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The following list contains 100 legends from our history.


Alec Young
A product of Blantyre Vics, withwhom he won a Junior Cup medal, Young proved to be an inspirational centre half for the Dons, and part of the much-vaunted Allister, Young and Glen half back line that was the sound basis of the Dons success in the 50's. Renowned for his legendary sliding tackle, Young left the Dons in 1958, after a series of injuries had taken its toll.
  Alec Young
Alec Cheyne   Alec Cheyne
Alexander George Cheyne created his own piece of history when he scored for Scotland against England at Hampden in 1929. His goal, direct from a corner kick in the last minute was the catalyst that started the famous "Hampden Roar." The Scotsman's match report tells us that, due to an injury to Jackson, Cheyne had to patrol his wing alone and that when he scored "he had greatness thrust upon him" by a trick of the wind. An Artisticly creative player with a crafty body swerve, he joined Aberdeen from Shettleston in 1925, he was transferred to Chelsea for a club record £6,000 fee. Cheyne also became one of the first Scot to play abroad when he went to France and joined Nimes. He later returned to Chelsea before becoming Chelmsford City coach (1936-1939) and then managed Arbroath from May 1949 til May 1955.

Preston North End representatives were at Hampden on Saturday. Were they watching Cheyne? If so, they need not knock at the Pittodrie "gate," as he is not "for sale."

Source: Bon-Accord, 28th December 1928

Alexander Halkett
Nicknamed "Ecky," Halkett was one of the original pioneering Aberdeen players who helped ease the club in to the Scottish League in the early part of the century. Signed from Dundee in 1904, became a regular right half in the Dons side and was a firm favourite for the "Black & Golds". Elevated to club captain in 1907, Halkett was never capped for his country and scored two goals during his five seasons at Pittodrie.

"Alexander Halkett, right-half, is one of the neatest players who ever kicked a ball. He comes of a well-known Dundee family of footballers, and fully keeps up the reputation of it. A most judicious man, and one who is very seldom off form." [Aberdeen Evening Gazette 26th November 1904]

HALKETT GOES TO PORTSMOUTH

Alexander Halkett, who has been with the Aberdeen club since the amalgamation, has been transferred to the Portsmouth club. Many were regret this players departure, and his finished half-back play will be a distinct loss to the Pittodrie club. Halkett commenced playing for Aberdeen when the club was admitted to the Second Division of the league, there was thus the oldest playing member in the club. He was the sole remaining player of the team which won the Qualifying Cup in 1904-5.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 12th May 1909

Mrs. Halkett, Spey Street, Kingussie, received official intimation last week that her husband, Gunner Alexander Halkett, Royal Field Artillery, has fallen in action. Th edeceased was one of the most prominent football players in the west and middle districts of Scotland. He leaves a young wife and child.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 20th March 1917

Military Profile
Rank Gunner
Regiment/Service Royal Field Artillery
Unit "C" Battalion, 87th Brigade
Service Number 143620
Cemetery SAILLY-AU-BOIS MILITARY CEMETERY
CWGC Reference www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=282387
Additional Info

THE PEOPLE'S JOURNAL: 17.03.1917
WAR CASUALTIES - PERTH
News has come to hand that Gunner Alexander L. Halkett, R.F.A., a well-known football player, has been killed in action. Gunner Halkett, who was the son of Mr John Halkett, 1 Park Avenue, Dundee. enlisted about midsummer last year, and went to the front in December. He was at one time half-back for Dundee Football Club, and afterwards acted as captain for Aberdeen F.C. Latterly he came to Perth to play for St. Johnstone. Gunner Halkett was 35 years of age, and was married ten months ago.


  Alexander Halkett
Alex Jackson   Alex Jackson
One of the "Wembley Wizards" Jackson was a winger with a rare talent, never before had the Aberdeen support seen. Was plucked from the obscurity of America by former Don Jock Hume, who recommended him to Aberdeen. Gained his first cap at the age of 19, and was snapped up by Huddersfield before he was twenty for a record £5,000 fee in early May 1925, after only one superb season at Pittodrie. Later moved to Chelsea for a fee of £8,500 and moved to France to play for Nice. Tragically died in a road accident in 1946 while serving with the Army in Egypt.

Full name: Alexander Skinner Jackson.

Brother of Wattie Jackson.

Alex McLeish
Signed for the Dons in 1977 from Glasgow United, and went on to become a Dons legend, gaining 77 caps for Scotland. An integral part of the great Dons side of the 80's, forged a rock-solid defensive partnership with Willie Miller that is arguably the greatest ever seen in the Scottish game. A dominating centre-half, McLeish remains a great favourite at Pittodrie, and was awarded a testimonial in 1990. Joined Motherwell as manager in 1994 after a remarkable 17-year Pittodrie career. Another member of the Dons exclusive 500 plus appearances club.
  Alex McLeish
Ally Shewan   Ally Shewan
Joined up at Pittodrie in 1960, having made two trial appearances early in the 1960-1961 season, and after a spell in the reserves, made the left back spot virtually his own during the 60's. A consistent performer, Shewan was a tough competitor, with a high level of consistency and was rarely injured. Played for the Dons on 300 occasions, and was also in the team that lost out to Celtic in the 1967 Cup final. Moved to Australia for a short spell in 1969 before returning to play for Elgin City.
Currently Ally is an active committee member of the AFC Former Players Assocoation and an AFC Ambassador.
Andy Love
Love was a fast, tricky winger who took over from Alec Reid in the Dons first team. Signed from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in 1925, Love became a vital supply source for the prolific Benny Yorston, and also weighed in with 83 goals during his Aberdeen career. Love was capped for Scotland in 1931, and was eventually released by the Dons in 1935, when he moved to Aldershot.
  Andy Love
Archie Baird   Archie Baird

Inside forward Baird joined the Dons in 1938 but had a long wait to make his Aberdeen debut due to the war. Scored in the Dons first national triumph in the 3-2 Southern League Cup win against Rangers in 1946. Was also a vital part of the Dons successful Scottish Cup side a year later. Represented Scotland in wartime internationals, Archie Baird joined St Johnstone at the end of the 1952-53 season.

Another link with this football club's past was lost forever on the 4th November 2009, with the sad news that former player and Aberdeen legend, Archie Baird, has passed away. However his memory will always live on at Aberdeen Football Club. Whenever the Scottish Cup comes around, talk will be of the side that carried off the crown in 1947, for the very first time, and Archie Baird's role in it. That will never die.

Archie Baird Interview taken from RedMatchday earlier this year 

Being the oldest known living former Don was not a burden that would have worried Archie Baird; after all he has been through some incredible experiences in what has been a memorable playing career and personal life. Archie had celebrated his 90th birthday on the 8th May and was the only surviving Don from the team that won the Dons first Scottish Cup in 1947.

Archie Baird Born in Rutherglen, Archie joined Aberdeen as a youngster of great promise in the summer of 1938. Aberdeen offered Archie a two-year contract which was unusual back then for any young player to be rewarded with more than a year's contract. "I had offers from Blackpool, Motherwell, St Mirren, Partick and others but my mother influenced my final decision due to the fact that Aberdeen manager Dave Halliday had good, honest eyes that were what clinched my move to Aberdeen. I had always admired the Dons and their style and moving to Aberdeen was a clean break. It all happened so quickly; six months after starting as a Junior I was away to Aberdeen and earning £4 per week with a £20 signing on fee. I set out on my great adventure in July 1938 leaving Buchanan Street station in Glasgow in the company of someone called Willie Waddell but not my right wing buddie from Strathclyde. By a strange coincidence there was another young player of that name with Renfrew and he too had just signed for Aberdeen. Willie was a fine player and we grew to become close friends for many years."

Archie soon began to realise what being at a football club like Aberdeen was all about as he started out in the reserves. "We got a taste of full-time training the month before the start of the season. Donald Colman was the trainer at that time; a quiet-spoken intelligent man. He made an immediate impression on me. When he entered the dressing room you could sense he had the respect of the hard-bitten pros. Donald was detailed in everything he did and that rubbed off on the players. He would advise players on their fitness and diet and the importance of living healthy. He was ahead of his time. He also got the best out of players and that was his real strength. Matt Armstrong was struggling to make it at Celtic but Colman transformed him at Pittodrie and he went on to become one of the best forwards ever to play for the Dons. I soon began to realise that I would turn to Donald for guidance as my form began to suffer and I lost confidence. I saw my friend Willie Waddell promoted to the first team and I was delighted for him but things were not going well for me and I was struggling to make an impact."

