Click here to go back to the AFC Heritage Trust Homepage Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Logo  
Aberdeen Football Club - On This Day
On This Day: 24 April

1937: Aberdeen play in their first ever Cup Final. In front of a European club record crowd of 146,433 they lose 2-1 against Celtic with Matt Armstrong scoring the Dons' goal. It was estimated that perhaps 20,000 more found their way in without paying, but there is no way of knowing for sure.

Match Report >>>

1976: Relegation is avoided on goal difference as the Dons trounce Hibs 3-0 at Pittodrie in the last game of the season. Remarkably, it was decided to hand Walker McCall his debut in the match.

Match Report >>>

1931: PLAYER, REFEREE, AND TRAINER. Mr Peter Simpson Dies in Chair. BLOW TO ABERDEEN FOOTBALL. With the sudden death of Mr Peter Simpson yesterday, at his home at 1 Nelson Street, Aberdeen, another notable figure in Aberdeen football circles has been removed. Mr Simpson, who was sixty-six years of age, had not enjoyed good health for some time. A year ago he was operated upon and, while still confined to bed, contracted pneumonia. He made a good recovery, but since then has not enjoyed the best of health. He was out and about yesterday afternoon attending to his duties at St Machar Rugby ground, but on his return complained of being ill, and he died sitting in his armchair.

Popular Figure. "Peter," as he was known to sportsmen in Aberdeen, was a prominent and popular figure in football circles all over Scotland. He was for twenty years trainer to the Aberdeen Football Club and was a well-known player and Scottish League referee. A native of Peterhead, Mr Simpson spent practically the whole of his life in Aberdeen. His first appearance in Aberdeen was in the old Gladstone team which used to play at the Links. He was quickly spotted and joined the Rovers, another well-known combination. Mr Simpson was the first player on the books of the Aberdeen Victoria United, and captained the side in 1885.

Refereed Cup Final. He was for several years a referee on the Scottish League First Division, and was the first Aberdeen referee have charge of the Scottish Cup final. He also refereed four semi-finals. Mr Simpson officiated in many inter-county matches, and one season he had charge of two cup finals, senior and junior, in one day. He was employed by Messrs Hall, Russell's when he became trainer to Aberdeen F.C. in 1903. He was popular with both players and supporters. During his regime Aberdeen was at its best in 1910-11, when they finished runners-up in the Scottish League and reached the semi-final of the Cup.

Family of Five. A member of the Aberdeenshire Football Association, of which he was at one time president, his knowledge of the game was a valuable asset to that body. He is survived by his widow, three daughters and two sons. He was a member of Lodge 164 of Freemasons.

Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Friday 24th April, 1931

Died on this Day
2009 Billy Smith Defender  
2009 Tommy Lowrie Left Half  
Aberdeen Results on 24 April
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2010 St. Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen SPL McDiarmid Park, Perth Click here to watch the Highlights of St. Johnstone v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 3,295
2004 Livingston 2-0 Aberdeen SPL City Stadium, Livingston 3,133
1982 Aberdeen 2-0 Airdrie Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 8,000
1976 Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,985
1974 Aberdeen 2-1 Ayr United Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 3,945
1971 Falkirk 1-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Brockville Park, Falkirk 8,000
1965 Clyde 4-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow 4,540
1964 Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) East End Park, Dunfermline 5,500
1963 Third Lanark 1-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Cathkin Park, Glasgow 2,100
1961 Buckie Thistle 0-10 Aberdeen Friendly Victoria Park, Buckie
1957 Aberdeen 2-0 Partick Thistle Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 7,500
1954 Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen Scottish Cup F Hampden Park, Glasgow 130,060
1948 Highland League Select 2-4 Aberdeen Caledonia Trophy 2L Grant Street Park, Inverness 5,000
1946 Hamilton 0-2 Aberdeen Victory Cup R1 2L Douglas Park, Hamilton 9,000
1943 Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen Mitchell Cup SF 1L Easter Road, Edinburgh 10,000
1940 Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee United Regional League East Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1939 Aberdeen 4-1 Barnsley Friendly Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,000
1937 Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic Scottish Cup F Hampden Park, Glasgow Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Celtic now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 146,433
1935 Buckie Thistle 0-4 Aberdeen Benefit Match Victoria Park, Buckie 1,500
1934 Wick Academy 1-1 Aberdeen Friendly Harmsworth Park, Wick
1930 Forfar Athletic 0-1 Aberdeen Benefit Match Station Park, Forfar 1,600
1926 St. Mirren 3-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley 10,000
1920 Aberdeen 3-4 Dumbarton Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,000
1915 Dundee 1-0 Aberdeen Robertson Cup Dens Park, Dundee
1913 Elgin City 2-2 Aberdeen Friendly Station Park, Elgin
1912 Inverness Thistle 2-7 Aberdeen Friendly
1909 Aberdeen 4-0 Inverness Citadel Friendly Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1902 Orion 1-4 Victoria United Fleming Charity Shield Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1897 Victoria United 3-4 Hibernian Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1897 Orion 7-2 Dundee Wanderers Northern League Cattofield, Aberdeen 4,000
1897 The Aberdeen 6-2 Piccanniny Boys Friendly Chanonry, Aberdeen