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On This Day: 1 December

1910: After years of confusion for referees, the Scottish League finally decided that in future all goalkeepers must wear a distinctive colour of jersey from that of other players on their side.
At the same meeting it was also agreed that from 2nd January 1911 neutral linesmen would act in all games. Prior to this each side in a match had provided a linesman, leading to much skulduggery in the interpretation of the rules of the game.


2010: After a difficult and distressing 18 months on the park, in which the club gave the manager as much time as possible to put things right, the parting of the ways comes for Mark McGhee and his management team.



When the Dons lined up against Hearts at Tynecastle this afternoon they looked smart and neat. Have you any idea how much that natty outfit or red shirts, white knickers and boots cost? You?ll be surprised to know the sum was around £80. Aberdeen F.C. field two teams and require two or new three new outfits per season. An expensive game, football. It costs a Scottish "A" Division club something like £120 per season to provide the first essential of the game - a football. A new ball is used for each match. and with the league, cup-ties, and friendlies the majority of clubs must average around twenty-five home matches during the season. In the case of Aberdeen F.C. a new ball is used for every match. This means that the Pittodrie club pay out over £200 for balls alone. Just how much the cost of running a football club has rocketed since the last war can be judged from the fact that a new ball costs £4 12/6 compared with £1 1/- pre-war. Little wonder the smaller clubs are finding it difficult to balance their budget.

The rise in the cost of equipping eleven players to take the field is almost unbelievable. Think of the variety of equipment necessary for training and add to this the stocks in the treatment room, ranging from cotton wool to the latest in heat-ray appliances. Even the humble cotton wool cannot be ignored when you reckon up the costs of equipment necessary to keep a club going. Not only has the price jumped, but it is in short supply. I have often heard the remark that our footballers nowadays are wrapped in cotton wool. The remark was meant derisively, but there is probably more truth in it than most people imagine. I think I am correct in saying that the majority of first-class players to-day use a layer of cotton wool to protect their feet and ankles before donning stockings and boots. The items mentioned form but a small part of the expenditure necessary to keep a top-class club operating. Far more formidable on the expenditure side are players' wages, ground staff, office staff and travelling expenses. I don?t think I'm far out in saying that it must cost Aberdeen F.C. in the region of £500 per week to keep the ball rolling. And the guarantee for "A" Division matches is only £200. It needs a big number of one and sixpences through the turnstiles to keep the game alive.

Source : Evening Express Saturday December 1st, 1951


1949:  England's two late goals to win yesterday's match against Italy in London crushed a wild wave of excitement among Italian listeners to the broadcast of the match. First fears that the Italian team would be massacred by the English "lions" gave way to almost incredulous joy as listeners heard of the increasing attacks by Italy's forwards which left the score 0-0 with fourteen minutes to go. By half-time street odds had dropped to evens from 5-1 against the Italians winning. The solitary Football Federation official who did not travel to London said: "Although we knew we were in for a licking, we can be proud of having held the English for two-thirds of the game and to have imperilled their goal so often." 

Time Off Many Italian firms gave their employees time off to listen to the running commentary, and all electricity supply companies suspended routine power cuts to enable the broadcasts to be held everywhere. Senators and deputies in Rome abandoned their debates to gather round loudspeakers specially installed in the rooms and corridors of the Houses of Parliament. Seventy-three-year-old Pope Pius XII. advanced the time of his one-hour walk, ordered by his doctors for every afternoon, to be back in his room in time hear the end of the game. Throughout the rest of Vatican City many high prelates, priests, Swiss guards and police listened in. One fan, listening to a street loudspeaker, commented: "I am not surprised. It took the world 2000 years to find one Daniel. How can you expect Italy to find eleven of them in six months?"

After-the-Match Opinions WRIGHT: The Italians are the fastest side we have met, but goals counted. CARAPELLESE: It was a grand game and we went close to achieving a great honour. 

Source : The Press and Journal Thursday December 1st, 1949

AFCHT : Goals by Jack Rowley (75) and Billy Wright (79) gave England victory in this friendly match.


1949: Fort-George to Leave Highland League Insufficient Talent to Fill the Gaps 

After taking part in Highland League football for only eighteen months, Fort-George yesterday decided to withdraw from the competition at the end of the season. Disclosing this to a reporter of "The Press and Journal" last night, Major D. Bonnar, sports officer, said "We arrived at this decision after carefully considering the only alternative - quitting the league immediately. I think the course we are adopting is the right and proper one," he added, "because on being admitted to the League we undertook to fulfil our fixtures programmes at all times." This bombshell is the outcome of a combination of circumstances which make it well nigh impossible for the Fort to field a regular eleven up to Highland League strength. When they entered the League the soldiers showed great promise with a team of young stars who were professional footballers before being called up. But an S.F.A. ban later prevented several of them from playing. Now with many postings from the garrison and heavy injury lists there is insufficient talent to fill the gaps. In the last three games the soldiers have conceded twenty-two goals and at the moment they are isolated at the foot of the table with two points from thirteen games.

