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On This Day: 23 October

1903: The first man ever to be appointed as captain of Aberdeen Association Football Club - Joseph Haise - died as the result of a gunshot wound during a bazaar in the Sackville Hall, Dublin. The coronor's jury found that the death was accidental and exonorated Colin A. Binnie who had caused the death.

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1972: A strong Manchester United side, George Best included, comes to Pittodrie for a friendly and in front of 36,000 delighted locals are cuffed 5-2 with Joe Harper scoring twice. Best had a hard time from the crowd and a quiet night in terms of his contribution.

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1936: FROM OLD INFIRMARY TO NEW BUILDINGS Work of Transferring Staff and Patients Will Begin on November 23 HOW BIG AND DIFFICULT TASK WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED "The arrangements in connection with the transfer of the patients from the present Infirmary to the new Infirmary at Foresterhill were discussed, and it was decided that the move to the new Infirmary should be started on November 23." This extract from the minutes of the meeting of the directors of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary yesterday is the prelude to an event which has been awaited with interest in Aberdeen and the North-east, the complete transference of patients, staff, and equipment from Aberdeen's old Infirmary to the splendid new buildings at Foresterhill. Despite the magnitude of the task, it is one which will have to be accomplished with the least delay and the lowest cost, having regard to the primary consideration of the safety and comfort of the patients, and no detail which will avoid waste of time, expense, and, above all, discomfort to the sufferers, has been overlooked. The movement, which will be under the direction of Dr J. C. Knox, the Medical Superintendent of the Infirmary, will be carried out without the slightest interruption to the work dealing with urgent cases, whether they arise in the day or in the night.

Waiting-List Cases The greatest difficulty arises from the fact that by far the larger part of the equipment to be used in the new Infirmary is present in use at the old Infirmary at Woolmanhill, and can only be transferred after release, either by limiting admissions for a period or transfer of patients to Foresterhill. It is proposed to effect a combination of these two methods. On the other hand another part of the work is simplified by the fact that some of the nursing staff is already in residence at the new Infirmary, while the main kitchen is already in use. The admission of waiting-list cases will actually cease for only two weeks. This will be done in order to reduce the number of patients contained in the medical and surgical wards. It is expected that about thirty patients will be transferred each Monday for three successive Mondays from the main departments. The Infirmary will be divided up into surgical units, each movable on its own. Two weeks before it moves the unit will cease taking in waiting-list cases, which means that the number of patients in that unit will be steadily diminishing during the two weeks. Other units will continue as usual until two weeks before they move.

Details of Transfer Here are the details of the main part of the transfer: Five weeks prior to the commencement of moving it will be necessary for two wards, Ward II Surgical and Ward V Medical, to cease to admit waiting-list cases. During the first two of these weeks the wards in question will receive emergency cases on their usual receiving days. These two preparatory weeks should allow of a preliminary reduction in cases sufficient to permit of the main surgical and medical wards adopting a weekly receiving arrangement which will be operative for six weeks. Thereafter the present arrangement of receiving days will be reverted to. Following the two preparatory weeks, medical and surgical wards will receive cases daily for a week, from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Monday. This arrangement will be initiated by Ward II Surgical and Ward V Medical. These two wards will receive for one week, will be closed for reception cases (either waiting-list or emergency) for the two following weeks, and receive again the third week in the new Infirmary. A similar routine will apply to other medical and surgical wards in pairs. In "Special" Wards The effect of this arrangement will be that two wards (one medical and one surgical) will move to the new Infirmary each Monday and at the time of moving the number of cases will be at a minimum. This will ease the work of the ward and allow of the medical and the nursing staff completing their arrangements, especially operating theatre arrangements, for the third week, which, of course, will be the first receiving week in the new Infirmary. In the case of the "special" wards - eye, ear, skin, gynaecology, orthopaedic - these cannot be transferred on the lines of the general medical and surgical wards, and it will be necessary for the honorary staff to limit admission from the waiting list to reduce numbers. It is suggested that emergency cases not likely to be sufficiently recovered from operative treatment be not admitted to the appropriate special ward immediately prior to the date of removal, but be admitted to the general medical or surgical ward receiving for the week.

For Serious Cases It is possible that in spite of controlling admissions and operative procedures on the lines suggested, when the time comes for moving, one or two patients might be considered too ill to be moved with safety. Such patients will be concentrated in suitable wards at Woolmanhill and attended to there as long as may be necessary. It is hoped, however, that this provision may not be necessary. The night staff are now in residence at Foresterhill and are being transported daily to their duties at Woolmanhill. As patients are moved to the new Infirmary, the members of the staff will automatically take duty with the same set of patients. The day staff will moved on the same day as the patients of their ward.

Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Friday October 23rd, 1936

Born on this Day
1940 Gordon Sim Left Back Age: 78
1923 Alex Hawson Inside Right  
Died on this Day
2012 Hugh Hay Inside Left  
1962 Jock Hume Defender  
Aberdeen Results on 23 October
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2011 Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen SPL Celtic Park, Glasgow Click here to watch the Highlights of Celtic v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 49,037
2010 Aberdeen 4-2 Hibernian SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Hibernian now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 7,587
2004 Aberdeen 2-1 Motherwell SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Motherwell now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 10,737
1999 Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,317
1993 Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee United Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 13,566
1988 Aberdeen 2-3 Rangers League Cup F Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 72,122
1985 Servette 0-0 Aberdeen European Cup R2 1L Stade des Charmilles, Geneva 8,000
1982 Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen Premier Division Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 3,400
1978 Arbroath Select 2-2 Aberdeen Testimonial Gayfield Park, Arbroath 1,200
1976 Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 19,379
1972 Aberdeen 5-2 Manchester United Friendly Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 36,000
1971 Morton 0-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Cappielow Park, Greenock 4,843
1968 Aberdeen 2-1 Real Zaragoza Fairs Cities Cup R2 1L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 25,000
1965 Clyde 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow 1,500
1954 Aberdeen 4-1 East Fife Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,500
1948 Aberdeen 4-4 Clyde Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 20,000
1943 Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen North Eastern League Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
1937 Morton 3-5 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Cappielow Park, Greenock 13,000
1926 Celtic 6-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Celtic Park, Glasgow 12,000
1920 Aberdeen 1-0 Raith Rovers Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 13,000
1915 Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 4,500
1912 Aberdeen 0-2 Hibernian Inter-City League Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1909 Aberdeen 2-2 Motherwell Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,000
1897 Arbroath 6-1 The Aberdeen Northern League Gayfield Park, Arbroath 2,000
1897 Victoria United 6-1 Dundee A Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1897 Orion 10-1 Lochee United Scottish Qualifying Cup R4 Cattofield, Aberdeen
1886 Orion 1-0 Rangers, Aberdeen Friendly Recreation Grounds, Inches, Aberdeen
1886 St Laurence 0-6 The Aberdeen Friendly Episcopal Manse Glebe, Laurencekirk