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On This Day: 27 November
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1985: A squad of six young Dons represented the club at the Wembley five-a-side tournament. Joe Miller scored a hat-trick as they beat Manchester City in the first round.

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1993: Even though the Dons are sitting in first place in the league, only 12, 334 turn out at Pittodrie to see them hammer Hibernian by 4-0 despite their opening goal by Kane coming against the run of play.

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SOCIAL HISTORY: RING ROAD SPEED LIMITS

1935: PARTIAL DERESTRICTION ON RING ROAD Ministry of Transport Gives Its Decision: Where Speed Limits Cease ANDERSON DRIVE NORTH AND SOUTH AMONG EXEMPTIONS Springfield and Greyhope Roads and Route by Don to Grandholm Restricted 

The thirty-mile-per-hour speed limit at Aberdeen is to be removed from Anderson Drive North and Anderson Drive South, but in Anderson Drive itself, which extends from Great Western Road to King's Gate, the restriction will remain. The decision of the Court of Inquiry held by the Ministry of Transport and conducted by Mr W. H. Budgett, inspector, has been issued to this effect. When the inquiry was held different opinions on the question of the speed limit on the Ring Road were expressed by witnesses, including Mr Henry Alexander - then Lord Provost - and Chief Constable McConnach. The "Press and Journal " London correspondent learns that the Ministry has decided that all the roads which were the subject of the inquiry are to be de-restricted, with the exception of that part of Anderson Drive between King's Gate and Great Western Road, and that the other three roads mentioned - the road leading over the Don to Grandholm, Springfield Road, and Greyhope Road - will remain restricted The total length of the Ring Road is four miles eighty yards, of which 1870 yards are to be restricted. 

Evidence RecalledThe following were some of the opinions given at the inquiry:-  Mr Thomas F. Henderson, the city engineer, expressed the view that if motorists were allowed to travel over the Ring Road at fifty miles an hour from the Bridge of Dee to Great Northern Road, the saving of time, when compared with a speed of thirty miles an hour, was three minutes fifteen seconds. A considerable portion of the road was built-up. Three miles out of the four could be taken as built-up. The Lord Provost agreed that the road was not a by-pass road in the proper sense of the word. It was really now an ordinary road in the city. He stated the road had been started mainly to encourage house-building. Mr G. Bennett Mitchell said he looked upon Anderson Drive as a by-pass to avoid Aberdeen. Police Chief's Views Chief Constable McConnach gave evidence in favour of the removal of the speed limit on Anderson Drive, which, from his point of view, was a by-pass road. He held that since the junctions on Anderson Drive had been controlled the main danger had gone. He considered that only one mile out of the four could be considered built-up. The controlling of the junctions had removed his objections to de-restriction, and he thought the road was now perfectly safe for travelling at thirty-five to forty-five miles an hour. The Chief Constable further stated that it was very important that traffic should encouraged to stay away from the centre of the city. He considered that Anderson Drive was fulfilling that purpose and was a by-pass road. 

Speed on Minor Roads Referring to the minor roads it was proposed to restrict, the Chief Constable said that most of them were country roads in an agricultural area, and the state of the surface in most cases made it impossible for motorists to exceed thirty miles an hour. He expressed the view that if they restricted these roads they might as well restrict every road in the country.  Councillor W. D. Reid felt that it was bringing the whole principle of the thirty miles restriction into disrepute to take the very broad axe that had been taken in Anderson Drive. There was, he said, now no need for a thirty-mile restriction there.

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Wednesday November 27th, 1935

SOCIAL HISTORY: INTERESTING PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

<b>Interesting Photographic Competition 1912: In our advertisement columns to-day appears the names of the winners in the 1st section of Mr John E Esslemont's photographic competition. On Monday, 2nd December, the 2nd section of the competition will be in full swing when possibly the largest consignments of confections ever delivered in one lot in Scotland will arrive from Messrs Buchanan, Glasgow, and will be paraded through the principal streets of Aberdeen. This is a consignment, made of over 50 tons of confections and chocolate, for Mr John E. Esslemont. The winners of the prizes for the best photographs of the procession will be published in our advertisement columns. In order to give children an interest in the competition in December, Mr John E Esslemont has ordered 1000 one shilling atlases and desk companions as mementos of the consignment and competitions. A large proportion of these atlases will given as prizes to boys and girls for the best description of the displays of Buchanan's goods in the large consignment. Bills with particulars may had from any shop selling Buchanan's confections or from Messrs Buchanan's agent, Mr John E. Essiemont, 16 King Street.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Wednesday November 27th, 1912

SOCIAL HISTORY: NORTH SEA RECONNAISSANCE

1939: "ON RECCO" OVER NORTH SEA DAY WITH R.A.F. ON POLICING DUTY

Day after day in dirty weather good reconnaissance aircraft of the Royal Air Force patrol the seas hundreds of miles from the shores of Britain. "On recco" the pilots call their job of policing the air. It entails a heavy responsibility, for, in co-operation with the Navy, the Coastal Command has to clear U-boats from the paths of British and neutral shipping, to destroy floating mines, to give air protection to convoys, and to report the movements of vessels. Frequently they meet hostile patrols, and in several such engagements the Germans have suffered casualties.

