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October 08-Oct-1881
The original Aberdeen formed after a public meeting held in the Albert Hall in Correction Wynd. Three teachers from Woodside School initiated the meeting and the new club was formed and the secretary was instructed to purchase a ball, an inflator and eleven maroon jerseys.
March 11-Mar-1882
Aberdeen play their first ever game-a 4-0 defeat at Coupar Angus. The teams play a return match at the Holburn Cricket Ground a month later-this time the fledgling Aberdeen side lose 3-1.
October 07-Oct-1882
The first ever Scottish Cup tie to be played in the city; Aberdeen lose out to Dundee Harp before a 400 attendance at the Grammar School Grounds.
April 18-Apr-1887
Formation of the Aberdeenshire Football Association. Dr F Maitland-Moir later presented the association with a trophy to be played for by all member clubs: the Aberdeenshire Cup.
March 24-Mar-1888
First ever Aberdeenshire Cup Final is played before a 1,000 crowd at the Chanonry. Aberdeen defeat Aberdeen Rangers 7-1. Aberdeen were now playing in an all white strip.
April 21-Apr-1888
A Scotland international side visit to play Aberdeen in an exhibition match. A record 4,000 crowd turned out to see the internationalists win 6-1.
August 01-Aug-1891
Northern League formed to be competed for by clubs from the Aberdeen, Tayside and Fife areas. This was the first league set up that Aberdeen had competed in.
February 01-Feb-1899
Aberdeen move away from the tight confines of the Chanonry and take up residence in what was formerly a dung hill for police horses; Pittodrie or the Gallows Marsh as it was known.
September 02-Sep-1899
Aberdeen make their debut at Pittodrie-Dumbarton visited to open the new ground and are sent packing in a 7-1 win. Alex Shiach became the first player to score at Pittodrie and he went on to net a hat-trick in this game.
February 03-Feb-1900
Scotland defeat Wales 5-2 in the first ever full international to be played at Pittodrie. A record 11,000 crowd turned out taking in receipts of 290.
April 30-Apr-1901
Everton become the first English team to visit the Granite City winning 3-1 in a Pittodrie friendly.
November 01-Nov-1902
Aberdeen board resist overtures from Hibernian to relocate to Aberdeen and effectively take over. This move from the Edinburgh club prompted the first steps to amalgamation.
December 02-Dec-1902
Working representatives of the three main clubs Aberdeen, Victoria Utd and Orion met for the first time in the County Hotel as a possible amalgamation was discussed.
January 05-Jan-1903
An attempt to gain admission in to the Scottish League is dashed. The League informed the club that 'drastic changes would have to be made to the constitution' before admission would be allowed.
March 20-Mar-1903
A public meeting attracts 1,600 as the amalgamation process gathers momentum. 1500 shares are issued and the new club would play out of Pittodrie Park. Despite a late dissention from Victoria Utd the amalgamation is now certain.
April 14-Apr-1903
Aberdeen Football Club is formed. At a meeting in solicitors' offices in Bridge Street the existing club affairs were put in order and a new board was elected. Jimmy Philip is appointed as the manager later to be assisted by Peter Simpson.
May 10-May-1903
Hopes of the new club being admitted in to the First Division of the League are once again dashed. Despite some serious backing from some of the bigger established clubs the new re-organisation did little to help the Aberdeen cause. With no application to join the Second Division, Aberdeen will play their first season in the obscure Northern League.
August 15-Aug-1903
Captain Willie MacAulay had the distinction of scoring Aberdeen's first ever goal in the first outing against Stenhousemuir at Pittodrie. 8,000 turned out at Pittodrie for this Northern League opener.
May 01-May-1904
Another bid to gain admission in to the top league fails. This time bottom clubs Kilmarnock and Motherwell apply for re-election and are successful. However Aberdeen will replace Ayr Parkhouse in the Second Division.
August 20-Aug-1904
Aberdeen make their debut in League football with a 2-1 defeat at home to Falkirk. Aberdeen had now adopted a new look with a Black & Gold strip and they were soon nicknamed the 'Wasps'.
