Aberdeen Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Aberdeen, Scotland. They compete in the Scottish Premiership and have never been relegated from the top division of the Scottish football league system since they were promoted in 1905, despite twice finishing within the relegation zone. Aberdeen have won four Scottish league titles, seven Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups. They are also the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, having won the European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983.
|Full name||Aberdeen Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Dons, The Dandies, The Reds|
|Founded||14 April 1903|
|2019–20||Scottish Premiership, 4th of 12|
Formed in 1903 as a result of the amalgamation of three clubs from Aberdeen, they rarely challenged for honours until the post war decade, when they won each of the major Scottish trophies under manager Dave Halliday. This level of success was surpassed in the 1980s, when, under the management of Alex Ferguson, they won three league titles, four Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup, alongside the two European trophies. Aberdeen were the last club outside the Old Firm to win a league title, in 1984–85, and also the last Scottish team to win a European trophy. The team has enjoyed less success since this golden era, though a 19-year wait for a major trophy was ended by winning the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup, followed up by multiple second-place finishes behind Celtic in the league during the 2010s.
Aberdeen have played at Pittodrie Stadium since their inception. The ground currently has a capacity of 20,866 and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom. Pittodrie was also the first football stadium to feature a dug-out, an invention of player and coach Donald Colman.
The club's colours have been primarily red and white since 1939; before this, they played in black and gold vertical stripes. In modern times, Aberdeen have almost exclusively played with all-red strips with white detailing. Aberdeen attract support from the city and surrounding areas, as they have no geographically close rivals. Lacking a local competitor, Aberdeen have instead developed rivalries with more distant opponents such as Dundee United (collectively known as the "New Firm" in the 1980s) and Rangers.
Formation and early years (1903–1939)Edit
The current Aberdeen F.C. was formed following the merger of three clubs based in the city—Aberdeen, Victoria United and Orion—in 1903. The new club played its first match on 15 August 1903: a 1–1 draw with Stenhousemuir. That first season produced a win in the Aberdeenshire Cup, but only a third-place finish in the Northern League. The club applied for membership of the Scottish League for the following season, and were elected to the Second Division.
In 1904, the club were managed by Jimmy Philip. At the end of its first season, despite having finished seventh out of twelve teams, Aberdeen were elected to the new, expanded First Division. They have remained in the top tier of Scottish football ever since. From 1906, the club made steady progress, with a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance in 1908 and another in 1911. In that season of 1910–11, Aberdeen recorded their first victories over the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers, and led the league for a time, but finished the season in second place.
Wartime affected the club as much as any other; despite spending cuts and other economies, by 1917 the situation became untenable. Aberdeen dropped out of competitive football, along with Dundee and Raith Rovers. Senior football returned on 16 August 1919, and Aberdeen resumed with a fixture against Albion Rovers. Philip was still in charge, and continued to oversee a team capable of isolated good results, but never quite able to sustain a challenge long enough to win a trophy. In 1923, Aberdeen were drawn against Peterhead in the Scottish Cup, and posted their record score—a 13–0 victory. Philip retired a year later, and was replaced as manager by Paddy Travers. He presided over the team's first Scottish Cup final in 1937.
Travers' "trainer"—first team coach in modern parlance—was former player Donald Colman. Colman conceived the dug-out, a covered area set slightly below the level of the playing surface to better aid his observations. Everton visited Pittodrie soon after its introduction, and exported the idea to the English leagues, from where it spread throughout the football-playing world. Travers left to become manager of Clyde in 1939.
Halliday to McNeill (1939–1978)Edit
Travers was replaced by former Yeovil Town manager Dave Halliday, one of more than a hundred applicants for the role, and the club moved from their black and gold strip to red and white. Halliday had barely begun his work when World War II halted competitive football in the United Kingdom. For these six years, the club was temporarily taken over by then-directors Charles B Forbes and George Anderson while Halliday served in the war.
Halliday's place in the Aberdeen Hall of Fame was secured after the war when he became the first manager to bring national trophies to Pittodrie. Aberdeen won the Southern League Cup in the 1945–46 season, defeating Rangers 3–2 at Hampden. They then reached the 1947 Scottish Cup final, defeating Hibernian 2–1 with George Hamilton, signed from Halliday's former club Queen of the South, scoring to gain the club's first major trophy. From this early success, Halliday's side reached two more Scottish Cup finals, in 1953 and 1954, though they lost both. Halliday's team were not to be denied, however, and the following season, 1954–55, Aberdeen won their first Scottish League title. Though league winners, the club did not participate in the first European Cup competition—Scotland's place was awarded to Hibernian, who took part by special invitation.
