Aberdeen boss Brown hoping to go one better at Hampden

Craig Brown has experienced Hampden Park on a number of occasions as a player, assistant manager, club boss and manager of Scotland.

The Aberdeen gaffer has been to Scotland’s football headquarters in all sorts of various scenarios but has not yet tasted ultimate success at the venue. Ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian, however, Brown is determined to go one better and get through to the final.

“I’ve had a lot of good times at Hampden,” the Dons told SunSport.

“I’ve had four semi-finals there – two the first time I was at Motherwell in the 1970s as No2 to Willie McLean when we lost in ’75 and ’76, and twice last season with Aberdeen.

“In the 1960s, as a player with Dundee, we reached the final, but I was injured and didn’t play.

“My best moment at Hampden was the Under-16 World Cup Final with the youths in 1989 when we played Saudi Arabia.

“That World Cup Final in front of 51,000 went to extra-time and penalties and gave me immense pride.

“With the seniors, we had to beat Greece to make Euro 96 and it is one of those nights you dream of.

“You put the sub on, Ally McCoist, and he scores not long after going on the park.

“But taking Aberdeen to the final in the Scottish Cup would be a fantastic achievement.

“I don’t want to get too emotional, but managing at a Cup Final would be a great experience.

“I’ve had a lot of good times there, but I hope I’ve not enjoyed all of the success I’m going to get.

“But for the support we have, to get to the Scottish Cup Final would be a tremendous feeling for me.”

 
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