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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 - 19:29
the fearless aberdonian
the remarkable story of peter craigmyle
Monday, 27 June 2022 - 13:49
chanonry remembered
a new plaque to visit.
Tuesday, 19 April 2022 - 19:45
emerald isle tour 2022
hitting the road again for afc heritage.
Saturday, 30 October 2021 - 11:59
john callander
one of our own
Saturday, 31 July 2021 - 10:34
the football rally
no social media in 1907 but when dons' fans wanted to get geed up for the new season they always had the printed word:
Sunday, 16 May 2021 - 10:53
there's a time to shop
trust fundraising online store
Friday, 15 January 2021 - 14:00
remembering donald colman
afc heritage trust remembers donald colman, hall of fame member and inventor of the dugout.
Sunday, 17 May 2020 - 10:33
aberdeen football club grounds pre-pittodrie
where the dons' victorian forebears played.

by jock gardiner, scottish editor of groundtastic
Sunday, 15 March 2020 - 14:28
new addition to the aberdeen collection
pictures by the thousand.
Tuesday, 03 December 2019 - 13:20
the red army
a cracking book at any time of the year.
Friday, 23 August 2019 - 16:52
tale of a ticket
a good deed in 1954
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 - 15:27
halliday for the scottish football hall of fame
time to get a superb goalscorer and great manager national recognition.
Monday, 15 July 2019 - 15:41
dating the dugout
donald colman's innovation
Saturday, 08 June 2019 - 12:47
mission complete - bob and jock cover the grounds
32 in 32 becomes 44 in 39.5
Friday, 26 April 2019 - 08:20
bob and jock ready to go again
#afc32in32 - 32 grounds in 32 hours for the heritage trustees
Monday, 25 March 2019 - 14:00
new plaque at pittodrie as part of heritage trail
new plaque at pittodrie as part of dons' heritage trail project.
Monday, 07 January 2019 - 16:27
that's why they call them "the dons"
Saturday, 01 December 2018 - 12:38
news of the day
more historical snippets coming from afc heritage trust.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 11:15
remembering aberdeen association fc
afc heritage trust remembers the foundation of the aberdeen association football club
Aberdeen Association Founders Plaque
Monday, 30 July 2018 - 14:31
afc former players annual golf outing 2018
event to be held at craibstone golf course 14th sep
Friday, 13 July 2018 - 19:51
aberdeen captain shot dead
fundraiser turns to disaster.
Aberdeen's First Badge
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 - 16:54
fundraising fans to help the heritage trust
aberdeen fc superfans to visit 18 highland league clubs in 18 hours to raise funds for new museum
AFC18in18 logo
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 15:29
numbers on the front
the definitive story of the washington whips 1967
Thursday, 09 November 2017 - 20:02
armistice day 2017
event at pittodrie
Sunday, 08 October 2017 - 16:25
numbers on the front
the story of the washington whips
Saturday, 19 August 2017 - 13:39
jimmy philip lecture
ref who became manager
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - 10:31
female footballers in aberdeen
first women's football in the granite city?
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 11:27
lady footballers at pittodrie

fine display by dick kerr's xi

plucky display by aberdeen team

Friday, 14 April 2017 - 17:34
a fanzine story
thirty years old this year - the northern light and its heirs
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 15:51
one for the statos
lennie loses a goal
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 - 10:50
prized programme gifted to afc heritage
rare programme from aberdeen's first european away match added to the aberdeen collection
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 - 18:05
big red quiz 2016
come and have a go if you think you're red enough!
Saturday, 03 September 2016 - 10:36
peacock add to the aberdeen collection
the dons and pink floyd come together on the peacock stand at the aaf
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 - 18:39
jimmy philip medal
jimmy gains a canadian gift
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 - 16:21
whips remembered
special memento of the washington whips team.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 20:01
tales from the dugout
a collection of sometimes ribald football stories about what goes on in dugouts across the country.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 15:34
armistice day at pittodrie
2015 commemoration
Remembrance Poppy
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 14:44
big red quiz 2015
annual challenge to find the reddest fans around!
Sunday, 06 September 2015 - 14:42
if goalposts could talk
the life and times of inverurie locomotive works football club
by david r. fasken
Sunday, 30 August 2015 - 17:40
graham leggat - star of the a. f. c.
always a hero
Saturday, 01 August 2015 - 16:17
opening day 1899
language, gentlemen, please!
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 16:44
historic poster revealed
afc heritage and buckie thistle rescue a shared piece of aberdeenshire cup history
Monday, 10 November 2014 - 16:25
armistice day at pittodrie
the sixth annual commemoration to remember aberdeen fc's war dead to be held.
Monday, 13 October 2014 - 11:53
vintage boots discovered
a pair of football boots dating to 1904 to go on show at pittodrie.
Saturday, 11 October 2014 - 11:59
big red quiz a big red success
knowledgeable dons fans help raise funds for afc heritage
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 20:34
big red quiz night
show off your dandy knowledge and help the funds of the afc heritage trust - friday 10th october 2014.
come and have a go if you think you know enough!
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 16:54
a view on football
aberdeen under the football fiend. (by an occasional)
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 12:59
a new display for the latest trophy
dons' fans help to get the league cup on show at pittodrie
Monday, 31 March 2014 - 14:02
coca-cola bike winner announced
stephen's bike goes north
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 13:56
happy real birthday aberdeen
aberdonian football hits 132 years old.
numbers on the front