November 01-Nov-1904
The first piece of silverware comes to Pittodrie in the shape of the Qualifying Cup. Aberdeen defeat the famous Renton side 2-0 at Dens Park. A reported 1500 travelled from Aberdeen to the game and thousands welcomed their return.
January 28-Jan-1905
A record attendance of 16,000 fills Pittodrie for the visit of Queens Park in a Scottish Cup-tie. Aberdeen defeat the former winners 2-1 with goals from Low and Robertson.
May 01-May-1905
First Division football finally arrives at Pittodrie. At a League meeting Aberdeen are at last successful as the top division is expanded from 14 to 16. Celtic had instigated the move and had backed the Aberdeen bid along the way.
March 07-Mar-1908
Willie Lennie becomes the first Aberdeen player to be capped for Scotland when he turned out against Wales at Dens Park. Lennie scored the Scots winner in a 2-1 win. A week later Lennie came up against team mate Charlie O'Hagan as Scotland played Ireland. O'Hagan was the Irish captain on that occasion.
Aberdeen reach their first Scottish Cup semi final only to lose 1-0 to Celtic at Pittodrie. A record 20,000 crowd pelted the Celtic players with stones after the game as the Parkhead side had adopted an aggressive outlook throughout the game.
April 01-Apr-1910
Willie Lennie becomes the first Aberdeen player to receive a testimonial from the club. His former club Dundee travel north as Aberdeen won 3-2.
May 10-May-1911
The club embark on their first foreign tour when they journey to Bohemia and Poland. The journey took the best part of four days. All this after Aberdeen had finished in their highest ever league place-2nd in 1910.11.
November 01-Nov-1914
Aberdeen struggle to come to terms with the repercussions from the onset of the First World War. Players wages are cut, crowds disappeared and players were called to arms. Despite this the club battled on as the threat to replace them should they withdraw was not an appealing one.
May 01-May-1917
Aberdeen along with Raith Rovers and Dundee withdraw from the League as the Great War continues. Had Aberdeen opted out two years previously they would have been frozen out. Now they would be welcomed back after the end of hostilities.
August 16-Aug-1919
A welcome return to competitive action as Aberdeen open new season with 2-0 win over Albion Rovers. There is a shock for the fans though as admission prices had doubled.
December 01-Dec-1920
Aberdeen push forward plans to build up the embankment on the south side of the ground after paying of the final instalments due on the purchase of the ground. Jock Hutton follows Donald Colman and Willie Lennie as he is capped for Scotland.
February 10-Feb-1923
Record club score in Scottish Cup tie against Peterhead. Aberdeen eclipse their neighbours 13-0 after Peterhead gave up ground rights and take the tie to Pittodrie. It backfired as a bonus row deprived Peterhead of their full team and only 3,241 turned out on a wretched day.
July 01-Jul-1924
Jimmy Philip stands down as manager and former player Pat Travers takes over as boss. Peter Simpson retires to make way for Billy Russell as trainer. Alex Jackson joins Aberdeen for one, memorable season.
October 01-Oct-1926
Jock Hutton sold in a record transfer deal when Blackburn paid 5,000 for his services. Hutton went on to win an FA Cup winners medal at Ewood.
July 01-Jul-1927
Aberdeen tour South Africa for the first time and they discover a real gem in the form of Benny Yorston, a forward with an eye for goal.
May 01-May-1929
Alec Cheyne creates his own piece of football folklore. Playing for Scotland against England at Hampden, the Aberdeen winger scored the winning goal direct from a corner kick in the closing minutes. Legend has it that goal started the 'Hampden Roar' such was the noise generated after Cheyne scored.
April 01-Apr-1930
Benny Yorston scores 38 goals from 38 league matches-a club record that still stands to this day. Yorston also scored six in the Scottish Cup that season.
November 15-Nov-1930
Alex Merrie helps himself to six goals in Aberdeen's 7-0 rout of Hibernian at Pittodrie.
November 01-Nov-1931
The 'Great Mystery' rocks Aberdeen to the core. Five players suddenly dropped after an alleged betting scandal was discovered. Hugh McLaren, Benny Yorston and Frank Hill would never play for the club again.
