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On This Day: 8 December

1984: A 4-2 thriller at Pittodrie demonstrated the Reds' superiority over the old firm. This time it was Celtic that was put to the sword by Black (2), McKimmie and McDougall.

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1949: It was hinted after the League management committee meeting on Monday that the League are to ask clubs for their views on the plan put forward by Motherwell director, Tom Baird. The scheme has been suggested as a means of improving conditions in Scottish football. Most clubs are in agreement that it is time something was done. The ever increasing transfer figures, the discontent among players, &c., calls for action. 

Wee Clubs' Support Whether the Baird plan is the answer or not remains to be seen, but generally managers of the smaller clubs are willing to back the Motherwell man. Most popular item is that which recommends that "all clubs be limited to a maximum number of signed players." While the big clubs may not take too kindly to this, the lesser lights feel this would solve one of their greatest problems. It's perhaps only natural that promising youngsters are keen to join up with the "big-name" clubs. In many cases, however, they have found this a blind-alley policy - instead of making a name for themselves they find they have to be content with an occasional game. 

Here are a few of the views expressed yesterday : Manager Alec. Cheyne (Arbroath). - "I certainly agree that clubs should be limited to a maximum number of signed players. Some clubs have such a big playing staff that some of the players can rarely get a game and spend most of the season looking on." Mr Cheyne also believes in a ceiling wage for players, but he is not in favour of scrapping the present bonus system. He is in agreement with the idea that clubs should pledge there be no "back door" payments. Baird's plan looks like an effort to give the smaller clubs and less wealthy clubs a better deal," says the Gayfield manager. 

Extra Pay For Full Time Mr Jimmie Beattie (Brechin F.C. chairman and former St Johnstone and Portsmouth centre) - A limited maximum number of signed players is an excellent idea from the players' viewpoint. In teams at present limited by their financial position every young player gets a chance and is keen to get into the first eleven. Players on signing, says Mr Beattie, should be given a form to send to the league themselves. Regarding "ceiling " wages, he said there should be something extra for the player who gave up his job to give full-time service. Mr Beattie favours a fixed bonus for league games and a bonus rising in amount round-by-round in the Scottish Cup. 

12-Club Leagues Mr James Crapnell (St Johnstone) - There's nothing much wrong with the existing system, although it is true there are some things in football that need cleaning up. Tom Baird has got something, but I don't think it's the real answer. The best idea of the lot, in my opinion, was McLuckie's three 12-club leagues that would level things up. 

WHERE BIG CLUBS HAVE PULL Mr L. Kerr (Montrose F.C. chairman) - I'm all for the suggestion to limit the number of signed players. More would then be playing than standing by watching. Mr Kerr favours "ceiling" wages, as at present the wealthier clubs have the pull all the time. He said the bonus system is of value to smaller clubs, such as C Division. Such as Montrose depend on team results for their crowd, and team results depend on the players. A win was of value from the point of view of drawing more spectators to the next match, and a bonus was incentive to the players. For big clubs with more or less guaranteed attendances, a bonus wasn't operative in the same way, except at cup ties. Mr Kerr would rather have an auditor appointed to go over clubs' books than obtain pledges that there would be no "back-door" payments. 

Source : The Courier and Advertiser Thursday December 8th, 1949


1921: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sir, It is most gratifying to find that suggestions as to a name for this great road are at last in the right direction, for nothing is more sadly conspicuous in most of our street names than lack of historic imagination. Anything but a historical name in this district - the cradle and shrine of Aberdeen's ancient history - would be little less than desecration. Hence "Cathedral Drive" would be suitable, and better still "Elphinstone Drive," "St Machar Drive," or even "Aulton Drive," or "Chanonry Drive," or "Hermitage Drive," and were it not that the euphonious word lays it itself open to grotesque pronunciation, why not "Ave Maria Drive," since the Road abuts at a point where once stood the statue on the gateway bearing the Latin legend, "Hac ne vade via, nisi dixeris Ave Maria." You have the pot of lilies - or symbol of the name - on the Oldtown and University arms. Would it not be an inspiration to have the romance of such a name on the Roadway? - Yours. etc., Woodside.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Thursday December 8th, 1921.



