On This Day
Saturday 30th September 1905
In a day that was to be remembered as 'Black Saturday' for Aberdeen. The first team were well beaten at Paisley as St Mirren won 4-2 while the Aberdeen reserves side that had promised so much were hammered 9-0 against hearts at Tynecastle in a 2nd XI Cup fixture.
Tuesday 30th September 1947
Former Aberdeen captain Jim Hermiston was born in Edinburgh. 'Hermit' as he became know was one of Eddie Turnbull's first signings from Bonnyrigg Rose. After playing in the Dons side that won the Scottish Cup in 1970, Hermiston took over as Aberdeen captain after Steve Murray joined Celtic in 1973. Following his omission from the Scotland squad for the 1974 World Cup, Hermiston announced he was retiring from the game in 1975 and took up a career with Grampian Police.
Wednesday 30th September 1970
European history was made in Budapest as Aberdeen became the first side to be eliminated after a first ever ECWC penalty shoot-out. Confusion reigned amongst the German officials as they were convinced that a third game was required between the Dons and Honved. It was Honved goalkeeper Bicskei who scored the decisive penalty to knock Aberdeen out of the competition. Earlier at two penalties each, Jim Forrest hit the bar with his effort to give the Hungarians the advantage.
Saturday 30th September 1972
Motherwell were destroyed by Aberdeen in the opening 20 minutes as the Dons swept into a 5-0 lead in a division one fixture. Joe Harper weighed in with three goals as Aberdeen eventually ran out 7-2 winners against a side that were undefeated in their previous five outings.
Wednesday 30th September 1981
Ipswich boss Bobby Robson claimed after the Dons first leg draw at Portman Road that Aberdeen could not play any better; he was wrong. In a memorable European night at Pittodrie, two second half goals from Peter Weir put Aberdeen through to the next round of the UEFA Cup after a 3-1 win.