EAST SCOTLAND STATION Here is an account of a reconnaissance flight from an aerodrome in the East of Scotland by a correspondent who took part in it: It was still dark as we crossed from the mess to the aerodrome intelligence room where crews studied the secret files and orders relating to the flight. Each member of every crew signed a form certifying that he was carrying nothing that would, if found, convey information to the enemy. Then we streamed out to the motor van that was to take us to the aircraft. As we arrived near the hangars the sun came up in a blaze of crimson. The aircraft; dim in the morning mist, stood waiting squat and frog-like. Their engines were turning over steadily as the ground crews busily checked up on already perfect mechanism. A basket of carrier pigeons for use in emergency was handed into our machine, and we climbed in. Greatcoats were unnecessary, for a mechanical heater kept the temperatures warm, but over our uniforms we wore the air-filled life-jackets known familiarly among pilots by the name of an American film-star of ample curves.

TRIP BEGINS A few minutes later we were off the ground, crossing the misty coast of Scotland, and heading for the open sea. Wedged in the nose of the aircraft, surrounded on all sides by toughened glass, the navigator lay flat taking bearings through the transparent floor. He rose, sat at a light table on which was spread a chart, consulted his instruments. and made a few calculations.  Presently he handed the pilot a slip of paper on which was written "Set course. . . ." The pilot adjusted the compass, turned the machine slightly, and set it on its course. In front with the pilot some thirty-six needles danced upon their dials as the engines roared their steady, deep cruising note. He glanced over his instrument board with approval, selected one of the twenty-eight small handles and  knobs around him, and moved it upwards. It clicked home like the gear-lever of a sports car. "George has her now." he said, releasing the controls and relaxing - "George" is the automatic gyroscopic pilot which keeps a machine flying steady on the course set. In a few moments we saw a tiny dark smudge on the sea ahead. It was a cargo vessel ploughing towards Britain. "We will have a look at her," said the pilot, resuming personal control. We swept down like an express lift to a few feet above the waves, and roared past the ship. She was a Swedish tramp. We had a glimpse of the skipper, pipe in mouth, as he strolled out of the wheelhouse to wave us a cheery salute. A moment later and we were hundreds of feet away, looking down on a toy ship seemingly stationary in a flat sea. Our navigator was charting the position, name, and nationality of the ship as we resumed our patrol. We returned to our line of route, set course once more and handed over to "George." A bank of dirty weather ahead forced us to fly only 150 feet above the water.

 SEARCH FOR U-BOATS. All the time we were scanning the sea for U-boats or mines. Often a white flurry in the water would resemble the feather of spray from a periscope, and an occasional piece of floating jetsam looked like a mine. We had bombs for the U-boats and machine-gun bullets for the mines, but we needed neither.  Cruising in clear weather once again we lunched on sandwiches and tea from vacuum flasks while the sun beat warm on our faces. War seemed far away until one turned round and saw at the back of the cabin the legs of the rear machine-gunner.

HOMEWARD BOUND He was visible only from the knees downwards for the rest of him, warmly protected in a fleecy flying-suit, was encased in his gun-turret keeping continuous watch for enemy aircraft. So the flight went on with ships to inspect here and there until we had reached the limit of our patrol. Then resetting our course in the direction of Britain we combed a new section of sea. Some score of miles from the coast we released our pigeons one by one to give them exercise and training. Scotland was a welcome sight after the long hours of grey sea and cloud. The pilot stepped out and saluted his senior officer. "Nothing sensational to-day, sir." he reported. It had been just another day's routine work, and they will do it again tomorrow and the day after, for it is the routine of the Coastal Command of the R.A.F. that is helping to make the seas safe again for Britain, her Allies, and the neutral countries. - Press Association War Special.

Source : Evening Express Monday November 27th, 1939

SOCIAL HISTORY: CHRISTMAS LIKELY TO BE BRIGHT

1939: There is Food in Plenty and Big Choice of Gifts
BY OUR WOMAN REPRESENTATIVE 

All is set for a Merry Christmas in Aberdeen this year.  People are finding that the background of war strain gives ordinary celebrations a new importance. And so they have already begun to explore the shops, where enticing gifts are displayed. With few exceptions, there is no scarcity of those things which go to make up Christmas. Visits paid to well-known Aberdeen drapers, toy and grocers'shops assured me of that. 

