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The Aberdeen Collection

During the 100-year history of Aberdeen Football Club there have been many trophies, mementos and unique items of memorabilia inherited along the way. Unfortunately the club don't have enough space to display this fascinating collection at the moment and so many fans are unaware of their existence. Each of the items has a story to tell and some are well known while others are a bit more obscure. All, of course, contribute to the rich history of Aberdeen Football Club.

Over time we hope to populate 'The Trophy Cabinet' section with a large selection of items. To launch we have showcased six exhibits to give you an idea of the treasure trove lurking in Pittodrie. We hope readers find this fascinating and possibly get a further insight into the history of the club. In fact one of the initial items is a bit of a mystery to everyone at the club and if anyone can shed some light into it's background we want to hear from you.



Bobby Calder Trophy

Drybrough Cup Tankard

Saskatchewan Soccer Association Memento

"The Dons" by Paine Proffitt

European Cup Winners Cup 1983

Changi Internment Camp

Cup Winners' Shield 1947

An early history of Aberdeen Football Club

1937 Miniature Football Boots

North Eastern Supplementary League Cup

Celta Vigo European Souvenir

Eintracht Frankfurt 1979

The Gershon Cup

Tennents Trophy 1990

1979-80 Champions Clock

Irish Free State Harp 1934

Northern League Trophy

Pittodrie match programme 1908

European Super Cup 1983

Toronto & Distrcict FA Medal 1927

Aberdeenshire Cup Poster

George McNicol's Boots

Bobby Clark Testimonial Tankard

Chelsea Plate
The Gershon Cup

The Gershon Cup was played for during the 1890's between the three clubs that went on to form the current Aberdeen FC. Victoria United, Aberdeen, and Orion were by far the biggest and most professional local clubs and when The Glasgow Clothing Company came to the city their representative, Mr. A. J. Gershon, decided to promote the company by donating a Cup. Over four season he donated three trophies and the one pictured here was won by Victoria United when the beat Aberdeen 4-1 on the 21st of March in 1896. Orion were the winners on the other three occasions.

The trophy we have pictured sits in the boardroom where it arrived in 1978 courtesy of Mr Jack Reid, a former captain of the Aberdeen University football team, and Charlie Davidson, a descendant of Jim Ririe. Jim was the captain of Victoria United, and when the club was wound up prior to the amalgamation in 1903 with Orion and Aberdeen, senior players were given club assets. Jim was handed the 1895-96 Gershon Trophy and it was kept in his family till its arrival at Pittodrie in about 1978, where it is now proudly on show in the Club's boardroom.