April 03-Apr-1937
Aberdeen reach their first ever Scottish Cup Final after defeating Morton 2-0 at Easter Road. Billy Strauss scored and is injured in the process.
A British record attendance of 146,433 fill Hampden for the Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic. Despite a goal from Matt Armstrong, the Black & Golds go down 2-1.
May 07-May-1937
The club leave Britain to head for a tour of South Africa. Tragedy struck Aberdeen when popular winger Jackie Benyon died in a Johannesburg hospital from peritonitis.
November 01-Nov-1937
Clyde entice Aberdeen manager Pat Travers to take over as manager. The former Celt went on to help Clyde lift the Cup two years later.
January 05-Jan-1938
Surprise choice Dave Halliday takes over as new manager. Halliday was chosen from more than 100 applicants as he arrives from Yeovil.
March 18-Mar-1939
Aberdeen change from their traditional Black & Gold strip to a red and white one for the visit of Queens Park.
September 01-Sep-1939
World War Two breaks out and football takes a back seat for the duration of the hostilities. Pittodrie is seconded for use as an air raid shelter.
April 19-Apr-1941
Linksfield plays host to Scotland XI game against the British Army. Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen of FA Cup fame both feature. Benny Yorston also played.
August 01-Aug-1941
Aberdeen return to Pittodrie to play in the hastily arranged North Eastern league and Mitchell Cup. For the first time in their history league and cup success came to Pittodrie with six war time titles coming their way.
May 11-May-1946
Aberdeen win the Southern League Cup after a remarkable 3-2 win over Rangers at Hampden. 135,000 see George Taylor score the winner in the last minute.
April 05-Apr-1947
Aberdeen win the toss but lose the League Cup to Rangers in a 4-0 defeat. Captain Frank Dunlop elected to play in to a gale force wind at Hampden and the Dons are three down in the first half.
The Dons first success in the Scottish Cup. Stan Williams scores the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Hibernian. Stalwart Willie Cooper misses out through injury. Thousands gather at Aberdeen Station for the players return.
April 03-Apr-1948
Pittodrie attracts a record 43,800 for the visit or Rangers. Archie Kelly scores the Dons goal in a 1-1 draw.
April 25-Apr-1953
The Dons reach their third Scottish Cup Final and lose out to Rangers in a replay after a Harry Yorston goal gave the Dons a 1-1 draw in the first game before a 129,761 crowd.
April 10-Apr-1954
Aberdeen humiliate Rangers in a 6-0 drubbing in the Scottish Cup semi final. Joe O'Neil scores three of them. The Dons luck does not hold in the Final however-Celtic defeat Aberdeen 2-1 despite a Paddy Buckley goal.
April 09-Apr-1955
Archie Glen's penalty winner against Clyde at Shawfield hands Aberdeen their first ever Scottish League title. With only one defeat at home all season it was fortress Pittodrie. Aberdeen 'A' also get in on the act by winning the reserve title.
July 01-Jul-1955
Dave Halliday ends his association with the Dons by agreeing to take over at Leicester City. Trainer Dave Shaw moves in to the Pittodrie hot seat.
October 22-Oct-1955
Aberdeen win the League Cup after defeating a spirited St Mirren 2-1 in the Hampden Final. Graham Leggat scores the winning goal and manager Shaw said his team were lucky. 15,000 welcome the team on their return to Aberdeen Joint Station.
April 25-Apr-1959
St Mirren gain revenge on the Dons when they win the Scottish Cup Final. Hugh Baird's late goal is but a mere consolation for a disappointing Aberdeen.
October 21-Oct-1959
Luton Town visit Pittodrie to officially bring floodlight football to Aberdeen. A young Dons team beat their English visitors 3-2.
November 01-Nov-1959
Dave Shaw steps down as manager and reverts to his trainers' role. Tommy Pearson takes over with immediate effect.
March 30-Mar-1963
Lowly Raith Rovers knock Aberdeen out of the Scottish Cup at the quarter final stage with a late goal at Kirkcaldy.
February 10-Feb-1965
East Fife, languishing in the second division knock the Dons out of the Cup. It is the final act for manager Pearson who resigns shortly after.
