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On This Day: 2 October
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1968: This first round second leg Fairs Cities Cup tie sets a new crowd record for a European tie at Pittodrie when 29,000 pack in to see the Dons beating Slavia Sofia 2-0 on the night and on aggregate to ensure progress to the next round.

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SOCIAL HISTORY: SIGNING-ON DRAMA

1923: NEW PLAYER FOR ABERDEEN F.C. A SIGNING-ON COMEDY.

 An unusual situation has arisen in connection with the signing of Alexander Ross, the much sought-after centre-forward of the Aberdeen Richmond Junior Club. Ross has been a prolific goal -scorer this season, and the competition for his services has been exceptionally keen. At the week-end a representative of Dundee F.C. visited Aberdeen with a view to having Ross signed for that club. In this he was successful, but it appears the transaction had not been entirely completed, as witnesses had not attested the signature. In the meantime the Aberdeen F.C. was also very anxious to secure the services of Ross, and a representative of the Pittodrie Club interviewed the player after the Dundee official had left. He learned of the incompleted state of the transaction, and returning with the necessary witnesses, had the player properly signed on. Mr Philip, the manager, proceeded to Glasgow yesterday to have Ross registered as a professional for the Aberdeen Club. 

Source: Aberdeen Press and Journal Tuesday October 2nd, 1923

SOCIAL HISTORY: DOG RACING MENACE

1930: ST BERNARDS CRITICISED
S.F.A. COUNCIL'S ATTITUDE

Greyhound racing was described as a menace to football in the course of a discussion last night at a meeting of the Council of the Scottish Football Association in Glasgow, in connection with a complaint regarding a senior club letting its ground for the purpose of dog racing. The club concerned was St Bernards F.C., Gymnasium, Edinburgh, and the complaint was lodged by the East of Scotland Junior F.A. who, in the course of a letter to the Association, strongly protested against the action of the St Bernards F.C., a club under the jurisdiction of the S.F.A., letting their ground for dog racing. The members of the East of Scotland Junior F.A. felt that that action was very much against the interests of junior football. Clubs, the letter contended, should not be allowed to run opposition to the national game, and the Council were requested to take action against "this menace to football."

Mr Lamont, St Bernards F.C., said he could not see how dog racing could be detrimental to junior football. When St Bernards were away from home, the club supporters who did not travel had Tynecastle, Easter Road, and Marine Gardens to select from, and in his opinion very few football enthusiasts would spread themselves over the county to witness junior games. He did not know what the exact figures were, but on the two Saturdays on which dog racing took place at the Gymnasium, he was certain not more than 500 persons were present each day. The chairman (Mr R. Campbell, Perth,) said he did not think they had power to deal with any club, although, personally, he looked with disfavour on clubs within the Association letting their grounds to greyhound racing companies. Mr Lang pointed out that the first duty of any football club under the jurisdiction of the S.F.A. was to foster and develop football. The English F.A. had debarred the playing of football under electric light. This was dog racing under electric light; and he hoped the Council would not condone the letting of senior grounds to dog racing. The Chairman - On no account. It was eventually agreed to inform the East of Scotland Junior F.A. that while the S.F.A. looked with disfavour on the practice, they had no power to interfere with clubs letting their grounds as complained of.

Source : The Scotsman Thursday October 2nd, 1930

SOCIAL HISTORY: ROLLER SKATING IN ABERDEEN

1909: OPENING OF FORBESFIELD ROAD Whatever may be the opinions expressed regarding the lasting qualities of the sport of rinking, every occasion when additional accommodation is provided for the pastime seems be hailed with sufficient enthusiasm to indicate that the practice of the art is on the increase. The opening of the new American rink at Forbesfield Road, Aberdeen, last night was celebrated in a manner that is likely to infuse fresh interest in the sport, and, indeed, the provision of such an extensive area opens up new possibilities in the accomplishment, for the spacious floor frees the skater from that confinement which is essentially a feature of smaller rinks. With commendable enterprise, the proprietors of the new establishment (which was fully described in yesterday's "Journal") invited the public to attend the opening, and also to have the use of skates free of charge. As a result, fully 10,000 people visited the rink last night, and, while considerable difficulty was experienced in handling a crowd of such dimensions,the lengthy queues were admirably regulated by a staff of police under the personal supervision of Chief Constable Anderson. The accommodation within the building is, with due regard to comfort, wisely restricted to 4,000 people, and, although the rink and promenades were comfortably filled throughout the session, those who were unable to gain admission earlier in the evening were allowed to enter in sections at later stages.

