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Sunday, 17 May 2020 - 10:33
aberdeen football club grounds pre-pittodrie
where the dons' victorian forebears played.

by jock gardiner, scottish editor of groundtastic
Sunday, 15 March 2020 - 14:28
new addition to the aberdeen collection
pictures by the thousand.
Tuesday, 03 December 2019 - 13:20
the red army
a cracking book at any time of the year.
Saturday, 19 October 2019 - 12:25
the aberdeen men can't play football
the story of victorian football in aberdeen. limited supply available.
Friday, 23 August 2019 - 16:52
tale of a ticket
a good deed in 1954
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 - 15:27
halliday for the scottish football hall of fame
time to get a superb goalscorer and great manager national recognition.
Monday, 15 July 2019 - 15:41
dating the dugout
donald colman's innovation
Saturday, 08 June 2019 - 12:47
mission complete - bob and jock cover the grounds
32 in 32 becomes 44 in 39.5
Friday, 26 April 2019 - 08:20
bob and jock ready to go again
#afc32in32 - 32 grounds in 32 hours for the heritage trustees
Wednesday, 06 February 2019 - 16:46
afc heritage book store
buy a book and help preserve your afc heritage!
Monday, 07 January 2019 - 16:27
that's why they call them "the dons"
Saturday, 01 December 2018 - 12:38
news of the day
more historical snippets coming from afc heritage trust.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 11:15
remembering aberdeen association fc
afc heritage trust remembers the foundation of the aberdeen association football club
Aberdeen Association Founders Plaque
Monday, 30 July 2018 - 14:31
afc former players annual golf outing 2018
event to be held at craibstone golf course 14th sep
Friday, 13 July 2018 - 19:51
aberdeen captain shot dead
fundraiser turns to disaster.
Aberdeen's First Badge
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 - 16:54
fundraising fans to help the heritage trust
aberdeen fc superfans to visit 18 highland league clubs in 18 hours to raise funds for new museum
AFC18in18 logo
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 15:29
numbers on the front
the definitive story of the washington whips 1967
Thursday, 09 November 2017 - 20:02
armistice day 2017
event at pittodrie
Sunday, 08 October 2017 - 16:25
numbers on the front
the story of the washington whips
Saturday, 19 August 2017 - 13:39
jimmy philip lecture
ref who became manager
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - 10:31
female footballers in aberdeen
first women's football in the granite city?
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 11:27
lady footballers at pittodrie

fine display by dick kerr's xi

plucky display by aberdeen team

Friday, 14 April 2017 - 17:34
a fanzine story
thirty years old this year - the northern light and its heirs
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 15:51
one for the statos
lennie loses a goal
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 - 10:50
prized programme gifted to afc heritage
rare programme from aberdeen's first european away match added to the aberdeen collection
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 - 18:05
big red quiz 2016
come and have a go if you think you're red enough!
Saturday, 03 September 2016 - 10:36
peacock add to the aberdeen collection
the dons and pink floyd come together on the peacock stand at the aaf
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 - 18:39
jimmy philip medal
jimmy gains a canadian gift
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 - 16:21
whips remembered
special memento of the washington whips team.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 20:01
tales from the dugout
a collection of sometimes ribald football stories about what goes on in dugouts across the country.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 15:34
armistice day at pittodrie
2015 commemoration
Remembrance Poppy
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 14:44
big red quiz 2015
annual challenge to find the reddest fans around!
Sunday, 06 September 2015 - 14:42
if goalposts could talk
the life and times of inverurie locomotive works football club
by david r. fasken
Sunday, 30 August 2015 - 17:40
graham leggat - star of the a. f. c.
always a hero
Saturday, 01 August 2015 - 16:17
opening day 1899
language, gentlemen, please!
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 16:44
historic poster revealed
afc heritage and buckie thistle rescue a shared piece of aberdeenshire cup history
Monday, 10 November 2014 - 16:25
armistice day at pittodrie
the sixth annual commemoration to remember aberdeen fc's war dead to be held.
Monday, 13 October 2014 - 11:53
vintage boots discovered
a pair of football boots dating to 1904 to go on show at pittodrie.
Saturday, 11 October 2014 - 11:59
big red quiz a big red success
knowledgeable dons fans help raise funds for afc heritage
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 20:34
big red quiz night
show off your dandy knowledge and help the funds of the afc heritage trust - friday 10th october 2014.
come and have a go if you think you know enough!
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 16:54
a view on football
aberdeen under the football fiend. (by an occasional)
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 12:59
a new display for the latest trophy
dons' fans help to get the league cup on show at pittodrie
Monday, 31 March 2014 - 14:02
coca-cola bike winner announced
stephen's bike goes north
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 13:56
happy real birthday aberdeen
aberdonian football hits 132 years old.
Friday, 14 February 2014 - 11:47
king of the wild frontier
sing a song of graham leggat
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 - 16:10
remembrance event on monday
pittodrie remembers
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 - 15:05
medal comes home to pittodrie
after 66 years willie waddell's cup medal finds a new home
Thursday, 08 August 2013 - 13:14
1904 and all that
the "1904 door" sorted
Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 15:09
the aberdeen collection growing
very early pittodrie programme acquired
Monday, 31 December 2012 - 13:24
trf cartoonist does his bit for afc heritage
special artwork to entertain the red army.
mind my bike