March 01-Mar-1965
Queens Park coach Eddie Turnbull takes over at Pittodrie as a new era begins. At the end of the season he releases no less than 17 players. Bobby Clark is his first signing from his old club.
September 01-Sep-1965
The first signs of recovery as Aberdeen take Rangers to a second game in the League Cup semi final.
August 01-Aug-1966
Aberdeen change to an all red strip for the first time.
April 29-Apr-1967
Without Eddie Turnbull in charge the Dons go down to Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final. It could have been all so different had the Dons team bus not been delayed and Turnbull was forced to stay in his sick bed.
June 01-Jun-1967
The Dons under the guise of the Washington Whips play an exhaustive tour of the States in the Presidents Cup. They eventually lose out 6-5 in over time in a thrilling final against Wolves.
September 06-Sep-1967
Aberdeen play their first tie in European competition and they register their club record 10-0 win over KR Reykjavik at Pittodrie in the ECWC.
August 01-Aug-1968
The old enclosure at Pittodrie has gone as new seating is installed in what is now known as the Main Stand.
May 01-May-1969
Aberdeen struggle to stay clear from the foot of the table all season. Boss Turnbull sells of prize assets Tommy Craig and 'Jinky' Smith. Craig became the first teenager to command a six-figure sum in British football.
April 11-Apr-1970
The legend of 'Cup-tie McKay'. Aberdeen win the Scottish Cup for only the second time when they defeat Celtic 3-1. Derek McKay came from the reserves to play a starring role scoring the winner in both the quarter and semi finals. McKay also hit a brace in the Final. In between Joe Harper scored the club's 500th goal in the Scottish Cup when he opened the scoring in the Final. Martin Buchan becomes the youngest captain to lift the trophy.
September 30-Sep-1970
The Dons become the first team to go out of Europe on penalties. In Budapest Aberdeen go down to Honved. Jim Forrest hit the bar with his effort and Aberdeen went out of the ECWC.
January 16-Jan-1971
Pat Stanton becomes the first player to score against Aberdeen after 12 consecutive shut outs for Dons keeper Bobby Clark-a British record.
February 06-Feb-1971
Fire destroys part of the Main Stand at Pittodrie as the dressing rooms and club offices are ruined.
April 17-Apr-1971
The League title stays with Celtic after the 'decider' at Pittodrie ends in a 1-1 draw.
July 01-Jul-1971
Eddie Turnbull takes up an offer to return to Hibernian as manager. Coach Jim Bonthrone is immediately installed as the new Aberdeen manager. Aberdeen defeat Celtic in the Drybrough Cup Final at Pittodrie.
February 01-Feb-1972
Captain Martin Buchan is sold to Manchester Utd in a record 125,000 deal.
December 09-Dec-1972
Joe Harper is sold to Everton in a 182,000 transfer. The Dons then draw 0-0 at home to Arbroath. Even the magical Zoltan Varga fails to lift the gloom.
April 28-Apr-1973
One Dons legend goes while another arrives. At Cappielow against Morton Zoltan Varga bows out while Willie Miller makes his first team debut.
April 19-Apr-1975
The Dons lowest post war attendance as only 3,300 turn out in wretched weather against Clyde. Aberdeen are now set for their place in the new Premier League.
September 13-Sep-1975
Willie Young throws his shirt at the dugout after being substituted and he soon is sold to Tottenham. Manager Bonthrone follows him out of the exit door as Aberdeen struggle near the foot of the new 10-team league. Ally MacLeod takes over as manager after leaving Ayr Utd.
April 24-Apr-1976
Aberdeen defeat Hibernian 3-0 on the last day to save themselves from relegation. Joe Harper returns to Pittodrie in a 50,000 switch from Hibs.
November 06-Nov-1976
The Dons under MacLeod win the League Cup for the first time in 21 years. Celtic are defeated after Davie Robb's extra time winner. First trophy for captain Miller.
June 01-Jun-1977
The SFA tempt MacLeod to take over as Scotland manager and guide the nation to Argentina in 1978. Aberdeen turn their attention to former Celtic legend Billy McNeill as he joins from Clyde.