Halliday and Hamilton left at the end of that championship-winning season, and Halliday was replaced by Davie Shaw. Aberdeen won the League Cup under his guidance, beating St Mirren in 1955–56, and reached another Scottish Cup final in 1959. However, Shaw stepped aside for another former favourite player, Tommy Pearson, in 1959. Pearson's time in charge coincided with a high turnover of players, and yielded no trophies. He retired in 1965, making way for Eddie Turnbull.
Turnbull led Aberdeen to the 1967 Scottish Cup final, where the side was ultimately defeated by Celtic. Despite this loss, Aberdeen qualified for the European Cup Winner's Cup in the following season thanks to their appearance in this final, the first time the club had competed in European competition. Their first tie was a 14–1 aggregate victory over KR Reykjavik, although they lost the second round tie with Standard Liège 3–2 on aggregate. Two years later, Derek "Cup-tie" McKay recorded the only four goals of his Aberdeen career to help his team to the 1969–70 Scottish Cup, scoring the winning goals in the quarter- and semi final, and two in the final itself. As Scottish Cup holders, Aberdeen once again qualified for the same competition, but were eliminated in the first round following a 4–4 aggregate tie with Honvéd. This tie, level after extra time and also level on away goals, was decided by the first penalty shoot-out in UEFA competition history, Honvéd winning the shootout 5–4 in Budapest.
The Aberdeen side of the 1970s regularly challenged for domestic honours. However, they rarely won trophies, with the exception of the Drybrough Cup in 1971 under Jimmy Bonthrone and the League Cup in 1976, under Ally MacLeod. During this decade, Aberdeen had five managers: Eddie Turnbull, Jimmy Bonthrone, Ally MacLeod, Billy McNeill and Alex Ferguson. They reached two more national cup finals—the Scottish Cup in 1978 under Billy McNeill and the League Cup in the following season under the new manager Alex Ferguson.
Alex Ferguson era (1978–1986)Edit
Under Ferguson's guidance, the club won three league championships, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, the European Cup Winner's Cup, the European Super Cup and a Drybrough Cup—all in the space of seven years. Players such as Jim Leighton, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish and Gordon Strachan became the backbone of the team. Aberdeen's second League title was won in 1979–80, and this initial success was built on, with Scottish Cup wins in three successive seasons from 1982 to 1984, and two more league titles in 1983–84 and 1984–85.
During the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, Aberdeen beat FC Sion, Dinamo Tirana and Lech Poznań to face the German Cup winners Bayern Munich. This game was won 3–2 at Pittodrie after a goalless draw in Germany, John Hewitt with the winning goal. They then faced now-defunct Belgian club Waterschei in the semi-final. Aberdeen beat them 5–1 at home, and lost for the first time in the tournament, 1–0 away, resulting in an aggregate victory which sent Aberdeen to the final. On 11 May 1983, Aberdeen beat Real Madrid 2–1 after extra time to win the cup and become only the third Scottish side to win a European trophy. The club released a song, "European Song", to coincide with the appearance in the final. This was followed up with the capture of the European Super Cup in December, when Hamburger SV were beaten over two legs.
Aberdeen reached the semi-finals of the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup, before losing to Porto 2–0 on aggregate. In the first round of the 1984–85 European Champion Club's Cup Aberdeen lost to East Berlin side BFC Dynamo in a penalty shoot-out 4–5, following a 3–3 on aggregate in regular times. Today, both clubs enjoy friendly relations.
Aberdeen signed new co-managers in 1989, pairing Alex Smith and Jocky Scott. A number of foreign players were signed, including Dutch internationals Theo Snelders and Hans Gillhaus. In the 1989–90 season, the club won both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup. In 1991, they lost the last game of the season, and the league title, to Rangers. Former player Willie Miller took over in 1992 and presided over two seasons where Aberdeen came close to winning the title. However, the club ended the 1994–95 season second-bottom, and had to rely on a play-off victory over Dunfermline Athletic to retain their Premier Division status. Miller was sacked in February 1995, and replaced by Roy Aitken. Despite a Scottish League Cup success in 1995, the club continued to struggle. Alex Miller and Paul Hegarty had spells in charge in the late 1990s, but with the financial burden of a new stand putting the club into debt for the first time in its history, the directors turned to Stewart Milne, a local businessman whose firm had built the stand, hiring him as the club's chairman.
Skovdahl to Brown (1999–2013)Edit
Aberdeen's first and only foreign manager, Ebbe Skovdahl, was appointed in 1999 and his time in charge coincided with some of the heaviest defeats in the club's history. The low point of the club's history came in the 1999–2000 season, where they finished bottom of the table. As the Scottish Premier League was being expanded to twelve teams, there was then a three team play-off. However, as Falkirk's stadium did not meet SPL requirements, Aberdeen retained their status in the top flight. This was followed by an early-season defeat to Ireland's Bohemian F.C. on the away goals rule in the next season's UEFA Cup.
