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On This Day: 1 April

1916: A makeshift Aberdeen side still manage to run up five goals against hapless visitors Motherwell with 5,000 looking on.

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As a result of the recent war the Aberdeen Junior League was so badly depleted that the S.J.F.A. appealed for clubs to join in 1941. Hall and Co. were one of those who came forward. At this time the Hall and Co. shipyard employed many men who had been professional footballers prior to the war, and also several officials of the defunct Hawthorn F.C. Twelve workers attended the first meeting, when it was decided to form a football club. Mr William Watt, former secretary of Hawthorn, was appointed president, and Mr Fred Bradbrook, another former Hawthorn secretary, was given a similar post with the new club. A wise move was the appointment of the former Aberdeen defender, Charlie (Oor Ba') McGill, as player-coach.

 Hall's first season as a club was a brilliant one. They won the League championship and League Cup and were runners-up in the County and Duthie cups. In that season Hall's had ten senior or former senior players on their books - Charlie McGill, Fred Cox, Lenny Rae (Aberdeen), Joe Devine (Aberdeen and Queen's Park Rangers), Logie (Elgin City), Ritchie Smith, J. Bogan (Clyde), C. Lawrie (Forfar), J. Meres (Peterhead), J. Burnett (Fraserburgh). Another record Hall's can claim is the signing of five centre forwards in one season - all of them brilliant players They were Ernie Waldron (Aberdeen), lan Hay (Dundee United), John Burnett (Fraserburgh and Deveronvale), Peter Carrol (Banks o' Dee), Tim Carrol (St Clement's).

 Fortunes DeclinedThe club's fortunes declined in 1942-43. Departure of several players to the Forces and the transfer of Johnnie Dutch to Raith Rovers was partly to blame for this. Besides, pressure of work had compelled many of the committee to resign. Ernie Waldron followed Dutch to Raith Rovers, and Fred Bradbrook, who was now practically running the club by himself, went through a very stormy period. But 1943 saw the re-formation of the club. Mr Bradbrook resigned and the present officials took over. Mr Douglas Stephen, former Richmond F.C. official, was appointed president, and Mr Duncan McIntosh, an enthusiastic committee member, became secretary. It was at this point that the club really became attached to the firm of A Hall and Co. Mr W. T. Smith, managing director, was appointed hon. president. George Erskine, one-time Aberdeen and Hall, Russell's star, was recruited, and the team built around the centre half. 

Come-Back Was Slow The come-back was slow, however, and it was not until 1944-45 that further honours came their way. That season they won the McLeman Cup and were runners-up in the County Cup. Burnett and Stephen were transferred to Deveronvale, and later Johnny Dutch, who had been reinstated as a junior, was transferred to Fraserburgh, along with George Erskine. Left-back Bobby McGregor, a Fraserburgh lad, son of a former Morton player who is now manager of Fraserburgh, was travelling reserve for the Scottish Juniors against Ireland in 1945-46. Reputed to be the finest player ever on the club's books is Joe Devine. Dickie Grieve, left half, is named as the most promising youngster.

Source:The Press and Journal Tuesday April 1st, 1947



 A brief escape into spring and summer from the monotony of grey skies was provided for a large number of customers of Messrs Isaac Benzie, Ltd., Aberdeen, yesterday. With easy grace members of the staff went on an "Easter Parade" through the tearooms to display coming fashions in suits, coats and dresses and to prove that austerity has definitely gone from the world of clothes. The parade showed a refreshing distinctiveness of line as featured in the flared fullness, bishop sleeves, bold, decorative pockets and careful attention to detail. One of the most striking suits - costing £4 15/8 - was of a vivid red colour, with a pleated back and side-opening pockets Another, of grey striped flannel in classic style, had a cut-away front with round belt coming under the button-decorated pockets. 

Straight From U.S. A pointed collar tied at the front with black cord and with a single peak at the back was an unusual point in a beige and black coat costing 4/-. Straight from the United States came a pink silk crepe dress with a background of lovers knots and the merest suggestion of lace trimming at the neck. A golfing jacket drew admiring glances from sports fans in the audience. It was of red suede fitted snappily into the waist with a tie-belt and costing £8 9/-. All classes were catered for, from the toddler to the middle-aged woman, and the awkward "in-between" stages of the young girl. Climax of the parade was the appearance of a bride in white satin, attended by a bridesmaid in turquoise moss crepe and two small flower-girls in organdie dresses. Miss Lorna D Nicol gave a commentary of the parade.