May 06-May-1978
The day the Dons froze. Despite going 23 games unbeaten to stretch Rangers to the limit, Aberdeen lose out in the Cup Final to the Ibrox club. Aberdeen had beaten Rangers 4-0 and 3-0 in their previous games. All they could muster this time was a freakish effort from Steve Ritchie.
June 01-Jun-1978
Billy McNeill joins Celtic after only a year at Aberdeen. Aberdeen take a chance on appointing the raw but ambitious Alex Ferguson who had just fallen out with St Mirren.
July 01-Jul-1978
Pittodrie becomes the first all-seated stadium in Britain after the South Terrace is fitted out with bench type seating.
March 31-Mar-1979
Doug Rougvie is sent off after a 'clash' with Derek Johnstone in the League Cup Final against Rangers. The bitter rivalry between the clubs gathers momentum.
December 12-Dec-1979
The Dons lose out to Dundee Utd in a League Cup final replay at Dens. Aberdeen had done all the hard work by knocking out both Rangers and Celtic along the way leaving United clear to win their first ever trophy.
May 03-May-1980
At Easter Road the Dons clinch their first league title since 1955 when the defeated Hibernian 5-0. Celtic could only draw at St Mirren to give the 8,000 Dons fans something to celebrate. In the summer a new cantilever stand is built over the South Terrace.
September 17-Sep-1980
The first European Champions Cup tie to be played by the Dons. Austria Memphis go out to the Dons before Liverpool teach Aberdeen a European lesson at Anfield.
July 01-Jul-1981
A record transfer between two Scottish clubs results in Peter Weir arriving at Pittodrie in a 330,000 deal. Many said it was the final piece in the Ferguson jigsaw.
November 04-Nov-1981
Aberdeen go past the 2nd round of a European competition for the first time after defeating Pitesti in Romania. Earlier the Dons had eclipsed holders Ipswich Town with Bobby Robson in charge.
May 22-May-1982
The Dons crush Rangers 4-1 in the Scottish Cup Final the highlight being a spectacular equaliser from Alex McLeish. The Dons also finished just behind Celtic in the league race, which went down to the final day of the season.
March 16-Mar-1983
Bayern Munich are defeated in the quarter finals of the ECWC at Pittodrie in a remarkable 3-2 win after a 0-0 draw in Munich. Arguably Pittodrie's greatest night.
May 11-May-1983
Gothenburg welcomes Aberdeen and Real Madrid for the ECWC Final. The Dons reach their pinnacle in a 2-1 win. John Hewitt added to Eric Blacks early goal to spark wild scenes of jubilation all over Scotland. More than 16,000 Red Army at the Ullevi Stadium sing and dance in the rain.
Aberdeen do the double with another Scottish Cup win over Rangers. This time it is close with only an Eric Black header in extra time separating the sides.
December 01-Dec-1983
Aberdeen are now the best in Europe after European Cup holders Hamburg are defeated 2-0 in the Super Cup at Pittodrie. More than 80 countries worldwide take in the game. Aberdeen named as European Team of the Year.
May 02-May-1984
The Dons win the Premier title after a 1-0 win at Tynecastle. The Dons also retain the Scottish Cup after beating Celtic 2-1 in the Final. This was Aberdeen's third successive Cup win. Which made up for the disappointment of going out in the ECWC to Porto in the semi final.
October 27-Oct-1985
The last trophy to have eluded Alex Ferguson is won after the Dons beat Hibernian 3-0 in the League Cup Final at Hampden.
March 19-Mar-1986
The Dons go out on away goals to IFK Gothenburg in the quarter finals of the European Cup.
May 10-May-1986
Aberdeen rub salt in to the Hearts wound by winning their fourth Scottish Cup in five seasons in a 3-0 win. Ferguson takes charge of the Scotland side that will play in the World Cup Finals in Mexico.
November 01-Nov-1986
Alex Ferguson brings down the curtain on the Dons golden age by agreeing to take over as Manchester Utd manager from Ron Atkinson. Aberdeen appoint a surprise replacement in Ian Porterfield.
May 01-May-1988
Porterfield's turbulent reign ends with only a League Cup Final runners up place as his only crumb of comfort in what was a traumatic time.
June 01-Jun-1988
Aberdeen appoint Alex Smith and Jocky Scott as co-managers with Drew Jarvie as assistant.
