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Monday, 27 June 2022 - 13:49
chanonry remembered
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Tuesday, 19 April 2022 - 19:45
emerald isle tour 2022
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Saturday, 30 October 2021 - 11:59
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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
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Friday, 15 January 2021 - 14:00
remembering donald colman
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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.
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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
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 15:29
numbers on the front
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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
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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
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 - 18:39
jimmy philip medal
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Tuesday, 07 June 2016 - 16:21
whips remembered
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 20:01
tales from the dugout
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 15:34
armistice day at pittodrie
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 14:44
big red quiz 2015
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Sunday, 06 September 2015 - 14:42
if goalposts could talk
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Sunday, 30 August 2015 - 17:40
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Saturday, 01 August 2015 - 16:17
opening day 1899
language, gentlemen, please!
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 16:44
historic poster revealed
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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
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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
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Monday, 31 March 2014 - 14:02
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 13:56
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Friday, 14 February 2014 - 11:47
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08 May 2018 16:54

Two football superfans are embarking on an incredible journey that will see them visit the 18 Highland League grounds in just 18 hours to raise funds for their beloved football club.

Jock Gardiner and Bob Bain, both well-known businessmen in Aberdeen, will take on the challenge this July to raise funds for the Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust, of which they are both charitable trustees. Between them they have attended thousands of Aberdeen FC matches over the last 45 years, and the funds raised from their journey will be used to create a museum and learning centre at the club's proposed new Aberdeen Stadium. Donations will be accepted through the AFC Heritage Trust's JustGiving page, accessible at

Bob says, "Aberdeen Football Club has a strong connection to the Highland League. Many players start their career in the Highland teams before 'graduating' to the Premier League with Aberdeen. Likewise, many former Aberdeen players choose to play out the final years of their careers in the Highlands. It's fantastic to be able to highlight that vital link and celebrate all it has afforded both Aberdeen and the Highland League teams."

Jock adds, "As trustees of the AFC Heritage Trust, it's important to us to celebrate the history and legacy of Aberdeen FC and its players. And what better way to recognise the club's connection with the Highland League than by visiting all 18 clubs in one day?! We hope that by making this pilgrimage to Highland stadia, we can highlight the amazing history of Aberdeen FC - and its Highland League connections - in order to raise much-needed funds for the AFC Heritage Trust museum and learning centre project."

Starting at Cove Rangers' new Balmoral Stadium, the journey will take Bob and Jock 547 miles through the Highlands, snaking their way through some of the country's most stunning scenery to end up at Wick Academy FC's Harmsworth Park. On their journey, they will visit each of the 18 Highland league grounds on a specially-planned route.

By all accounts, Jock shouldn't be an Aberdeen FC fan. He says, "My parents are both from Edinburgh - half the family supported Hearts and half Hibs, but from a young age my affections were always for the Dandy Dons.
"My favourite team as a child growing up in the Lake District was Manchester United, so when I moved to Scotland I started supporting Aberdeen - as they played in the same red-coloured strip. My favourite Man U players at the time, Martin Buchan and Denis Law, also hailed from Aberdeen.
"I used to travel up to see the Dons play as much as I could on the East Central 1903 supporters bus, and when it came time to apply for university there was really only one choice for me - the Granite City, just so I could see Aberdeen play at Pittodrie every second week."

For Bob, his memories of visiting his first football matches at Aberdeen's Pittodrie Stadium are as vivid as his most recent. He explains, "I attended my first Aberdeen game in March 1974. I can still remember the excitement of stepping out onto the South Terrace, as it was known then, and watching over the heads of the crowd as my dad held me up high. From the moment I first stepped into Pittodrie I fell in love with the club.

"Since 1975, when the Premier League was founded, I've only missed 22 first team home games - none voluntarily - and I've also been to a large percentage of the away games over the years. I'm an Aberdeen die-hard through and through - there's no doubt about it."

Part of the trip is sponsored by independent accountancy firm Hall Morrice, of which Bob Bain is managing partner. Transport for the trip has also been supplied by Eddie Morrison of Morrison Motors, Turriff.

Follow Bob and Jock's journey on social media using the hashtag #AFC18in18. For more information about the AFC Heritage Trust, and to donate to the JustGiving page JustGiving/AFCHT
where you can add GiftAid, or visit
for a link to PayPal.

Thank you fellow Dandies.