Aberdeen FC - History

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Time Line of Events

1881

Aberdeen Football Club a Scottish football team formed on the 08 of Oct 1881.

1882

On the 11 Mar 1882, Aberdeen Football Club played their first game, Coupar Angus 4, Aberdeen 0

1903

On the 14 Apr 1903, Aberdeen Football Club merged with two other Aberdeen based clubs Orion F.C. and Victoria United F.C. to form the current Aberdeen Football Club.

1903

On the 15 Aug 1903, the new merged Aberdeen Football Club played their first game, Aberdeen 1 v 1 Stenhousemuir

Plaque to commemorate the first meeting of Aberdeen FC, Aberdeen, Scotland - Evening Express.

Plaque to commemorate the first meeting of Aberdeen FC, Aberdeen, Scotland

(Pic: Evening Express.)

Advert 1898, Albert Hotel, 9 & 9½ Correction Wynd, Aberdeen, Scotland - Photo courtesy of Fraser Clyne

Advert 1898, Albert Hotel, 9 & 9½ Correction Wynd, Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen F.C.

Foundation of the Aberdeen Association Football Club

On the 06 Oct 1881, a classified advertisement appeared in the pages of the Aberdeen Evening Express inviting interested gentlemen to attend a meeting to be held in the Albert Hotel, 9 & 9½ Correction Wynd, Aberdeen, Scotland, on Sat 8th Oct 1881 at 4 pm to discuss the formation of Aberdeen Football Club.
12 football enthusiasts assembled, 8 School Teachers, 2 Bookbinders, a Medical Student, a Tailor and the rest is history !

 

Actual Newspaper Advertisement Transcribed

ABERDEEN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB.
GENTLEMEN interested in the Formation of a Club under the above name please attend MEETING to be held in Albert Hotel, Correction Wynd, on Saturday First, at Four p.m.

(Aberdeen Evening Express - Thu 06 Oct 1881 & Fri 07 Oct 1881)


 

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Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland - 2015 Copyright © Graeme Watson

Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, The King Street End Stand (Merkland Road Family Stand), Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen F.C.

Foundation of the current Aberdeen Football Club

Origins of the club. The current Aberdeen FC was born out of the merger of three city clubs; Aberdeen, Victoria United and Orion. A public meeting on 20 March 1903 was attended by more than 1,600 citizens, and on that date the amalgamation issue was discussed and given the go-ahead.

(Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 years of The Dons: The official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903 – 2003. Hodder & Stoughton, London.)

Trivia

Time Line of Events

1904

On the 05 Mar 1904, Aberdeen Football Club won their first trophy, the Aberdeenshire Cup, Aberdeen 3 v 2 Bon Accord

1904

On the 26 Nov 1904, Aberdeen Football Club won the Scottish Qualifying Cup, Aberdeen 2 v 0 Renton

1905

On the 19 Aug 1905, Aberdeen Football Club played their first Div 1 game, Aberdeen 0 v 1 Partick Thistle

1906

Aberdeen's first victory over Celtic at Pittodrie, 03 Mar 1906, Aberdeen 1 v 0 Celtic

1910

Aberdeen's first victory over Rangers, 17 Sep 1910, Rangers 2 v 4 Aberdeen

1910

Aberdeen's first victory over Rangers at Pittodrie, 03 Dec 1910, Aberdeen 1 v 0 Rangers

1911

Aberdeen's first win overseas as part of a tour, 16 May 1911, Slavia Prague 1 v 2 Aberdeen

1923

Aberdeen's record win, 10 Feb 1923, Aberdeen 13 v 0 Peterhead

"The Dons"

One of the earliest know use of the nickname, Dons.

Through handicapped in the second stage the "Dons" kept the game open, and except for the loss of a second goal, taken by McPhee seven minutes after the restart, had an equal say in the argument till the finish.

(The Scotsman report against Third Lanark, dated Monday 22 Mar 1909)

Aberdeen Football Club 1911-12  Team Photo - original B&W picture - No copyright - attached - Colorisation by Graeme Watson 2018.

Aberdeen Football Club 1911-12

Aberdeen Football Club 1938-39, from Graeme Watson's personal collection, Aberdeen F.C. 1938-39 in colour.