Steve Paterson was appointed to replace Skovdahl following his resignation in 2002, but lasted only two seasons. Paterson's tenure with Aberdeen was marred by his addiction to alcohol. In March 2003 he failed to attend a home game against Dundee due to being too hungover after a night of drinking prior to the match.
Jimmy Calderwood took over in 2004 and Aberdeen posted more consistent results than in previous seasons. In the 2006–07 season, the club finished in third place in the league and entered the final qualifying round for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. Aberdeen defeated Dnipro on the away goals rule to progress (the first time Aberdeen had won on away goals in European football for 40 years). They went on to beat F.C. Copenhagen 4–0, which was the biggest margin of victory and one of Pittodrie's biggest crowds since the 1980s. This set up a meeting with German giants Bayern Munich, which they lost 7–3 on aggregate after a 2–2 draw which saw Aberdeen lead twice in the first leg. Calderwood was sacked by Aberdeen on 24 May 2009, hours after he took the club to a fourth-place finish and back into Europe. Poor domestic cup performances were thought to be the reason for Calderwood's dismissal.
Mark McGhee of Motherwell was appointed as Calderwood's replacement in June 2009. McGhee controversially dismissed Aberdeen legend and goalkeeping coach Jim Leighton in August 2009 and replaced him with Colin Meldrum. Aberdeen suffered a 9–0 defeat to Celtic on 6 November 2010, their heaviest ever defeat. McGhee and his assistants were eventually sacked in December of that year.
Aberdeen approached Craig Brown, who was working without a contract at Motherwell, to replace McGhee. Brown initially rebuffed an offer, but after further discussions with the club Brown resigned as manager at Motherwell to be announced as the next manager at Aberdeen two days later. The first act of the new management team of Brown and Archie Knox was to re-instate Leighton. Aberdeen failed to produce better results under Craig Brown's tenure, and in March 2013 he announced his retirement to take up a non-executive director role on the club's board.
Recent years (2013–present)Edit
Derek McInnes was announced as the successor to Craig Brown in March 2013. In McInnes' first season as manager, Aberdeen won the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup after defeating Inverness 4–2 on penalties, their first trophy in 19 years. Aberdeen finished third in the Scottish Premiership, and began the next season by coming through the early rounds of the Europa League, beating Dutch club FC Groningen before eventually being eliminated by Spanish side Real Sociedad. The club ended the season in second place—their best league position since 1993–94—in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In recent seasons' Europa League competitions, they were defeated in the third qualifying round four times: In 2015–16 by FC Kairat, in 2016–17 by NK Maribor, in 2017–18 by Apollon Limassol, and in 2019–20 by HNK Rijeka.
Aberdeen were league runners-up once more in 2016–17 and reached both cup finals, but were beaten 3–0 by Celtic in the League Cup and 2–1 by the same opponents in the Scottish Cup, echoing the outcome in 1992–93 when Aberdeen had finished second to Rangers in all competitions. They were again second the following season, earning a first league win against Celtic away from home for fourteen years in the final game of the season. This qualified them for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, where they were defeated after extra time by Premier League side Burnley in the second qualifying round.
In November 2019, Major League Soccer side Atlanta United FC acquired a less than 10 percent stake in Aberdeen for £2 million (US$2.57 million) as part of a strategic alliance between the two clubs. As part of this deal, vice-chairman Dave Cormack became chairman of the club, replacing Stewart Milne. Atlanta United president Darren Eales also took a seat on Aberdeen's board of directors.
Colours and crestEdit
For the first season of the club's existence, the team played in a predominantly white strip. This is variously reported as all-white, or as white shirts with blue shorts and socks. This colour scheme was the direct descendant of the colours worn by the precursor Aberdeen club, but lasted only one season before being replaced.
For the 1904–05 season, Aberdeen adopted a black and gold striped shirt, which led to the team being nicknamed "the Wasps". This strip, with only minor variations, was worn until just before the start of the Second World War. The blue shorts lasted until 1911, and then were replaced with white ones. Socks were black with gold trim, either as stripes or as a solid bar at the turndown.
In March 1939, Aberdeen changed the black and gold colours to red and white, reflecting the silver and red colours of the official City of Aberdeen arms. The first red strips were worn with white shorts, with either red or white socks from 1939 until the 1965–66 season. In 1966, Aberdeen adopted red shorts, making the official kit all-red, similar to that of Liverpool, who made a similar change at around the same time. This arrangement has continued to the present day, with several variations in design, in common with most senior clubs as the replica shirt market has expanded. In the late 1970s an Admiral strip featured five vertical white stripes on the left side of the shirt and shorts, and the early 1980s shirts—as worn at the 1983 European Cup Winners Cup final—featured white vertical pinstripes. Later design changes included significant amounts of blue, and a one-season reversion to white shorts, although the all-red scheme returned in 1997.
