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March 14, 2019 4:44 pm Author: Malcolm Panton (Red Matchday Editor)


In Saturday’s Red Matchday Magazine we pay tribute to our heroes who have defeated Rangers now for a third time this season. There is an interview with youngster Dean Campbell who really did come of age in Glasgow this past week:

“Everyone wants to play for the first team and I am no exception. I want to get more minutes, but I always knew this season it was going to be a challenge as there are top players ahead of me. All I can do is get my head down and work hard and try and impress through training and the games I play in the reserves. It is down to me, and me only, to get to where I want to be, just as Scott has shown over the last 18 months.

“I have to work as hard as I can and bring a level of performance into everything I do. Whether it be playing for the reserves on a Monday afternoon in front of a few people or playing at a full Celtic Park or Ibrox, you have to be at your best, with the right attitude, all the time. You are always being monitored and you need to always impress.”

Plus skipper Graeme Shinnie who certainly enjoyed Tuesday night but is keen to turn the attentions back to the League:

“We are happy to have gone toe to toe with Celtic and Rangers and come away with two good results, but our home form needs to improve, and that starts on Saturday.

“Performances at Pittodrie haven’t been all that we would want since the winter break and the results in the league over the last few games certainly have not been good enough.”

Add we also speak to on loan striker Bruce Anderson, who was in the Aberdeen end of Tuesday and who’s goals have helped Dunfermline move from the relegation zone to the play-off spots:

“It has been a great season for me, getting to play and score in the Aberdeen first team. But I’m not happy with just that. I want to keep working hard and want to get better. Hopefully I can come back to Aberdeen full of confidence and a better player.

“I want to be an Aberdeen player. That is the long-term goal so hopefully when I come back for pre-season training, I can hit the ground running.”

As always there are all the usual features, columnists and historic articles.

The Cover Story

Saturday’s retro cover by Dolly Digital is inspired by the programmes from the 1972-73 season.

It was a season that was anything but dull but would ultimately end in disappointment.

Manager Jimmy Bonthrone had already had to deal with the departure of Martin Buchan to Manchester United and would now have to try and cope with the loss of record goalscorer Joe Harper half way through the season. What made the decision to sell Joe even harder to take for Aberdeen fans, was the fact he had formed a brilliant partnership with Drew Jarvie. Thankfully the two players would be reunited later in the decade.

Joe’s departure did lead to the arrival of Zoltan Varga, the finest foreign import ever to play for the club. He would go and light up the winter months of 1973 with skills that had never been seen before in the Scottish game. Bonthrone would also give a debut to young striker by the name of Willie Miller.
Aberdeen would finish the league season in fourth position, two points behind Hibs who were third and a distant 14 points behind Champions Celtic. Worth remembered two season before the Dons had pushed Celtic all the way in the title race. The Parkhead side would also knock the Dons out of the both cup competitions.

High spots:
Drew Jarvie joins Dons in club record £72,000 transfer from Airdrie.
Harper-Jarvie partnership off to a flier with twelve out of 19 League Cup goals. They would go on and score four hat-tricks between them and Jarvie would finish top scorer with 28 goals.
Remarkable 8-0 win over Falkirk in League Cup, all goals coming in second half.
Zoltan Varga joins Dons from Hertha Berlin following bribery scandal in Germany.
Star-studded Manchester Utd are swept aside in Dons’ 5-2 friendly victory.
Willie Miller makes his first appearance as a substitute in the last game v Morton.
Brechin City welcomed the Dons in Scottish Cup before a record 8,123 Glebe Park crowd.
Joe Harper scores on his Scotland debut against Denmark in Copenhagen.
Bobby Clark earns further caps v Denmark and England.
Aberdeen ’A’ win the Reserve League Championship and the Reserve League Cup.

Low points:
Transfer of Joe Harper to Everton for £180,000 fee in December.
First ever-European defeat at Pittodrie against Borussia MG.
Remarkable comeback against Borussia is futile, on account of three late goals in Nuremberg.
Hibernian win the League Cup despite the Dons defeating them 4-1 in the section.
2-3 defeat in League Cup semi-final at Hampden against Celtic after taking 2-1 lead.


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