It was at that point that events in Europe were soon to have an impact on the whole country as Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939. All football was immediately stopped as every attention turned to the war effort. Events during those difficult times would have a huge bearing on Archie. "It all happened so quickly. Here I was in Aberdeen and trying to make my way as a professional player and also training to be an architect. A couple of months later I was conscripted and was very soon in France as a member of a medical corps unit with the ill-fated British Expeditionary Force. I missed the evacuation of Dunkirk, and only managed to leave France on the last ship out of St Nazaire. That was in the summer of 1940. By Christmas I was in the Western Desert, and by May 1942 had been captured by the Germans near Tobruk and handed over to the Italians. It was at El Adem when our field ambulance attached to the infantry unit had been surrounded by a squadron of German tanks. We ended up in a camp near Tripoli, called Suani Ben Adem. It was a filthy hell-hole, a huge rectangular strip of oasis surrounded by a wire fence and sentry towers. Prisoners were unable to do anything and many died there. What an eternity those four years seemed and how different from my teenage dreams; my twenty-first birthday spent in a tent 'somewhere in France'; my football confined to games for the unit team, a kick about with the lads and the occasional improvised training session. Since the war broke out I had played only two first class games, both with Leeds United as a guest player while I was stationed at Headingly Cricket Ground awaiting transfer to Egypt. Lying there under the clear Italian sky, I relived the excitement of playing against the pre-war Everton stars; Jones, Britton, Mercer and the great Tommy Lawton. But not even the good memory of scoring a goal for Leeds that day could make me forget the seriousness of my situation."

Archie spent much of his time during the hostilities as a POW in Italy but it was his story of what happened after his escape that was truly a tale of human courage and compassion. After eighteen months as a captive, Archie and his close friend Harold 'Smudger' Smith escaped to the foothills of the Appenines, free, but still in enemy-occupied territory. They headed south after news of an Allied landing on the Italian coast suggested that would have been their best route. However the journey was an arduous one with German patrols prominent. Their route to safety was achieved by living off the land and the generosity of sympathetic Italian farmers and peasants they met along the way.

"We had encountered many dangers along the way but the local Italian people were humble, generous people."

It was on that long trek to freedom that Archie came across an Italian family that would go to 'adopt' him as one of their own for several months as the harsh winter set in. The Pilotti family were Italian farmers who looked after Archie as his good friend Harold and Tom who had joined them along the way, found similar families nearby to home the escapees. Archie made life-long friendships during those days and daily news of Allied advances helped raise spirits. Archie also by his association with his new friends managed to speak the language in time. As the German occupation waned by the day and news of the Allied efforts in Italy were successful.

"As we made our way to eventual freedom we could hear gunfire in the distance. The Germans were retreating north and their convoy was an easy target for our fighters and bombers. The activity in the air was increasing as we made our way north. We eventually arrived in a village called Sarnano where it was soon to become Allied occupied territory, my feelings were mixed as the Italian people did not really understand what was happening as the Union flag was raised in their town.

"I came back a completely different person. I went away as a raw young laddie and came back after experiencing a lot, I had more confidence in myself and as far as football was concerned I was thrust straight into the Aberdeen first team so it just developed from there. On my return to Falmouth I had started playing for my unit team and for Aldershot. By early 1945 I was stationed at Edinburgh Castle and playing for Aberdeen when I could get leave arranged. The Scottish Command then selected me for a tour of Orkney Islands and I met up with some players I would face in the coming months. However the most important day for me was stepping out at Pittodrie to face Hearts for the first time in seven years and I was at last, making my first team debut. The war ended in May 1945 and I was demobbed in September."

It was in January 1946 that Archie gained his one Scotland cap when he played against Belgium at Hampden. "That game should never have been played as the ground was covered in snow. The game ended in a 2-2 draw but the thick fog made conditions all the more difficult. Jimmy Delaney and Gordon Smith were alongside me in that side. It was not an ideal international to play in but the Victory International against England was something else. It was the last wartime international and was seen as a celebration of the end of hostilities. I was delighted to be selected for the Scotland team. I would be facing some famous names like Frank Swift, Len Shackleton and Billy Wright. The Saturday before the international we were playing Partick at Firhill. I went down in a tackle with Jacky husband and I knew at once that I was seriously injured. On the Monday I had to call off from the Scotland team as the injury worsened. It was a sad day for me although my team mate George Hamilton took my place."

The highlights of Archie's Pittodrie career came in the Dons Southern League Cup win in May 1946 and the Scottish Cup a year later.

"I had a month to recover from that injury to make it for the final against Rangers. We prepared in Largs for three days before the game and we also had to contend with the butt of all jokes as Aberdeen had never won a national trophy at that time. The game was a real highlight for me personally as I scored a goal in the opening minute. Andy Cowie sent in a long throw and George (Hamilton) flicked the ball on with his head. I managed to leap past George Young to score. When Stan Williams scored just before half time, the big Aberdeen contingent was convinced we had done enough. Rangers back though and the game was tied at 2-2 as we moved into the final minutes. In the last seconds George Taylor popped up with a sensational winner and the cup was ours.

"A year later we took the Scottish Cup as well after beating Hibernian. There was a huge Aberdeen following that day as supporters came from all over, as far away as Orkney and Shetland; a true north east invasion. It was an amazing experience and after we lost a goal in the opening minute we came back to win with Stan Williams scoring the winner. I took up a position at the near post as Stan cut in from the bye-line. I was shouting at Stan to cut the ball back, but he flicked the ball in at the near post for a great goal. Stan later admitted to me that he heard my shout but he noticed Hibernian keeper Kerr move off his line in anticipation."

Looking back at his playing career, one player stood out from the rest as far as Archie was concerned;

"George Hamilton was the best player to play for the club. George was the complete player and it was a privilege to play alongside him. It was all so different in those days, there wasn't a great deal of influence from the manager regarding tactics or coaching. Any success we had was usually down to us playing off the cuff as it were."

After finishing his career in 1956 after three seasons with St Johnstone, Archie immediately began working for the Scottish Daily Express as a north east beat reporter. Despite offers to go full time as a journalist, Archie continued with his career as a PE teacher, a profession he had taken up during his time at Pittodrie.

"You have got to look at the whole picture and I count myself lucky to have survived the war. That was the big thing. To have been able to come back and play football again was a great thrill. To be honest I have never looked upon myself as being unlucky during the war and I don't have any regrets."

Archie Baird - Aberdeen Record

Season

Apps

Goals

1946-47

19

7

1947-48

22

7

1948-49

7

1

1949-50

23

6

1950-51

40

10

1951-52

27

6

1952-53

6

0

Total

144

37

 

Archie Baird on war time international duty

1946 Southern League Cup Winners

Team photo 1948

Archie Baird (left) looks on as Stan Williams scores winner in the 1947 Scottish Cup Final

Willie Cooper with the Scottish Cup at Hampden in 1947

Archie Baird and John Hewitt 2003

Archie celebrating his 90th Birthday earlier this year with Willie Miller and Duncan Davidson

Archie Glen
Signed from Annbank United in 1947, Glen went down in the history of Aberdeen as the player who scored the vital goal that clinched the Dons first championship in 1955. His penalty against Clyde at Shawfield sparked wild celebrations in Aberdeen, as the Dons were proud Champions. Converted into an elegant wing-half, Glen was capped for Scotland and also represented the Scottish League on six occasions. After leaving the Army, Archie, who was a science graduate of Aberdeen University, had made the left half position his own and was made club captain in 1956. Throughout his career he maintained a very high standard of performance and was an excellent tackler. Retired in 1960.
  Archie Glen
Arthur Graham   Arthur Graham
"Bumper" as he was affectionately known by the Dons faithful shot to fame almost immediately with the Dons. Following his move from Cambuslang juniors in 1970, Graham played in the Dons side that won the Scottish Cup in 1970, six weeks after making his first team debut. The rookie 17-year-old winger played his part, and went on to become a firm favourite at Pittodrie. Capped at U-23 level while at the Dons, Graham went on to earn 10 caps for Scotland after his suspension from Scotland after the Copenhagen affair in 1975. Transferred to Leeds United in 1977 for £125,000.
Benny Yorston
Record Aberdeen goal scorer when he notched an incredible 46 goals from 42 appearances in season 1929/30. The diminutive Yorston was a prolific marksman that also saw service with Mugiemoss, Montrose, Sunderland and Middlesborough. Scored impressive 126 goals for the Dons in only 156 starts, again, the best goal ratio return by any Aberdeen player. Was part of the Dons "Great Mystery" that curtailed his Aberdeen career, and was moved on to Sunderland in a £2,000 deal in 1932. Moved on to Middlesbrough for £1,250 in March 1934. Guested for several clubs during World War II but the war effectively finished his career.