Shirt sponsorship began in 1987, and the initial shirt sponsor was JVC. Since then, with the club making fewer appearances on the international stage, shirt sponsors have tended to be local to Aberdeen—they have included one of the local commercial radio stations, Northsound, as well as several Aberdeen-based oil service companies. As of 2019[update], the current shirt sponsor is Saltire Energy.
Away colours have tended to be either white—often with black shorts—or a combination of yellow and black, referring back to the black and gold strips of the pre-war era, although for a time in the 1970s, Aberdeen sported an all-blue change strip with white socks. For the 2007–08 season, the change strip was all-white, with a third kit of yellow and black halves available if needed for European games, or in the event of a clash involving both red and white.
The club did not have an official crest before 1972, but several variations on the letters AFC had from time to time featured on the shirt, usually in some kind of cursive font. In November 1972, the club unveiled an official crest or logo, designed by Aberdonian graphic designer Donald Addison. The design represented a capital letter A as the side view of a football goal, with a ball forming the crossbar of the letter. This ball was crosshatched in such a way as to depict it as being inside the net, signifying the scoring of a goal. The logo was completed by the letters FC in smaller type at a level with the ball element. This badge was used on the shirts from around 1978, with no significant alterations until the mid-1980s when the words "Aberdeen Football Club" were added in a circular border, and the date of the club's founding, 1903, was added under the goal element. The current version of the crest, which retains these elements in a unified design, was introduced at the start of the 1997–98 season. Two stars signifying the winning of the two European trophies in 1983 were introduced over the badge in the 2005–06 season.
Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2001–2004||Le Coq Sportif||A-Fab|
Aberdeen have played throughout their existence at Pittodrie Stadium, the name of which comes from the Pictish for "place of manure". The ground was first used by the original Aberdeen F.C. in 1899, in a 7–1 win over Dumbarton; when they merged with two other teams in 1903, the new club took over the old Aberdeen ground. On 15 August 1903, 8,000 spectators turned up to watch the new Aberdeen draw 1–1 against Stenhousemuir, the first game played at Pittodrie by its amalgamated tenants. The club initially rented the ground, but subsequently bought it in 1920. The stadium currently seats 20,866. The record attendance is 45,061, during a Scottish Cup match between Aberdeen and Hearts on 13 March 1954.
The stadium consists of four stands: the Main Stand, which also houses the club offices and players facilities; the Merkland Road Family Stand; the South Stand, which is opposite the main stand and holds the largest number of spectators; and the Richard Donald stand to the east, which was completed in 1993, contains hospitality suites, and is named after former chairman Dick Donald. A quarter of the South Stand is used to accommodate travelling supporters. In 1978, Pittodrie became the first all covered, all-seater stadium in Britain.
Aberdeen train at Cormack Park, which was opened on 31 October 2019 by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who described the development as "up there with the best" that he had seen. As well as being a training centre for the first team, the complex is also home to the Bobby Clark Football Academy and the AFC Community Trust, as well as acting as a community sports hub. The training facilities are named after chairman Dave Cormack, due to the significant financial investment he made to realise the completion of the project.
The complex is made up of a training pavilion, groundsman’s accommodation, three full-sized training pitches, two floodlit 3G pitches and two grass pitches. There is also flexible outdoor and indoor space that can be used for sporting or recreational purposes. All the pitches are named after club legends, chosen by the fans via an online poll.
Prior to the opening of Cormack Park, the first team trained in a variety of locations around the city, including the local Gordon Barracks, beach, Seaton Park, Aberdeen Sports Village and Countesswells, the playing fields of Robert Gordon's College.
New Aberdeen StadiumEdit
Since 2009, Aberdeen have been examining a move to a new stadium. Plans for a new stadium began when the club indicated that further development of Pittodrie Stadium was not possible due to the age of the ground and the restrictions from surrounding land. Aberdeen City Council approved an initial project in May 2009, to be situated near Loirston Loch in the south of the city, subject to planning permission. In August 2010, a planning application for the new stadium was submitted to the council, which was approved the following February.
The move was delayed by a year in May 2012 due to problems with land ownership, and suffered a serious setback the following August, when the council rejected a joint application by Aberdeen and Cove Rangers to build a community sports centre at nearby Calder Park. Aberdeen announced in November 2014 new plans to instead build training facilities at Balgownie, on land owned by the University of Aberdeen, but the project was ultimately scrapped in the following July.
Plans to develop a new stadium and training facilities near Westhill, close to the newly developed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, were announced in May 2016. The site's training facilities, Cormack Park, became operational in 2019. The new stadium is expected to have a similar capacity to Pittodrie Stadium.
