One legacy that emerged from the Aberdeen FC Centenary year in 2003 was the
formation of the formation of the Aberdeen FC Former Players association. While
several clubs particularly in England have developed similar schemes, the Aberdeen
Association has grown in its first year. At present the association has almost
200 members made up of players who have played for the Dons in the past. These
players the clubs feels still have an important role to play and they can benefit
from still being part of Aberdeen Football Club.
The association was the brainchild of Dons director Chris Gavin and is now
established with a working committee headed up by former Dons Duncan Davidson as Chairman
supported by Jimmy Wilson and Ally Shewan. Also involved is AFC company secretary David Johnston and supporter Martin Ingram.
Formed on 26th November 2003 membership remains open
to all ex-Aberdeen players.
As part of the benefits of membership any player can obtain tickets for any
game at Pittodrie as club guests. It is hoped the Association will develop
this in the future to ensure that members are made welcome any time they
visit Pittodrie in the future.
Several events have been arranged in which former players can take part and
there are also plans to forge closer links with other clubs who have similar
Several avenues of exposure are now in place for the association. Regular newsletters
are produced and distributed by the Association to all members and this has
proved very popular as it keeps all members informed on what the FP's
Association is doing. There is also a regular page in the Aberdeen Matchday
Programme so that Aberdeen supporters are informed on what is happening with
the Association. The final link in the chain is the Association also included
on the club web site. Again it is hoped that this will develop with members
being able to contact each other through the site.