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.
The story of the 1967 Washington Whips is well known amongst Dons' fans. Eddie Turnbull took a stong pool of players on this summer tour of North America that took the form of a Championship competition where the Dons represented Washington DC, playing under the name "Washington Whips."
The Washinton club was in its infancy and they could hardly have had a better representative to get them going than Aberdeen. The Dons party, in battling their way to the play-off final against LA Wolves, won many friends and admirers that summer and their adventure was followed avidly from home by their north-east support. That incident-packed final was described as one of the greatest matches ever played, finishing 6-5 in favour of the LA representatives.
Even after the tour was over and the Dons were back in the rigours of Scotland's winter game, contact was maintained. Here we have the Christmas card that was sent to each member of the Whips' squad by general manager Jerry Cooper. This particular one went to Jim 'Chalky' Whyte and is now archived in The Aberdeen Collection.