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On This Day: 17 September

1904: For the first time the nickname "Wasps" was applied to the Aberdeen team in a match report in the Aberdeen Daily Journal published 19th September 1904.

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1980: Twenty four years after they should have made their debut in the European Cup, Aberdeen take the field against Austria Memphis and in a fairly bad tempered match they record a single goal victory to take to Austria in two weeks time.

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1910: At last the Dons get their first victory over Rangers when they stuff them 4-2 at Ibrox. Evidently they delighted the home crowd with their "long swinging passes and altogether sparkling combination."

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1934: MAKING PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME. Bible Reading and Days in Bed as Bright U.S. Penalties.

A sentence of "a brief term of Bible-reading" which a Buffalo judge has just passed on a schoolgirl draws attention to a number of recent efforts by United States magistrates "to make the punishment fit the crime" on occasions when little help is given by the State statute-book. In Brooklyn the other day Mr O'Dwyer, magistrate, sentenced a woman who talked too much to two and a half hours' silence. He also ordered a youth who had been causing his family a great deal of trouble to go to the Pacific Coast of the United States, apparently hoping that distance would increase the young man's popularity. One judge made three boys choose between prison and joining a church, and another offered a prisoner the choice between gaol and the pledge. At a court in the centre of New York a man who was accused of ill-treating his aunt was ordered to go home and remain in bed for three days. 

Cemetery Vigils. From North Carolina comes a story of an occupant of the bench who decreed that five secondary school students must each spend five nights alone in the local cemetery as a punishment for opening a grave with the object ot studying anatomy, which was one of their examination subjects, first hand. In California recently a football player who had been found driving without lights was offered the alternative of a fine of or a promise to score in an important match in which he was playing on the following day. He agreed to score.

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Monday September 17th, 1934


1934: Aberdeen Motorists Mostly Observe Rule.

The Order forbidding the sounding of motor horns in built-up areas between 11.30 p.m. and 7 a.m. came into operation last night. Seven out of forty motorists broke the rule of silence in Union Street during the first half-hour it was in operation at Aberdeen. Observation was kept in that thoroughfare by a "Press and Journal" reporter for thirty minutes, and while he found that caution was the watchword with the majority of motorists who faithfully observed the Order, seven forgetful, or ignorant, or wilfully disobedient drivers made a blot on the new leaf. Six of the offenders were private drivers; the other drove a taxi. Even in the short period of listening, however, it was obvious that the silence zone Order brought with it a remarkably quietening effect. The percentage of "tooters" was cut by a considerable figure, and time and familiarity with the new duty imposed will no doubt bring that figure practically to zero.

Breaking Silence. Sunday is recognised as the motorists' "early closing" night. Shortly after ten-thirty the streets were clear of the Corporation 'buses. By eleven traffic had thinned on Union Street, solitary cars passing at short intervals. Just on the stroke of eleven-thirty the bleat of a horn was heard in the distance, but after the sound of the Town House chimes had faded the silence fell. To ears straining to catch that "guilty" driver the echoing footfalls of the few late pedestrians sounded absurdly disturbing, and even the faint purring of an approaching car seemed to break the peace to an unusual degree. Only a few minutes had elapsed, however, when the first "peep" of an electric horn rent the silence. It came from a large private saloon car as it turned from Union Street into Bridge Street. In another few minutes a second offence was committed - this time by a taxi-driver at the same junction. His "breach" seemed to carry infection to a private car driver approaching Union Street, for he responded with a sharp "pip, pip."

Flagrant Breach. Again silence fell, and as twelve o'clock drew near it looked as if Aberdeen's forgetful drivers were to be restricted to three. Then an epidemic broke out. Travelling at almost fifty miles an hour, a sporting saloon heralded its approach at each junction with a lusty "toot," and in a short time other two drivers joined the blacklist. The most flagrant breach was that which occurred just on the stroke of midnight. A small car entered Union Street from Broad Street with persistent and shrill warning from its horn, and as it turned into Market Street the same performance was repeated. As ears grew trained, other disturbing factors in the peace of the night made themselves audible - the shrill squeaking of brakes as a late bus drew to a standstill, the rattle of a rather antique taxi, the machine-gun staccato of a motor cycle, and the roar from the exhausts of several cars.

Zones in North-East While the new Order will automatically operate in the large burghs there has been some speculation as to how many of the smaller burghs and villages it will affect in the north-east. Of course, the effort to give added quiet to the night hours is only in an experimental stage, but it is understood that all the special lighting districts will be recognised silent zones. The ten burghs of Aberdeenshire come under the Order. They are: Ballater, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Kintore, Oldmeldrum, Peterhead, Rosehearty, Turriff. The Aberdeenshire Special Lighting Districts are: Buchan - Boddam, Maud, New Pitsligo, Old Deer, Strichen, Stuartfield, Quartalehouse, New Deer, Hatton, Newburgh, Tarves, Port-Errol. Donside and Garioch - Alford, Kemnay, Insch and Rothney. Deeside - Aboyne, Braemar, Kincardine O'Neil, Lumphanan, Torphins. Turriff Area - Cuminestown, New Byth. Aberdeen Area - Culter, Cults, Waterton and Dyce, Mannofield. Banff - Aberchirder, Aberlour, Buckie, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Keith, Macduff, Portknockie, Portsoy, Portgordon, Gardenstown, Fordyce. While Kincardine motorists would have to "observe the peace" at Stonehaven, Banchory, Bervie, and Laurencekirk.

