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On This Day: 27 January

1974: Although this match was one to forget for the Dons, it finds a place in history as it was the first Scottish match officially played on a Sunday.

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1917: Their playing staff decimated by the Great War, Aberdeen suffer one of their heaviest ever defeats - 7-0 in a league match away to Kilmarnock. The signs for the Club were bleak and they would withdraw from the League at the end of the season until the War's end.

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1987: An outstanding performance brings the Dons a 5-0 win over Clydebank at Kilbowie Park, completing 13 goals against the Bankies in three games this season and 23 in the last five games in a year(4-1, 6-0, 3-1, 5-0, 5-0). Paul Wright (2), John Hewitt, Davie Dodds and Bobby Connor score the goals.

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1944: The comparative frequency of air raid alarms in Aberdeen and the North-east at certain periods in the past is one of the reasons why wardens will get refreshments in future instead of a subsistence allowance when the sirens go. In areas where alarms were at times fairly frequent the total cost of this subsistence amounted to a considerable sum. Accounts sent up by the local authorities were sometimes challenged. The Ministry of Home Security have now withdrawn the subsistence allowance of ninepence which was paid every time wardens were called out by a siren. From next Tuesday onwards wardens will be supplied with light refreshments, or with full meals if they are out for long periods as a result of heavy air attack. In Aberdeen supplies of tea, sugar and other commodities are being sent to the wardens' posts, where the light refreshments will be provided. During the day no warden will get refreshments until he has been on duty for at least an hour. At night, however, the post warden or other officer in charge may "put the kettle on" if he considers that the conditions under which his men have been working during a shorter period warrant it. Only the light refreshments will be provided at the posts. In case of a blitz entailing any considerable period on duty wardens will get meals from communal feeding centres. Whether they visit the centres or the meals are taken to them by mobile canteens will depend on the circumstances of the "incident" on which they are engaged.

Source : The Press and Journal Thursday January 27th, 1944



There was an attendance of about 500 at a lecture given by Herbert N. Casson, London, editor of "The Efficiency Magazine", under the auspices of the Aberdeen Business Club, in the Y.M.C.A. Hall last night. The lecture was entitled "How to Make the Most of Your Business." Sir James Taggart, who presided, said it was a big job coming to Aberdeen to try to teach them efficiency. (Laughter.) They were handicapped greatly in Aberdeen, because they were a good bit away from a great number of things, except the centre of learning they had there. Transport was a great difficulty. They had to pay a lot to get their raw materials transported to Aberdeen, and then when the goods were manufactured they had to pay a considerable amount to send the goods to the places where they were used. They had this advantage, however, that they had an excellent harbour. sea-borne goods helped them greatly. There were many schemes to do away with unemployment. The scheme to put all their men on half-time was a great mistake. They wanted everyone the country to be producing something. If they could produce articles at a reasonable price and sell at a profit, they could keep all their men going. They were handicapped, however, because the high wages kept up during and after the war had raised the price of every commodity. In this connection they were handicapped in the building trade. Rather than put all their men on half-time and full pay, he would put them on full and half-pay. (Laughter.) It was far better for men to keep their hands in rather than go idle, be the wages what they might. (Laughter and applause.)

 Sixteen Guineas - and Worth It. Mr Casson, who had a very cordial reception, said he had been a long time coming to Aberdeen, and it cost 16 guineas to come. Sir Tames Taggart - it is worth the money. (Laughter.) Mr Casson went on to say he had been brought up among the Hudson Bay people, where there were only Red Indians and Aberdeen men - (laughter) - and the Aberdeen men were the worst (Renewed laughter.) He was finding that there were different breeds in Great Britain. Down in the south they were soft and easily swayed. In regard to housing, if they sent a deputation from Aberdeen and took a man called Addison out there they would have houses. (Laughter.) Business was the greatest thing in the world. It had made everything that was made as this Government pulled down what was made. They had the see-saw of business taxation. What they required to be protected from was the two-fold menace of Bolshevism and bureaucracy. (Applause.) Dealing with salesmanship, he said they had in Aberdeen the largest Sheldon class in salesmanship that had ever been held in Europe. The old idea was that salesmen could not be taught - that they were born; but they must be trained as well as born. The old way of selling goods was to talk, to prove, to argue; but to-day they said the three words were - Listen, agree, oblige. If a shop assistant mentioned price first he ought to be on a farm. Price should never be mentioned until the article had been praised. If a plumber made a mistake, he put it in the bill; if a lawyer made a mistake, he got the case over again; if a doctor made mistake a he buried it - (laughter) - if a bishop made a mistake nobody noticed the difference - (laughter) - but if a salesman made a mistake it meant the "death" of the customer. 

