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.
One of the more unusual and certainly one of the more macabre mementoes that the dons have brought back from their travels around the world, is this miniature whale hunting kit. The more sensitive amongst us would probably not wish to know exactly how the real equivalent would be used.
This was a gift to the Dons in August 1980 when the travelled to the Faroe Islands to play a friendly match against Torshaven, where they had a comfortable 5-1 victory, Ian Scanlon scoring twice with Drew Jarvie John McMaster and Andy Watson scoring the other goals.
The presentation case measures sixteen inches by 10 inches and has a small plaque engraved with the names of the teams. Strangely, this gift has never been on show in the boardroom, and it was not recorded whether any of the players sampled any whale products whilst on the islands.