Source : The Press and Journal Tuesday April 1st, 1947


1932: Daily Service Over Atlantic. DUE TO START IN THREE YEARS.
Bergen (Norway), Thursday.

Within three years the Shetland Islands may become one of the world's greatest air traffic centres. Judge Grimson, of Detroit, representing the Trans-American Airlines Corporation, is now on his way to Norway in connection with the projected Arctic air route, linking Europe and America.

Daily Service. After Norway, he will visit Iceland, the Shetland Islands, and London. A daily service is being planned each way across the Atlantic. It is due to start in 1935. The aeroplanes will fly from Detroit, across Canada and the Hudson Bay, to a point in Baffin Land, thence over Davis Strait to the west coast of Greenland, and so to Reykjavik, Iceland. The Iceland Government has recently granted the American Corporation a seventy-five-year concession under which the latter is authorised to make a base at Reykjavik and to fly over Iceland.

Routes Radiating.

From Reykjavik the routes from America will radiate to the Faroe Islands, Shetland, and Norway. The Shetland Islands will become the junction for the southerly routes to London and Paris. It is expected that via Shetland the Detroit-London air crossing will take only forty-eight hours. Triple-engined machines will be used, and separate aeroplanes will fly only one of the ten stages into which the route has been divided. - Reuter.

Claims of Aberdeen.

Mr T. M. Newbigging, interim secretary of the Aberdeen Aero Club, stated to the "Press and Journal" last night that he had heard nothing about this contemplated scheme. We would welcome being approached upon the subject, he said, in order that we might advance the claims of Aberdeen for being made an airport and for having, in the near future, an adequate aerodrome upon the ground that is so suitable near Dyce. The club would welcome any opportunity of securing an aerodrome for Aberdeen on satisfactory terms.

Great Future.

It may be recalled that the Master of Sempill, speaking at Aberdeen last Saturday, regretted the fact that there is no municipal aerodrome in or near the town, and urged that Aberdeen could not afford to neglect the provision of an air-park. He added that Aberdeen as an air-port had a great future, not only as a pioneer in air-parks in Scotland, but also in allowing for the development of services coupling up Scandinavia and the rest of Europe with Scotland.

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Friday April 1st, 1932



 Some startling revelations regarding the finances of Manchester United F.C. were made on Wednesday at a meeting of the English Football Association. Mr J. C. Clegg, Sheffield, presided. The report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Manchester United Club was printed on seven quarto pages. It traced the history of the club, and commenced by stating that the consent was given the club, according to the usual conditions, in place of the late Newton Heath Club, which was being wound up. From the report of the commission, presented to the council in 1904, it will seen that the club was not formed, but was solely financed and controlled by Mr John Henry Davies, who then undertook to receive no benefit from the club in excess of the interest or dividend allowable by the F.A. In 1907 the club was registered as a limited company, with a nominal capital of 15,000 shares of £1 each, but only 160 shares have been issued, held by Mr Davies(100) and six other gentlemen. No annual general meeting of the members was held last year, as required by the Companies Act, nor any return made to the Registrar of Joint-Stock Companies. These omissions rendered the company and every officer liable to heavy penalties.

With regard to the club refunding the money expended by Mr Davies, that gentleman stated that the amount due to him at April 30th, 1909, including interest at the rate of 5 per cent per aanum, was £9361 14s 6d as stated in the balance sheet. The financial doings of Mr Davies in connection with the club are closely gone into in the report, and with regard to the payments of £598 to Millward and Meredith between January and April, 1907, the commission is not satisfied that the amounts were paid on account of the club, nor did Mr Davies give any explanation of the payments to Mr Bentley, appearing in this action. A director is not entitled by rule to receive remuneration. The new ground at Old Trafford has been taken on lease from The Manchester Brewery Company, for nine years - some 24 acres, of which only some seven acres are needed for the football enclosure. The club has an option to purchase the seven-acre plot for £10,150, and another two-acre plot contained in the football enclosure, for 990 years at a yearly rent of £128, but the club has to keep the remaining fourteen acres until the brewery require it; in the meantime to pay an annual rent of £740; also, at the expiration of the lease the club will leave any erection if the brewery pay £100. In August 1909, the club's articles of association were altered without the sanction of the F.A. and under these debentures have been issued to the contractors who are erecting the new stand.