The Three Diseases. There were three diseases that killed customers - high prices, low quality of goods and bad service. They had to think, therefore, of the view of the customer first of all. Did they regard their customer as a friend or as a nuisance? Was their shop a hospitable place? Salesmanship was the art of liking the customer and helping him to get what he needed (Applause.) Had their drivers any manners when delivering the goods? Were their windows well dressed? - their windows were their bait. Half their business letters began "We"; they should begin "Yes" - they should always begin with "Yes" even though they refuse a request. (Laughter.) An improperly trained telephone girl was killing customers with a machine-gun. (Laughter) As to boys; a small boy cost them 60s a week, no matter what they paid him, in what he forgot and misplaced. It was always better to get a man, because he cost least in the long run; it was impossible to make any profit out of a boy.  Dignity stood in the way of most men's success in life. They must realise the cash value of sociability. There must be an element of entertainment in every shop - something to look at. It was salesmanship never to put an article on the counter and leave it there, because it was "dead" while lying there - keep it moving. 

Study of Women. The peculiarities of women must be studied. Man was never so stupid as when in a shop; a woman was never so keen. Women had quicker brains than men. He believed in high prices, high wages and high standard all round. The thing was to keep the whole social and industrial structure going. Salesmanship came in and kept prices from going below cost. They should regard their shop as their home and their customers as their friends. Take as their motto - "Fun and 40 per cent." (Laughter and applause.) On the motion of Mr R. Whyte Mackay, Mr Casson received a cordial vote of thanks. A similar compliment to the chairman was awarded on the call of Mr R. G. Nicol.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Thursday January 27th, 1921


Playing Fields for Aberdeen.

An Aberdeen branch of the National Playing Fields Association was formed last night. The decision was made at a public meeting in the Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen, at which notable figures in international sport advanced the claims of the Association for support in Aberdeen. They were Miss C. Leitch, the former British ladies' open golf champion; Major B. C. Hartley, the former English Rugby internationalist; and Mr Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen, the international and Scottish League football referee. Lord Provost Alexander, who presided, said the formula of the Playing Fields Association was to give five acres of playing spaces per 1000 of population; in Aberdeen they had provided seven acres per 1000. (Applause.)

Desirable Objects. Major Hartley's first remarks were words of praise to the town planners of Aberdeen. Next he sketched the history and objects of the Association, which, he explained, had as its outstanding ideal the improvement of the physical, mental, and moral condition of people of all ages by the reasonable supply of recreation for town and country. They had about fifty branches. As a result of six years' active work 1152 new playing fields and recreation grounds had been provided, costing £2,500,000. Miss Leitch quoted a saying that millions went from the cradle to the grave without knowing what it was to live. That might be true in some sense to-day, and it was up to them to see that it was not true tomorrow. (Applause.) Good health was the corner stone of happiness. By their combined efforts they were striving to give every man, woman and child the opportunity of obtaining healthy exercise.

Greatest Life saver. The Association had been described as the greatest life-saving movement in our time. They believed it was so. Every boy and girl should be taught to play the games which brought mind, muscle, energy, and judgment into play, which developed character, and which inspired the general spirit of sportsmanship. That could not be done unless they secured for all time playing fields and open spaces. Although she was a lover of golf, she was afraid that there was rather too much ground given up to golf in Aberdeen. (Applause.) They must not put everything to the debit side of golf. Golfers gave a tremendous lot of employment and also, by securing their golf courses, they had in many cases saved hundreds of acres from falling into the hands of the builders. She thought more netball fields should be provided in Aberdeen. Mrs Dunlop Hill, to whom Miss Leitch paid a high tribute for her work on the Scottish Committee of the Association, said the movement was definitely spreading in Scotland.

"A Standing Disgrace." Mr Peter Craigmyle spoke about the inadequacy of sports grounds in Aberdeen. By all means, he said, let them form a committee of the Playing Fields Association and meet a great want. In Aberdeen at the moment the lack of football pitches and facilities that their young men had to suffer was a standing disgrace. Speaking of the fine playing facilities given at the Aberdeen schools, Mr Craigmyle asked where their promising athletes went to after school. They found young men standing at street corners and in ice-cream saloons. Lord Forbes, as chairman of the Aberdeenshire branch of the association, said ten sports grounds had been got going since the association started developments in the county. Farm servants were now playing games more and more after their work was done. When Dr Trail moved that a branch of the association be formed in Aberdeen, the motion was accepted with enthusiasm and cordial unanimity. The following committee was appointed: Dr Trail, Mrs Paton, Mrs Dunlop Hill, Mr Craigmyle, Mr W. D. Hay, Colonel M. M. Duncan, Colonel Frank Fleming, Mr W. D. Davidson. Colonel Rorie, Mr Charles Forbes, and Mr F. G. Glegg.

Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Saturday 27th January, 1934


1922: - an item discussed at the Conference of the Scottish Universities' Student Delegations at Marischal College :  "Busbies and Tammies." The most humerous discussion of the day ensued over the question of a distinctive head-dress for students. Mr Stirling moved that a distinctive head-dress be selected and approved as the official wear of students in the Scottish Universities, and that the wearing of the same be made compulsory, each University Faculty to have a distinctive cap. (Laughter.) Academic dress was a nuisance, as they all knew, the gowns being all of the same pattern He was sorry he had no samples of caps with him - (laughter) - but a velvet cap after the style of a "tammy" would be very nice. It could be folded and put in the pocket, and would look very "chic" on the ladies. Mr Mackay, in seconding, suggested that each faculty could have a separate head-dress. It would liven 'Varsity life if some of them wore toppers, others Glengarries, and others busbies. (Laughter.) Mr Rawson suggested that the two representatives from that firm - (loud laughter) - be asked to withdraw that the conference could discuss the matter in camera. (Renewed laughter.) Mr Peterkin said he shuddered to think of the appearance of the editor of "Alma. Mater" in his "plus four " with a "tammy" (Loud laughter.) Mr Butter suggested that each class should wear something distinctive, such a green tie for botany and a red one for surgery. (Laughter.) The Chairman - And any man with meritorious service could wear any sort of headgear he liked. (Laughter.) Mr O'Brien moved a direct negative, which was seconded by Mr Strathdee. On a vote the negative was carried, and the conference adjourned till to-day.

 Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Friday January 27th, 1922

Born on this Day
1882 George MacFarlane Centre Half  
1965 Mike Newell Centre Forward Age: 57
1965 David Muir Centre Forward Age: 57
1969 Douglas Baxter Central Midfielder Age: 53
1997 Joe Nuttall Forward Age: 25
1982 James Evans Goalkeeper Age: 40
1932 John Allen Outside Left  
2003 Tom Ritchie Goalkeeper Age: 19
2005 Finlay Murray Defender Age: 17
Died on this Day
1997 Alex Hawson Inside Right  
Aberdeen Results on 27 January
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2021 St. Johnstone 0-0 Aberdeen Scottish Premiership McDiarmid Park, Perth
2018 Aberdeen 3-1 Kilmarnock Scottish Premiership Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Kilmarnock now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 13,723
2017 Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee Scottish Premiership Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Dundee now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 10,512
2013 Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Hibernian now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 7,184
2010 Heart of Midlothian 0-3 Aberdeen SPL Tynecastle, Edinburgh Click here to watch the Highlights of Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 14,219
2007 St. Mirren 0-2 Aberdeen SPL St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley Click here to watch the Highlights of St. Mirren v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 4,926
2001 Alloa Athletic 0-3 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R3 Recreation Park, Alloa 2,877
1990 St. Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen Premier Division St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley 7,855
1987 Clydebank 0-5 Aberdeen Premier Division Kilbowie Park, Clydebank 2,007
1979 Hamilton 0-2 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R3 Douglas Park, Hamilton 9,400
1974 Aberdeen 0-2 Dundee Scottish Cup R3 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 23,574
1973 Aberdeen 3-1 Heart of Midlothian Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 13,282
1968 Aberdeen 1-1 Raith Rovers Scottish Cup R1 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 10,700
1965 Aberdeen 3-1 Third Lanark Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 9,000
1962 Clyde 2-2 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R2 Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow 10,000
1951 Aberdeen 6-1 Inverness Caledonian Scottish Cup R1 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 22,000
1945 Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen North Eastern League Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 4,000
1940 Aberdeen 3-1 Alloa Athletic Regional League East Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
1934 Hibernian 3-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Easter Road, Edinburgh 12,000
1923 Airdrie 1-1 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R2 Broomfield Park, Airdrie 12,000
1917 Kilmarnock 7-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 2,000
1912 St. Mirren 3-3 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R1 St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley 16,000
1906 Aberdeen 3-0 Dunfermline Athletic Scottish Cup R1 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,000
1900 Kilmarnock 10-0 Orion Scottish Cup R2 Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1900 Victoria United 4-0 Dundee Wanderers Northern League Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
1894 Victoria United 5-2 Brechin Friendly Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
1894 Orion 5-2 Fraserburgh Friendly Central Park, Aberdeen