Passed away in London in 1977

  Benny Yorston
Bert MacLachlan   Bert MacLachlan
Bert MacLachlan's Pittodrie career was interrupted by the First World War in 1916 after he had joined the Dons from Aston Villa two years previously. A strong left half who was made captain in 1919, MacLachlan was a colossus in the Aberdeen side and after representing the Scottish League, he moved to Hearts in 1927. His one appearance in season 1916-1917 was whilst he was on furlough from the Forces where he served as a gunner.

Older Brother of Fred. Another Brother (John) played for Partick Thistle, Dundee and Aston Villa.

Full name: Albert James MacLachlan Died - Edinburgh

Billy Dodds
Dodds became the Dons record buy in 1994 when Willie Miller paid St Johnstone £800,000 for his services. Was top score with the Dons in each of his four years at Pittodrie. It was Dodd's vital goals in May 1995 that helped Aberdeen survive relegation for the first time. Sold to Dundee United, much to the chagrin of Aberdeen's supporters, by Alex Miller as part of the Robbie winters deal and subsequently moved to Rangers in 2000 before winding down his playing career with a return to Dundee United and finally (briefly) Partick Thistle. After retiring from playing Billy moved into football management and punditry with the BBC.
  Billy Dodds
Billy Stark   Billy Stark
Signed as a long term replacement for Gordon Strachan, Alex Ferguson once again plundered St Mirren and paid the Paisley club £100,000 for his services. An effective wide midfield player, Stark was a prolific goal taker, and with his natural ability these qualities made Stark a valuable asset at Pittodrie, which was never fully appreciated in some quarters. Joined Celtic after leaving Pittodrie.
Bill Strauss
South African Strauss was a dashing left-winger who was spotted by the Dons shortly after his arrival to Britain. Played a major part in the Dons run to the Scottish Cup Final in 1937, and was injured in the semi-final, which meant he missed out on the big day. It was a popular belief that if Strauss were in the Dons 1937 Cup Final line up the Dons would have won. Transferred from Aberdeen to Plymouth Argyle in early 1946. He also played Minor Counties cricket for Devon in the early 1950's.

Full name: William Henry Strauss.

  Bill Strauss
Bob Fraser   Bob Fraser
Elevation to the first team was rapid for Fraser after his switch from Albion Rovers in 1931. Following the demise of several Dons regulars in the "Great Mystery" of 1931, Fraser soon began to establish himself in the Dons first team. Became Aberdeen skipper in 1934, and his leadership qualities were in evidence when the Dons reached their first Scottish Cup Final in 1937. Fraser was to miss out on the big day due to an injury. In 1938, he emmigrated to South Africa.
Bob McDermid
Former Aberdeen skipper McDermid joined the Dons from Queen of the South in 1925, and became a useful inside forward during his Pittodrie career. Enjoyed a lengthy association at Aberdeen after playing previously for Rangers, and he went on to assist Donald Colman as trainer, and progressed to that position in his own right a position he held until 1952, when ill health forced the loyal McDermid to retire from the game.
  Bob McDermid
Bob Wishart   Bob Wishart
Joined Aberdeen in 1952 from Merchiston in Edinburgh, and developed in to an inside forward that was a vital part of the Dons 1955 side. Wishart linked up well with Yorston and Buckley as the Dons found a potent blend in the 50's. Capped at U-23 and League level, Wishart moved to Dundee in 1961, where he won a championship medal in 1962.
Bobby Clark
One of the first signings made by Eddie Turnbull, Bobby Clark went on to carve out a memorable Aberdeen career. Clark created a British club record in 1971 when he went 13 consecutive games without conceding a goal. Clark also kept goal for Scotland a record 17 times while at Aberdeen, his record being broken by Willie Miller in 1982. Won a full set of domestic medals in 1970, 1976 and 1980. Briefly joined Clyde in 1982 before embarking on a coaching career overseas starting with Highlanders of Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe, folowed by Dartmouth College in New England and then New Zealand before settling back in the USA with first Stanford University and in 2001 Notre Dame, Indiana.
  Bobby Clark
Robert Hannah   Robert Hannah
Took time to establish him in the Dons first team after joining the club from East End in 1908. When he broke through, he was asked to play at left-back although he was essentially a right-back - he was unable to dispossess the ever-reliable Donald Colman, but did manage to bypass Jock Hume in the team. Following his stint with the Army in World War One, Hannah resumed his Aberdeen career in 1919, making 126 appearances for the Dons before moving to Peterhead as player/coach in 1921. Eventually moved to the USA where he remained involved in football. The Dons full back scored one goal for the Dons, a penalty against Partick at Pittodrie in 1912.
Brian Grant
An Alex Ferguson signing from Stirling Albion, the promising midfielder had to be patient before making the breakthrough in to the Dons first team. When former Stirling boss Alec Smith took over at Pittodrie, Grant established himself in the Dons team, and was part of the double Cup winning side in 1989.90. His loyalty was rewarded with a testimonial against Everton at Pittodrie in 1996. Was sold to Hibernian for £75,000 in 1997.
  Brian Grant
Brian Irvine   Brian Irvine
Signed from Falkirk as a promising central defender by Alex Ferguson in 1985, and in his early days played a supporting role to McLeish and Miller in the Dons team. After making the breakthrough, Irvine on to become a firm favourite with the Aberdeen support. A self confessed Aberdeen fan who wore his heart on his sleeve, scored the decisive penalty that won the 1990 Scottish Cup for the Dons. Released in 1997 after receiving a testimonial against Wimbledon. One of the abiding memories for Dons' fans was that Brian played in goal on more than one occasion, even saving a penalty at Easter Road. Retired from playing after a spell with Ross County.
Charlie Cooke
A shining light at Pittodrie in the bleak days of the early 60's. Charlie Cooke emerged as a player of rare talent and a clever ball juggler, going straight from school to full time football and straight into the first team. He earned himself a great reputation as an entertaining footballer that endeared him to the fans of all the clubs that he played for. One of an impressively long line of Bobby Calder discoveries Cooke was honoured at U-23 level while at Pittodrie before a record Scottish transfer of £44,000 took him to Dundee. Went on to play for Chelsea and Crystal Palace in England and played out his onfield career in American football as a player/coach. An original winner of a European Cup Winners Cup medal winner, an honour he gained whilst playing at Stamford Bridge.
  Charlie Cooke
Charlie McGill   Charlie McGill
McGill arrived at Pittodrie in 1931 after a spell in the States. "Oor Ba" McGill soon became a big favourite at Pittodrie and after an extended spell at left-back, McGill was honoured by the Scottish League. Kilmarnock born McGill was unfortunate to miss out on the Dons big day at Hampden in 1937 before joining Glentoran in 1938.

Later returned to the USA where he lived till he passed away in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1988.
Charlie Nicholas
Ian Porterfield signed Nicholas from Arsenal for £400,000 in the New Year of 1988, and immediately lifted the Dons flagging spirits. In his Pittodrie debut against Dunfermline, 20,000 turned out to see the former Celtic star. A gifted striker, Nicholas was already a Scottish international by the time he arrived at Pittodrie, and went on to become a favourite at Pittodrie. Played in the side that won the Cup double in 1989-90, and began to form an exciting partnership with Hans Gillhaus that was touted, as the most feared in the game. Moved back to his first club Celtic after the Dons had beaten the Parkhead side in the 1990 Cup Final.
  Charlie Nicholas
Charles O'Hagan   Charles O'Hagan
Arrived from Middlesborough in 1906, Irish international O'Hagan was an ideal partner for Dons winger Willie Lennie. A skilful inside forward the Irishman weighed in with 24 goals for the Dons in over 100 appearances for the club. O'Hagan was the first Aberdeen player to be capped for his country, before moving to Morton in 1910 for a fee of £185 - a figure set by the SFL after an appeal by the player. He then had a brief spell with Third Lanark in 1912/13.

