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Monday, 19 February 2007 - 14:00
redweb has moved
new site launched.
Sunday, 18 February 2007 - 23:26
gretna 2 aberdeen 3 aet
wonder goal wins it.
Chris Maguire
Saturday, 17 February 2007 - 16:11
calderwood comments
on another day we could have taken somehing.
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Jimmy Calderwood.
Saturday, 17 February 2007 - 14:25
dons effort fails to produce points
dons fail to get the breaks.
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Friday, 16 February 2007 - 14:50
this week's redalert
includes new wallpaper
Jamie Wallpaper in RedAlert Issue 152
Friday, 16 February 2007 - 12:32
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Friday, 16 February 2007 - 00:49
redmatchday
issue 15
Thursday, 15 February 2007 - 20:14
dons out to slow down celts title march
jimmy hopes to end five year wait.
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Aberdeen v Celtic
Tuesday, 13 February 2007 - 14:51
falkirk res v aberdeen res
ft score
Falkirk v Aberdeen
Monday, 12 February 2007 - 09:53
u19s go down
aberdeen 0 falkirk 3
Saturday, 10 February 2007 - 18:16
calderwood comments
these are the games you have to win.
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Jimmy Calderwood.
Saturday, 10 February 2007 - 16:45
three and easy for dons
euro challenge on course.
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Aberdeen 3 v 0 Dunfermline
Friday, 09 February 2007 - 19:20
friday night news
miller ready to face pars as bagshaw shines for scots.
Lee Miller in squad for tomorrow's game.
Friday, 09 February 2007 - 10:23
early valentine gift from afc but...
..you can't win if you're not at the game
A Football Valentine
Thursday, 08 February 2007 - 20:37
dons ready for euro battle
miller a doubt ahead of pars visit.
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Aberdeen v Dunfermline this Saturday at Pittodrie
Thursday, 08 February 2007 - 17:50
redmatchday
issue 14
Thursday, 08 February 2007 - 09:59
international round up
from this week
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 - 17:53
u19 and reserve games
arranged v falkirk
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 19:47
tenth don involved in international set up
crawford plays in 2-0 win.
Jonathan Crawford
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 12:30
falkirk v aberdeen 3rd march 2007
ticket information
Falkirk v Aberdeen Saturday 3rd March 2007 KO 3pm
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 12:00
young dons beat league leaders
celtic put to the sword.
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Willie John Kiely.
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 10:28
no reserve
game today
Monday, 05 February 2007 - 00:20
scotland u19s win
maguire scores
Friday, 02 February 2007 - 15:33
jamie langfield
gets scotland call up
Friday, 02 February 2007 - 14:06
goals goals goals wallpaper
in this week's redalert
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Thursday, 01 February 2007 - 20:30
news update
injured players back running.
Andrew Considine.
Thursday, 01 February 2007 - 15:33
celtic and bohemians
ticket news
Bohemians FC, Dublin
Thursday, 01 February 2007 - 10:50
aberdeen star kicks
off recycle 4 kit
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 19:44
dream debut for new signing
ross the hat trick hero.
David Ross
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 17:13
dons friendly confirmed
in dublin
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 14:31
scotland b squad
daz and chris called up
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 13:00
darren mackie
signs new contract
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Darren Mackie
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 12:36
mcleish names first
scotland squad
Monday, 29 January 2007 - 16:41
alex mcleish appointed
scotland manager
Saturday, 27 January 2007 - 17:23
calderwood comments
andy's dad had a dream.
Andrew Considine.
Saturday, 27 January 2007 - 16:45
considine sinks saints with first half double
langfield saves spot kick.
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St. Mirren v Aberdeen
Friday, 26 January 2007 - 14:34
signed shirt giveaway
in this week's redalert
RedAlert Issue 149
Friday, 26 January 2007 - 11:24
ticket news
for tomorrow
Friday, 26 January 2007 - 09:00
from paisley to pittodrie
kevin stirling meets frank mcdougall
Frank McDougall
Thursday, 25 January 2007 - 20:59
dons look to bounce back into european contention
touzani back in squad.
St. Mirren v Aberdeen
Thursday, 25 January 2007 - 15:28
u19 fixtures
arranged
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 18:41
spl and mitre
agree new 4 year deal
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 16:05
considine, maguire and bagshaw
recieve scotland call up
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 13:27
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Tuesday, 23 January 2007 - 10:24
new date confirmed
for fir park trip
Monday, 22 January 2007 - 19:24
monday update
byrne closer to return.
Jamie faces op this week.
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 08:17
match postponed
weather knocks out fixture.
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 20:53
aberdeen v motherwell head to head
the complete league record.
Motherwell v Aberdeen
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 15:33
motherwell v aberdeen
pitch inspection at 8.00am
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 11:48
motherwell reduces ticket prices
for tomorrow's match
Motherwell v Aberdeen 20 January
from paisley to pittodrie
McDougall signs in 1984

