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The Aberdeen Collection

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.

Bobby Calder Trophy

Saskatchewan Soccer Association Memento

Dons in the European Cup

"The Dons" by Paine Proffitt

European Cup Winners Cup 1983

Drybrough Cup Tankard

Changi Internment Camp Trophy

Cup Winners' Shield 1947

Suffolk Punch

An early history of Aberdeen Football Club

1937 Miniature Football Boots

North Eastern League Supplementary Cup

Celta Vigo European Souvenir

Eintracht Frankfurt 1979

The Gershon Cup

Tennents Trophy 1990

1979-80 Champions Clock

Irish Free State Harp 1934

Northern League Trophy

1927 Tour of South Africa

Pittodrie match programme 1908

European Super Cup 1983

Real Madrid Pennant

Toronto & Distrcict FA Medal 1927

Aberdeenshire Cup Poster

George McNicol's Boots

Washington Whips Christmas Card

Bobby Clark Testimonial Tankard

Chelsea Plate

Wee McDon

South Africa Tour Medal 1927

1980 League Winner's Medal

Drybrough Cup Winner's Medal

A gift from the Faroes

West Ham Wedgewood Plaque

Barcelona of Ecuador Pennant

Scottish League Goalkeeper Jersey 1952

Official Club Face Covering

Corinthian Figures

Lech Poznan Plaque
Drybrough Cup Tankard

The Drybrough Cup was a short, sharp, start-of-season tournament of three rounds in a week. It was the Scottish answer to the Watney Cup in England, and played for on six occasions through the 1970's. Although it was effectively a pre-season tournament and is not counted as "competitive" by statisticians, it was taken very seriously by the competing clubs and proved very popular with supporters.

Aberdeen, with a nose for creating history, won the trophy at the first and the last of these finals.

The tankard shown here is a solid silver one given to the Dons by Drybrough after they won the inaugural tournament in 1971 at Pittodrie, where they defeated Celtic by 2-1. Davy Robb and Joe Harper (penalty) scored the goals in front of a packed stadium, on the 7th of August 1971, with 25,000 there to celebrate the victory.
The last ever Drybrough Cup final was played on neutral ground at Hampden Park, with the Dons again running up a 2-1 victory - this time against Saint Mirren. Sadly, by that time the tourney had waned in popularity and fans were reluctant to make the journey to Glasgow and only 6,994 saw Drew Jarvie and Stevie Cowan score for the Dons. Unfortunately Aberdeen were not allowed to keep the trophy itself and the current location of the trophy, a substantial object, is apparently unknown.

Footage from the 1971 match can be found on RedTV with a vintage commentary by Arthur Montford and a celebratory pitch invasion by jubilant Dons' fans.