During the 100-year history of Aberdeen Football Club there have been many trophies, mementos and unique items of memorabilia inherited along the way. Unfortunately, the club don't have enough space to display this fascinating collection at the moment and so many fans are unaware of their existence. Each of the items has a story to tell and some are well known while others are a bit more obscure. All, of course, contribute to the rich history of Aberdeen Football Club.
Over time we hope to populate 'The Aberdeen Collection' section with a large selection of items. We have showcased a number of exhibits her to give you an idea of the treasure trove lurking in Pittodrie. We hope readers will find this fascinating and possibly get a further insight into the history of the club. In fact, one of the items on show here - the Changi Internment Camp Trophy - is a bit of a mystery to everyone at the club and if anyone can shed some light into its background we want to hear from you.
This trophy is named after Bobby Calder who was a scout with Aberdeen for many years and unearthed some great talent for the club. Prior to working for the Dons as a scout Bobby was a top class referee and it was he who took charge of the 1947 cup final when Aberdeen won their first major trophy.
The trophy was awarded annually to recognise a young player who had made progress throughout the season. Unfortunately this tradition petered out in the mid eighties amd this magnificent trophy was not awarded again until the youth development system was overhauled and it was reintroduced in 1994. In an age when the club relies heavily on young talent coming through the ranks it was seen as time to re-introduce the trophy into the AFC calendar. Each season throws up many candidates for the title and gives the judges a difficult decision but one worth taking as all our promising youngsters deserve the cudos of recognition.