Supporters and nicknamesEdit
Aberdeen's supporters, known as the Red Army, are listed in the team squad list as wearing the number 12 shirt. In 1999, a group of supporters founded the Red Ultras group with the express aim of improving the atmosphere at Pittodrie. However, it was decided that this particular group was to disband at the beginning of 2010. Organised chants and choreography still take place in 'centre block' of the top tier of the Richard Donald Stand and Aberdeen fans still do choreographies at home and away games.
Aberdeen are the only full-time team in the third largest city in Scotland, a city which is relatively remote, geographically, from other large population centres, and as a result have a large catchment area of potential supporters. The average attendance in the 2018–19 Scottish Premiership was 14,924.
In the 1980s, a minority of the club's supporters had a reputation as one of Britain's most prominent casuals groups, the Aberdeen Soccer Casuals. The rise of the Aberdeen Casuals coincided with the most successful period in the club's history, and has been chronicled in more than one published account. Whilst numbers have steadily declined with the introduction of Football Banning Orders preventing hooligans from travelling to games, the Aberdeen Casuals still appear at big fixtures often away from home and in the UEFA Europa League. There were clashes at both fixtures against FC Groningen in 2014, as well as 13 arrests after violent clashes with Dundee United fans at a game in December 2015.
Aberdeen have rarely played in the same division as their geographically closest neighbours (Cove Rangers, Peterhead, Brechin City, Montrose, Arbroath, Elgin City, and Forfar Athletic), so rivalries have tended to come from further afield. Cove Rangers from the same city entered the professional leagues for the first time in 2019, although the Aberdeen derby is yet to occur in a league meeting.
In the early 1980s, owing to the success both domestically and in Europe of Aberdeen and Dundee United, the pair were known as the New Firm. However, Dundee United have their city neighbours Dundee as close rivals, and the antagonism was not always reciprocated to the same degree.
The same situation applies to Aberdeen's rivalry with Rangers, in that Rangers have their own much older and well-known Old Firm rivalry with Celtic. Aberdeen's rivalry with Rangers arose after a number of incidents in matches between the two clubs in the 1980s, namely Willie Johnston's stamp on John McMaster's neck in the Scottish League Cup and Neil Simpson's tackle on Ian Durrant in 1988, as well as Aberdeen's dominance in Scottish football throughout the decade. There are still often violent clashes between both sets of supporters within and outwith the stadium to this day.
Aberdeen developed a minor rivalry with Inverness Caledonian Thistle since Inverness were first promoted to the SPL in 2004. It is known as the North derby due to the fact both Aberdeen and Inverness are the two largest settlements in the north of Scotland.
Aberdeen's re-emerged as one of the top teams in Scotland during the 2010s, which increased the rivalry with Celtic both competitively and between supporters. There have been minor incidents at games, mainly relating to political disturbances by Celtic supporters at games between the clubs, including the disruption of minute's silences and the display of banners showing support for the 1981 Irish hunger strike.
Aberdeen are known as "The Dons", a name that has been in use since at least 1913. The origin of this nickname is unclear. One theory is that it derives from the word "don" meaning "teacher", given Aberdeen's history as a university town. It may also be a reference to the nearby River Don, or a contraction of "Aberdonians". Before the popular adoption of "The Dons", the team were variously known as "The Wasps" or "The Black and Golds", both names a reference to the yellow and black striped shirts of the time. As with many teams that play in red, Aberdeen may also be called "The Reds", and are referred to by some supporters as "The Dandy Dons" or "The Dandies".
Rival clubs occasionally refer to Aberdeen as "The Sheep" and their supporters as "The Sheep Shaggers". The term was eventually accepted by the club's supporters, and fans began chanting "the sheep are on fire" at games. The song was originally sung by away fans poking fun at an Aberdeen fan set on fire on a train while wearing a homemade sheep costume. This in turn led to specialised merchandise being sold by the club and local businesses.
- Scottish League
- Scottish Cup
- Scottish League Cup
- Winners: 1982–83
- Winners: 1983
- As of 11 May 2020
|175||Admira Wacker Mödling||2.500||6.585|
|176||SC Rheindorf Altach||3.000||6.585|
|178||HŠK Zrinjski Mostar||6.250||1.375|
- Clubs' coefficients are determined by either the sum of all points won in the previous five years or the National Association Contribution over the same period, whichever is higher (under a new system introduced for season 2018–19 onwards).
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Hall of Fame
Aberdeen inaugurated a Hall of Fame as part of the club's centenary celebrations in 2003. Six players were inducted following the initial dinner in March 2004, and a further six were included in November 2004. Ex-manager Alex Ferguson was inducted at a re-launch event in November 2015.
- Greatest ever team
In November 2015, supporters cast votes to determine the greatest ever Aberdeen team.
All players are from Scotland unless otherwise stated.
