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Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes
2013-2014
 
Craig Brown
Craig Brown
2010-2013
 
Neil Cooper
Neil Cooper
2010-2010
 
Mark McGhee
Mark McGhee
2009-2010
 
Jimmy Calderwood
Jimmy Calderwood
2004-2009
 
Steve Paterson
Steve Paterson
2002-2004
 
Gardiner Speirs
Gardiner Speirs
(Caretaker)

2002-2002
 
Ebbe Skovdahl
Ebbe Skovdahl
1999-2002
 
Paul Hegarty
Paul Hegarty
1998-1999
 
Alex Miller
Alex Miller
1997-1998
 
Keith Burkinshaw
Keith Burkinshaw
(Caretaker)

1997-1997
 
Roy Aitken
Roy Aitken
1995-1997
 
Willie Miller
Willie Miller
1992-1995
 
Alex Smith
Alex Smith
1988-1992
 
Jocky Scott
Jocky Scott
1988-1991
 
Ian Porterfield
Ian Porterfield
1986-1988
 
Archie Knox
Archie Knox
1986-1986
 
Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson
1978-1986
 
Billy McNeill
Billy McNeill
1977-1978
 
Ally MacLeod
Ally MacLeod
1975-1977
 
George Murray
George Murray
(Caretaker)

1975-1975
 
Jimmy Bonthrone
Jimmy Bonthrone
1971-1975
 
Eddie Turnbull
Eddie Turnbull
1965-1971
 
Tommy Pearson
Tommy Pearson
1959-1965
 
Dave Shaw
Dave Shaw
1955-1959
 
Dave Halliday
Dave Halliday
1937-1955
 
Pat Travers
Pat Travers
1924-1937
 
Jimmy Philip
Jimmy Philip
1903-1924
 
Dave Shaw
Dave Shaw When Dave Halliday was lured south by Leicester City during the 1955 close season, an era in the history of the management of Aberdeen Football Club came to a close. Over a 52 year-span, three men Jimmy Philip, Pat Travers and Halliday had guided the Dons from their birth, through all the ups and downs of that long-gone period to the highest domestic honour ? the Scottish League championship.

However, the cozy days of the ?old? style game were about to undergo a major change. As Dave Shaw took over the reigns from Halliday, the first European Cup was about to begin. And only a year before the Hungarians had come to Wembley and proved that the continentals had not only caught up at international level, they had left the old fashioned British game behind. In short, football was on the road to becoming big business. The role of the manager was set to change for ever.

The appointment of Dave Shaw as a manager was a fairly logical one. After all, he had been the man responsible for the conditioning and training of the side that has lifted the league title at the end of the 1954-55 season. Dave?s association with the Dons had begun in July 1950 when he was transferred from a highly-successful Hibs side to Aberdeen. A brother of the more famous ?Tiger Shaw?, Dave had another Dons connection as he was the cousin of the Dons? great 1920s skipper Bert McLachlan.

Dave?s football career began with Banknock Juveniles, from where he moved to Grange Rovers before joining Hibs in 1939. Like all players of his generation, Dave, a very capable left-back, saw a large part of his career put on hold by the Second World War. However, during the immediate post-war era, as part of the flying Hibs side of the day, he received a little in the way of compensation in the shape of eight full Scottish caps and an assortment of honours with the Easter Road club. He was also the side?s skipper in the Dons historic 2-1 win over Hibs in the 1947 Scottish Cup final. Following his transfer to Pittodrie in 1950, Shaw was immediately installed as club captain and continued on in the role even after taking over the trainer?s duties from Jock Patillo on the latter?s departure to become manager of St Johnstone in February, 1953. Dave served the Dons in his dual role as the Dons lost to Rangers in the replayed Scottish Cup final.

At the end of the 1952-53 season, Dave finally called an end to his distinguished playing career to concentrate on his coaching post where he remained until his promotion to manager during the summer of 1955.

Dave Shaw?s task was an unenviable one indeed ? taking over from a man who had just taken the Dons to the very pinnacle of the Scottish game for the first time in their history. Dave Halliday was going to be a tough act to follow, and Shaw?s job wasn?t made any easier by the knowledge that his appointment had not been a unanimous one at board level.

Christened ?Faither? by the players during his stint as trainer, Dave was not one to get involved in the boardroom politics and was the first real ?players? manager? in the club?s history. He had a reputation for being a man who would do anything for the players, and had the ability to make them feel important. With Dave at the helm, the Dons didn?t miss a beat at the start of the 1955-56 season, and quickly swept to their first success (the 1946 Southern League Cup not withstanding) in the League Cup competition by defeating St Mirren 2-1 in the Hampden final after disposing of Rangers in the semi-final.

The defence of the Dons? championship title went extremely well, and a success on that front seemed more likely than not until injuries to skipper Jimmy Mitchell and centre-forward Paddy Buckley dented Shaw?s hopes of going one better than his predecessor. After the initial success of the 1955 League Cup, injuries to key players began to become a regular feature of Dave Shaw?s tenure as manager. Buckley never really recovered from his knee injury, and the likes of Alec Young, and later Archie Glen ? successor to Mitchell as captain ? missed significant spells due to injury blight.

The premature retirement of the late Harry Yorston did little to aid the Shaw cause and the Dons on-field fortunes began to slide. By the end of the 1958-59 season Aberdeen had slumped to 13th position in the league, and although a Scottish Cup Final appearance was something in the way of a pick-me-up for the restless fans, that proved of little comfort when the Dons were upset 3-1 by St Mirren.

On November 17 1959, in the wake of a poor start to the 1959-60 season, Dave Shaw relinquished the manager?s post in favour of former team-mate Tommy Pearson who had taken up the post as youth coach at Pittodrie earlier that year.
Shaw returned to his true forte as club trainer, a post he held until he retired in 1967. He died in 1977.



 
AFC Managerial Record
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
League 148 66 20 62 316 280 36
LeagueCup 36 21 3 12 89 77 12
Other 23 13 5 5 84 41 43
ScotsCup 13 8 1 4 24 18 6