O'Hagan served in France with the Highland Light Infantry during the Great War and was fortunate to survive. On his return he was appointed manager of Norwich City for their debut season in the Football League in 1920/21. He resigned after the Canaries registered just four wins in their first 22 League games. Two years later he emerged as manager of Sevilla in Spain where he stayed for a season. He then became a journalist and sailed to New York from Londonderry on the 20th November 1928. He died there less than three years later.

Chris Anderson
Signed from Mugiemoss in 1944 and went on to become a first team regular at Pittodrie. After being given a free transfer in 1953, Chris joined Arbroath where he played League games before going on to be assistant manager and then chief coach. He steered Arbroath to promotion in season 1958-1959. Later returned to Pittodrie as a director on 5th October 1967, and went on to play a major role in the Dons rise to European stardom in the 80's. Chris Anderson was still on the Aberdeen board until his untimely death in May 1986.
  Chris Anderson
David Main   David Main
Arrived at Pittodrie in 1911 from Falkirk as an out and out striker. Never the most agile, Main proved to be a prolific scorer for the Dons during his six seasons at Aberdeen. With 58 goals from his 158 appearances, Main was the Dons top scorer in his first three seasons. Previously with Sunderland where he played only two first team matches, Main played for the Dons until the ongoing hostilities forced the Dons to cease competitive football in 1917. Died - Falkirk, 23rd June 1961
Dave Robb
Affectionately known as the "Brush" by the Dons support, Robb became a cult figure at Pittodrie with his unlimited enthusiasm. Although never blessed with an abundance of ability, Robb was an effective forward for the Dons and a prolific goal scorer. Played for Scotland on five occasions, all his caps coming in 1971, including a Wembley appearance against England. Scored the Dons winning goal in the 1976 League Cup Final and also played in the 1970 Final. Later played with Norwich and in the USA for Tampa Bay Rowdies amongst others.

Full name: David Thomson Robb.

  Dave Robb
David Robertson   David Robertson
Emerged through the ranks at Pittodrie to solve the long-standing left back problem at Pittodrie. First made his presence in the same side as McLeish and Miller in 1987 before making the left back position his own. Nicknamed Beano by the Fanzine, The Northern Light.
Was the subject of a transfer to bitter rivals rangers in 1991 after the Dons had lost the title to the Ibrox club. A tribunal set the fee at £970,000. After tasting success at Ibrox, Robertson moved to Leeds Utd. Injury forced a premature retirement from playing and a move into coaching, including spells of management at Elgin City and Montrose. Following this he took up coaching in the USA at Phoenix FC and in 2017 moved to Real Kashmir in India.
Derek McKay
Fondly known as "Cup-tie" McKay after his remarkable rise to fame in the Dons memorable Scottish Cup win in 1970. McKay was signed on a free transfer from Dundee in 1969, and it was not until a flu virus decimated the Dons team before a quarter final tie at Falkirk that McKay was given his opportunity. McKay scored the only goals in both the Falkirk game and the semi final against Kilmarnock. Two goals in the Final against Celtic helped the Dons to an unlikely 3-1 win, so giving McKay notoriety in Pittodrie folklore. Released on a free in 1971.
  Derek McKay
Don Emery   Don Emery
Arrived at Pittodrie from Swindon in part exchange for Andy Cowie. Was renowned for a venomous shot and a fearsome penalty kick expert. Emery was a colossal figure and was a real favourite at Pittodrie. Sometimes used as an emergency centre forward, Welsh born Emery joined East Fife and also returned to Pittodrie in 1969 in an attempt to unseat the Pittodrie board along with Tony Harris.

Full name: Donald Kenneth James Emery. Died in 1993.

Donald Colman

"No player ever associated with the Pittodrie Club ever enjoyed greater popularity nor carried the confidence of the public more than Colman."

Aberdeen Daily Journal, 26th March 1921

A native of Renton, Colman was recommended by former Maryhill teammate Jimmy Muir to Jimmy Philip and joined the Dons in 1907 and went on to become an Aberdeen legend. A tough full back, with gentlemanly qualities, he was the most consistent player Aberdeen had had to that time. it was Colman at the age of 33, became the oldest Aberdeen player to be capped for Scotland.
During August 1916, Donald joined the Gordon Highlanders, having previously carried out his war work in an engineering establishment in the Vale of Leven. As the Dons worked to rebuild after the end of the war, he was transferred to St Mirren at the beginning of March 1919 in time to assist them in the Victory Cup time replay at Dumbarton, but after only one game and one month he moved to Renton in April 1919 and allegedly St Mirren then Dumbarton FC after that, but he was back at Pittodrie for season 1919/1920. In September 1920 Donald did finally join Dumbarton as Player/Manager, a post he kept till 1925.

Returned to the club as club trainer in 1931 after a spell coaching in Norway, and amongst many contributions he helped to harness the talents of Mills and Armstrong. Colman was also the driving force at Pittodrie behind the first ever dug out to be built in Britain, the idea having been inspired by the huts used by football coaches in Norway when they sheltered from the weather during games.

  Donald Colman
Doug Bell   Doug Bell
Signed on a free from St Mirren by Alex Ferguson in 1979, Bell went on to become a vital part of the Aberdeen success in Europe. His direct running and natural ability were well suited on the European stage. Often kept by Alex Ferguson for the big occasion, was injured before the 1983 ECWC Final. Transferred to Rangers in 1985 for £160,000.
Doug Rougvie
Joined the Dons as a youngster in 1972, the big defender went on to establish himself in the Dons side of the late 70's and also the all-conquering Dons of the 80's. Another cult hero at the club, Rougvie was a fearless competitor, and often found himself incurring the wrath of referees and opposing fans alike. Made over 300 appearances for the Dons and scored 21 goals before a £225,000 switch to Chelsea in 1984. One cap for Scotland, against Ireland in 1983. His teammates nicknamed him the "Balingry Bat."
  Doug Rougvie
Drew Jarvie   Drew Jarvie
A record Dons signing from Airdrie in 1972, for a fee of around £70,000. Settled in to a profitable striking partnership with Joe Harper, and remained the club's top striker following Harper's departure. Was in the Dons side that won the League cup in 1976, and scored many vital goals in 1979-80 as the Dons stormed to their first Premier title. Played 386 competetive games for the Dons, scoring 130 goals. Remained in the game after his retirement, in coaching and management,including a successful spell in a management team with Alex Smith and Jocky Scott at Pittodrie which won two Cups in 1990 and came close to winning the League in 1990-1991. Drew left the club in 2002 after the resignation of Ebbie Skovdahl.
Duncan Shearer
A prolific marksman, signed by Willie Miller for £500,000 from Blackburn in 1992. The highlander scored twice on his Pittodrie debut, and went on to strike fear in many a Scottish defence. Scored 87 goals in his five seasons at Pittodrie, including the Dons second in the 1995 League Cup Final. Fulfilled a boyhood dream when he played for Scotland in 1994, and also scored against Finland to set the Scots on their way to Euro 96. Moved on by Roy Aitken in 1997 to Inverness CT where he teamed up in a coaching role with Steve Paterson. Was back at Pittodrie as assistant to Paterson after the departure of Ebbe Skovdahl. Later manager of Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle and then joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle as a development coach.
  Duncan Shearer
Eddie Falloon   Eddie Falloon
Irish born Falloon was perhaps one of the smallest central defenders ever in the Dons history. For what he lacked in height was compensated for with a fierce commitment and desire. Falloon was the Aberdeen captain in the 1937 Cup Final against Celtic and he also went on to gain full international honours for Ireland. In 1938 he was sold to Clyde.
Eoin Jess
Emerged from the successful Dons Youth side of the late 80's and shot to fame when he played in the 1989 League Cup Final, helping the Dons to beat Rangers as a raw 19-year-old. Still a hot favourite at Pittodrie, Jess tried his luck in the English Premiership with Coventry, before returning to Aberden in a £650,000 move in 1997. Was often been the shining light in a struggling Dons team. Capped for Scotland 18 times, was part of the Euro 96 squad. Jess fought his way back after a bad leg fracture in 1992 curtailed his international promise. Joined Bradford City in January 2001, before making the move permanent at the end of that season. In 2002 he moved to Nottingham Forest where he played till 2005 when he joined Northampton Town as player-coach till he was released in April 2007. Rejoined Nottingham Forest in 2007 to continue working as a youth coach.
  Eoin Jess
Eric Black   Eric Black
One of the clutch of Fergie's rising young stars that went on to greatness with the Dons in Gothenburg. Scored the opening goal in the 1983 ECWC Final against real Madrid and was also on target in many big Aberdeen games. Was particularly renowned for his ability to "hang in the air" when going for high balls. Signed a deal to move to Metz in France which led to his being left out of the Dons 1986 Cup Final side.

