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On This Day: 28 January

1992: Boycott Pittodrie' posters appear round Aberdeen as AFC's latest crisis continues and the anti-Smith campaign reaches new heights.


1905: For the first time Pittodrie hosts a five figure crowd for an Aberdeen match when Queen's Park come calling on Scottish Cup business. The "Wasps" win the tie and progress to the second round. The attendance set a new ground record for Pittodrie when about 16,000 spectators turned up.
The Gate money of £348 sets a ground record that will take some time to be beaten.

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1967: Davie Robb, playing on the wing, makes his debut for the Dons in a Cup-tie against Dundee.

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1944: Negotiations for Sale 

The "Press and Journal" understands that negotiations have been taking place with a view to the acquisition by Messrs Marks and Spencer of Morrison's Economic Stores and the Equitable Aberdeen (Drapers) Ltd. Mr Simon Marks, the chairman and managing director of Messrs Marks and Spencer, confirmed last night that negotiations had been proceeding. On behalf of Mr U. M. Sieff, vice-chairman and assistant managing director of the firm, it was stated that the matter was in the hands of Mr A. E. Lees, the firm's estates manager. It understood that the transaction has been almost concluded except for certain legal formalities.  Messrs Marks and Spencer have at least 236 stores in Great Britain. Besides Mr Simon Marks and Mr Sieff, the directors are Wing Commander C. E. Benson, Major Norman Laski, Mr Harry Sacher, Mr J. E. Sieff. and Mr A. E. Lees. Morrison's Economic Stores is one of the best-known stores in the North-east of Scotland and belonged to the late Mr James Mearns. He developed the business from a small concern to a large and flourishing emporium in St Nicholas Street. The Equitable Company also belonged to Mr Mearns, who acquired the business in 1930, paying £82,908 for the total issued share capital and £2692 to meet directors' fees. The company's premises are also in St Nicholas Street.

Source : The Press and Journal Friday January 28th, 1944


1903: Last night in the Lecture Hall of the Y.M.C.A. Buildings, Aberdeen, Rev. Robert Forgan, B. D., delivered a lecture to young men on "Sport". Mr Forgan held that sport had a lawful place in a true, earnest man's life, just because it was natural. There seemed to be a law in the universe that alternates action and reaction, night and day, labour and leisure, work and play. A man was not soul merely; he had a body as well as soul, and his body required relaxation, amusement, and sport. It was dangerous, both in theory and practice, artificially to sever body and soul in the way that had been too often done in history by ascetics, monks, and nuns. For the sake of the body as well as the soul, the body needed recreation.

There was, however, recreation which did not recruit. They had to avoid, therefore, whatever in the way of so-called unfitted instead of refitted for duty, which left the body and the brain exhausted instead of invigorated. There were certain games that required looking after on this account. He was not there to say a word against football. Under proper restrictions it was a splendid game, when those playing it had a living sense of honour towards one another, and some personal courtesy and self-control. But there was a risk of football becoming brutalised. A huge crowd had not an elevating influence upon those playing. They became professionals in spite of themselves. As regarded betting and gambling and swearing and drinking - associated too often with the football field - these things comdemned themselves. But there was a risk in our country to-day of a revival of that old Pagan spirit that found satisfaction and enjoyment of a gross kind in bull-baiting, and cock fighting, and the prize ring, for it was the same low appetite that was appealed by the brutalising side of these games. They must take care that in recreation they were not wasting themselves instead of refreshing themselves. Sport was unlawful when it became too engrossing, encroached on their life, and forced itself in upon their mind during business hours. Several questions were asked, and a short discussion followed, at the conclusion of which Rev. Forgan was thanked for his excellent lecture.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Wednesday January 28th, 1903.


1923: Famous Player as Critic. TOO MUCH OF THE DIVIDEND AND COUPON. Every seat in the North U.F. Church, Aberdeen, was filled yesterday afternoon, when the Meeting of the Brotherhood took the form of a footballers' service. It was a service by footballers for footballers. Organised by Mr Peter Craigmyle, the well-known referee, the proceedings were under the auspices of the Aberdeen F.C. and various football associations, senior and junior, and the central figure was that famous internationalist, R. G. Campbell, Aberdeen man by birth, who made a great name for himself with Queen's Park and Rangers. His subject was "Football: Its Place and Power." Mr John Robertson, vice-chairman of the Aberdeen F.C., in the absence in Glasgow of Mr Alexander Findlay, also a director of Aberdeen F.C., read the Scriptural lesson, and there were solos by Mr Craigmyle and Mr George A. Anderson, the late goalkeeper of the Aberdeen Club. In the audience were many local players and prominent officials. Introducing the speaker, the Rev. D. C. Mitchell, minister of the North U.F. Church, said his complaint against football was that there were too few players and too many onlookers.

