Time Line of Events
Aberdeen Football Club a Scottish football team formed on the 08 of Oct 1881.
On the 11 Mar 1882, Aberdeen Football Club played their first game, Coupar Angus 4, Aberdeen 0
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 Ltd.
10 May 1903, Aberdeen Football Club applied for admission to the First Division, but had to play their first season in the Northern League.
Time Line of Events
On the 01 May 1904, Aberdeen Football Club applied for admission to the First Division having finished Third in the Northern League, but were admitted to the Second Division replacing Ayr Parkhouse F.C. who in 1910, merged with Ayr F.C. to form Ayr United F.C.
On the 26 Nov 1904, Aberdeen Football Club won the Scottish Qualifying Cup, Aberdeen 2 v 0 Renton at Dens Park
On the 01 May 1905, Aberdeen Football Club applied for admission to the First Division having finished 7th in the Second Division, and are successfull as the First Division is expanded from 14 to 16 teams.
Aberdeen's first victory over Rangers, 17 Sep 1910, Rangers 2 v 4 Aberdeen at Ibrox
Aberdeen's first win overseas as part of a tour, 16 May 1911, Slavia Prague 1 v 2 Aberdeen at Prague, Czech Rep
One of the earliest know use of the nickname, Wasps.
Good kicking by Louden gave many likely chances, but the Forres forwards could never make any headway against the "Wasps" defence, Strang in particular distinguishing himself by his clever tackling and dribbling.
(The Aberdeen Daily Journal report against Forres Mechanics, dated Monday 19 Sep 1904)
One of the earliest know use of the nickname, Dons.
Aberdeen's victory even by 1 v 0 over St Mirren is one of the best performances of "The Dons" since their elevation to the First League, and should give them confidence for the future.
(Scottish Referee report against St Mirren, dated Monday 09 Oct 1905)
An early 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 FC Football Card, No 52 The Dons.
A Football Card depicting cartoon caricatures of Aberdeen FC Players wearing their football Black and Gold kit and a Teachers gown robe and hat.
(page 20, "are called the Dons because their home city stands on the River Don.")
(Adventure Football Stamp Album, D.C. Thomson, Adventure, dated 05 Sep 1936)
(An earlier theory as to why they were called the "Dons" is out of the 12 football enthusiasts, who founded the original Aberdeen FC 1881, 8 were School Teachers, "don" meaning "teacher".
Charles 'Chas' Emslie Glennie M.A. was one of the first of three school teachers who instigated the founding of Aberdeen F.C. along with William Stewart and John Alexander McHardy M.A.)
Aberdeen's first victory over Celtic at Celtic Park, 06 Jan 1923, Celtic 1 v 2 Aberdeen
Draw with Liverpool, 22 Apr 1925 at Anfield, Liverpool 1 v 1 Aberdeen, Goalscorers: Donald McKinlay - Willie Jackson
Victory over Chelsea, Empire Exhibition Tournament, 27 May 1938, Chelsea 0 v 4 Aberdeen at Ibrox
As the away team in the Semi-Final, Aberdeen wore a change strip of blue shirt with white sleeves, Aberdeen 6 v 2 Hearts at Easter Road
Aberdeen beat East Fife at Bayview Park saving themselves the chance of relegation, 20 Apr 1949, East Fife 1 v 4 Aberdeen
Victory over Sunderland, 16 Apr 1951, Aberdeen 2 v 1 Sunderland at Pittodrie Park
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(Clyne, Fraser (2012). The Aberdeen Men Can’t Play Football – An early history of football in Aberdeen, 1881-1903. J. Thompson, Glasgow.)
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Aberdeen F.C. - Family/DNA
An un-official compilation of the family tree of Aberdeen Football Club's official's, player's and staff from 1881 to present from one personal family tree.