- Top goalscorers
|1||Joe Harper||1969–1973, 1976–1981||300||199||0.66|
- Most appearances
|5||Jim Leighton||1977–1988, 1997–2000||535||0|
|7||Russell Anderson||1996–2006, 2012–2015||407||20|
* Up to end of 2019–20 season
|1986||1986|| Alex Ferguson
|1988||1991|| Jocky Scott
- "Aberdeen Football Club". Spfl.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Aberdeen". Historical Football Kits. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- Webster (2003), pp. 69–70.
- "AFC Milestones and Records". Aberdeen Heritage Trust. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- McMenemy, Elma (15 May 2016). Aberdeen in 100 Dates. The History Press. ISBN 9780750968836.
- "Club Overview – Aberdeen". Scottish Premier League. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008.
- Webster (2003), pp. 33.
- Grant, Michael (4 March 2001). "Peterhead ready to settle old scores with northern neighbours". Sunday Herald. Herald & Times Group. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "Aberdeen's managers". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 18 August 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
- Walker, Julian (20 January 2013). Team Talk: Sporting Words and their Origins. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9780747813125.
- Gordon, Richard (19 October 2015). Tales from the Dugout: Football at the Sharp End. Black & White Publishing. ISBN 9781785300189.
- Grant, Michael; Robertson, Rob (1 September 2011). The Management: Scotland's Great Football Bosses. Birlinn. ISBN 9780857900845.
- Bauckham, David (2003). Dugouts. New Holland Publishers. p. 9. ISBN 1-84537-478-9.
- "Queens Legends". qosfc.com. Queen of the South. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- "Dave Halliday". www.afcheritage.org. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- Miller (2011).
- "Football and the Second World War". Spartacus. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008.
- "Scottish Premier League & Cup winners". Tanked Up Imaging. Archived from the original on 28 April 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
- "European Competitions 1955/56". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
- "Tommy Pearson". Herald Scotland. 6 September 1999. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- Dow, Bob (29 January 2008). "Hero Footballers: Where Are They Now?". Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- "Four-goal legacy of 'Cup-tie McKay'". The Scotsman. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- Saffer, Paul (9 February 2015). "Penalty shoot-outs: the long and the short of it". UEFA. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- Turnbull, Eddie; Hannan, Martin (29 June 2012). Eddie Turnbull: Having a Ball. Random House. ISBN 9781780574684.
- Ferguson (2000).
- Webster (2003), pp. 243.
- Mendes, Chris (26 April 2011). "Sir Alex Ferguson's 10 greatest European games at Manchester United and Aberdeen". Talksport. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- Murray, Ewan (15 February 2008). "Uefa Cup: Aberdeen 2–2 Bayern Munich". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- "The night when Bell rang the show against Belgians in Europe". STV News. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- "A Sporting Nation – The New Firm and the Dons' Cup-Winners' Cup glory in 1983". BBC. Retrieved 22 April 2008.
- "The greatest Euro final ever?". BBC News. 16 May 2001. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
- "Aberdeen FC: Come On You Reds!". Amazon. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
- "When Aberdeen ruled Scottish football". The Guardian. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- Grant (2014).
- "BFC Dynamo". LiberoGuide.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- "Managers 1978–1995". Aberdeen F.C. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
- Haggerty, Tony (6 May 2015). "In pictures: The agony and ecstasy of Scottish football play-off drama". Daily Record. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- "Scotland League Archive – 1994/95". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
- Webster (2003), p. 13.
- Grant, Michael (19 May 2000). "Skovdahl helps Milne put his house in order". Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "Cynics proved wrong as prudent Milne put in the frame for club role model". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. 4 May 2002. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- Watt, Thomas (30 March 2010). "Statistics are just like mini-skirts, they give you good ideas but hide the most important thing". STV Sport. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- "Skovdahl to quit Dons". BBC News Online. 29 November 2002. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- Lomax, Andrew (14 December 2000). "Skovdahl hits back at Aberdeen dissenters". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- "Exclusive: Steve Paterson – Being too hungover to attend Aberdeen match was most shameful incident of my life". Evening Express. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Aberdeen 2–0 Rangers". BBC News. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
- McGuigan, Thomas (4 October 2007). "Dnipro 1–1 Aberdeen (agg 1–1)". BBC News. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
- Linsay, Clive (20 December 2007). "Aberdeen 4–0 Copenhagen". BBC News. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
- "Aberdeen set Bayern Munich test". BBC News. 21 December 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
- Miller, Stevie (21 February 2008). "Bayern Munich 5–1 Aberdeen". BBC News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008.
