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 Dons have undertaken many summer tours in many parts of the World. In May and June of 1972 they headed off on a twelve match tour of North America, starting with two games in Bermuda, then across the USA and into Canada before reurning once more to the States. On 4th June they were in New York and faced up to recent Champions of Ecuador, Barcelona, a team that like the Dons had never been relegated from their top League.
Before kick-off, in the Randall's Island Stadium, in Manhattan, this penant was presented to Captain Steve Murray and is the only keepsake of the encounter.
The match should have been a challenging one but despite the physical element of the game, the Dons ran up a comfortable 5-1 victory. Dave Robb described the opposition as "the dirtiest team I have ever played against."