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On This Day: 12 December

1896: Orion reached their Club record score against Culter in the Aberdeenshire Cup semi-final. The record also applied to Cattofield Grounds and remained unmatched till Orion were wound up and the ground closed to top class football in 1903.

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1998: Robbie Winters and Eoin Jess both score for the Dons as Aberdeen overrun Hearts and give the supporters hope after a very poor run of results in the first half of the season.

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1970: Aberdeen kept the League race very much alive by beating Celtic 1-0 at Parkhead in front of a reported 63,000 crowd. Joey Harper scored the goal and the Dons' defence ensured victory by comfortably withstanding the inevitable Celtic assault. In so doing, they chalked up a seventh successive clean sheet.

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1910: For the first time known, the Aberdeen Daily Journal referred to an Aberdeen team as "The Dons," in a report of a friendly game between Brechin City and Aberdeen A. The Scotsman had begun using the term in March 1909. We have found what we believe to be the earliest usage of all and the story will appear in a match programme before the end of this year.


1922: FAIRYLAND IN CITY SHOPS. Christmas Toy Displays. GERMAN GOODS AGAIN TO THE FORE. With Christmas but a fortnight distant the firms that cater for the juvenile requirements of Aberdeen are now vieing with one another in the splendour of their displays of toys and such things as gladden the hearts of children. A walk along Union Street, and the other leading thoroughfares in the city, reveals the fact that every other shop window is a veritable child's fairyland. At all hours of the day large numbers of children are to be found feasting their eyes on the large selections of good things exhibited. So varied are the toys offered for sale that shoppers on entering any of these emporiums are bewildered.

Test of Salesmanship. Parents on being conducted over the showrooms experience great difficulty in making a final selection of the Christmas gift for their boys and girls. The result is that the shop assistants are called upon to exercise all their gifts of salesmanship, and help the perplexed shopper in deciding what form the gift is to take. Shopkeepers, anticipating this difficulty in coming to a decision on the part of their customers, have laid out their goods in sections for boys' and girls' toys. All the old familiar toys, such as the hobbyhorse, have reappeared, while many new delights, including miniature cinemas, and useful motor car models, have been placed on the market. Dolls, large and small, and representative of all nationalities, are the most outstanding of the goods on offer for girls, while the necessary adjuncts of prams and dolls' houses, tea sets, etc., are also being largely purchased. When it comes to deciding what form the boys' present should take, the parent is met with a bigger problem to solve. In this department of toyland a wonderful advance has been made in recent years. The old wooden form of toy has been placed in the background, and now the mechanical toy is all the craze. The most recent of this class of toy is the model aeroplane, which is in great demand, and the better classes of the model give a splendid illustration of the aeroplane flight. For the more serious-minded boy, and boys who have left their childhood days behind them, a keen trade is being done in tool-sets, while the sporting boy has many articles to choose from, these ranging from the usual football to a miniature golfing outfit.

German Toys a Feature. The feature of the Christmas toy show, apart from the wideness of the variety of articles on the market, is the remarkably low prices that are ruling. The sums asked for this year show a welcome reduction from those which ruled last year. Once more the German-made toys hold the market, so far as the cheaper class of toys are concerned. Practically without exception the dolls on sale are of German make and the prices are about half of those that prevailed last year. The field for mechanical toys, of the cheaper quality, is also an exclusively German one, but when a more solid model is required the foreign toy gives place to a home-made one. The leading shops in the city are catering for all classes of the community, and the number of small but attractive toys is amazing. Special attention is also being paid to the supply of dainty toys for hanging on Christmas trees, and the same wide variety also holds good in this department. Up to the present, the trade has been brisk, but, despite this fact, the shopkeepers do not anticipate that their returns will be anything like equal to those last year on account of the vastly reduced prices of the goods.

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Tuesday December 12th, 1922

Born on this Day
1883 Ken Ross Right Half  
1919 Willie Waddell Centre Half  
Died on this Day
2014 Ken Findlay Left Half  
Aberdeen Results on 12 December
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2015 Aberdeen 1-0 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premiership Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 13,110
2009 Aberdeen 1-2 Hamilton SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Hamilton now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 9,499
1998 Aberdeen 2-0 Heart of Midlothian SPL 11,137
1992 Dundee United 2-2 Aberdeen Premier Division Tannadice Park, Dundee 10,394
1987 Aberdeen 4-0 Morton Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 8,000
1979 Aberdeen 0-3 Dundee United League Cup F REP Dens Park, Dundee 28,933
1970 Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Celtic Park, Glasgow 63,000
1964 Heart of Midlothian 6-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tynecastle, Edinburgh 12,117
1959 Aberdeen 0-0 Arbroath Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 8,000
1953 Hamilton 3-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Douglas Park, Hamilton 7,500
1942 Aberdeen 5-1 Raith Rovers North Eastern Supplementary Cup Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 8,000
1936 Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,000
1931 Aberdeen 0-0 Rangers Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 23,000
1925 Partick Thistle 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Firhill, Glasgow 8,000
1914 Partick Thistle 3-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Firhill, Glasgow 6,000
1908 Dundee 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Dens Park, Dundee 14,000
1903 Forfar Athletic 2-6 Aberdeen Northern League Station Park, Forfar 2,000
1896 Peterhead 0-1 Victoria United Aberdeenshire Cup SF Recreation Park, Peterhead
1896 Orion 18-0 Culter Aberdeenshire Cup SF Cattofield, Aberdeen
1896 The Aberdeen 4-4 Mossend Swifts Friendly Chanonry, Aberdeen
1891 The Aberdeen 6-4 Bon-Accord Aberdeenshire Cup R2 Chanonry, Aberdeen
1891 Peterhead 2-15 Orion Aberdeenshire Cup R2 Recreation Park, Peterhead
1891 Ellon 0-0 Victoria United Aberdeenshire Cup R2