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On This Day: 18 April
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1959: On the last day of the season, the Dons avoid relegation by winning 2-1 at Ibrox and scupper Rangers' title hopes into the bargain.

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AFC:

1887: At the formal establishment of the Aberdeenshire Football Association, Dr Maitland Moir donated the trophy that would be played for by member teams under the rules of the Aberdeenshire Cup.

SOCIAL HISTORY: SUNDAY SCHOOL AS A PUNISHMENT

1912: A dozen boys from the Causewayend district were charged with playing football on the Links on Sunday. They all admitted the offence, but none appeared to relish the lecture which the magistrate "treated" them to. The lads unanimously agreed not to repeat what the baillie characterised as "a very serious offence." Baillie Scott - How many of you attend a Sunday School? The query seemed to trouble the youngsters, and it was some time, and with the promptings of the parents, before three raised their hands indicating that they did so. The magistrate indicated his approval of this, and immediately after a forest of hands were shown - the boys no doubt believing that by this they would be somewhat more leniently dealt with. After due deliberation the baillie informed the delinquents that he had decided to adjourn the case for six months, but during that time the accused would have to become pupils at a Sunday school. As the magistrate pronounced this novel form of sentence, the lads looked at each other with incredulous surprise, but a minute later, when Baillie Scott hinted at the birch rod, they cordially agreed to fall in with his suggestion. The case which followed was that of a six-year-old boy throwing stones, whereby he smashed a pane of glass. He was dismissed with an admonition, a rider to the sentence being that he would have to keep in close touch with the Salvation Army.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Thursday April 18th, 1912

SOCIAL HISTORY: GREYHOUND RACING COMES TO BRIDGE OF DEE

1933: NEW SPORTS ARENA IN ABERDEEN. Greyhound Track at Bridge of Dee. ROOM FOR 5000 SPECTATORS.

 A new landmark in the realm of sport in Aberdeen is gradually taking shape near the Bridge of Dee, where for the past four months about fifty Aberdeen workmen have been engaged in the construction of The Stadium greyhound racing track. Within the next month this new arena will be completed, and patrons will be able to enjoy the thrills of greyhound racing under the most comfortable conditions. Over five thousand people will find accommodation in the enclosure, which lies on the farm of Kaimhill, Garthdee Road, in airy and attractive surroundings, near the River Dee.  

Electric "Hare". Since December the track has been under construction, and now stands, clubroom, kennels, offices, etc., are assuming their respective forms round the track. With a length of 372 yards, the track will be ideal for 400 and 550-yard races. The dogs will chase an electric "hare" of the latest type, and the course on which they will race has been carefully bottomed on the straights, and banked on the bends to give the best possible conditions. The most commendable feature is the effort that has been made to secure the comfort of the spectators. Even those in the cheapest stand will have a roof above them, while at the other end of the scale a sumptuous clubroom, with an expansive frontage of glass, and a wide, canopied verandah opposite the winning post, will form the architectural attraction of the course. At night the whole course will be flood-lit. 

Aberdeen Materials. Aberdeen workmen and Aberdeen materials have been wholly employed in the track, only those specialities such the "hare" itself being imported, while, with the exception of the leading officials, fifteen to twenty Aberdeen men will manage the track as attendants and stewards.

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Tuesday April 18th, 1933

SOCIAL HISTORY: LNER EXCURSIONS

<b>LNER Excursions 1929: LNER local timetable and fares for the Aberdeen v Rangers match

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Born on this Day
1968 Iain Polworth Centre Forward Age: 53
1951 Terry McCarthy Centre forward Age: 70
1976 Greig McCulloch Right Back Age: 45
1885 William Catto Outside Right  
1875 William Russell Outside Right  
1968 Anders Jacobsen Centre Half Age: 53
Died on this Day
1993 Dave Cumming Goalkeeper  
1963 James McIntosh Centre Half  
Aberdeen Results on 18 April
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2020 Post Split R34 CANCELLED - TBC Scottish Premiership
2015 Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United Scottish Premiership Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Dundee United now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 12,619
2014 Inverness CT 0-0 Aberdeen Scottish Premiership Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Click here to watch the Highlights of Inverness CT v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 4,224
2009 Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen SPL Celtic Park, Glasgow Click here to watch the Highlights of Celtic v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 58,581
2004 Aberdeen 0-2 Motherwell SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 7,246
2000 Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,403
1995 Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen Premier Division Fir Park, Motherwell 7,155
1992 Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen Premier Division Easter Road, Edinburgh 6,777
1990 Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,000
1987 Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen Premier Division Tynecastle, Edinburgh 12,539
1984 Aberdeen 5-1 Dundee United Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 19,562
1981 Aberdeen 3-0 Airdrie Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 7,000
1979 Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen Premier Division Fir Park, Motherwell 2,672
1970 Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Fir Park, Motherwell 6,100
1964 Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 3,500
1959 Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 40,000
1956 Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 45,000
1955 Keith 0-7 Aberdeen Benefit Match Kynoch Park, Keith
1953 Motherwell 4-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Fir Park, Motherwell 11,000
1951 Heart of Midlothian 4-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tynecastle, Edinburgh 20,000
1949 Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee Dewar Shield SF 1L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1942 Aberdeen 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic North Eastern League Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 5,000
1932 Derry City 1-5 Aberdeen Tour Brandywell, Londonderry
1931 Aberdeen 8-1 Clyde Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 9,000
1925 Queen of the South 2-2 Aberdeen Friendly Palmerston Park, Dumfries
1923 Dundee 3-2 Aberdeen Friendly Rockwell Park, Dundee 2,000
1921 Montrose 0-0 Aberdeen Friendly Links Park, Montrose
1914 Ayr United 2-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Somerset Park, Ayr 7,000
1912 Brechin City 1-4 Aberdeen Benefit Match Glebe Park, Brechin
1910 Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Easter Road, Edinburgh 1,500
1908 Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 3,000
1903 Forfar Athletic 4-1 Victoria United Northern League Station Park, Forfar
1903 Orion 1-3 The Aberdeen Rhodesia Cup Cattofield, Aberdeen
1896 The Aberdeen 1-2 Forfar Athletic Northern League Chanonry, Aberdeen
1896 Fair City Athletic 3-0 Orion Northern League Balhousie, Perth
1896 Victoria United 5-1 Cowdenbeath Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1895 Victoria United - Victoria United Reserves Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1891 The Aberdeen 5-5 Victoria United Friendly Chanonry, Aberdeen
1891 Caledonian, Aberdeen 1-8 Orion Friendly Holburn Cricket Ground, Aberdeen