The interior of the building presented a unique scene, with the moving throng of skaters, surrounded on all sides by crowds of interested spectators, and the brilliance of the gathering was enhanced by the bright illuminations and handsome decorations. The skating area, in addition to being extensive, is perfect for the sport, being smooth and - a matter of supreme importance - lacking that "Weakness" which has hitherto been a serious drawback in connection with the majority of large rinks. Care and experience have also been brought to bear on the selection of skates, and the Samuel Winslow make, which is claimed to be the best on the market, is provided. As already indicated, the appointments of the building leave nothing to be desired, and everything is done for the comfort and convenience of skaters and spectators alike, and not the least important feature is the music discoursed at all sessions by a special military band. After such an auspicious opening, and providing unique facilities for the sport, there is every indication that the new rink will meet with success.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Saturday October 2nd, 1909

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE WAR COMFORTS FUND

1940: THIS IS WHAT ONE UNIT GOT 

The War Comforts Fund has become so much an integral part of war-time life in the North-east that sometimes the magnitude of its task is apt to be overlooked. Below is a list of the comforts sent to one North-east unit alone last week:- 

100 Bound books, 50 "Posts" books, 50 "Penguin" books, 50 detective, Western and miscellaneous magazines, 5 footballs, 4 pairs of boxing gloves, 2 wireless sets, 100 khaki caps, 80 pairs of mitts, 500 pairs of socks, 100 pairs of gumboot stockings, 100 pairs of cuffs, and 300 scarves. Multiply this list many times over, and the necessity for ever increasing contributions to the fund makes itself abundantly clear. 

FROM THE W.A.A.F. The officer commanding the unit wrote to the hon. secretary of the fund asking him to convey to all the people who had helped to contribute those comforts his grateful appreciation on behalf of his unit. Another letter recently received came from an Assistant Section Officer of the W.A.A.F. "I wish to thank you for your gift of a radio, gramophone, games, books, and magazines for the use this W.A.A.F. detachment," she wrote. These gifts are very welcome to us, and we are exceedingly grateful for the privilege of having them." Please help to keep the flow of comforts from the home front to the fighting front steady and strong. Send a gift of money to "Comforts Fund,"  "Press and Journal," 20 Broad Street, Aberdeen. 

EVENTS TO NOTE The following events take place this week in aid of the fund: To-night - Grand Concert and Dance in Balmoral Hall, Gray Street, Aberdeen. 7.15 p.m. Tickets 1/6. Friday - Harvest Home Dance in Victoria Hall, Belhelvie. 8 p.m. C. Dey's Orchestra. Tickets 2/6 and 1/6. Members of the Forces in uniform 1/6. Daniel's bus leaves Mealmarket Street, Aberdeen, at 9 p.m. (Surplus proceeds of dance will go to Prisoners of War section of fund.)

Source : Press and Journal Wednesday October 2nd, 1940

Born on this Day
1957 Bobby Glennie Right Back Age: 65
1989 David Ross Forward Age: 33
1986 Jean-Francios Lecsinel Trialist Age: 36
2003 Jack Milne Midfield Age: 19
Aberdeen Results on 2 October
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2020 Aberdeen 2-1 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
2010 Inverness CT 2-0 Aberdeen SPL Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Click here to watch the Highlights of Inverness CT v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 6,144
2004 Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Dundee now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 11,217
1999 Aberdeen 2-2 Hibernian SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen Click here to watch the Highlights of Aberdeen v Hibernian now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 11,876
1993 Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen Premier Division Fir Park, Motherwell 8,597
1991 BK 1903 Copenhagen 2-0 Aberdeen UEFA Cup R1 2L Gentofte Stadium, Copenhagen 5,237
1985 Aberdeen 4-1 Akranes European Cup R1 2L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,700
1982 Aberdeen 2-1 Motherwell Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 9,000
1976 Partick Thistle 2-2 Aberdeen Premier Division Firhill, Glasgow 5,000
1974 Newcastle United 3-2 Aberdeen Texaco Cup QF St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne 18,838
1971 Aberdeen 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,855
1968 Aberdeen 2-0 Slavia Sofia Fairs Cities Cup R1 2L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 29,000
1965 Aberdeen 4-1 St. Mirren Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 5,000
1954 Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Fir Park, Motherwell 12,000
1950 Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian League Cup QF REP Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 52,000
1948 St. Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen League Cup GD St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley 17,000
1943 Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 Aberdeen North Eastern League East End Park, Dunfermline 3,000
1937 St. Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Muirton Park, Perth 5,000
1935 Dundee 2-3 Aberdeen Dewar Shield SF Dens Park, Dundee
1926 Aberdeen 3-3 Hamilton Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 15,000
1922 Alloa Athletic 0-2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Recreation Park, Alloa 5,000
1920 Clydebank 1-1 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Clydeholm Park, Clydebank 5,000
1915 Partick Thistle 3-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Firhill, Glasgow 5,000
1909 Aberdeen 2-0 St. Mirren Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 9,500
1897 Montrose 3-1 The Aberdeen Northern League Links Park, Montrose
1897 Victoria United 4-2 Orion Northern League Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen 5,000
1886 Orion 1-0 Gladstone Friendly The Links, Aberdeen
1886 Grammar School 3-3 The Aberdeen Friendly Grammar School, Aberdeen