Consistency and loyalty are rare commodities in the modern game, but back in the 60's such loyalty was epitomised by players who spent almost their entire career with one club. While those players who usually grab the headlines by scoring spectacular goals are remembered with fondness, that would never have been possible had it not been for the support and backing from team mates. Solid and dependable spring to mind when looking back on the Aberdeen career of Ally Shewan. A career that spanned the entire decade and it was rare to read a sixties team sheet without seeing the full back's name.
Ally joined the Dons in 1960 from Formartine United and after a short spell in the reserve team he made his debut against Dundee at Dens Park in January 1962. Ally proved to be a model of consistency by creating a club record when he made 162 consecutive league appearances between 1963-1969. Ally developed in to a tough character, epitomised by the title bestowed upon him by the American public in 1967- 'The Iron Man' as he was known when the Dons toured the States in 1967. Ally's open feuds and running battles with Wolves Derek Dougan in the memorable clashes with the English club in America perhaps epitomised what football meant to Ally.
His never-say-die attitude dragged Aberdeen through many a struggle. Ally was in the Aberdeen side that played Celtic in the 1967 Scottish Cup Final and he eventually left the Dons in 1969 after a disagreement over new terms. Ally decided to join the exodus to Australia where he joined Sydney club Budapest but his stay there was a short one, little more than a week. Ally returned to his native north east and served Elgin City in the Highland League for many years. Ally returned to Pittodrie with his Elgin side to take on Scottish Cup holders Aberdeen in 1971 in what was his final appearance at his beloved Pittodrie. In his nine seasons with the club Ally Shewan made 300 appearances, scoring nine goals.