Aberdeen and the League In easy conversational style, Mr Campbell spoke for over half an hour. He hoped he would be more successful that afternoon than on the occasion of his first appearance before an Aberdeen crowd. That was many years ago, when Queen's Park came to play, and lost, a cup-tie. However, he added, it did Aberdeen good, for it speeded up by several years the admission of Aberdeen to the Scottish League, and there could be no doubt they had been an acquisition to the league. (Applause.) "But," he confessed, "I feel as comfortable as on a later visit when, with the Rangers, I was on the winning side, and we drove away from the park with some mementoes of your granite." (Laughter.) Football, with its lesson of combination and unselfishness was the best of all games, he went on, adding "Golf, which I have played, is a horribly selfish game." (Laughter and applause.) Spectators had a deterioriating effect on the game, for although a big enthusiastic crowd inspired a player, there could be no doubt that without the crowd the football was better. In a cup-tie it was "safety first," and the audience laughed when he added, "Perhaps you will get it on Wednesday." However, they must have the spectator, and so it was for the spectator to enter into the spirit of the game as a true sportsman out to see and appreciate what both sides did, and not a rabid partisan. Aberdeen was not so bad, but in Glasgow the home crowds had eyes only for their own side.

What's Wrong With the Game. Personally he did not think football was as good as it used to be. He admitted, with a smile, that the same thing was said 15 years ago while he was playing, but he thought players were keener years ago, and that to-day it was a case of profession first and play after. In the case of the club the game was too much a matter of dividend (applause) with the player it was too much a matter of remuneration, and, unfortunately, with the spectator there was too much of the coupon. He thought the football authorities ought to take drastic action to abolish the coupon. (Applause.) Sport was a valuable asset to the nation, it was helpful morally and physically to the individual, and the school and municipal authorities might do more than they did for it. The Churches League was an organisation which sought to keep the youthful players on the right lines, and prevent them running such risks as juvenile clubs experienced. The provision of facilities brought on the game and, he went on, "I would say that the Aberdeen Club and the Association have a responsibility on them. Take the Aberdeen Club - a club that is making money - (applause) and the remark applies equally to other first-class clubs who have and should have money to develop football. Managers scour the country for men when, particularly in isolated centres such as Aberdeen, they ought to have plenty of the best young players in their own city. Let them devote so much every year to develop football in their neighbourhood, and they would rear any number of good footballers." (Applause.) Live a clean, healthy life, and play the game, was the closing theme. Mr Campbell had a rousing vote of thanks.

Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Monday January 29th 1923



Feeling is running high in the North regarding the proposed move to "freeze out" the small clubs from the Scottish Cup competition. Most football enthusiasts will deprecate any such proposal. The S.F.A.- Scottish League suggestion to cut the number of small clubs from twelve to eight would be a retrograde step. This is certainly not the way to foster and develop the game in the districts. The main complaint has been that it entailed long journeys with little prospect of financial gain for the League clubs. There may be some truth in this, although I am not prepared to accept it completely, but surely it is not asking too big a contribution on the part of the fashionable clubs to make an occasional trip to one of the football outposts. Think of the fillip it gives the game in that particular area. It's the one chance the players of the "David" clubs have to pit themselves against the "Goliaths", and probably one of the few chances their supporters have of seeing the League clubs in action. Of course there's always the danger, remote as it may be, that one of the wee fellows will provide a shock for their more notable opponents - and a pleasant sensation for the Scottish football-loving public. 

An Example Take the case of Rangers at Stranraer. They only got through by a single goal. The narrowness of the ground has been offered an excuse for the mighty Rangers' failure to win more decisively. Yet the Stair Park ground must have conformed to S.F.A. rules. I doubt very much if either St Johnstone or Falkirk have any regrets regarding their visit to the North of Scotland. It is significant too, that both these League clubs were interested in opposition players. Let the small clubs have their day in the sun. A place in the Scottish Cup draw is something for the officials and players to strive for, and a home draw makes it the football event of the year. Less than a year ago Mr J. R. Hamilton, president of Elgin City, championed the cause of the small clubs so successfully at the S.F.A. annual meeting that the number of qualifiers was raised from eight to twelve. It looks as if "J. R." will have to start the fight all over again. There's one thing he can be sure of and that is that he will have the North clubs solidly behind him.