- "Dons Management Team Moves On". Aberdeen F.C. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
- "SPL: Miller on McGhee". Setanta Sports. 12 June 2009. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
- "Aberdeen: Mark McGhee defends Jim Leighton sacking". STV. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- "Mark McGhee sacked as boss of Aberdeen". BBC News. 1 December 2010. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- "Brown confirmed as Aberdeen boss". BBC Sport. 10 December 2010. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
- New Management team Archived 24 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine RedWeb, 13 December 2010
- "Aberdeen boss Craig Brown to retire to take up non-executive directors role". STV News. 14 March 2013. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- Burns, Scott (26 March 2013). "Aberdeen chairman backs new boss Derek McInnes". Scottish Daily Express. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
- "In pictures: Aberdeen win Scottish League Cup final". BBC News. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "Aberdeen's Derek McInnes the real winner after Scottish League Cup final war of words". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- McLeod, Liam (24 July 2014). "Groningen 1–2 Aberdeen (agg 1–2)". BBC News. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- "FK Daugava Riga 0–3 Aberdeen (agg 0–8)". BBC News. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- "Aberdeen 2–3 Real Sociedad (Agg 2–5): Dons out". The Scotsman. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- Davie, Scott (23 July 2015). "Aberdeen 2–2 HNK Rijeka". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- Wilson, Richard (4 August 2016). "NK Maribor 1–0 Aberdeen (agg 2–1)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- "Europa League: Apollon Limassol 2–0 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- "Aberdeen 0-2 Rijeka (0-4 agg): McInnes' men crash out of Europa League". 15 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
- Murray, Ewan (27 November 2016). "Celtic brush Aberdeen aside and claim League Cup as 100th major trophy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "Celtic 2 Aberdeen 1: Tom Rogic shatters Dons to secure historic clean sweep with Scottish Cup final win". The Daily Telegraph. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- Ralston, Gary (19 April 2017). "Celtic Invincibles can't match Rangers 'class of 92' says David Robertson". dailyrecord. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- "Celtic 0–1 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "Burnley 3–1 Aberdeen: Premier League side progress 4–2 on aggregate". BBC Sport. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- Bull, JJ (24 November 2019). "Aberdeen announce new investment and deal with Atlanta United in sweeping boardroom changes". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- Smith, Tyrone (24 November 2019). "Aberdeen: Dave Cormack confirmed as new chairman with Atlanta United deal". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- "Aberdeen". Historical Football Kits. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
- Webster (2003), p. 69.
- The history of the blue kit, Aberdeen FC, 27 June 2017
- "Aberdeen Football Club Managers". www.afcheritage.org. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Liverpool – Historical Football Kits". Historical Football Kits. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
- Khan, Mehreen (21 September 2010). "Football kits: Premier League teams turn style into a cash cow". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- Whitelaw, Jonathan. "The comic strip: The best and worst Aberdeen kits through the years". STV Aberdeen. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Aberdeen: Three-year sponsorship deal agreed with oil firm". BBC News Online. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Aberdeen (A) 94/96 (Large)". Football Shirts. Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2008.
- "Aberdeen". Football Crests.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2007.
- "Aberdeen announce new home shirt and seven-figure sponsorship deal". STV Sport. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- Forsyth, Roddy (2 December 2005). "Pittodrie built on rotting foundations". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- "History of Pittodrie Stadium". Scottish Premier League. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
- "Projects – Richard Donald Stand, Pittodrie". Stewart Milne Construction. Archived from the original on 9 November 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
- "G4S extends security contract with Aberdeen FC". IFSEC Global. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- Inglis, Simon (1996). Football Grounds of Britain, third edition. CollinsWillow. pp. 424–426. ISBN 0-00-218426-5.
- "Sir Alex Ferguson: Cormack Park can help Aberdeen to 'highest level'". 31 October 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- Wallace, Sean. "Cormack: Extra millions were worth it to make 'critical' Cormack Park a reality for Aberdeen". Evening Express. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- "Cormack Park". Aberdeen Community Trust. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- Boyne, Murray. "Aberdeen fans given chance to name pitches at new training facility". Press and Journal. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- "Dons announce latest off the field results". Aberdeen FC. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- Morrice, Emma. "Fond memories of 'Aberdeen's favourite son' from Red Army". Evening Express. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- "Wait is almost over as Aberdeen prepare to open new training complex". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- Vinnell, Paul (13 May 2016). "Aberdeen unveil plans for new stadium". Sky News. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Aberdeen make new stadium pledge". BBC. 19 July 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- New Aberdeen stadium plans backed, BBC News, 20 May 2009.
- "Aberdeen Football Club wants 'glow-in-dark' new stadium". BBC News. 12 August 2010.
