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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
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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.
Saturday, 10 November 2012 - 13:31
the aberdeen men can't play football
the story of victorian football in aberdeen.
Sunday, 04 November 2012 - 15:22
trust store opens
heritage and related publications avaialable online.
Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 11:08
cycling away for afc heritage trust
dons' fan puts in the effort.
Saturday, 21 April 2012 - 13:38
new magazine available
share with the former players
Friday, 02 March 2012 - 10:52
mind my bike
top defender enjoys narrow escape.
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 - 12:40
an historic encounter
rare meeting at forfar
Sunday, 25 December 2011 - 12:50
a merry christmas to all our followers
season's greetings
Sunday, 18 December 2011 - 16:54
eddie turnbull memorial unveiled
eddie's boys gather at pittodrie
Saturday, 12 November 2011 - 11:56
11th day at pittodrie
the afc armistice day event continues to grow.
Poppy
Friday, 04 November 2011 - 22:55
armistice day event at pittodrie
an additional player will be added to the roll of honour.
Saturday, 13 August 2011 - 11:24
new season - new programmes
afc heritage continues to issue programmes for the under-19s home matches.
Sunday, 17 July 2011 - 19:10
the first aberdeenshire cup final
how the cup was won.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 - 12:09
edinburgh footballers stoned.
disturbance at aberdeen
Sunday, 06 March 2011 - 15:39
afc heritage gets some help
the visit of hearts attracted some great support for the afc heritage trust.
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 - 13:14
book on arbroath for aberdonians
new arbroath fc littered with information for aberdonians and dons' historians.
Cover of Arbroath FC Miscellany
happy real birthday aberdeen

11 March 2014 13:56

Exactly 132 years ago today the first Aberdonian fitba team took the field at Coupar Angus against the local team and set the ball of history a-rolling. The Aberdeen managed to lose by 4-0 that day but all things considered and keeping in mind the total absence of experience of the game, they could be reasonably pleased with their debut.
It would be 22 years before a piece of National silverware was brought to the Granite City, a feat that wouldn't be repeated again for 42 years, but the love of the game grew like wildfire throughout the Northeast and it wasn't long until the City could field teams from Orion, Victoria United, Black Diamond, Ashley, Bon-Accord and many others. The big three in town were Aberdeen, Orion and Victoria United, each with their own enclosed grounds and a towering ambition to do well. These three took part in the Scottish Cup for several years until the competition was changed with the introduction of the Qualifying Cup - a direct outcome of a heavy defeat of the Aberdeen by Queen-s Park in 1890. Glasgow publication The Scottish Referee opened the debate arguing: "A qualifying competition for the Scottish Association Cup seems absolutely called for by reason of the ridiculous result of the Queen's Park journey to Aberdeen. The premier club were compelled to travel some three hundred miles to meet and beat a club which its second or third eleven could have tackled with safety and success."
In some respects the argument was fair enough, Queen's Park had enjoyed an easy 13-1 victory at the Chanonry and travel was a bit more tiresome and expensive for an amateur team in those days. Of course, there are still central belt clubs that believe Aberdeen is too far away for them, but that is another story. The change of set-up was eventually made and this might well be recorded as Aberdeen's first impact on the history of the beautiful game.
Still, mighty oaks grow from wee acorns and on this day in 1882 the journey was properly begun as local fitba heroes strove to carry the reputation of the Silver City onward and upwards towards silverware that the founding players could never have dreamed of. The journey watched by faithful, knowledgeable and (mostly) patient fans, has rocked through many peaks and troughs, but it is only by suffering the hard times that we can thoroughly relish and appreciate the good.
That first team came to be nicknamed the Whites, a name that carried into the first season of amalgamation in 1903/04. Thereafter they played as the Black and Gold, or the Wasps, for 35 years but somewhere along the way they also picked up their longest lasting name: The Dons, a soubriquet that fits so well alongside The Reds to give fans of all ages and generations that one love as they carry us forward to whatever their future holds.