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On This Day: 24 February

1912: The Pittodrie attendance record reached a new high of 22,000 when the Dons took on Celtic in a Scottish Cup third round tie that ended 2-2 and went to a replay in Glasgow. Unfortunately the outcome of the return was a 2-0 victory for Celtic.

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1945: The wartime North Eastern League match finishes 4-1 for Aberdeen at East End Park with the unusually named Hutton Bremner scoring twice.

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1920: FOOTBALL. ALLEGED BRIBERY OF PLAYERS At a recent meeting of footballers in Aberdeen an extraordinary statement was made in the course of discussion, to the effect that in an important cup-tie about 12 years ago nine of the eleven players of the first league team were offered and accepted a bribe of 15 each if they lost the match. Immediately, the person who made the statement was challenged by several of those present, because of the fact that certain of the players who took part in the match in question are still playing first -class football. The accuser stuck to his statement and refused to withdraw it. It understood that the matter has been reported to tbe directors of the club affected, and that legal proceedings are likely to result.

Letter to Aberdeen Player. On his arrival at Pittodrie Park on Saturday afternoon, previous to the cup-tie with the Hearts, George Anderson, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, received the following letter which had been sent by post. As will be seen, it is evidently the work of a rather illiterate person: 19/2/20. Dear Mr Anderson, I see you play Hearts on Saturday. Well I will give 10 pounds if you lose this match. I know well Hearts wont lose the match, but if you let in 2 Goals I will reward you with the above sum. If you agree meet me at the queen at seven o'clock on Friday night. If you don't agree with the deal say nothing about it or there will be trouble the First time I see you, but I know you are a good sport. I will have a Grey soft hat on and a waterproof on So you will have a good chance of knowing me. Yours -- A name is signed to the letter, but is withheld for obvious reasons.

After reading the contents Mr Anderson immediately handed the letter over to Mr Tom Duncan, the chairman of the Aberdeen Football Club. The postmark bears the date 6.15am Feb 20, and the letter was delivered at Pittodrie on Friday forenoon. Mr Anderson was not at the ground on that day, and consequently did not receive the letter until before the match on Saturday. It is possible the letter may be the outcome a practical joke, but both the player and Mr Duncan are disposed to regard it in a more serious light.

Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Tuesday 24th February, 1920

Born on this Day
1932 Ian McNeill Inside Left  
1949 Jim Henry Centre Midfield Age: 71
1994 Ryan Fraser Winger Age: 26
1964 Billy Muir Outside Left Age: 56
1905 David H. Palmer Goalkeeper  
Aberdeen Results on 24 February
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2008 Kilmarnock 3-1 Aberdeen SPL Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Click here to watch the Highlights of Kilmarnock v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 6,113
2004 Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen SPL Fir Park, Motherwell 5,225
1993 Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,603
1990 Aberdeen 2-1 Morton Scottish Cup R4 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,500
1980 Rothes 1-4 Aberdeen Friendly Mackessack Park, Rothes
1979 St. Mirren 2-2 Aberdeen Premier Division Love Street, Paisley 11,500
1974 Dunfermline Athletic 0-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) East End Park, Dunfermline 6,959
1962 Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Fir Park, Motherwell 5,000
1951 Falkirk 1-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Brockville Park, Falkirk 10,500
1945 Dunfermline Athletic 1-4 Aberdeen North Eastern League East End Park, Dunfermline 2,000
1940 Albion Rovers 3-3 Aberdeen Regional Cup R1 Cliftonhill, Coatbridge 4,000
1934 Celtic 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Celtic Park, Glasgow 5,500
1926 St. Johnstone 0-0 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R3 REP Muirton Park, Perth 12,500
1923 Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen Scottish Cup QF Easter Road, Edinburgh 28,000
1917 Airdrie 3-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Broomfield Park, Airdrie 2,500
1912 Aberdeen 2-2 Celtic Scottish Cup R3 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 22,000
1909 Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Celtic Park, Glasgow 6,000
1906 Aberdeen 2-2 Motherwell Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,000
1900 Victoria United 5-2 Peterhead Aberdeenshire Cup F Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1900 Forfar Athletic 5-5 Orion Northern League Station Park, Forfar
1894 Orion 11-0 Peterhead Charity Cup Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
1883 Arbroath 6-0 The Aberdeen Friendly Gayfield Park, Arbroath