Source: The Press and Journal Wednesday January 28th, 1948


1903: An extract from a speech given by Mr Thomas Cochrane, M.P. in an Edinburgh lecture :

A sentence in Mr Cochrane's address may cause a little irritation in sundry quarters. "Football and golf," he said, "excellent as they were in themselves, were still allowed to interfere too much with the duty which should fall upon every male citizen of preparing himself in some measure for the proper defence of his country." It is doubtful, of course, how far Mr Cochrane would carry his antipathy to football and golf, but presumably would he not carry it the length of the South Dakota legislator who proposes to make it a penal offence to play football in that State. There are many people by no means enamoured of football - people who regard it a nuisance - occasionally a very noisy one - as an exceedingly uninteresting game, and as a game highly objectionable because of its apparent tendency to collect a crowd of spectators who merely look on - and criticise - rather than to draw to its performance players who may benefit by the exercise gained and the skill employed.

But even these people will hardly sympathise with the budding statesman of the Far West who proposes to stigmatise a football player as criminal and subject him to five years' imprisonment and a fine of a thousand dollars. One is lost in wonder at this extraordinary proposal, and can only regard it as the latest specimen of the crude and comical attempts at law-making which constantly emerge from the brains of American legislators. The idea of suppressing football by legislative enactment at this time of day is fantastic in the extreme. The ridiculous notion of penalising the game may be contrasted with the sober and sensible remarks of Rev. Mr Forgan in a lecture on "Sport " delivered to young men in Aberdeen last night. Forgan regards football as a splendid game, "under proper restrictions," and when the players are actuated by honour, personal courtesy, and self-control; but deprecates the danger to the game that exists in the huge crowd of spectators, who are apt to become professionals in spite of themselves. On the whole, this a fairly just estimate of a game which has its merits - and also its demerits.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Wednesday January 28th, 1903

Born on this Day
1915 Willie Mills Inside Left  
2007 Lewis Pirie Age: 16
Died on this Day
1953 Jacky Connon Centre Forward  
Aberdeen Results on 28 January
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2023 Hibernian - Aberdeen Scottish Premiership Easter Road, Edinburgh
2012 Aberdeen 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Dunfermline Athletic now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 8,081
2006 Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Kilmarnock now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 10,540
2003 Aberdeen 0-1 Heart of Midlothian SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 9,322
1998 Aberdeen 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 8,661
1997 Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian Scottish Cup R3 REP Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 15,464
1995 Aberdeen 1-0 Stranraer Scottish Cup R3 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 9,183
1989 Dunfermline Athletic 0-0 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R3 East End Park, Dunfermline 16,656
1984 Aldershot 0-4 Aberdeen Friendly Recreation Ground, Aldershot 3,000
1967 Dundee 0-5 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R1 Dens Park, Dundee 23,000
1961 Blackpool 1-2 Aberdeen Friendly Bloomfield Road, Blackpool 4,430
1956 Queen of the South 2-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Palmerston Park, Dumfries 10,000
1950 St. Mirren 1-2 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R1 St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley 20,000
1939 Aberdeen 3-2 St. Mirren Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,000
1933 Aberdeen 0-0 Partick Thistle Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1928 Dunfermline Athletic 2-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) East End Park, Dunfermline 4,000
1922 Aberdeen 1-0 Dumbarton Scottish Cup R1 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 16,000
1911 Aberdeen 3-0 Brechin City Scottish Cup R1 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,500
1905 Aberdeen 2-1 Queens Park Scottish Cup R1 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 16,000
1899 Victoria United 2-1 Montrose Friendly Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1899 Orion 2-1 The Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Cup SF Cattofield, Aberdeen
1893 The Aberdeen 2-4 Our Boys, Dundee Northern League Chanonry, Aberdeen 2,000
1893 Montrose 7-3 Victoria United Friendly Links Park, Montrose
1888 The Aberdeen 6-1 Orion Aberdeenshire Cup R2 Holburn Cricket Ground, Aberdeen