Back injuries hampered Black's career after leaving the Dons and he was forced to give up playing professionally in his late twenties. Highly regarded as a coach, he was manager at Motherwell and Coventry City as well as being assistant at several other clubs.

Frank Dunlop
Will go down in Aberdeen history as the first Dons captain to lead the club to success in the Southern League Cup in 1946 and the Scottish Cup a year later. Signed from Benburb in 1936 he developed in to a tough defender with great leadership qualities. Was also in the Aberdeen side that played in the 1937 Final. Left Pittodrie in 1948 and emigrated to South Africa. A few years later, Frank returned to Aberdeen where he worked for Claude Hamilton Electrical, a firm that did a lot of work at Pittodrie for many years.
Frank passed away in 1991.
  Frank Dunlop
Frank McDougall   Frank McDougall
But for a troublesome back injury, McDougall looked as if he was on course to challenge Joe Harper as the goal king of Pittodrie. Although Frank only played two seasons for the Dons, such was his prowess in front of goal, he scored 44 goals. Was part of the Dons 1985 League Championship side, having signed in 1984 for a £100,000 fee from St Mirren as a replacement for Mark McGhee.
Fred Martin
One of the Dons great goalkeepers who joined in 1946, to begin with as an outfield player at inside left. Another full Scotland international, Martin was part of the Dons team that won their first League Championship in 1955. Was also the first Scotland keeper to play in the World Cup finals when the Scots qualified in 1954. Before his retirement in 1960, Martin played nearly 300 games for the Dons and also played in the Dons double trophy success in 1955. Following the end of his fourteen year playing career, Fred worked in the whisky trade before retiring to the Perth area.
  Fred Martin
George Hamilton   George Hamilton
Hamilton was a record Dons signing when he was transferred to Pittodrie from Queen of the South for £3,000 in 1938. Made an immediate impact in the Dons side that was to break up for the Second World War. On resumption of his Aberdeen career after the hostilities had ceased, "Gentleman George" helped the Dons to their first major trophy success with the 1946 League Cup and the Scottish Cup in 1947. Hamilton was a top class forward with superb heading ability, and also represented Scotland, gaining 5 caps. Scored a hat trick against Belgium in 1951. Whilst he was still playing, George also ran a Newsagent's shop in Aberdeen. Retired in 1955 after a short spell with Hamilton. George Hamilton passed away in an Aberdeen nursing home in May 2001.
George Mulhall
Falkirk born Mulhall signed for the Dons from Kilsyth in 1953, but had to be patient before breaking in to the first team as he was understudy to Jack Hather. He played a starring role in the reserve team that won a Reserve League and Second Eleven Cup double in season 1954-1955. It was not until the Dons had won the championship in 1955 that Mulhall made his mark, and he developed in to a quick left winger who scored more than his fair share of goals. Capped for Scotland in 1959, Mulhall was tempted south in September 1962, when he joined Sunderland for £22,000. Following a spell in South Africa, Mulhall returned to Britain to take on various coaching roles, and he made a successful return to the English League managing Halifax Town, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.

In armed forces at start of season 1959-60.

"A dangerous winger possessing speed and craft."

  George Mulhall
George Thomson   George Thomson
The powerful Thomson was an outstanding left half who joined the Dons from St Roch's in 1932. Thomson was a vital part of the Dons side of the 30's that were the first Aberdeen team to make a real impression in the Scottish game, and were unfortunate not to take the title in 1936 and the Scottish Cup the following year. Played almost 250 games for the Dons. His Aberdeen career was finished by the outbreak of War in 1939.
Gordon Strachan
The "wee man" as he was affectionately known to the Aberdeen support, joined the Dons in an exchange deal that took Jim Shirra to Dundee with a £40,000 cash adjustment. Dons boss Billy McNeill brought off the deal that was to prove crucial to Aberdeen success. Strachan went on to become a vital part of the Aberdeen side, with a rare talent to easily trick his way past opponents. Capped for Scotland on 50 occasions, Strachan joined Manchester United in 1984 in a £600,000 move. Played for Scotland at two World Cups, and also enjoyed considerable success with Manchester Utd, Leeds and Coventry. Strachan took over as Coventry boss before moving to Southampton. Recently decided to part company with the Saints.
  Gordon Strachan
Graham Leggat   Graham Leggat
Aberdeen born Leggat developed in to one of the all time greats when his Pittodrie career flourished during the 50's. In the early stages, Leggat was a vital cog in the Dons machine that swept to the League championship in 1955. Many observers were of the opinion that Leggat was the complete player without a weakness. Capped for Scotland before his move to Fulham on 16th August 1958 for a paltry £15,000 fee, Leggat moved to Canada and was involved in the development of the game there, and made a big name for himself in sports broadcasting.
Hans Gillhaus
Signed from PSV Eindhoven for £650,000 and was the Dons record signing at that time. The Dutch international made an immediate impact, scoring twice on his debut against Dunfermline followed by a winner against Rangers in his first Pittodrie appearance. A left-sided forward, Gillhaus provided the vital spark up front as the Dons won both domestic Cups in season 1989.90. Played for Holland at Italia 90 and was Dons top scorer before a protracted transfer ended his Pittodrie career on a sour note.
  Hans Gillhaus
Harry Blackwell   Harry Blackwell
Goalkeeper Blackwell arrived at Pittodrie in 1921 from Scunthorpe. Famed for playing in the Dons record score of 13-0 against Peterhead in 1923, Blackwell was reported to have watched proceedings whilst wearing an overcoat [see match report for 10th February 1923] and allegedly sheltered under an umbrella. Blackwell went on to play for Orient and Preston after leaving the Dons in 1930. Name - Clifford Harold Blackwell Died - Aberdeen, 7th March 1956
Harry Yorston
Joined the Dons from local side St Clements in 1946 and went on to become one the Dons greatest forwards. The nephew of earlier Dons' legend, Benny,Harry was an integral part of the Dons' 1955 League winning side, Yorston scored vital goals in the Dons championship season. Capped for Scotland and the Scottish League, Yorston resisted the temptation to join the trail to England by retiring from senior football in 1957 to take up employment as a fish market porter. Also assisted Buckie, Fraserburgh, Deveronvale and Lossiemouth in the latter part of his career. Famously had a big football pools win in the seventies. Took part in the newly established Youth Academy at Pittodrie from 1976.
  Harry Yorston
Henning Boel   Henning Boel
The original Great Dane joined the Dons in 1968 after being spotted playing in America, following in the footsteps of Jens Petersen. Boel became a cult hero at Pittodrie a rugged and powerful full back who went on to play his part in the Dons successful 1970 Cup side. A Danish international, Boel's Aberdeen career was effectively ended after sustaining a serious injury against BMG in Germany in 1972.

He played in a friendly match for Brighton and Hove Albion against Stoke City in February 1973 while out on loan.

Jack Allister
Part of the Aberdeen side that won the title in 1955 and alongside Young and Glen he formed part of a formidable half back line. A competitive player signed from Chelsea in 1952. Before his transfer to Chesterfield in June 1958, Allister went on to become a League and League Cup winner during his spell at Pittodrie. Full name: John Grandison Allister.
  Jack Allister
Jack Hather   Jack Hather
Left-winger Hather soon found himself in the Dons first team after his arrival at the end of 1948. The English born flier went on become a real asset for the Dons, and was aptly called "The Hare." Was a vital part of the Dons 1955 League championship side and after taking over from Tommy Pearson. In May 1953 he played 15 minutes of a Dewar Shield match against Dundee United without his left boot. Played in the winning Dons side that took the League Cup back to Pittodrie in 1956, but was to taste disappointment in three Scottish Cup Finals in the 50's.
Jackie Beynon
Welshman Beynon joined Aberdeen in 1932 from Doncaster and developed in to a quick winger and firm favourite at Pittodrie. Played in the epic 1937 Cup Final and provided the cross for Armstrong's goal. Tragedy struck Beynon when he was taken ill on the Dons tour of South Africa weeks after the Final. Beynon went down with Peritonitis and died in Johannesburg on 26th June 1937.

