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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
origins
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.
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
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dating the dugout

15 July 2019 15:41

Everybody knows that Pittodrie is the birthplace of the dugout and that Donald Colman was the man who introduced it to the game. What people may not be so clear about is exactly when this happened. In "The Football Grounds of Great Britain" by Brian Inglis - published in 1987 - Inglis claimed that the dugout was introduced in the 1920s, but Donald Colman did not return to Pittodrie to take up his duties as trainer until the early 1930s.

Unfortunately, people somehow tended to accept that the given date was correct - probably because the book was generally authoritative and detailed.

However, the AFC Heritage Trust has dug through many back numbers of newspapers from the 1930s and narrowed down a realistic window when the dugout would really have been installed in front of the Main Stand. Almost no mention of the innovation was made in local newspapers, but by studying match photographs we are confident that the work would have been carried out in the summer of 1934 ready for the 1934-35 season's beginning. There are few photographs that show the trainer's area during matches around the time, but in this photo from the Aberdeenshire Cup Final of 7th April 1934 it can clearly be seen that the trainers were using benches.

By November 1934 a picture faintly shows that the dugouts are in place but leaves a small doubt over whether there was one for the visiting trainer as well as that for Donald Colman. Aberdeen always having been a courteous and sporting club, the answer is probably that they did build two dugouts, but we don't know for sure, although before long it was definitely a case of comfort for all.

A later picture -from 4th March 1935, gives a clear view of a dugout.