POPULAR GIFTS The most popular gifts this year are Service presents for menfolk, colourful presents for womenfolk, and topical toys for young folk. There is a great run on shirts, woollen garments and wool to knit comforts for men on service. But light relief is not forgotten, and women are visiting confectioners and bookshops before dispatching their parcels. This much I learnt in one of Aberdeen's big stores. There also I saw the display of articles, useful and frivolous, which will find their way as gifts to Aberdeen women. "War or no war," I was told, "women will always want to be pretty. We are selling many beauty aids and perfumes. We expect that it will be a handkerchief Christmas for lots of people who have less money to spend. As handkerchiefs range from sheer utility to sheer frivolity, we're expecting a rush on them." 

EXTENSIVE CHOICE The choice of gifts is bewildering. There are Chinese panels of gay embroidery, ideal for brightening black-out rooms; ever acceptable gloves and stockings; gleaming brassware; slipper cases with gas mask compartments; cushions; electric toasters; table and bed linen; baby wear and baby baskets, which have replaced cradles; handbags of all shapes and sizes and all price grades; brightly coloured vases and flower bowls; underwear sets, some in wool, some in silk, all dainty; reading lamps, and scarves. And most important of all, there is no drastic change in general prices. The children, too, will not suffer from any lack of choice in toys. The newest are anti-aircraft guns and searchlights. The guns shoot wooden pellets, and the searchlights, because they are complete with batteries, are very likely to appeal to mother and father as well as the bairns. Dolls, of course, are always favourites. Soldiers and aeroplanes are first favourites with small boys for Christmas, 1939. But there are many who plump for farms and cowboy outfits; traffic lights and mechanical toys; camouflaged lorries and tanks; and all the other types of modern playthings which make father say portentously. "In my young days. . . "

INDOOR GAMES In the toy shops are to be found all kinds of indoor games which appeal to both grown-ups and children. Since the coming of the black-out they have achieved great popularity. A.R.P. is the most topical, and the most novel is a dart board encased in glass, with which suction darts are used. It's an economical investment for four games can be played on it - darts, shove ha'penny, cricket and draughts. As for Christmas fare, practically everything that signifies Christmas in the way of food is to be found in plenty. The pudding won't suffer, for there is no scarcity of currants and raisins and other ingredients. On the other hand muscatel and Valencia raisins cannot be had, and almonds are very expensive. At a well known grocer's shop I was told how they have received many orders for Christmas puddings to be sent abroad. Mincemeat is plentiful for the reason that the good brands were all made some months ago. They improve with keeping. And there will be no lack of sweets, although the fine Continental brands are hard to come by. There will be turkeys on the market as usual - and finally, there is no dearth of fine wines. The public wants a Merry Christmas, and the shopkeepers are all prepared to give them what they want. 

Source : Press and Journal Monday November 27th, 1939

Born on this Day
1957 Alex Grant Central Midfield Age: 65
1889 Charles Neilson Outside Left  
1970 Michael Watt Goalkeeper Age: 52
1893 Alison Finnie Right Half  
1968 Andy Smith Centre Forward Age: 54
Died on this Day
1966 Bobby Archibald Outside Left  
Aberdeen Results on 27 November
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2016 Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic League Cup F Hampden Park, Glasgow 49,629
2012 Aberdeen 2-3 Inverness CT SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Inverness CT now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 9,193
2010 Kilmarnock 2-0 Aberdeen SPL Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Click here to watch the Highlights of Kilmarnock v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 5,013
2004 Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Dundee United now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 12,038
1999 Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen SPL Easter Road, Edinburgh 11,628
1993 Aberdeen 4-0 Hibernian Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,334
1982 Rangers 0-1 Aberdeen Premier Division Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 23,000
1976 Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,788
1974 Dundee United 4-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tannadice Park, Dundee 8,000
1972 Aberdeen 2-3 Celtic League Cup SF Hampden Park, Glasgow 39,682
1971 Aberdeen 2-3 Heart of Midlothian Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 19,754
1965 Morton 1-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Cappielow Park, Greenock 6,000
1954 Aberdeen 1-0 Falkirk Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 17,000
1943 Aberdeen 6-1 Raith Rovers North Eastern Supplementary Cup Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 5,000
1937 Aberdeen 1-1 Queens Park Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,000
1926 Aberdeen 1-0 St. Mirren Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 15,000
1920 Dumbarton 0-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Boghead Park, Dumbarton 2,500
1915 Motherwell 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Fir Park, Motherwell 3,000
1909 Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,000
1897 Victoria United 1-2 The Aberdeen Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen 1,000
1897 Orion 3-4 East Stirlingshire Scottish Qualifying Cup SF Cattofield, Aberdeen
1886 The Aberdeen 11-0 Ellon Gordon Friendly
1886 Orion 4-4 Caledonian, Aberdeen Friendly