Full name: John Alfred Beynon.

  Jackie Beynon
Jens Petersen   Jens Petersen
Arrived at Pittodrie from Danish club Esbjerg where he had played as an amateur and initially struggled to make an impact. The Scandinavian invasion of Scotland was to prove a popular source of talent for Scottish clubs and none personified the success of the strategy more than Jens. After new boss Eddie Turnbull took over, Petersen began to make his mark at Pittodrie, and Jens developed in to a top-drawer defender. Played for the Dons in the 1967 Cup Final, and was appointed captain the following season. Left Aberdeen in 1970, after the emergence of Martin Buchan.
Jim Bett
Joined Aberdeen from Lokeren in a £300,000 deal in the summer of 1985 as Alex Ferguson strengthened his side on the back of the Dons 1985 title success. Previously with rangers, Bett had an almost nomadic career before finding his best days at Pittodrie. Capped 25 times for Scotland, Bett was a double cup winner in season 1989-90. Left the Dons in 1995 to take up a coaching role in Iceland. Currently resides in the Aberdeen area.
  Jim Bett
Jim Forrest   Jim Forrest
A club record signing from Preston in 1968 when he joined Aberdeen for a £25,000 fee. Previously made an Ibrox casualty after Rangers defeat at Berwick in 1967 Forrest went on to become a full international at Aberdeen and was also in the Dons side that won the Scottish Cup in 1970. Finished first season at Aberdeen as top scorer and left the Dons in 1973 to play for Hong Kong Rangers.
Jim Hermiston
Broke into the first team in time to help the Dons to glory in the 1970 Scottish Cup after signing from Bonnyrigg in 1965. Developed in to a fierce competitor at as a full back, but could also be called upon to do a job in the midfield. Capped at U-23 level for Scotland, was widely regarded as the best uncapped defender in Scotland at that time. In 1975, as club captain, Hermiston announced his retirement from the game, and he was to pursue a career with the Police. Hermiston emigrated to Australia, where he resumed his football career.
  Jim Hermiston
Jim Leighton   Jim Leighton
Goalkeeper who first played for the Dons in August 1978. Currently at Pittodrie in a coaching capacity after hanging up the gloves. Made his 500th appearance for the club against Dundee Utd at Tannadice in 1998. In the first of his two spells at Pittodrie, Leighton was part of the all-conquering Dons side of the 80's and is also Scotland's most capped goalkeeper, second only in the all time caps haul to Kenny Dalglish. Retired from the international team in October 1998, Leighton's first class career ended on a low note when after only two minutes of the 2000 Cup Final against Rangers, Leighton was severely injured in a clash with rangers Rod Wallace, so a memorable career was finished. Awarded testimonial against Middlesborough in July 2000.
Jim Smith
Glasgow born Smith joined the Dons from Benburb in 1965, and the elegant Smith was fondly nicknamed "Jinky" by the Dons support, as his subtle skills and slight build, were his trademark. Capped at U-23 level for Scotland while at Pittodrie, and Aberdeen resisted a bid from Celtic in 1968 for his services before a bid of £80,000 from Newcastle was accepted in a year later. Four caps for Scotland were scant reward for such a talent.
  Jim Smith
Jimmy Mitchell   Jimmy Mitchell
Aberdeen captain when the Dons were enjoying the great days of the 50's, leading the club to their first Championship in 1955. Was appointed skipper almost immediately when he was signed from Morton in 1952. Joined Aberdeen as one of their most expensive signings at the time, coming from Morton for £7,000. Capped at League level, Mitchell was a popular full back, committed to the cause. Released in 1958, Mitchell went on to manage Cowdenbeath.
James Soye
Another Aberdeen capture from Newcastle, with Wilf Low going the other way, Soye enjoyed six years at Pittodrie before the outbreak of the War effectively ended his Aberdeen career. Had seen previous experience with Celtic, Southampton and the Magpies, and went on to play a vital part in the free scoring Dons side of 1910-11. Capped at League level, Soye was renowned for scoring great goals from his right wing position.
  James Soye
John Hume   John Hume
Stalwart of the Aberdeen side in their formative years, Jock was signed from Broxburn and formed a formidable full back partnership with Donald Colman. His 11-year spell with the Dons proved a fruitful time and he was in the side that went close to winning the title in 1911. He returned to Aberdeen after the War for his swan song before moving to Darwen in England as a coach. Later emigrated to the United States, and kept up his interest in football but eventually returned to Aberdeen.

In a somewhat unorthodox move, in February 1913, Hume was transferred to Airdrieonians and played in their Scottish Cup tie against St Mirren. A week later he was back in his usual place with the Black and Gold.

Eventually, because he was restricted to playing in the reserves due to Bobby Hannah's form, he sought a transfer but Aberdeen were looking for a high fee and it did not happen. It was thought that in May 1914 he had transferred to North Shields, a club which was not party to the transfer system, so that Aberdeen got no fee, but later he appealed to the Scottish League transfer committee and his fee was fixed at £200. In the end, however, he was re-engaged in August 1914 - mainly because Hannah had gone off to the Royal Engineers - and remained at Pittodrie till after the First World War. During that time he was able to continue playing because he had joined the R.A.M.C. (Territorials) and remained based in Aberdeen. He played almost another 100 first team games.

In July 1920 it was announced that Jock would finally leave the Club to become player-coach with Darwen in Lancashire. He had rendered sterling service to Aberdeen FC and went south with the best wishes of club and supporters and with the expectation that he would do well in his new role.

Died in Aberdeen on 23rd October 1962.
Jock Hutton
Joined up at Pittodrie after the First World War, and developed in to one of the toughest yet most jovial defenders in the game. Not surprisingly he could also impart tremendous power to his kicks. Originally an inside forward, his burly physique and impressive agility was put to good use as a full back. It was during the 20's that Hutton was to flourish in his new role, and he went on to become the Dons most capped player at that time with seven outings for Scotland. On 14th October 1926, he was transferred to Blackburn Rovers in a then record fee of £6,000. Before retiring in 1933, won an FA Cup winners gong with Blackburn in 1928.

