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.
A pair of boot that were used by striker George McNicol back in 1904/05 has were saved from a sad fate. The boots had been rescued from a skip at Pittodrie back in 1993 and then lain unidentified in a shed for twenty years. As soon as they were shown to the AFC Heritage Trust the significance of the boots was realised when the name of George McNicol was spotted scratched into the leather inside the uppers.
It is believed that these are the boots that McNicol wore when playing for the Black and Gold against Renton at Dens Park in the Qualifying Cup Final of November 1904. McNicol was the scorer of the two goals that brought the first National piece of silverware back to Pittodrie, much to the delight of their followers and the whole City of Aberdeen. McNicol was at Pittodrie for two seasons, making 27 appearances and scoring a healthy 14 goals before leaving the Club as it strove to build a stronger, more competitive side.
The boots, which still have mud and chalk sticking to the soles, were in very poor condition but the Heritage Trust immediately took them to conservation experts at Hopetoun House and paid £300 to have them very carefully cleaned and conserved so that they can be seen by Dons' fans now and far into the future. A customised display cabinet was made for the boots and has been put on show in the Black and Gold Lounge at Pittodrie Stadium, providing a bit of three dimensional atmosphere to a room packed with vintage pictures of the Dons of a bygone era.
It is thanks to the support and donations of fellow Dandies that we are able to bring artefacts like these into The Aberdeen Collection - long may that continue.