02 March 2012 10:52

Anybody familiar with the history of the Dons and the players who contributed to it will know all about Jock Hutton. Or will they? Back in the early 1920's Jock Hutton was one of Aberdeen's best known players. Described in the press as a "stalwart defender," the burly rock upon which many an opposing forward foundered. He was always first name on the managers team sheet and was the nearest player to ever present over several seasons. There was a serious blip for him in March of 1922 though, one that had it been a little worse might have damaged or ended his career far too early.

At the beginning of the week following a drawn Cup quarter final at Hamilton, Hutton, reserve centre forward Andrew Lees and a commercial traveller names Templeton, was involved in a motor cycle accident a few miles outside Aberdeen. The Scotsman of Wednesday 15th March 1922 reported:
"A motor cycle accident, in which two Aberdeen Football Club players were involved, occurred about seven miles north of Aberdeen yesterday afternoon. It appears that John Hutton, the Aberdeen back, was driving a motor cycle with sidecar, in which was seated J. M. Templeton, commercial traveller, and on the carrier was Andrew Lees, the Pittodrie reserve centre forward. On approaching a motor car the motor cycle was swerved to the side of the road and took the bank, the three men being thrown violently into the adjoining field.
Hutton sustained injuries to his face and was otherwise shaken; Templeton was badly cut about the face, and sustained a fractured arm; while Lees escaped with a severe shaking. The three men were conveyed to Aberdeen, and their injuries attended to.
Hutton was to have played for Aberdeen in the replay of their Scottish Cup tie with Hamilton Academicals today, and his place will be taken by A. R. Grossert."

We don't know how news of Hutton's accident was received by Manager Jimmy Philip, but fortunately for big Jock his replacement had a fine match against the Accies and his team won through by 2-0 in front of a tremendous midweek crowd of 23,000 and the Dons were set up to face Morton in the semi-final. A week later and Hutton was back in action.

It might reasonably be expected that the Aberdeen players would have learned something from Jock's misadventure but later that same year, on the 8th of September, Jock was involved in another motorbike misadventure. This time he was only a witness when his team-mate, the exciting winger Jimmy Smith, crashed into a car. Once again, The Scotsman obliges with an account of the incident:
"J. Smith, the Aberdeen football team's outside left player, will be unable to appear for his team at Pittodrie Park this afternoon against the Hibernians on account of injuries received in a motor accident. Smith, who was transferred from the Rangers, was motor cycling on a solo machine in company with "Jock" Hutton, the right-back, who was driving a side-car outfit, when they encountered a stream of motor traffic returning from the Braemar gathering to the city. At one of the winding parts of the highway beyond Banchory Smith's bicycle collided with a motor car, and he was thrown into the ditch and rendered unconscious. It was found that he was injured about the lower part of the body and legs."

This was a big blow to Aberdeen as they were enjoying a successful season and had spent time leading the League. However, fortune smiled on the club the next day when they played Hibernian at Pittodrie and goals from Johnny Miller and Andy Rankine ensured that Hibs were well beaten. Jimmy Smith took about three weeks to return to fitness, missing three league matches altogether. His return indicated no loss of form though and he played his part in securing an excellent Pittodrie victory by 3-1 over Celtic in which his corner kick set up a goal by Rankine. There were no long term effects to be seen either as Jimmy went on to enjoy nine great seasons at Pittodrie and played a total of 335 competitive matches during which he scored 64 goals, many of them of the spectacular variety. We have to wonder though whether he kept up his motorcycling.