Inverness Quiet. It was noticeable last night in Inverness that there was no blowing of horns at all within the town area and on the Great North Road the residents spent an entirely peaceful night not interrupted by any blowing of horns. There was, however, little traffic, as Sunday night was not perhaps the best night to observe the effect of the change in the law. In the town itself there was no necessity for hornblowing as the streets are very effectively lighted, and are practically deserted by midnight.

MINISTER'S RENEWED APPEAL. Mr Hore-Belisha, Minister of Transport, yesterday made this fresh appeal in connection with the extension of the silence zone: Please remember from to-night onwards to be silent in all built-up areas. Remember this for the sake of the sick and weary. "It is as easy to put your foot on the brake as is to put your hand on the hooter." Pedestrians, I am sure, will help motorists and, of course, themselves by being especially alert before commencing to cross the road."

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Monday September 17th, 1934


1953: Delegates at the annual conference of the National Association of Bath Superintendents in Aberdeen heard to-day of experiments in the use of walkie-talkie radio to help swimming instruction. Instead of the instructor shouting across a pool, with the risk of losing his voice at the end of the day, all he now does is to talk softly into the "mike." His instructions are relayed to the pupils by loudspeakers slung over the pool. An advantage of this system is that the instructor can wander all round the pool, watching pupils' mistakes, and still be able to make himself heard.

In Holland The walkie-talkie experiment is being carried out in Holland, and the conference heard about it from a Dutch visitor, Dr J. A. C. Bierenbroodsoot, who delivered a paper on "The Baths Service of the Netherlands". Dr Bierenbroodsoot referred to the tremendous strides the Dutch baths service has made since 1900. At the start of the century bathing had only meagre attention, but at the beginning of World War II there were in the Netherlands approximately 200 bath-houses, 500 open-air swimming pools and forty-two covered pools. This development was due in great measure to the formation of Sportsfondsen Ltd, a savings club, founded on the initiative of Dr Bierenbroodsoot. A disappointing feature, he said, was that many children did not continue to attend swimming pools after obtaining their swimming certificates. The instruction in baths (in every pool four to eight instructors were employed) resulted in a yearly increase of 50,000 certificates of trained swimmers.

Source : Evening Express Thursday September 17th, 1953

Born on this Day
1944 Alex Willoughby Centre Midfield  
1882 James Lyon Left Back  
1981 Stuart Nelson Goalkeeper Age: 40
1991 Chloe Fitzpatrick Age: 30
Aberdeen Results on 17 September
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2020 Viking FK 0-2 Aberdeen Europa League PR2 Viking Stadion, Stavanger
2011 Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Kilmarnock now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 7,672
2005 Dunfermline Athletic 0-2 Aberdeen SPL East End Park, Dunfermline Click here to watch the Highlights of Dunfermline Athletic v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 6,387
2002 Aberdeen 0-0 Hertha Berlin UEFA Cup R1 1L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,180
1996 Dundee 2-1 Aberdeen League Cup QF Dens Park, Dundee 8,760
1994 Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,425
1988 Celtic 1-3 Aberdeen Premier Division Celtic Park, Glasgow Click here to watch the Highlights of Celtic v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 37,769
1986 Aberdeen 2-1 Sion European Cup Winners Cup R1 1L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,312
1983 Rangers 0-2 Aberdeen Premier Division Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 27,500
1980 Aberdeen 1-0 Austria Memphis European Cup R1 1L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 18,633
1977 Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 25,800
1968 Slavia Sofia 0-0 Aberdeen Fairs Cities Cup R1 1L Slavia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria 13,000
1966 Aberdeen 3-2 St. Johnstone Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 7,000
1960 Aberdeen 4-2 St. Johnstone Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,000
1955 Heart of Midlothian 2-4 Aberdeen League Cup QF 2L Tynecastle, Edinburgh 35,000
1949 Aberdeen 1-1 Clyde Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 18,000
1938 Aberdeen 3-0 St. Johnstone Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 17,000
1932 Aberdeen 1-3 East Stirlingshire Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,000
1927 Clyde 3-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow 6,000
1921 Kilmarnock 2-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 7,000
1910 Rangers 2-4 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 19,000
1904 Aberdeen 5-0 Forres Mechanics Scottish Qualifying Cup R2 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 3,000
1898 Victoria United 1-3 The Aberdeen Scottish Qualifying Cup R1 Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1898 Orion 3-2 Forfar Athletic Northern League Cattofield, Aberdeen
1892 The Aberdeen 3-3 St Johnstone Northern League Chanonry, Aberdeen
1892 Orion 6-0 Mossend Swifts Friendly Central Park, Aberdeen 2,000
1892 Montrose 2-1 Victoria United Friendly Links Park, Montrose
1890 Orion 12-2 Hawthorn, Peterhead Friendly Central Park, Aberdeen
1887 Orion 5-1 Granite City Friendly Central Park, Aberdeen
1887 Stonehaven 0-9 The Aberdeen Friendly Glenury Park, Stonehaven