October 22-Oct-1989
The Dons win the League Cup after two Paul Mason goals defeat big spending Rangers in the Hampden Final. It was the last trophy win for captain Willie Miller.
May 12-May-1990
The first ever Scottish Cup Final to be decided on penalties goes the way of Aberdeen after they battled out a 0-0 draw. Theo Snelders and Brian Irvine are the Dons heroes in the shoot out.
May 11-May-1991
The league race goes down to the wire-it is all on the final day as Aberdeen visit Ibrox. A draw would have been enough to give the Dons the title. As it is rookie keeper Michael Watt has no answer to the physical Mark Hateley.
September 18-Sep-1991
Jocky Scott jumps ship after a UEFA Cup defeat against BK Copenhagen. Unrest on the terraces as Alex Smith comes under increasing pressure.
February 01-Feb-1992
Willie Miller takes over as Aberdeen manager after Alex Smith is sacked. Miller promises to instill some fight back in to the team.
May 01-May-1992
The old Beach End plays host to its last game before making way for the new Richard Donald Stand.
May 29-May-1993
The Dons under Miller run Rangers close in all three domestic competitions. Cruel luck in the Scottish Cup Final at Parkhead means that Rangers celebrate with a treble.
August 01-Aug-1993
The new 4.5m Richard Donald Stand is opened as Clydebank come north for a League Cup tie.
February 04-Feb-1995
The end of the road for Willie Miller as Aberdeen fight for their Premier League lives at the foot of the table. Roy Aitken takes over and soon the Dons fall to lowly Stenhousemuir in the Cup.
May 01-May-1995
Aberdeen survive by the narrowest of margins after winning both legs of the first ever Premier League Play off against Dunfermline.
September 01-Sep-1995
Aberdeen splash out a club record 1m on Oldham's Scottish international Paul Bernard.
November 26-Nov-1995
The Dons are back-winners of the League Cup after defeating Dundee 2-0 in the Final. Crucially Rangers are beaten in the semi final.
November 01-Nov-1997
Roy Aitken and coach Tommy Craig sacked after disastrous run. Alex Miller takes over a month later with Paul Hegarty as assistant.
July 01-Jul-1998
Craig Hignett joins the Dons from Middlesbrough and is reported to be the highest earner in the history of the club.
December 08-Dec-1998
Alex Millers' tenure is all to brief as he to fails to resurrect the ailing Dons. Paul Hegarty is asked to take over as caretaker and keep Aberdeen in the top flight.
May 31-May-1999
Ebbe Skovdahl takes over as Aberdeen appoint a foreign coach for the first time. The Dons lose a record first six games in the league. The first five are without a goal scored.
March 19-Mar-2000
Aberdeen lose out 2-0 to a superior Celtic in the CIS Cup Final. Thomas Solberg is sent off.
May 26-May-2000
Jim Leighton is injured in the first minute of the Cup Final and with it goes any hope of Aberdeen winning the Scottish Cup. Aberdeen finish bottom of the SPL with a record 83 goals conceded. Dons saved due to SPL ground criteria.
May 01-May-2002
Aberdeen return to European football after finishing in 4th place in the league.
September 17-Sep-2002
The Dons play their 100th European tie when Hertha Berlin visit Pittodrie. A credible 0-0 draw is almost followed by an impressive performance in Berlin.
December 11-Dec-2002
Steve Paterson and Duncan Shearer take over at Pittodrie as Ebbe Skovdahls' reign comes to an end.
January 01-Jan-2003
The Dons Centenary Year begins with a battling 1-1 draw against Celtic at Pittodrie.
August 01-Aug-2003
Liverpool visit Pittodrie as part of the Centenary celebrations. A capacity Pittodrie crowd are treated to some exhibition stuff from the visitors as Aberdeen go down 5-1.
October 01-Oct-2003
The climax to the Centenary Year with a Gala Dinner at the Aberdeen Conference and Exhibition Centre.
May 24-May-2004
After a disappointing season Aberdeen legend Willie Miller returns to the Pittodrie board as Steve Paterson is sacked. Within days Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood is engaged as the new Aberdeen manager.