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.
Its a sad irony that when Scottish clubs win major domestic trophies they get nothing to keep permanently from the SFA or League. Players, of course, get official medals to treasure and for a brief season the clubs get to hold whichever trophy they have won (actually a replica) and show off proudly until they have to return it to the authorities. There is no medal for a club, nor even a miniature of the trophy, so the clubs are left with little but fond memories after a year.
That doesn't mean that there are no souvenirs from other quarters, and Aberdeen have various gifts and other artefacts to mark most of their many successes.
In Alex Ferguson's second season, the Dons had a memorable League campaign and ended the season as Premier League Champions - the first League success since 1954-55, but not the last. Aberdeen City Council were not slow in recognising the magnitude of this success. A very fancy Jaeger-leCoultre Clock was ordered including a plate with the names of the players who contributed to the League campaign along with the management team. The clock itself was inscribed:
"Presented by The City of Aberdeen to Aberdeen Football Club
Winners of the Scottish Premier League Championship 1979-1980"
The Swiss made clock is a very heavy piece that remains on display in the Pittodrie boardroom to this day and is frequently the subject of envious glances from visiting directors and serves as one of many conversation pieces during stadium tours. Every bit as good as a winners' medal although a bit more tricky to maintain.