26 January 2007 09:00

Not for the first time in his tenure as Aberdeen manager, Alex Ferguson plundered his old club St Mirren for players. Doug Bell, Billy Stark and Peter Weir had all been brought in from the Paisley club and that continued when Ferguson sought a replacement for Mark McGhee in the summer of 1984 after McGhee had left on a high, scoring the winning goal against Celtic in the 1984 Scottish Cup Final before moving to Hamburg.

The Gothenburg hero was a hard act to follow. Ferguson knew all about the players he had brought in as he had been in charge of them before but Frank McDougall did not come into that category, as it was Alex Miller who was St Mirren manager back then. While McGhee secured a big money move to old European rivals SV Hamburg, Ferguson immediately identified McDougall as a ready made replacement. The 100,000 fee was certainly well within the Aberdeen budget and along with Clyde?s Tom McQueen, both players signed for the Dons in July 1984.

The more cynical suggested that Aberdeen would never be as strong as they had been without Strachan and McGhee, with big Doug Rougvie all leaving at the same time. For the likes of Frank McDougall the pressure was on to maintain the high standards but Ferguson took the view that McDougall could flourish in his side. Ferguson demanded that his players retain their Premier crown, a feat that had never been achieved by a provincial side. With Aberdeen in the mood to set new standards they got their season off to a flier after defeating Dundee on the opening day of the season.

McDougall in typical pose
Frank had to be patient to make his competitive debut as he had picked up a knock on a pre season tour and ironically it was against his former club St Mirren that McDougall made his first Aberdeen appearance on 18th August 1984. He could not have wished for an easier debut as Aberdeen cruised in to an early two-goal lead and with St Mirren never seriously threatening that lead it was a comfortable afternoon for the visitors. Frank had a quiet first appearance but he did supply the cross for the Dons second goal converted by Willie Falconer. Ian Angus later replaced McDougall as he eased himself into the side.

Frank recalled his time at Pittodrie as the best period of his football career: "It was great to part of that Aberdeen side. We were a real force at the time and when Alex Ferguson came in for me I had little hesitation in joining Aberdeen, they were a great club with a tradition and I was happy to be part of that. Like any footballer I wanted to win things and it was all happening at Pittodrie back then. Alex Ferguson was a big influence on my career and it really took off at Aberdeen, I loved scoring goals and in that side it seemed a lot easier. Ferguson was a great manager although I was once on the wrong side of him after he discovered I was playing snooker one Thursday night before the game on the Saturday. He was none too pleased about that and he certainly made me aware of his anger!

"He was that way with us all and it was all very thorough and professional with Fergie, he never missed a trick. I had a great striking partner in Eric Black who was a lot younger than me, he was exceptional in the air and we struck up a great understanding. He could head them all day as long as I got on the end of them and put the ball away. The highlights for me were when I scored all four goals against Celtic on one occasion and also I got a hat trick against Rangers. The atmosphere at Pittodrie back then was fantastic, we celebrated scoring and they were really up for it, especially against the Old Firm. The Aberdeen support got behind the team and it was a great highlight to be part of that great Aberdeen side."

Frank still holds much affection for Aberdeen and he remains a supporter of the club. He also still holds the club record for the highest ratio of goals per game.