Aberdeen Football Club 1938-39

1930

Record victory over Hibernian, 15 Nov 1930, Aberdeen 7 v 0 Hibernian

1939

Aberdeen's last game of the season as the Black and Golds, 29 Apr 1939, Aberdeen 2 v 0 Rangers

1939

Aberdeen's first game of the season in Red and White, 12 Aug 1939, Aberdeen 3 v 1 Celtic

1947

As the away team in the Semi-Final, Aberdeen wore a change strip of blue shirt with white sleeves, Aberdeen 6 v 2 Hearts

1954

Record crowd at Pittodrie, 13 Mar 1954, Aberdeen 3 v 0 Hearts

1954

Record victory at the Scottish Cup Semi-Final, 10 Apr 1954, Aberdeen 6 v 0 Rangers

1963

Aberdeen wore thier new candy striped blue, red, white shirts, white shorts, white socks with a red and blue band at the top. (1963-66), Aberdeen 2 v 1 Hearts

1967

Aberdeen's first game in Europe, 06 Sep 1967 - 1st Rd, 1st Leg, Aberdeen 10 v 0 KR Reykjavík

Aberdeen Football Club

Badges/Logos

The Aberdeen City council coat of arms official blazon was used on the Pittodrie main stand roof gable which was completed by the 19 Aug 1921. The gable was removed prior to the summer of 1968 as part of a £50,000 facelift. The Aberdeen City council coat of arms was later turned into a badge with "Aberdeen Football Club" added in a circular border.

Aberdeen Football Club Badge Introduced Season 1921-22

Aberdeen FC Badge
Introduced After Season 1921-22

Aberdeen Football Club Logo Introduced Season 1956-57

Aberdeen FC Logo
Introduced Season 1956-57
this version designed by Graeme Watson.

Aberdeen Football Club Logo Introduced Season 1965-66

Aberdeen FC Logo
Introduced Season 1965-66
this version designed by Graeme Watson.

Aberdeen Football Club Logo Introduced Season 1967-68

Aberdeen FC Logo
Introduced Season 1967-68
this version designed by Graeme Watson.

Aberdeen Football Club Logo Introduced Season 1972-73

Aberdeen FC Logo
Introduced Season 1972-73
designed by Donald Addison.

Aberdeen Football Club Logo Introduced Season 1986-87

Aberdeen FC Logo
Introduced Season 1986-87

Aberdeen Football Club Logo Introduced Season 1997-98

Aberdeen FC Logo
Introduced Season 1997-98

Two Stars added to commemorate Aberdeen's win in the European Cup Winners' Cup
and the European Super Cup.

Aberdeen Football Club Logo Introduced Season 2005-06

Aberdeen FC Logo
Introduced Season 2005-06

Aberdeen Football Club

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Aberdeen FC various programmes - Copyright © 2020 Graeme Watson.

Aberdeen FC various programmes

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Aberdeen FC various themed books - Copyright © 2021 Graeme Watson.

Aberdeen FC various themed books

Aberdeen FC various themed books - Copyright © 2021 Graeme Watson.

Aberdeen FC various themed books

  • Background Divider: Pride of Scotland Flag - This digital image by Graeme Watson 2018.
    A.F.C Official's, Player's, match and staff details source: AFC Heritage - The Official Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust.
    Insert Photo: Aerial view of St James Park, Newcastle, 1927 - Original B&W picture - No copyright - attached.
    Header Background: Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1906-07 - Original B&W picture - No copyright - attached.
    Insert Photo: Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, The King Street End Stand (Merkland Road Family Stand), Aberdeen, Scotland, 2015 B&W - Copyright © 2015 Graeme Watson.
    Insert Photo: Insert Image - Aberdeen Football Club 1911 Logo - Designed by Graeme Watson © 2019.
    Insert Photo: Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, Main Stand Entrance, 2015, Aberdeen, Scotland - Copyright © 2015 Graeme Watson.
    Aberdeen Football Club 1972-06 Logos - The images are placed in the article discussing Aberdeen F.C., a subject of public interest. The significance of the logos is to help the reader identify the organization, assure the readers that they have reached the right article containing critical commentary about the organization, and illustrate the organization's intended branding message in a way that words alone could not convey. (Logos is for representation only and use of the logo here does not imply endorsement.)
    Insert Photo: Aberdeen Football Club 1950's, 1970's, and 1980's type Logo's is used to convey the meaning intended and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the intended images - These versions designed by Graeme Watson 2019 (Use of the logos here does not imply endorsement.)
    Insert Photo: The Aberdeen City council coat of arms with "Aberdeen Football Club" added in a circular border badge is used to convey the meaning intended and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the intended images. The image placed in the article discussing Aberdeen F.C., a subject of public interest. The significance of the badge is to help the reader identify the organization, assure the readers that they have reached the right article containing critical commentary about the organization, and illustrate the organization's intended branding message in a way that words alone could not convey. (Badge is for representation only and use of the badge here does not imply endorsement.)
    Insert Article: Newspaper Article, Aberdeen Association Football Club, Aberdeen Evening Express - Thu 06 Oct 1881 & Fri 07 Oct 1881. Insert Article: Transcribed by Graeme Watson 2021.
    Insert Photo: Advert 1898, Albert Hotel, 9 & 9½ Correction Wynd, Aberdeen, Scotland, Courtesy of Fraser Clyne.
    (Clyne, Fraser (2012). The Aberdeen Men Can’t Play Football – An early history of football in Aberdeen, 1881-1903. J. Thompson, Glasgow.)
    E-mail: Fraser Clyne

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