Source: The Press and Journal Thursday December 1st, 1949


1919: There were 25,000 spectators of the Aberdeen - Celtic Association football match on Saturday, and the gate-money at Pittodrie amounted to £1,200. A brake-load of Celtic supporters motored from Glasgow to see the match, 300 people came from Stonehaven, and one small village with a population of some 700 persons sent 60 of its number to view the contest. It is estimated that in England and Scotland on Saturday 220,000 spectators were present at the chief League matches. The sport boom is extraordinary, and, we believe, unprecedented in its unbroken continuity. Other forms of entertainment are experiencing the same prosperity; theatres, music-halls, cinemas, and concerts are all patronised by large audiences, and an erudite and highly aesthetic production such as the "Antigone of Sophocles" in Aberdeen on Friday and Saturday had a remarkably wide appeal.

It is, of course, too late in the day now to contrast the enjoyment of sport or entertainment indulged in personally with the pleasure that is derived from seeing other persons perform. "The "flannelled fools at the wicket" and "the muddied oafs at the goal" have proved their merit on sterner fields, and, quite apart from this consideration, there are those, a very numerous company, who take a comprehensible delight in the concerted evolutions of those who have achieved perfection in physique and athletic exercises. For the Carpentier-Beckett boxing contest in London on Thursday night, £5 is being paid for standing-room, and seats are £25 and more. This may be accounted for, according to the mentality of him who considers the phenomenon, by love of sport, the "British spirit," post-war reaction, national delirium - all these explanations are given. In any case, the fact remains, and seems likely to be permanent, and although we may deplore a vagary of civilisation that encourages entertainment by proxy, the educative value of sport, music, the theatre, and the film must be acknowledged, with thankfulness for a scheme of society that does not stereotype recreation.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Monday December 1st, 1919

Born on this Day
1956 Billy Stark Central Midfielder Age: 66
1983 Bryan Prunty Forward Age: 39
1934 Ken Brownlee Left Half  
1990 Jim Collins Trialist Age: 32
1869 John Forsyth Forward  
1990 Josh Parker Forward Age: 32
1913 Reuben Bennett Goalkeeper  
1995 James Wilson Forward Age: 27
Died on this Day
1995 Brian McIlroy Outside Left  
1972 Mike Cosgrove Inside Right  
1933 Thomas Niblo Forward  
1989 Reuben Bennett Goalkeeper  
Aberdeen Results on 1 December
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2021 Aberdeen 2-0 Livingston Scottish Premiership Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,295
2013 Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R4 Firhill, Glasgow 3,642
2012 Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell Scottish Cup R4 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Motherwell now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 6,061
2001 Aberdeen 1-0 St. Johnstone SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 17,369
1999 Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers League Cup QF Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,108
1996 Aberdeen 0-3 Rangers Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 21,500
1993 Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen Premier Division Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 45,182
1990 Aberdeen 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1985 Deveronvale 0-6 Aberdeen Friendly Princess Royal Park, Banff
1984 Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Aberdeen Premier Division Tynecastle, Edinburgh Click here to watch the Highlights of Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 10,037
1979 Aberdeen 2-1 Morton League Cup SF Hampden Park, Glasgow 11,986
1965 Aberdeen 4-1 Slovan Bratislava Friendly Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 5,860
1962 Clyde 1-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow 7,000
1956 Aberdeen 5-1 Queen of the South Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1951 Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tynecastle, Edinburgh 20,000
1945 Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,000
1934 Aberdeen 5-0 Queens Park Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,000
1928 Aberdeen 4-1 Hamilton Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1923 Aberdeen 1-0 Raith Rovers Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,000
1906 Hamilton 4-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Douglas Park, Hamilton 2,500
1900 The Aberdeen 2-2 Orion Northern League Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1900 Fair City Athletic 4-2 Victoria United Northern League Muirton Bank, Perth
1894 The Aberdeen 3-2 Victoria United Gershon Cup Chanonry, Aberdeen 3,000
1894 Peterhead 0-0 Orion Friendly Recreation Park, Peterhead
1888 Orion 3-1 Black Diamond Friendly Central Park, Aberdeen
1883 The Aberdeen 1-9 Arbroath Friendly Holburn Cricket Ground, Aberdeen