Milestones & Records
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everton become the first English team to visit the Granite City winning 3-1 in a Pittodrie friendly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alex Merrie helps himself to six goals in Aberdeen's 7-0 rout of Hibernian at Pittodrie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surprise choice Dave Halliday takes over as new manager. Halliday was chosen from more than 100 applicants as he arrives from Yeovil.
Aberdeen change from their traditional Black & Gold strip to a red and white one for the visit of Queens Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pittodrie attracts a record 43,800 for the visit or Rangers. Archie Kelly scores the Dons goal in a 1-1 draw.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luton Town visit Pittodrie to officially bring floodlight football to Aberdeen. A young Dons team beat their English visitors 3-2.
Dave Shaw steps down as manager and reverts to his trainers' role. Tommy Pearson takes over with immediate effect.
Lowly Raith Rovers knock Aberdeen out of the Scottish Cup at the quarter final stage with a late goal at Kirkcaldy.
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.
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.
The first signs of recovery as Aberdeen take Rangers to a second game in the League Cup semi final.
Aberdeen change to an all red strip for the first time.
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.
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.
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.
The old enclosure at Pittodrie has gone as new seating is installed in what is now known as the Main Stand.
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.
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.
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.
Pat Stanton becomes the first player to score against Aberdeen after 12 consecutive shut outs for Dons keeper Bobby Clark-a British record.
Fire destroys part of the Main Stand at Pittodrie as the dressing rooms and club offices are ruined.
The League title stays with Celtic after the 'decider' at Pittodrie ends in a 1-1 draw.
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.
Captain Martin Buchan is sold to Manchester Utd in a record £125,000 deal.
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.
One Dons legend goes while another arrives. At Cappielow against Morton Zoltan Varga bows out while Willie Miller makes his first team debut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pittodrie becomes the first all-seated stadium in Britain after the South Terrace is fitted out with bench type seating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last trophy to have eluded Alex Ferguson is won after the Dons beat Hibernian 3-0 in the League Cup Final at Hampden.
The Dons go out on away goals to IFK Gothenburg in the quarter finals of the European Cup.
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.
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.
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.
Aberdeen appoint Alex Smith and Jocky Scott as co-managers with Drew Jarvie as assistant.
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.
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.
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.
Jocky Scott jumps ship after a UEFA Cup defeat against BK Copenhagen. Unrest on the terraces as Alex Smith comes under increasing pressure.
Willie Miller takes over as Aberdeen manager after Alex Smith is sacked. Miller promises to instill some fight back in to the team.
The old Beach End plays host to its last game before making way for the new Richard Donald Stand.
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.
The new £4.5m Richard Donald Stand is opened as Clydebank come north for a League Cup tie.
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.
Aberdeen survive by the narrowest of margins after winning both legs of the first ever Premier League Play off against Dunfermline.
Aberdeen splash out a club record £1m on Oldham's Scottish international Paul Bernard.
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.
Roy Aitken and coach Tommy Craig sacked after disastrous run. Alex Miller takes over a month later with Paul Hegarty as assistant.
Craig Hignett joins the Dons from Middlesbrough and is reported to be the highest earner in the history of the club.
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.
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.
Aberdeen lose out 2-0 to a superior Celtic in the CIS Cup Final. Thomas Solberg is sent off.
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.
Aberdeen return to European football after finishing in 4th place in the league.
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.
Steve Paterson and Duncan Shearer take over at Pittodrie as Ebbe Skovdahls' reign comes to an end.
The Dons Centenary Year begins with a battling 1-1 draw against Celtic at Pittodrie.
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.
The climax to the Centenary Year with a Gala Dinner at the Aberdeen Conference and Exhibition Centre.
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.