Red Matchday 2021/22 | Issue 01 Information
As ever the Red Matchday team have been busy during the summer, planning and designing the new look programme for the 2021/22 campaign. And we are going to try and shake things up a bit this season as we look to make the magazine even better.
Curtis Sport will be producing the AFC programme once again. Throughout the season supporters will be available to buy copies from the AFC Club shop.
Issue 01 is a special edition as on Thursday night the Dons create fresh history as they head into a new UEFA competition and become one of the first clubs to have played in seven senior European competitions – the European Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup, European Super Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League and now the UEFA Europa Conference.
Aberdeen first entered European competition in 1967 where they competed in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, Europe’s competition for the various domestic cup winners. A year later, the Dons played the first of their four Inter-Cities Fairs Cup ties the competition that was the forerunner to the UEFA Cup (1971) and the Europa League (2009). The Fairs Cup, which started back in 1955, was the brainchild of former FIFA Vice President Ernst Thommen, from the Italian FA. In the formative years the cup was organised by FIFA and that did not change until UEFA took ownership in 1971 with the UEFA Cup coming into being. It was set up to promote European trade fairs. Friendly games were arranged around these fairs and that was how the competition evolved. In the early years, there was no real qualifying criteria, only that competing sides needed to be from cities where these fairs were held. The competition had a one club, one city rule up until 1968, whereafter teams qualified by virtue of league position.
Aberdeen qualified for the 1968/69 competition after a fourth place finish the previous season. The first tie was against Slavia Sofia, a first trip behind the Iron Curtain. Trips to the eastern bloc were invariably fraught with difficulties and the Dons had more than the usual hassles to contend with. Five days before the Dons were due to fly to Sofia, Soviet tanks invaded Czechoslovakia, turning up the heat in the Cold War. The political turmoil that followed forced UEFA to redraw the ties in the European and Cup Winners’ Cups, but the Fairs Cup draw remained, and Aberdeen were forced to travel.
In that first leg in the searing heat of Sofia, manager Turnbull made a tactical switch that was to have long reaching consequences for the club. Martin Buchan had flirted with first team football since breaking into the side two years ago and now was deployed in a deep defensive role behind Tom McMillan. Defending in depth away from home was no crime and they soaked up wave after wave of attack and held out for a 0-0 draw. Buchan was outstanding and the new ‘sweeper’ position would be one he would hold with distinction.
The return at Pittodrie was perhaps the first of the famed ‘European Nights’. Two Aberdeen goals in an all-out attacking display of pace and power saw progress against a side that had a far greater European pedigree.
As well as the full story of the Dons Fairs Cup adventures, Red Matchday 01 is packed with exclusive interviews and features which include a look back at our visits to Gothenburg in 1983 and 1986. There is also an in depth look at our Swedish opponents.
No Ground Sale on Thursday
Please note, unfortunately due to the restrictions surrounding the UEFA Europa Conference League game against BK Hacken, sadly we will not be able to sell programmes in and around the ground on Thursday night ahead of the big match.
We will advise when these restrictions have been lifted, hopefully it won’t be too long before we have our hard working sellers back at Pittodrie along with all the Red Army.
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