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On This Day: 22 November

1980: Willie Miller created an unwanted personal record againt Kilmarnock when he scored his fourth own goal in eight games.

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1980: Aberdeen played the last in what was a remarkable unbeaten Premier League run of thirty games that had started the previous season with a 1-1 draw against Partick Thistle on 1st March 1980. This final match in the run was also a 1-1 draw, this tme against Kilmarnock.

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1983: Up against the European Cup holders, S V Hamburg, the Dons battle through to a 0-0 away result although the defence are hard pressed. One memorable ground level piledriver shot just about takes Leighton's head off his shoulders but he survived to play a few more successful years.

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1907: RUGBY FOOTBALL IN ABERDEEN. Sir, - Only in one part of the community in Aberdeen does Rugby football hold premier place, and there even, its sway is not undisputed. King's College is the home of "Rugger"; Pittodrie is the home of "Soccer." On Saturday afternoon ten dozen people visit the Rugby match, while 10,000 patronise Pittodrie. At King's College the match is every bit as exciting as an Association game, yet it cannot draw huge "gates," as Rugby clubs do in London, and the north of England.

Is it the game itself that is wrong? No, certainly not. The game is conducted, after a start has been made, on perfectly even lines, but it is the slipshod method in which they are organised that is to blame for the unpopularity of the game. A match may be advertised to start at 3 p.m. ; an enthusiast not acquainted with the ways of Aberdeen Rugby turns up a few minutes before the specified time, and tells himself he is to have 80 minutes' unalloyed pleasure. A biting wind is blowing across the field; what about that? He is there to witness his favourite pastime. He stuffs his hands in his pockets until the excitement of the game makes him warm. A few others arrive. Time up. Where are the teams? The stranger makes an excursion to the dressing-room. Three or four young men are standing talking. He inquires where the teams are. "Oh, they have not arrived yet" he is told. Three-fifteen! Half of each team has arrived by that time, and a start has to be made with a few substitutes at 3.30. Before that time, however, the disgusted "enthusiast" has left the place and is making his way to where he is sure of seeing a game (not a Rugby one) conducted on proper lines. This is the chief reason why the carrying game is not popular in the Granite City. If the games were under the control of an efficient committee whose duty it was to see that the matches were played up to time, and that the referee was a strict and impartial man, better "gates" would be obtained.

Even the small attendance is not everything to be desired. An excited "backer" of one team sometimes finds himself mixed up with the players. At Mannofield this fault is especially noticeable. On one occasion about thirty spectators were mixed with the players, and on the occasion of a "throw-in" the ball landed on the head of a man who imagined himelf to be playing. At the same ground there is an objectionable habit of hissing - a player (if he is on the visiting side) when the player in question has done anything which lessens the chances of the home team's victory. Then there is not specified competition in existence. There is, of course, the North of Scotland League. Does anyone know the exact number of teams there are at present taking part in the tournament, or what the positions of the various clubs are? A competent secretary should be appointed, who shall have as his duty the task of supplying a copy of the League table to the local newspapers, to be published. If this were done, greater interest would be taken in Rugby in the city, which would be advantageous to all concerned. I am, etc - RUGBY.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Friday November 22nd, 1907.

Born on this Day
1968 Scott Harvie Left Back Age: 51
1991 Scott Bain Goalkeeper Age: 28
1910 Charlie Ferguson Inside Forward  
Died on this Day
1954 James Gordon Right Half  
Aberdeen Results on 22 November
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2015 Hamilton 1-1 Aberdeen Scottish Premiership New Douglas Park, Hamilton Click here to watch the Highlights of Hamilton v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 2,434
2008 Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen SPL Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow Click here to watch the Highlights of Rangers v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 50,166
2003 Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen SPL Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 49,962
1997 Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 Aberdeen Premier Division East End Park, Dunfermline 6,738
1989 Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Rangers now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 23,000
1986 Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 21,733
1983 Hamburg 0-0 Aberdeen European Super Cup F 1L Volksparkstadion, Hamburg Click here to watch the Highlights of Hamburg v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 15,000
1980 Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen Premier Division Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 3,300
1978 Aberdeen 1-0 Moscow Dynamo Friendly Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1975 Aberdeen 0-0 Heart of Midlothian Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 11,390
1969 Aberdeen 4-1 Motherwell Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 7,000
1958 Clyde 4-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow 7,000
1952 Aberdeen 7-2 Falkirk Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 17,000
1947 Aberdeen 6-0 Queens Park Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 15,000
1941 Dunfermline Athletic 0-2 Aberdeen North Eastern Supplementary Cup East End Park, Dunfermline
1930 Falkirk 5-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Brockville Park, Falkirk 1,500
1924 Hibernian 4-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Easter Road, Edinburgh 13,000
1919 Raith Rovers 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy 7,000
1913 Aberdeen 2-1 Queens Park Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 7,000
1902 The Aberdeen 2-1 Orion Rhodesia Cup Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1902 Victoria United 3-1 Peterhead Aberdeenshire Cup Central Park, Cowdenbeath
1890 Victoria United 2-1 Bon-Accord Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1890 The Aberdeen 4-4 Orion Friendly Chanonry, Aberdeen