever played well in the first half. Wee Penis had a right go at us at half-time. Then we scored three goals in 5 minutes after the break which was it, we were able to enjoy it.”
Vidmar, Dodds and Jorg Albertz were all on the score-sheet as Advocaat made it 5 out of 6 prizes in two years.
Dodds smiled: “We had a wonderful group at that point, filled with knowledgeable internationals. We had a desire to win and a genuine winning mentality. We had quality players all over the pitch and an actually good balance to our side. We ‘d won the league, I had actually only signed up with in January and getting to play in the Cup final simply topped the season for me.”
In a homage to the growing Dutch contingent at Ibrox, Gers fans turned Hampden into a sea of orange.
Dodds included: “Everyone keeps in mind the fans wearing the orange jerseys in a show of support for Cock and the Dutch boys. However only 2 Dutchmen played in the last for us. I keep in mind some of the Scottish boys stating to each other, ‘Are there no other nationalities here?’. It was a laugh, but it held true. You felt like everybody else’s contribution to the season was being overlooked. However that’s simply the method it was.”