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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

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
Dons in the European Cup

By winning the Scottish League championship ? the Premier Division - in season 1979-80 the Dons, for the first time in their history, qualified to take part in the European Cup. At that time the competition was a home and home knockout competition with none of the complexities of the present-day Champions League. It was designed to be contested by the Clubs who won their respective domestic leagues and not by clubs that were large and wealthy.

Aberdeen opened their season by winning the last of the popular Drybrough Cup tournaments, having won the first one ten years earlier. The European campaign began in mid-September with a hard-fought home match against Austrian champions Austria Memphis. That game saw the Dons take a narrow 1-0 advantage with them to Vienna where they held out to gain a 0-0 draw and progress to the next round.

To say that the Northeast supporters hit fever pitch when they discovered that the next opponent would be English champs Liverpool FC would be to put it way too mildly. Indeed, fans throughout Scotland wanted to be at the first leg of the tie, at Pittodrie on the 22nd of October 1980. Perhaps the most infamous facet of the story of this European clash concerns the ticket arrangements for Pittodrie. A huge queue formed up around the famous old ground many hours before the ticket office was due to open. The first person in line declared himself to be a Hibs? supporter. The ticket office opened ? the queues moved a few feet ? the ticket office closed. Rumours raced round Aberdeen speculating on the fate of the bulk of the tickets which had clearly not found their way out to the queuing masses ? that?s a whole other story.

On the night that Liverpool came to town and presented Dick Donald with this striking cranberry glass vase with the Liverpool FC crest, an official attendance of 23,934 saw the visitors gain a 1-0 victory and John McMaster suffer a horrible injury that put him out of the game for a year. The real attendance at the game was far greater than the reported number, with many people getting in by a vast range of trickery and inventiveness. Two weeks later thousands of Dandies travelled down to Liverpool to sing their hearts out despite a 4-0 pasting ? and they gained the plaudits of the home supporters. Alex Ferguson?s Dons had learned a valuable lesson and the Liverpool vase remains in the boardroom to provide a reminder of just how tough it is to progress in European competition.