Aberdeen FC - Pittodrie Stadium

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A Brief History of Pittodrie Stadium

Aberdeen Association Football Club took possession of the land in 1891, Pittodrie or Gallows Marsh as it was known was a former dung hill for police horses which was leased from Mr. Knight Erskine of Pittodrie, on a ten-year lease. (The club later purchased the ground, on the 01 Dec 1920 for £5,668.)
On the 02 Sept 1899, the ground was officially opened with the first game played a friendly, Aberdeen 7-1 Dumbarton, goal scorer's Aberdeen, Shiach 3, Gray 2, Fullarton 1, Dumbarton 1 (o.g.) - Dumbarton, Millar 1. Aberdeen's, Alexander "Alex" Shiach No 11 outside left was the first player to score and went on to score a hat-trick, scoring at both end's of the ground.

Aberdeen University Special Collections

engineering drawings of Pittodrie from 1899.

Aberdeen Football Club Ground. Plan. 1899. - Photo courtesy of University of Aberdeen

Area of current Pittodrie ground, plan for Pittodrie Park, home of original Aberdeen Football Club. In colour showing sections of ground to be removed. 1899. (MS 3860/776)

Aberdeen Football Club - Recreation Ground at Merkland [Pittodrie Park]. 1899. - Photo courtesy of University of Aberdeen

Original Aberdeen Football Club pitch [Pittodrie Park, 1899]: "Aberdeen Football Club - Sections of Recreation Ground at Merkland Road". 13 March 1899. (MS 3860/775/2)

The plans were found by the Aberdeen University Special Collections department when cataloguing the MacDonald maps and plans collection, which dates to the late 1800s.

Aberdeen Football Club Ground Surrounding Area: Plan. 1899. - Photo courtesy of University of Aberdeen

Plan of Aberdeen Football Club ground, highlighted in pink, and surrounding area including Trinity Cemetery, Broad Hill, St Peters Cemetery and King Street. 1899. (MS 3860/774)

Sketch of Pittodrie as it was for the opening in 1899.

Pittodrie Sketch Feb 1900 B&W - Photo courtesy of Fraser Clyne

Pittodrie Sketch Feb 1900

The club merged

On the 15th Aug 1903, the club merged with Orion FC and Victoria Utd FC to form the current Aberdeen FC. The new amalgamated Aberdeen FC played their first game at Pittodrie Park in the Northern League, Aberdeen 1 v 1 Stenhousemuir, goal scorer's Aberdeen's, William "Willie" McAulay No 10 (Captain), first half - Stenhousemuir's, McNair 2nd half.

Pittodrie in the 1920's

Pittodrie in the 1920's - Original B&W picture - No copyright - attached.

Pittodrie in the 1920's

The old grandstand at Pittodrie in the 1920's - Original B&W picture - No copyright - attached.

The old grandstand at Pittodrie in the 1920's

Aerial view of Pittodrie Stadium c.1929 - Original B&W picture - No copyright - attached.

Aerial view of Pittodrie Stadium c.1929

View from Broad Hill to Pittodrie Stadium, Richard Donald Stand and South Stand, 2015 - Copyright © 2015 Graeme Watson

View from Broad Hill to Pittodrie Stadium, Richard Donald Stand and South Stand, 2015.

Pittodrie Stadium Map - Copyright © 2020 Graeme Watson

Pittodrie Stadium Map

Construction

The Main Stand was constructed in 1925, (In 1968 it had a re-development) which houses the club offices, dressing rooms and teams enter the pitch from a tunnel to the extreme left of this stand near the Richard Donald stand.

The South Stand was originally an embankment which was remodelled as a standing terrace, seating and a large single tiered cantilever roof were later added in 1978.

The King Street End Stand (Merkland Road Family Stand) had a roof added in 1934. On 09 Oct 1985 after the stand had been rebuilt the stand was officially opened with Aberdeen playing Dundee Utd in a League Cup semi-final second leg. Aberdeen 1 v 0 Dundee Utd, goal scorer Aberdeen's, Frank McDougall No 9 center forward.

In the 1992-93 season the Beach End Stand on the east side of the ground was demolished, with the new two-tier Richard Donald stand with a row of executive boxes running across the middle, named after the club's long serving chairman constructed in its place at a cost of £4.5 million. On 10 Aug 1993, the new stand was opened with a League Cup 2nd round game, Aberdeen 5 v 0 Clydebank, goal scorer's Aberdeen, Shearer 3' (pen), 69', 72', McLeish 49', Richardson 66'.
The Official opening of the Richard Donald Stand was on the 18 Aug 1993, attendance: 11,088 Friendly, Aberdeen 1 v 1 SV Hamburg, goal scorer's Aberdeen, Shearer 35' and Kostner Hamburg. Aberdeen won 3 v 1 on penalties scored by Kane, Miller and Booth.

The Merkland Road Stand is Aberdeen FC’s family stand and currently named the Red Shed.

Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, The King Street End Stand (Merkland Road Family Stand), Aberdeen, Scotland, 2015 - Copyright © 2018 Graeme Watson.

The King Street End Stand (Merkland Road Family Stand)

The entrance to the stand is a façade constructed from granite, a local Aberdeen stone which has given Aberdeen the epithet The Granite City.

The King Street End Stand (Merkland Road Family Stand)

The Red Shed

The Red Shed, was tested during the Scottish Cup clashes at Pittodrie during the 2019-20 season. It changed the The King Street End Stand (Merkland Road Family Stand) from a family sitting area to a standing area with flags and atmosphere. Aberdeen have announced the "Red Shed" will become a permanent fixture for the 2020-21 season, now postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The future

Aberdeen FC’s proposed £50 million stadium and training facilities at Kingsford, near Westhill, were approved by Aberdeen City Council in 2018.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson officially opened Cormack Park (Named after now Chairman Dave Cormack for his significant contribution to the project) on the 31 Oct 2019, the new multi-million pound training complex, community sports hub and football academy at Kingsford.

24 Apr 2020, Aberdeen have put plans for the new Kingsford Stadium on hold due the COVID-19 crisis.

Pittodrie Stadium - Gallery

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  • A.F.C Official's, Player's, match and staff details source: AFC Heritage - The Official Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust.
    Header Background: Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2015 - Copyright © 2015 Graeme Watson.
    Insert Photo: View from Broad Hill to Pittodrie Stadium, Richard Donald Stand and South Stand, 2015 - Copyright © 2015 Graeme Watson.
    Insert Photo: Pittodrie Stadium, Map - Copyright © 2020 Graeme Watson.
    Insert Photo's: Pittodrie in the 1920's, The old grandstand at Pittodrie in the 1920's & Aerial view of Pittodrie Stadium c.1929 - Original B&W picture's - No copyright - attached.
    Insert Photo's: Aberdeen Football Club Ground and Surrounding Area: Plan, MS 3860/774. N.p., 1899. Print. Beattie et al. Aberdeen Football Club - Recreation Ground at Merkland Road [Pittodrie Park]: Plans, MS 3860/775/2. N.p., 1899. Print. Aberdeen Football Club Ground: Plan, MS 3860/776. N.p., 1899. Print. Photo's courtesy of University of Aberdeen
    Insert Photo: Pittodrie Sketch Feb 1900 B&W, 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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