Click here to go back to the AFC Heritage Trust Homepage Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Logo  
AFC Articles
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

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
George McNicol's Boots

A pair of boot that were used by striker George McNicol back in 1904/05 has were saved from a sad fate. The boots had been rescued from a skip at Pittodrie back in 1993 and then lain unidentified in a shed for twenty years. As soon as they were shown to the AFC Heritage Trust the significance of the boots was realised when the name of George McNicol was spotted scratched into the leather inside the uppers.

It is believed that these are the boots that McNicol wore when playing for the Black and Gold against Renton at Dens Park in the Qualifying Cup Final of November 1904. McNicol was the scorer of the two goals that brought the first National piece of silverware back to Pittodrie, much to the delight of their followers and the whole City of Aberdeen. McNicol was at Pittodrie for two seasons, making 27 appearances and scoring a healthy 14 goals before leaving the Club as it strove to build a stronger, more competitive side.

The boots, which still have mud and chalk sticking to the soles, were in very poor condition but the Heritage Trust immediately took them to conservation experts at Hopetoun House and paid 300 to have them very carefully cleaned and conserved so that they can be seen by Dons' fans now and far into the future. A customised display cabinet was made for the boots and has been put on show in the Black and Gold Lounge at Pittodrie Stadium, providing a bit of three dimensional atmosphere to a room packed with vintage pictures of the Dons of a bygone era.

It is thanks to the support and donations of fellow Dandies that we are able to bring artefacts like these into The Aberdeen Collection - long may that continue.