An interesting ceremony took place at Aberdeen last Saturday afternoon, when the granite monument, erected in Duthie Park by the lst Battalion Gordon Highlanders in memory of their comrades who fell at Dargai and in other recent Indian campaigns, was handed over to the Corporation. As none of the officers and few of the men of the lst Battalion are at the depot in Aberdeen, there was no special military display, but all the Gordon Highlanders who could be spared from Castlehill Barracks, including numbers of Indian campaigners, were present, in addition to several of the officers of the Volunteer Battalion. The ceremony was also attended by the members of Aberdeen Town Council and a goodly number of the general public.

Colonel Mathias, C.B.. A.D.C., who led the famous charge at Dargai, in handing over the monument, explained briefly how it came into existence. From 1892 to 1898 the First Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders was serving in India, and it was a memorable time for them, more especially the years 1895-96-97. During those later years they were most successful in every-thing they took up. They simply swept Northern India in musketry, signalling, football, and games of all sorts, and last, but not least, they were present at the relief of Chitral on the North-Western Frontier and Tirah, and added to the names emblazoned on their colours the words "Chitral" and "Tirah." When the regiment came home at the end of 1898 it was felt by himself and the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men that they would like to record something of those comrades whom they had left dead in India. It was not given to all of them to fall at the head of their men, like poor Bramley, shot through the heart, or poor Lamont, with a bullet through his brain. It was given to some of them to fall by the wayside in cantonments, or in the campaign, or from some climatic disease, or from wounds, or from some disease picked up during the campaign. When that memorial was decided on or subscribed for the question arose as to where would be the proper place to erect it. First of all they thought of Rawal Pindi, and then of Edinburgh, and at last it was thought that the proper home for it was the City of Aberdeen. (Applause.) Colonel Mathias added that two years had passed since they landed in England. The First Battalion was again fighting, had been for the past year. He wished they had been there to see the memorial unveiled, but it could not be. In handing over the memorial, the gallant Colonel said he would like to put on record an epitaph to those names upon the monument which might be repeated by the citizens of Aberdeen to their children and their childrens' children. - "They were brave men, and they died for the Empire doing their duty." (Applause.)

Lord Provost Fleming, in accepting custody of the monument, said that whilst it might not have the splendid proportions of many military monuments, yet it fitly commemorated a campaign in which the Gordon Highlanders took a glorious part - a campaign full of memorable incidents that they would not willingly let die. In the sister Kingdom of France it was the common practice to have funeral orations at the gravesides of their departed dead. Those dead of ours whose names are chisled on that monument lay far away. They wrapt the colours round their breasts on the blood-red fields in distant Tirah and their deeds were inscribed upon the long roll of fame - of the glorious deeds of their great regiment. In the Tirah country, full as it was with dangers and difficulties and great natural obstacles to overcome, far from supplies, the Gordon Highlanders fought and conquered. The memories of the dread suffering differ in the Bara Valley under the lamented Downman were still fresh, and fresher still was that glorious episode in which Colonel Mathias bore a distinguished and heroic part, when in words that would be ever memorable on the heights of Dargai he said - "This position is to be taken, and the Gordons will take it." (Applause.) That campaign that now seemed so distant, overshadowed as it was by recent events in South Africa, was completely successful in its objects, and for that success Britain owed her debt of gratitude to the Gorden Highlanders. Many of the officers and men who were engaged in the Tirah campaign had since fallen in South Africa, and for them his Lordship hoped that a more abiding monument would be erected in Aberdeen. (Applause.) 

Source : The People's Journal Saturday December 8th, 1900


1944: READY SALE FOR CHRISTMAS GOODS PRICE NO OBJECT, IF COUPON-FREE  Possibly a few weeks ago intending Christmas shoppers were at loss to think of what to buy and what to give. But now the festive spirit is abroad, and the bright appearance of Aberdeen windows and departmental displays is providing many solutions. A tour of the city shops and stores makes it difficult to reconcile the fact of shortages and restrictions with the wonderful array of merchandise on show in this the sixth war Christmas. It is not the price of goods that matters to the majority of shoppers, but the coupons involved. "Of coupon-free merchandise anything at all sells to-day if attractive," said one Aberdeen manager. "The price is the last thing customers quibble about in selecting their gifts." Glassware, delft, and kitchen utensils are popular sellers, as are items of house furnishings such as trays, footstools, wastepaper baskets and things useful as well as ornamental. As much as three guineas is being paid for wooden or composite table-mat sets though these can be got from 8/6 upwards. 