First name of John but known as Jock. Died - Belfast, 2nd January 1970

  Jock Hutton
Joe Harper   Joe Harper
The 'King' as he was affectionately christened by his beloved Beach End. Signed from Morton in 1969 for £40,000, Harper was the answer to the Dons goal drought as the chunky striker set about devastating many a Scottish defence. Idolised at Pittodrie, 'goal a game Harper' achieved legendary status during his Pittodrie career that was broken by a spell with Everton and Hibs. Played in the Dons Cup winning sides of 1970 and 1976, and was still around as the Dons won the Premier in 1980. His ability around the goal and predatory instincts were his strengths, but his all round talent was often overlooked out with the North East. His tally of only four caps did not do justice to his ability. Remains the clubs record goalscorer with a recently amended total.
John Hewitt
Gothenburg goal hero John Hewitt will forever have his name etched in the history of Aberdeen FC when he scored the Dons goal of the century with his extra time header against Real Madrid in 1983 that meant the Dons had won the European Cup Winners Cup. Often used a substitute, Hewitt had the knack of scoring important goals for the club, including the quickest Scottish Cup goal on record. His 9-second goal against Motherwell in the Cup at Fir Park in 1982 set the Dons on a roller coaster ride that will never be forgotten.
  John Hewitt
John McMaster   John McMaster
Arrived at Pittodrie in 1972, and was part of the successful Dons reserve side that include Willie Miller and Joe Smith. Originally a winger, McMaster was converted in to a midfield player of great stature. A master of the long ball, an exquisite left foot was the scourge of many opponents. Awarded a testimonial in 1985, and a full house bears testimony to his popularity at Pittodrie. A bad injury in the 1980 European Cup-tie against Liverpool curtailed a promising career, and McMaster remains one of the greatest uncapped Dons.
Kevin McNaughton
Made his full international debut for Scotland against Nigeria at Pittodrie two seasons ago. Emerged in to the Aberdeen side under Ebbe Skovdahl after impressing in the youth side. Dundee born McNaughton has also played for Scotland at U-21 level. One of the brightest talents to come through the Pittodrie ranks. Recently fought his way back in to the Aberdeen side after injury ruled him out for several months in 2003-04.
  Kevin McNaughton
Mark McGhee   Mark McGhee
Initially struggled to make an impact at Pittodrie after signing from Newcastle United for £75,000 in 1979. However, under the guidance of Alex Ferguson, McGhee forged a memorable Pittodrie career, and was part of the Dons team of the 80's that carried all before them at home and abroad. Made over 250 appearances, scoring 100 goals before a £280,000 move to SV Hamburg in the German Bundesliga. Another Dons international, McGhee scored against England at Hampden in 1984, before leaving the Dons.
Martin Buchan
One of the most gifted defenders ever to grace Pittodrie. A product of Banks O' Dee he developed in to a sweeper under the guidance of Eddie Turnbull. Was also the youngest captain ever to lead a club to success in the Scottish Cup in 1970. Named as Scotland's Player of the Year in 1971 it was Manchester Utd who paid a record £125,000 for his services. Scotland international before his move Buchan he made 34 appearances for his country. Manager of Burnley in 1985. Son of Martin senior, brother of George. Full name: Martin McLean Buchan.
  Martin Buchan
Matt Armstrong   Matt Armstrong
An Aberdeen legend of the 30's, Armstrong developed a great understanding, bordering on the telepathic, with Willie Mills to form one of the most prolific front partnerships in British football. Scored the Dons goal in the 1937 Cup Final against Celtic, he joined the Dons from Port Glasgow in 1931. Top scorer at Pittodrie for four consecutive seasons before the outbreak of war virtually finished his top-flight career, although he did play a number of matches for Aberdeen during the war years. Capped for Scotland and was club record scorer before Joe Harper.
Matt Forsyth
Full name: John Matthew Forsyth

Arrived at Pittodrie in 1920 from Glasgow Perthshire, Glasgow born Forsyth developed into a fine full back. Although a full international call up was to elude him, he was named as a reserve on several occasions. Was one of the first Dons players to be useful as an overlapping full back and this was his great strength. One of the first Dons to be awarded a benefit game before leaving the Dons in 1926.

As well as playing professionally for the Dons, Matt worked as a representative of Messrs. Henry Munro Ltd and The Munro Press of Glasgow.
  Matt Forsyth
Neale Cooper   Neale Cooper
Another of the Dons young guns that played in the Gothenburg side. Likened to the great Franz Beckenbauer in his early days it was Cooper who along with Neil Simpson provided the graft in the sublime Dons midfield of the 80's. Transferred to Aston Villa in 1986 for a £350,000 fee, Cooper went on to join Rangers and Dunfermline before eventually managing Ross County before taking over at Hartlepool.
Neil Simpson
Another of the original "Fergie fledglings" that was to play a huge part in the Dons success of the 80's. A tough, competitive midfielder, Simpson proved an ideal minder for the more subtle skills of Strachan and Weir, and was also capped for Scotland while at Pittodrie. Played in the Dons side that won the ECWC in 1983, and eventually moved to Newcastle in 1989, after an 11-year stint at Pittodrie. Made almost 300 appearances for the Dons. Rejoined the club in June 2001 to head up the Dons Community coaching initiative.
  Neil Simpson
Paddy Buckley   Paddy Buckley
Patrick McCabe Buckley was a vital part of the Aberdeen side that took the League title in 1955. A lightning quick forward he joined Aberdeen from St. Johnstone, where he had scored 104 goals in 140 games, in 1952. The transfer fee was £7,500 of which Paddy pocketed £600. Capped for Scotland and the Scottish League during the Dons halcyon days of the mid-50's, Buckley's Aberdeen career was ended after a serious knee injury in 1957. He attempted a come-back with Inverness Caledonian in 1958 but sadly it did not work out for him.
Paddy Moore
Irishman Moore joined the Dons from Shamrock Rovers in 1932,as a direct replacement for Benny Yorston. Capped as an Irish internationalist, Moore was a prolific scorer for the Dons, and also for his country when he scored four goals in one match for his Ireland. Rejoined Shamrock in 1935, as the Armstrong-Mills partnership was blossoming at Pittodrie. Equalled the club record for scoring six goals in one game for the Dons when he netted a double hat trick against Falkirk in 1932.
  Paddy Moore
Pat McKenna   Pat McKenna
The diminutive McKenna joined the Dons in 1944, but for what he lacked in height was compensated by his lightning speed. Glasgow born, McKenna was part of the Dons Cup winning sides of 1946 and 1947. In his six seasons at Pittodrie McKenna was a regular first team player before struggling to keep his first team position in the early 50's. Transferred to Plymouth in 1952 but only played in one senior match and moved on to St Johnstone in the following season but was not able to make his mark and appeared only three times. Ran the Marine Hotel in Muchalls after ending his playing career. Died in 1995.
Paul Mason
A surprise signing for the Dons when Alex Smith as the Dons boss plucked him from the relative obscurity of the Dutch league after watching Theo Snelders. A £200,000 fee secured the Liverpool born player who became a very popular player with the supporters at Pittodrie. Used in a variety of roles, perhaps his most telling contribution was his two goals in the 1989 League cup Final that defeated Rangers. Transferred to Ipswich after the 1993 Scottish Cup Final in a £440,000 deal.

Full name: Paul David Mason.

  Paul Mason
Peter Weir   Peter Weir
Aberdeen and Scottish record signing at that time, when Weir joined the team he supported as a boy in a £330,000 deal that saw Ian Scanlon go to St Mirren. Weir was a deceptive winger, and provided a vital balance in the great Dons side of the 80's. Played a major part in the Dons Gothenburg success, and was also a Scottish international. Although his Pittodrie career was blighted by injury, Weir was a popular player at Pittodrie, and so often the scourge of Scottish defences. Joined Leicester City in 1987.
At the end of his playing career Peter went into coaching, eventually doing a sterling job with the Aberdeen FC Youth Academy in West Scotland.
Robert Connor
Signed from Dundee in 1986 in a deal that took Ian Angus to Dens Park, Connor went on to play an integral part of the Aberdeen midfield that won the cup double in 1989-90. Provided the perfect foil for Jim Bett and Neil Simpson in the Aberdeen side that struggled to match the clubs glory days in the post-Fergie era. Along with Alex McLeish and Bett, Connor left he Dons in 1994 to join Kilmarnock.
  Robert Connor
Russell Anderson   Russell Anderson
Latest in a long line of Aberdeen players to make the full Scotland side. Made his debut for the Dons in 1997 and in 2003 signed a new two-year deal. Suffered long term injury in the 2000 Scottish Cup Final, which prevented Anderson from fulfilling his potential earlier. Was made captain of the Dons under Steve Paterson and looks to get back in to the Scotland side, Anderson made his 200th appearance for the Dons before the end of season 2003-04. After an injury plagued spell of almost four seasons in the English Leagues Russell returned in 2011 for a second stint at Aberdeen where he resumed his Captain's armband. in March 2014 Russell led the Club to League Cup success in the final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Scott Booth
Emerged from the all-conquering Aberdeen youth side of the late 80's and along with Eoin Jess made an immediate impact in the Aberdeen side. Booth made a record number of U-21 appearances for Scotland before taking that form in to he full international side. A catalogue of injuries hampered progress and he left Aberdeen in 1996 to join Dortmund. Returned to Aberdeen last summer was the Dons top scorer in 2003-04. Worked as a pundit for Setanta Sports before turning to a career as a coach.
  Scott Booth
Stan Williams   Stan Williams
The value of summer tours during that period was proved invaluable, as it was on a tour of South Africa in 1937 that the Dons party spotted Williams. The flying winger was soon on his way to Pittodrie, and he gained notoriety when he scored the Dons winner in the 1947 Scottish Cup Final. Played for Scotland during the War although he was South African and moved to Plymouth Argle in 1949 then Dundee in 1950.

Full name: Alfred Stanley Williams.