08 October 2017 16:25

It's 1967, and amid the massive global cultural changes going on, the social upheaval, the attempted reordering of society's priorities and a swift but bloody war in Israel, the United States tried out football. They called it soccer. Philistines.

Every self-respecting Dons fan knows something of the Washington Whips. At the very least they know that back in 1967 the Club undertook an unusual North American tour and became the representatives of Washington DC in the inaugural season of the North American Soccer League.
This was a tour like no other, and the Dons players and management were to experience an adventure like no other summertime football trip that Aberdeen have undertaken.

Back in the North East of Scotland that summer, a young loon in Keith was trying very hard to contain his excitement and to follow the exploits of his heroes through the local papers. No internet, no television nor radio cover, just whatever column inches the Evening Express and the Press & Journal chose to offer in the subject. Follow it he did, with a passion and enthusiasm that never dimmed, to the extent that in late 1996 he began to research and write up the whole story, completing it just as the thirtieth anniversary of the final was played. The project, very much from a fan?s point of view, included personal conversations with many of the Aberdeen players who had made the trip and in particular a detailed interview with Eddie Turnbull, who shared many insights and assessments of the whole thing. Much of that material has, until now, never been seen by fans and it is fitting that David Innes's book, including present-day updates, Numbers on the Front is published in the fiftieth anniversary year of that legendary visit. It was a tour where the Dons, as the Whips, came up against many challenging opponents, and ultimately took on Wolverhampton Wanderers in Los Angeles to play off the final of the tournament in what American broadcasters described as the greatest final ever seen. The match is famous not only for the many goals scored by each side, but for its fire and passion - often turning into a powerfully physical contest with punches thrown and rivals chased on to the terraces.

No other football club has ever before nor since been able to include the President of the United States amongst its season ticket holders, but the story of LBJ meeting Eddie Turnbull is in the book. Detailed match reports form all of the Whips games, and a great deal of coverage of the other teams involved, fill many pages. What the players got up to, how they travelled, their views on their treatment and on the unusual venues for some of the games, are all in there. All written with humour and topical references to colour the well-informed account of a great adventure.

Numbers on the Front can be bought from the Club Shop at Pittodrie for 7.95 or by mail order from the AFC Heritage Trust for 9.50 - post paid - using the PayPal Donate button on our home page can be used to place an order, or you can write to us AFC Heritage Trust, c/o Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, AB24 5QH

AFC Heritage Trust is a charity run by supporters for the benefit of supporters. Every penny of the proceeds from the book will go towards supporting The Aberdeen Collection and the planning of our Heritage Museum.

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THERE ARE VARYING VIEWS as to whether professional football will take on in America now that the Dons and the other clubs who were taken over there to boost the game have returned home. One man who seems to have doubts about the game really catching on is Steve Guback, staff writer on the "Washington Post." But he gives Eddie Turnbull's Dons full marks for their efforts.
Here are extracts from a recent article: "They'll be gone but hardly forgotten. That's the rub, and the encore for 1968 becomes a staggering task.
"It's obvious that the league next year will drop drastically in the calibre of play. Teams like Aberdeen gave American fans a fleeting glimpse of world-class soccer. It was just enough to whet the appetite.
"Getting new fans was this year's problem. Keeping the old ones becomes an added ?68 task. Will the hard core, the long-time knowledgeable ones here, come out next year when the calibre of play drops? Who knows?
"A few of the current Whips players say frankly that they wouldn't mind some day giving American soccer a fulltime whirl. But others like 18-year-old Martin Buchan, know what home-sickness Is and want no part of an American career.
"The way the Scottish lads from Aberdeen captivated the Washington fans who saw them play makes It clear the Whips would have no soccer problem if they could keep this team.
"But the Whips and the Dons parted ways in Los Angeles, sadly. A little bit of America has rubbed off on them, but a lot of their fiery championship brand of soccer rubbed off on us. And that, for a city not accustomed to winners, will be awfully hard to top."

Evening Express 22nd July 1967