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Saturday, 30 October 2021 - 11:59
john callander
one of our own
Saturday, 31 July 2021 - 10:34
the football rally
no social media in 1907 but when dons' fans wanted to get geed up for the new season they always had the printed word:
Sunday, 16 May 2021 - 10:53
there's a time to shop
trust fundraising online store
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.
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
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
Trust Logo
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
john callander

30 October 2021 11:59

We are sorry to announce that our good friend and fellow Trustee John Callander passed away (aged 72) in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Friday 22nd October 2021.

John had a lifetime association with Aberdeen Football Club. It began with his Grandfather John D Robbie being a Director (1937-1962).
He was one of a few businessmen who ensured that the Club survived during World War 2. At the tender age of 5 years John was diagnosed with Polio and was admitted to Aberdeen City Hospital when his condition deteriorated.

Thankfully for him the eminent Dr Robert Henderson was working at the Hospital at that time and had invented a machine called "The Iron Lung." John was placed inside this machine and it assisted his breathing for about three weeks when his condition started to improve.

The effects of Polio left John not being able to walk. John had a very determined mindset and refused to be bedridden and by the age of 6 he was able to walk unaided between two hospital beds, and this allowed him to return home to the family home in Laurencekirk.

John continued to receive physiotherapy from the hospital 2-3 days per week, however Grandad Robbie felt that this was not enough to help John in his recovery. His Grandfather would come down from Aberdeen and pick John up and take him to Pittodrie to continue his rehabilitation with the Club Physio - Barney Alexander. This continued for a number of years until John was able to move around more freely without the use of any walking aids. John often reflected on this time as having a significant impact on his life as without this additional help, support and encouragement from Barney he felt that he would not have been able to live the life he did.

John's association with the Club at this time did not stop there - during this period he would often see the First Team Bus arrive at his house to pick up his Grandad en route to matches - and this stop offered the opportunity for Players and the Management Team to have a comfort break!

John went on to have a successful career in Primary School Teaching and his first post was at Cove Primary where a very young and talented footballer by the name of Stewart McKimmie was attending. John coached the school team. In later years when Stewart was considering signing for the Dons Stewart phoned John and of course John encouraged Stewart to put pen to paper and become a Pittodrie Legend! After Cove Primary John went to become the youngest Head Teacher in Grampian at Fettercairn Primary. He then went to be Head at Bervie Primary for twenty years. John then moved to Woodhill House to be a Development Officer working on the Y2K Project and then latterly on Digital Technology Projects (eg start of video conferencing) before retiring.

John held original shares in the Club and always assisted the Club Secretary to progress the Agenda of the A.G.M. under Dick Donald (meeting lasted c15 mins!). John would reminisce with the Directors recounting his family connection with the Club.

John and his family attended all matches at Pittodrie First Team and Reserves at Reserve Matches they all sat in the 50 Club. John and family also attended selected away matches and the Semis and Finals and celebratory occasions at Pittodrie. John, of course, was Persona Grata at Pittodrie.

On the foundation of AFC Heritage Trust as a lifelong Dons fan with an historic family connection to the Club John was delighted to serve as Trustee and further the aims of the Trust and Club. He was particularly honoured to participate in the annual Armistice Commemoration.

John was the husband of the late Anne, father of Scott and Lynne, father-in-law of Chris and Lindsay and grandad of Leah, Abigail, Lewis, Isabella and Angus.