Stephen Glass
One of the most promising youngsters that have come through the Pittodrie ranks in modern times. Came in to the Dons first team in difficult circumstances as the Dons came close to being relegated for the first time in season 1994-95. His craft and flair on the left side was evident even in his tender years, and it was this promise that attracted the attention of Newcastle United in 1998. Glass was one of the first players to be transferred under the new directives regarding players less than 24 years of age. Aberdeen received compensation of £650,000. Returned to Scotland and joined Hibernian at the start of season 2002-03.
  Stephen Glass
Steve Archibald   Steve Archibald
Signed from Clyde for £20,000 in 1977 by Billy McNeill who had been his manager at Shawfield prior to moving to Pittodrie. The emerging potential of the striker was to flourish at Pittodrie. Was part of the Aberdeen side that won the Premier League in 1980. His heart set on a move to England he was sold for a record £900,000 to Tottenham shortly after the Dons title success. Made his full international debut for Scotland against Portugal during his Pittodrie career. Also went on to play for Barcelona and currently resides in the Catalan area.
Steve Murray
Signed for the Dons in a record Aberdeen transfer in 1970 for a fee of £50,000. As he was cup-tied, Murray missed out on the Dons Cup winning side of 1970, but the cultured midfielder was a vital cog in the Dons machine that went agonisingly close to taking the title in 1971. Capped for Scotland against Belgium at Pittodrie in 1971, Murray was also Aberdeen captain before a dispute with the club in 1973 resulted in a transfer to Celtic. Moved in to management after his playing career, and must hold some sort of record when he was in charge of Forfar for only 3 days.
  Steve Murray
Stewart Davidson   Stewart Davidson
Joined the Dons as a promising right-winger and studious passer of the ball, took some time to establish himself in the first team. Eventually emerged as a formidable defender and had a 20-year association with the club was broken by a transfer to Middlesbrough for £800 in April 1913. After the First World War, Davidson returned to Pittodrie and played on for the club till season 1924-25. After that, Davidson moved on to coaching and was assistant manager of Chelsea between 1939-1957.
Died - East Ham, 26th December 1960
Stewart McKimmie
Aberdeen born McKimmie learned his trade with Dundee before Alex Ferguson paid the Dens Park club £90,000 for his services in 1983. Played in the Dons team that won the European Super Cup, and went onto gain 40 caps for Scotland. Was made Aberdeen captain after Alex McLeish and led the Dons to the 1995 League Cup. Awarded a testimonial against Blackburn in 1994. Made over 500 appearances for the Dons, before a surprise move to Dundee United in 1997. Currently involved with local media work.
  Stewart McKimmie
Stuart Kennedy   Stuart Kennedy
One of the Dons best captures in modern times. Kennedy was bought for £30,000 from Falkirk in 1976, and went on to become one of the most popular players at Pittodrie. A fitness fanatic, his great attributes were his speed and power of recovery, which made him ideal for the demands of the game. Won winners medals in the League, Scottish and League Cups before injury ruled him out of the ECWC Final in Gothenburg. Was a non-playing substitute in the final, and it was that injury which finally ended his career. Capped 8 times for Scotland.
Theo Snelders
Alex Smith's first big signing as a replacement for Jim Leighton. Snelders was signed for £300,000 from Twente Enschede in Holland. The big keeper soon made his presence felt with a series of fine displays for the Dons. Capped for Holland during his spell with the Dons, Snelders was also part of the Dons double cup winning side in 1990. Included in the Holland squad that went to Italia 90, Snelders fell out of favour in 1995, and was sold to Rangers for around £300,000 to join as back up to Andy Goram.
  Theo Snelders
Tommy Craig   Tommy Craig
Farmed out to Banks o Dee "A" in his first season with the Dons. He became the first Scottish teenager to be transferred for a six-figure fee when he joined Sheffield Wednesday for £100,000 in 1969. A rare talent that was only seen in his formative years at Pittodrie, Craig went on to play for Newcastle Utd, Aston Villa and Swansea. Capped for Scotland before moving into coaching, Craig was assistant manager at Pittodrie under Roy Aitken. Full name: Thomas Brooks Craig.
Tommy Pearson
One of the most skilful wingers to play for the Dons, Pearson joined the club from Newcastle for £4,000 at the age of 35. Although his best days were behind him, Pearson was still a personality player at Pittodrie, appreciated by the Aberdeen support. Had the distinction of having played for both Scotland and England before retiring in 1953. Returned to Pittodrie six years later as manager. Made over 100 appearances for the Dons. During the Second World War he served with the RAF at Kirkham and whilst based there played as a guest for Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool. He was a member of the Blackpool team that lost to Aston Villa in the regional Cup Final of 1944, a match played on a home and away basis.

Full name: Thomas Usher Pearson.

  Tommy Pearson
Tony Harris   Tony Harris
Harris joined up at Pittodrie from Queen's Park in 1946, and was originally a centre forward. However, a switch to the right wing was soon to pay dividends. Never the most fleet of foot, Harris was a wholehearted player and part of the Dons 1947 Cup side. True Dons stalwart, Harris moved back to right half later in his career, as his eight-year spell with the club was coming to a close.

Although known as Tony his full name was John Robert Harris.

In the late 1960's Harris was involved with an attempt by a group of local businessmen to unseat the board and replace them with new faces at Pittodrie.

Willie Cooper
One of the Dons greatest ever servants, Cooper a tough full back joined Aberdeen in 1927. His defining moment in a long Aberdeen career came in 1947 when a rare injury prevented him from playing in the Dons first Scottish Cup success in 1947. Such was his popularity that special permission was given by the SFA for Cooper to be presented with a medal.

Played many matches for the Dons during the War years and when (re)signed by the club in July 1941 the local press stated that he was engaged in "work of national importance". In February 1946, Willie applied for and was granted a free transfer, but it did not lead to anything.

  Willie Cooper
William Lennie   William Lennie
The first great Aberdeen winger and also had the distinction of becoming the first Aberdeen player to play for Scotland when he was capped against Wales at Dens Park in 1908. Lennie scored the winner in a 2-1 win. Developed a great understanding with Charlie O'Hagan in the Aberdeen side that came close to winning the title in 1911. One of the first players to receive a benefit match from Aberdeen.

After a brief spell with Falkirk, Willie retired from playing in 1913 because of injury problems. During the 1930's Willie had a spell as a football columnist for The Sunday Post. He had set up a newsagent's business at 85 Hilton Road, retiring through ill-health three years before he died aged 72 in 1954.
Willie Miller
Without doubt as Dons Greats go, Miller has no equal. Inspirational captain that took the Dons to the heady heights of success at home and abroad. Joined the Dons Ground Staff in 1971 and after being converted into a sweeper, Miller forged a remarkable career with the Dons. League Cup wins in 1976 and 1989 sandwiched a run of success never seen at Pittodrie. Capped for Scotland on 65 occasions, Miller has been afforded every accolade in the game. Took over as Dons boss in February 1992, but paid the ultimate penalty as the Dons struggled in 1995. Has proved a popular media pundit, but that role was curtailed after he joined the Aberdeen board in June 2004. in June 2012 Willie again left the Club and was soon active on BBC Radio Scotland delivering match analysis and opinions on all aspects of the game. Miller has never worked in football outwith the confines of Pittodrie.
  Willie Miller
Willie Mills   Willie Mills
Possibly the first ever Aberdeen player to be classed as the complete player, certainly in the opinion of manager David Halliday. As a young forward Mills arrived at Pittodrie in 1932 and was almost immediately thrown into the Dons first team, a position he was to claim for six memorable years. Formed an almost telepathic partnership with Matt Armstrong as the Dons came so close to claiming their first major trophy in the 30's. Capped for Scotland, Mills was transferred to Huddersfield for a club record £6,500 in 1938.
Zoltan Varga
The Hungarian international was a surprise signing by Jim Bonthrone in 1972, after joining the Dons from Hertha Berlin in a £40,000 deal. Varga was a gifted player, blessed with a technical ability never before seen at Pittodrie, and in his brief stay at the club he thrilled the Dons support, with some fabulous moments. Often the target of the more physical players, Varga was often said to be ahead of his time, and those fortunate enough to see him at Pittodrie would not disagree. Moved to Ajax in 1973 to replace the legendary Johan Cruyff.
  Zoltan Varga