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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.
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
Thursday, 23 December 2010 - 13:36
a merry christmas to all our readers
festive greetings to the dons' diaspora
Well used AFC party hat.
a view on football

17 July 2014 16:54

In the eternal quest to add to the records and knowledge of Aberdeen football, AFC Heritage recently came upon this opinion piece in the Aberdeen Journal for 1st November 1892. Yep, we are delving deeper and deeper into the past. The article doesn't need much comment from us, no doubt browsers of the website will form their own views. Suffice to say - the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I am a sedentary bloke - that I admit -something like our great friend, the King of Birmingham, only a trifle less so. He never takes exercise; he never travels, except when he is carried. When I have to travel I have to take shanks' mare - there lies the difference. But the fact of being a sedentary bloke does not necessarily debar me, I should fain hope, from forming an unbiased opinion on the moral and social effects of football on the community. Do you know that I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that football is going to have more influence on the future of Scotland than our much prized system of national and free education? There are two contending forces. Which is to gain the upper hand is the problem that is giving not a few, including myself, a good deal of trouble. Of course my country friends won't admit for a moment that education will be beaten. I only hope they are in the right, but us the towns make the nation, that which affects the towns must in the end influence the whole body politic. Tut there I am already drifting into philosophy - like a minister giving the "application" at the beginning instead of the finish of his discourse.

Let us have a look at this football business fair and square in the face. Aberdeen has now; reached such a stage that it may be safely taken as a good subject for diagnosis, and I must confess I don't like the symptoms. The tongue, for instance, has got dreadfully furred, Oh! the language that you near at a football match! Is it not "haw-ful?" We used to think it required a visit to a famous fish market in the great Metropolis to learn how to conjugate the verb to objurgate. Not so now. We can get the pure and unadulterated article at our own doors, with a genuine Doric flavour, and delivered with a vim that would do credit to the prowess of a Billingsgate adept. Young Aberdeen had always a penchant for this practice, but an older Aberdeen is taking up the running, and beating the rising generation hollow. Curious is it not, that the dirty tongue should be so peculiar to the football field? You do not get it in connection with any other class of sport, not even on the race-course. It is not for me to trace how this comes about; it is sufficient to know that the practice of using unauthorised English prevails to a most - well, the word must come out - detestable extent in connection with this game of football. See to it, my friends, reform this - ay, reform it altogether if you can.

See, again, how seriously the head becomes affected by this - shall I call it craze? When once an interest in football is excited, all other matters? good, bad, and indifferent?get the shunt. "I say, Jack, there is a good thing on at the Central Park this afternoon : Are you going?" Of course, Jack and his mate go; and from that hour until well on to the middle of next week the talk is of half-backs, forwards, and -----, but I am getting into deep water, as I know nothing whatever of the game. I could not tell a Rugby from an Association game, although they do say that the difference is very marked on account of the greater display of muscular energy in the one than in the other - in short, in the one the players kick each other as well as the ball.

How the battle of tongues rages on a Saturday night, As the crowds wend their way citywards, by foot, by car, by cab, the babel goes on without ceasing. It may rain and pelt, blow and snow, it matters not; the elements have not the slightest effect on the football enthusiast. He is above and beyond all outside influences; his whole mind and soul are in the toils of the football fiend, and out of them he cannot get. What his dreams by night may be I am not in a position to say; only I would not like to sleep alongside a football player who, say, had imbibed a "round 0" or two by way of lubricating his speaking tube. It is said that Blackburne, the famous chess player, composes problems in his sleep. That would be a mild performance compared to a footballer rehearsing a game of football among the blankets.

There is, however, a serious side to this "over-intensity of interest." It is not healthy. It leaves effects that lend to results which are often much to be deplored. These fits of excitement require to be stimulated, and the social glass is of course the readiest form of stimulant at command. The spacious bars that are now to be found all over the city - thanks in a large measure to the "reforming" spirit and encouragement of our Temperance bench?afford ample and abundant facilities for this purpose. There is no need, friend Wyness, to go in search of a cause for the growing hilarity of young Aberdeen on Saturday nights. You may safely credit, the football fiend with three-fourths of it; the other fourth may be put down to election excitement and the bad weather.

Look into one of these bars on a Saturday evening. So utterly are the footballers under the subjugation of their particular - I was almost going to say patron - fiend, that they take no thought of what, or how much, they are drinking. A young lad, who, under ordinary conditions, would be content with a moderate quantity of liquor, is put off his guard while the football fit is on, and he only awakens to the extent of his excess when he rises next morning and finds a "cutter" where his cash ought to be.

Then there is that other popular outlet for the excitement - the smoking concert. I am old enough to remember the time when the "free-and-easy" was a popular institution in Aberdeen. The authorities put them down, and it is not my place to sit in judgment on them for doing so. Some people think they merely drove the sore in to break out afresh and with increased violence in other places. That, however, by the way. What I was going to say is this that, for the life of me, I can see precious little difference between the "free-and-easy" and the latter-day smoking concert. I have been at both, and my impression is that quite as much drinking goes on at the one as the other. I might be expected to say that the singing at the smoking concert is of a higher order. But I won't. It is nothing of the kind. You will hear as suggestive and senseless ditties at a smoking concert as were ever sung at a "free-and-easy. There may be a tinge more shirt front and a "few remarks," now and again by the chairman and others; but, dear me, that does not make a mighty difference. The essentials are the same, the after effects are identical; and I defy anyone to prove that more good comes out of the one than the other. There, I don't care a rap who denies it.

I am not a member of the Social Purity Association. I believe every individual has quite enough on his hands when he looks after the work of reforming himself; but I do say that football, when carried to the extent which it now is, has a direct tendency towards putting young men on the down grade.