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On This Day: 1 July
AFC: OPEN HANDED DONS!

1939: The People's Journal reported that, hearing of the financial struggles of Forfar Athletic, the Aberdeen Football Club had sent them a donation to tide them over. The paper went on to urge others of the big clubs - all of which were declaring strong fiscal results - to help out other lower League clubs in difficulties.

AFC: CONTROVERSIAL TRANSFER

1991: Aberdeen supporting left back David Robertson (nickname: Beano) jumps ship and signs for Rangers ensuring an instant drop in popularity in the Northeast. The fee will be settled by a tribunal.

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AFC: NEW SIGNINGS

2005: This was the day that Jamie Smith and Gary Dempsey were officially announced as having signed up at Pittodrie on two year deals. Smith was the bigger news as he was already a Scottish Internationalist. Dempsey had been at the club for a few months as an amateur and this was his return to a professional deal.

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AFC: SPORTING ABERDONIANS.

1927: At the Club's AGM in 1927 the vice-chairman, John [Tinny] Robertson told the meeting: "The shareholders and supporters of the Club would have satisfaction in knowing that he had been told by players and officials of other Clubs that it was always a pleasure for them to come to Aberdeen, as at Pittodrie they always found the spectators very impartial. It did not matter "whether it was the visiting team or the home team - any bit of good play was appreciated and applauded by the spectators." (Applause.)

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SOCIAL HISTORY: BATBALL PROPOSAL

1909: Sir, - Cricket ought properly to be styled "batball," the ball being hit with a bat, as football is so styled because the ball is hit with the foot. The game could also be improved if made more like football by a time limit of three hours for play, ninety minutes for each side to score runs, the same as ninety minutes to score goals in football, which would make batball possible for six months yearly, from April to September. Ten complete runs, plus extras, would count one point, and each wicket taken would also count one point. The total scores of both teams at the end of the three hours' play would be the points got from ten runs made, with extras, plus the points got from each wicket taken. Far instance, two teams with scores of 147 runs for six wickets and 82 runs all out, would in batball read 24 points and 14 points, a 10 points' victory. The total points of both teams could thus increase from start to finish as in football. Odd runs would be ignored in the total scores, to give some margin for a drawn game. The total points of both teams during the three hours' play would appear in line on the board - first batting to the left, second to the right. The field of play could be two times the length of the wicket behind, and two times on each side. Boundary hits would count 4 and 6 runs, with one minute for each batsman to appear, and a ten minutes' interval at half-time. Batball would be a distinct game from cricket, and would become popular and exciting like football, as those long waits, so often ending in drawn games, would then almost entirely disappear. - I am, etc., BATBALL

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Thursday July 1st, 1909

SOCIAL HISTORY: ORGAN BUILDER'S GOLDEN WEDDING

1940: Mr E. H. Lawton, 32 Linksfield Road, Aberdeen, who can claim the distinction of having brought a new industry to Aberdeen, celebrates his golden wedding to-day. He and Mrs Lawton were married at the Friends' Meeting House, Glasgow, on July 1, 1890. Mr Lawton was a journeyman organbuilder in Glasgow then and after being in Manchester for seven years he came to Aberdeen in 1898. There were no organ-builders in Aberdeen then, although there had been one some time previously. In those days only one organ in the city - that in the Mitchell Hall - was operated by electricity. Most had hydraulic engines and others were hand-operated.

ALL ELECTRIC Now there is not a hydraulic-engine organ under Mr Lawton's care, all having been converted to electricity, while the last hand-blown one under his care was that at the Music Hall, which was converted to electricity last year. Mr Lawton's business has steadily developed in the forty-two years he has been in Aberdeen. He started in his own house in Merkland Road East, but as business grew, he built a factory at the back of the house. Since then the business has been transferred to the present factory in Ardarroch Road, which has twice been enlarged. All over the world there are organs built by Mr Lawton and his employees. Most of those abroad are in New Zealand, where there is a branch of the firm, and in Africa. The first big Lawton organ was for Blairs College and others of large size include one for the Cathedral in Limerick, another in Partick, another in Burns' church - the Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock - and one, recently installed, in Fort Augustus Monastery.

Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal, Monday 1st July, 1940

SOCIAL HISTORY: PROPOSED RIDING TRACKS IN ABERDEEN

1903: THE DUTHIE PARK AND THE LINKS.

A meeting of the Links and Parks Committee of Aberdeen Town Council was held yesterday in the Council Chamber - Councillor Milne, convener. The committee had before them a report prepared by Mr William Dyack, burgh surveyor, upon the proposal to lay down horse riding tracks on the Links, Duthie Park, and Westburn Park, in terms of a memorial submitted to the council time ago. Westburn Park Mr Dyack considers entirely unsuited for the proposed purpose, and so he confines his report entirely to the Duthie Park and the Links. The proposal is that the track in the Duthie Park should encircle the large central area of grass on which the band performances and cricket matches take place. It borders as nearly as possible the main drive on the north, east, and south sides, and on the west, in the vicinity of the lakes, it runs along a walk, part of which would require to be diverted. The track would also pass through various existing plantations and shrubberies, and these would have to be replanted and extended. The route has been selected to avoid, as far as possible, the memorial trees situated near the main walk, but if this scheme is adopted a variegated plane tree, planted by Miss Duthie, would have to be removed. Including the making of the track, diverting the side walk, replanting shrubberies, and erecting suitable iron railing, with suitable openings alone the whole length on both sides, he estimates the cost of the work at £2100.