Luxury Scarves Of couponed goods handkerchiefs are finding ready buyers. There is great demand, too, for colourful scarves and head kerchiefs ranging from the ordinary, costing shillings, to those of beautiful design and texture which, with luxury tax, are priced at as many pounds. One department was left with only one large-size kerchief of cobwebby ninon at £6 3/9. The handbag, like gloves, was always a popular gift, and there is no apparent slacking off in the demand for best quality in either at anything from five to ten pounds and more. The revival in the fashion of lace sees the jabot and the collar-and-cuff set of good quality being selected at prices ranging to as much as two to three pounds and more. 

Fair Isle for Baby Toys, though mostly of rough-and-ready manufacture, are far from cheap. Items of baby wear and children's dress appear be popular. Shops stocking Fair Isle woollies are fast selling out these highly-priced but really attractive goods. For a child £5 8/9 is willingly spent on a Fair Isle set, consisting of jersey, cap, socks and mitts. Toilet perquisites and cosmetics are more in demand than ever, and the cost is not counted if on creams, lotions and powders, the makers' names spell glamour of pre-war guarantee. Aberdeen booksellers are among the busiest shops. The most wanted publications are those of local colour by North-east authors and essayists.

Source: The Press and Journal Friday December 8th, 1944

Born on this Day
1941 Doug Fraser Left Half Age: 81
1967 Joe Miller Outside Right Age: 55
1952 Noel Ward Centre Half Age: 70
1964 Theo Ten Caat Central Midfielder Age: 58
1884 Wilfred Low Left Half  
1984 Greg Halford Defender Age: 38
1997 Callum Hendry Forward Age: 25
Died on this Day
2003 George Sang Left Back  
Aberdeen Results on 8 December
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2018 Aberdeen 0-2 St. Johnstone Scottish Premiership Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v St. Johnstone now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 13,304
2017 Dundee 0-1 Aberdeen Scottish Premiership Dens Park, Dundee Click here to watch the Highlights of Dundee  v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 6,541
2012 Heart of Midlothian 2-0 Aberdeen SPL Tynecastle, Edinburgh Click here to watch the Highlights of Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 14,410
2007 Aberdeen 2-1 Kilmarnock SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Kilmarnock now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 10,207
2001 Kilmarnock 3-1 Aberdeen SPL Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 7,611
1999 Aberdeen 3-1 Heart of Midlothian SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,274
1990 Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Aberdeen Premier Division Tynecastle, Edinburgh 9,811
1984 Aberdeen 4-2 Celtic Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Celtic now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 23,000
1979 Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United League Cup F Hampden Park, Glasgow 27,173
1962 Dundee United 3-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tannadice Park, Dundee 10,000
1956 Queens Park 0-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Hampden Park, Glasgow 12,000
1951 Motherwell 3-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Fir Park, Motherwell 7,000
1945 St. Mirren 4-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley 6,000
1934 Queen of the South 2-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Palmerston Park, Dumfries 7,000
1928 Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 15,000
1923 Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tynecastle, Edinburgh 18,000
1906 Aberdeen 0-3 Dundee Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 8,000
1900 The Aberdeen 3-0 Victoria United Northern League Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1900 Arbroath 0-0 Orion Northern League Gayfield Park, Arbroath
1894 Victoria United 2-0 Brechin Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1894 Orion 1-5 Mossend Swifts Friendly Cattofield, Aberdeen
1894 Montrose 7-0 The Aberdeen Friendly Links Park, Montrose
1888 The Aberdeen 6-1 Ashley Aberdeenshire Cup R3 Chanonry, Aberdeen
1888 Orion 4-0 Rovers Aberdeenshire Cup R3 Central Park, Aberdeen