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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
Toronto & Distrcict FA Medal 1927

When Jimmy Philip was appointed first as Secretary and then as Manager of Aberdeen, the Club gained a very well respected football administrator. He regularly represented the Club at SFA meetings and became involved with the Scottish International selectors. In 1927, Jimmy was appointed as one of four Officials to join the Scottish team on an extensive and very successful summer tour of Canada.

Over the course of two months, the Scotland party travelled the length and breadth of the country, playing many games ad recording a great series of victories against representative teams in the bigger cities. In total, twenty matches were played and Scotland won 19 of these, losing only to Toronto by 3-2. In the other matches results included two occasions when the Scots' scoreline ran to ten goals, and another two where they scored nine.

During the tour Jimmy was presented with this medal by the Toronto and District FA to mark his visit. The medal has been procured by the AFC Heritage Trust and is now a part of The Aberdeen Collection and will eventually go on show with many other football artefacts at the planned AFC Heritage Museum.

Before taking charge at Pittodrie in 1903, Jimmy had already built an impressive career in football as both a referee and administrator. One of his many career milestones was that he refereed the first ever match played at the new Pittodrie Park - on the second of September 1899. Once in charge of Aberdeen FC, Jimmy never spared himself in his efforts to make the club as good as it could be and to keep Aberdeen football at the table of the SFA. Jimmy, who was also an Aberdeen Town Councillor for a time, was always ready to stand up for the interests of the local game, not only his own club, and it was this strength of character which brought him to his international travels and to Canada as a representative of the Scottish game.