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.
In the summer of 1971 a new, sponsored, Cup competition was introduced in Scotland to mark the opening of the season. The idea was to provide a short, sharp and entertaining event to set up interest in the season ahead, played for by the four highest scoring teams from each od Division One and Division Two of the League. The sponsor was Drybrough, an Edinburgh brewery.
The Dons opened their campaign at East Fife, where they won by a comfortable 3-0. A few days later thye faced Airdrie, also away from home and again had a good win by 4-1. This set them up for the final match, to be played at Pittodrie on the 7th of August 1971, against Celtic. In a hard fought and exciting encounter, Aberdeen came out on top by 2-1, prompting wild celebrations amongst the supporters who swarmed onto the pitch.
Joe Harper scored in all three ties of the competition, his penalty kick against Celtic being the clincher of the tournament.
This medal was awarded to Alex Willoughby, who was in his third of five seasons at Pittodrie, during which he appeared 149 times and scored 15 goals.