The recommendations of the commission, signed by Lord Kinnaird, Messrs. J.C. Clegg, C. Crump, D.B. Woolfall, John Lewis and J McKenna, are as follows :- The new ground at Old Trafford contains about ten acres. Having regard to the close associations between the club and the landlords, the brewery company, the opinion of an independent valuer should be obtained as to what is a fair rent to be paid by the club, and what is a reasonable amount of purchase money. The provision in the present lease for payment of an annual rent of £740 for the remaining 14 acres, which is of no use to the club, until the brewery require the land, and the undertaking to leave at the expiration of the lease the stands and buildings which have been erected by the club at a cost of over £18,000 upon payment by the brewery company of £100, are both unreasonable. The terms of lease and purchase require to be rearranged before public are asked to subscribe capital.

The club is now, as in 1904, practically W. Davies's club, being managed and controlled by him and his nominees. The commission are of opinion that the management had been extravagant. No attempt has been made to reduce the liabilities to Mr Davies so that the club could be put upon the usual basis of management and control in pursuance of the undertakings given by Mr Davies in August, 1904, that the public should not be asked to contribute any capital to meet the present liabilities beyond the value of the present assets. This value should be ascertained by an independent valuer, and approved by the Football Association. If there is any deficiency at the present time, it should be discharged by the present management. The club should now be properly constituted and managed in accordance with the requirements of the Football Association. Lord Kinnathe ird moved the adoption of report, which was carried, and the club ordered to comply with the recommendations without delay, and to pay the expenses incident to the commission.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Friday April 1st 1910

Born on this Day
1987 Andrew Considine Central Defender Age: 36
1969 Dean Windass Forward Age: 54
1951 Dom Sullivan Outside Right Age: 72
1976 Kevin Christie Central Defender Age: 47
1963 Tommy McQueen Left back Age: 60
2000 David Dangana Forward Age: 23
1985 Peter Hamilton Goalkeeper Age: 38
1984 Craig Samson Goalkeeper Age: 39
Died on this Day
1994 Ernie Waldron Centre Forward  
1950 Sam Willox Right Back  
Aberdeen Results on 1 April
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
2023 St. Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen Scottish Premiership McDiarmid Park, Perth 6,001
2006 Inverness CT 0-1 Aberdeen SPL Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Click here to watch the Highlights of Inverness CT v Aberdeen now on RedTV (Subscription Required) 7,368
2001 Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 16,067
2000 Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers SPL Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 16,521
1996 Celtic 5-0 Aberdeen Premier Division Celtic Park, Glasgow 35,284
1995 Aberdeen 0-1 Kilmarnock Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 14,041
1989 Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 16,700
1981 Aberdeen 3-1 Partick Thistle Premier Division Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 7,650
1980 Kilmarnock 0-4 Aberdeen Premier Division Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 5,000
1978 Celtic 2-2 Aberdeen Premier Division Celtic Park, Glasgow 24,000
1972 Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tynecastle, Edinburgh 7,189
1967 Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United Scottish Cup SF Dens Park, Dundee 41,500
1961 Dundee United 3-3 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) Tannadice Park, Dundee 5,000
1950 Aberdeen 1-2 Falkirk Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1944 Aberdeen 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic Mitchell Cup PR1 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,000
1940 Raith Rovers 4-1 Aberdeen Regional League East Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy
1939 Aberdeen 4-3 Queen of the South Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 5,000
1934 Brideville Select 2-3 Aberdeen Benefit Match Dalymount Park, Dublin
1925 Aberdeen 2-0 Hamilton Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 6,000
1922 Aberdeen 1-3 Morton Scottish Cup SF Dens Park, Dundee 23,000
1916 Aberdeen 5-0 Motherwell Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 5,000
1911 Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 9,000
1905 Falkirk 0-0 Aberdeen Div 2 (Old) Brockville Park, Falkirk 1,000
1899 Orion 5-1 The Aberdeen Rhodesia Cup Cattofield, Aberdeen
1899 Inverurie 4-4 Victoria United Friendly
1893 The Aberdeen 6-2 Forfar Athletic Northern League Chanonry, Aberdeen
1893 Victoria United 4-2 Cowdenbeath Friendly Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
1893 Orion 2-2 Battlefield Friendly Central Park, Aberdeen