Dealing with the proposed track on the Links, Mr Dyack states that this track shown to be laid out opposite the Broadhill between the football field and the new esplanade, partly on the line of the existing road along the esplanade, which would require to be diverted about 20 feet to the west. The track is shown 20 feet wide, and extending from a point 168 lineal yards north of the Bathing Station northwards, to the bridge under the esplanade, a distance of 447 yards, practically a quarter of a mile. This line would admit of the track being afterwards extended practically to Donmouth, or as far as the new esplanade is to be formed. The ends of the track are shown to be widened out to admit of the horses being more readily turned, and a wooden bar fence about 3 feet 6 inches high would be erected along the whole length of the west side, and at each end of the east side, leaving unfenced the part along the foot of the esplanade slope, where sufficient protection is afforded by the existing fence on the west side of the esplanade. Mr Dyack estimates the cost this work, including making the track, diverting the road, and erecting the necessary fencing, at £450. The committor deferred consideration of the report meantime.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Wednesday July 1st, 1903

SOCIAL HISTORY: SCULPTURE RECOMMENDED FOR ABERDEEN

1938: ANTIDOTE TO GASWORKS  UNHAPPY MEMORIES OF BEACH  USE OF SCULPTURE AS REMEDY 

The use of a sculpture to help visitors to go home from a holiday in Aberdeen with less vivid memories of the gasworks and the bathing station at the Beach was suggested yesterday. It was put forward by Mr T. B. Huxley Jones, of Gray's School of Art, when addressing the Aberdeen Business and Professional Club. While he was critical of public indifference to sculpture, he emphasised that his remarks were not particularly directed at Aberdeen, but were equally applicable to other towns. The lack of interest, he said, to a certain extent could be understood. The average idea of sculpture was the late decadent period of Greek, of which so much was displayed in the galleries. Sculpture in public places was usually of past citizens of good repute, but what had happened in most cases was that the worst periods of the Greeks had been taken and had influenced to the greatest possible extent the production of the work.

FOR ENRICHMENTIn some countries sculpture was used to the greatest credit of its people and enrichment of the town. A good example was to be found in Pompeii. There the small bronzes outside the houses, in the public squares, and on the fountains added to the life and imparted almost gaiety to an otherwise dull square. A country which seemed to be using decorative sculpture with great success was Sweden. There were to be seen fountains for which the sculpture work had been done by an eminent sculptor. Germany had also one or two simple but very pleasing instances. He recalled a small kiosk in Hamburg - a simple structure that was anything but permanent - on the top of which was a delightful bronze figure about three or four feet high. Not far from it was the end brick wall of a large shop. Several small decorative figures had been placed on it with the greatest success. 

ABERDEEN BATHING STATION"These are just one or two instances of the use of decorative sculpture to the advantage of the town. One cannot help thinking how something in the nature of the bronze on the kiosk I mentioned would improve some of the buildings on the Beach here. I am sure the expense would be well repaid by making it attractive and getting the best out of the natural beauty. The gasworks and bathing station, one feels, do need some suppression, and it would be an advantage if visitors left without those two landmarks being quite so imprinted on their minds." "One cannot help thinking,' added the speaker. "that it would be a good thing to hand down to our descendants some examples of our good taste as well as aeroplanes that carry tons of bombs." 

WHAT OF THE COLISEUM?Mr Harry Townend, the president, commented on Mr Jones' reference to the gasworks after the address. "I feel a little embarrassed about the gasworks," he remarked. "If you go over to Scotstoun Moor and look in the direction of the town it has a very striking resemblance to the Coliseum. If the gasworks is bad, what is the Coliseum?" (Laughter.) Dr Henry Hamilton proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Jones.

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Friday 1st July, 1938

Born on this Day
1940 Craig Brown Manager Age: 82
1950 George Adams Outside Right Age: 72
1984 Kevin Souter Central Midfield Age: 38
1887 William Stead Goalkeeper  
1982 James Pritchett Right Midfield Age: 40
2001 Francesca Ogilvie Left Winger Age: 21
Died on this Day
1931 Charles O'Hagan Inside left  
1916 Henry Wattie Inside Right  
Aberdeen Results on 1 July
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2017 St. Johnstone 0-3 Aberdeen Friendly McDiarmid Park, Perth Click here to watch the Highlights of St. Johnstone v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 1,939
1967 Dundee United 0-2 Aberdeen American Soccer League East Dallas Cotton Bowl, Dallas, USA 6,839