- "New Aberdeen FC stadium recommended for approval". BBC News. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
- "Aberdeen stadium a step closer with preferred bidder". BBC News. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Aberdeen FC move to new stadium delayed by a year". BBC News. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- "New Aberdeen FC park 'killed off', says Stewart Milne". BBC News. BBC. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Aberdeen FC: Dons in talks to build training ground at Bridge of Don". Evening Express. EE. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
- "Club Statement | Balgownie Project". afc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "Aberdeen Football Club announces £40m stadium plan". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "Aberdeen FC unveils plans for £40m stadium west of city". STV News. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "Aberdeen reveal new site in Kingsford for stadium and training facilities". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "Supporters". Aberdeen F.C. Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
- "Red Ultras Aberdeen – About". Red Ultras. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
- "Ultras in Britain are wrongly persecuted". When Saturday Comes. 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- Clark, Andrew (10 November 2015). "IN PICTURES: Dons fan honoured for stunning Pittodrie displays". Press and Journal. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Population of Scotland, Statistics of Scottish City population". Scotland.org. Archived from the original on 28 December 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
- "Attendances Scotland average". www.european-football-statistics.co.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Didcock, Barry (8 May 2005). "Casuals: the lost tribe of Britain". Sunday Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- Allan, Jay (1989). Bloody Casuals. Northern Books from Famedram. ISBN 0-905489-41-1.
- Rivers, Dan (2007). Congratulations, You Have Just Met The Casuals. John Blake Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84454-307-2.
- "Video & Pics: Aberdeen fans violence in Groningen". The Firms. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- ""Like a pack of wolves" — trouble flares ahead of Dundee United v Aberdeen game". www.thecourier.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Aberdeen fans banned after pre-match fight in Dundee". BBC News. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
- "Aberdeen FC supporters' club chief says 'New Firm' rivalry with Dundee United is lively but friendly". The Courier. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- Moir, Andy. "Rangers v Aberdeen: A history of violence". ESPN. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- Murray, Scott (23 December 2008). "The forgotten story of ... Willie Johnston". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- Metcalf, Rupert (4 February 1993). "Football: Durrant settles out of court". The Independent. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "When two tribes go to war". Herald Scotland. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- Mannion, Damian (19 December 2012). "Leeds v Chelsea and the best non derby 'derbies' including Real v Barca and Aberdeen v Rangers". Talksport. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- McGivern, Mark (23 January 2012). "Ibrox mayhem as police charge brawling football thugs at subway station". Daily Record. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- Grant, Michael (20 January 2002). "A Fight in the North; Riot police move in as hooligans force players". Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- Rae, Derek. "Rae's Say: Coming Home". ESPN. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
- Durent, Jamie (26 September 2014). "Caley Jags thrive in heat of Dons rivalry". Inverness Courier. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Celtic fans held over 'minute's silence assault'". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Celtic fans' H-Block symbol investigated – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "10 Things about Aberdeen". Scottish Professional Football League. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- Ash, Russell; Morrison, Ian (5 April 2010). Top 10 of Football: 250 lists on the beautiful game. Octopus. ISBN 9780600622529.
- Sutherland, Gary (10 August 2012). Hunting Grounds: A Scottish Football Safari. Birlinn. ISBN 9780857901187.
- Webster (2003), p. 91.
- Armstrong, Gary; Giulianotti, Richard (1 June 1997). Entering the field: new perspectives on world football. Berg. ISBN 9781859731932.
- "The Sheep Are On Song – New AFC Anthem Launched". Aberdeen Voice. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- Loxton, Rachel (13 March 2014). "Come On You Reds!". Glasgow Evening Times.
- "Millionaire football fan avoids jail term after setting fire to rival supporter". STV News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Aberdeen FC Inspire Sheep Are On Fire Pies". Evening Express. 5 March 2014.
- "Honours". Aberdeen FC. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "UEFA coefficients". UEFA.com. UEFA. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
- "Management". Aberdeen F.C. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Club Profile". Aberdeen F.C. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Changes at the top mark new chapter for the Dons". Aberdeen F.C. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Aberdeen FC First Team". Aberdeen F.C. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Aberdeen FC Squad Numbers". Aberdeen F.C. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
- "Hall of fame dinner". Aberdeen FC Heritage Trust. 6 November 2004. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "AFC Hall of Fame Sir Alex Ferguson". Aberdeen FC. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- "2017 AFC Hall of Fame". Aberdeen F.C. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
- "AFC Hall of Fame 2018". Aberdeen F.C. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
- "AFC Greatest Ever XI". Aberdeen F.C. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Percentages have been rounded to two decimal places.
- Webster (2003).
- "Roy Aitken". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- "Alex Miller". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 13 November 2004. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- "Ebbe Skovdahl". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- "Steve Paterson". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- "Jimmy Calderwood". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 22 April 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
- "Mark McGhee". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
- "Craig Brown". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Derek McInnes". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
- Ferguson, Alex (2000). Managing My Life. Coronet. ISBN 0-340-72856-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Grant, Michael (2014). Fergie Rises: How Britain's Greatest Football Manager Was Made At Aberdeen. Aurum Press. ISBN 1-781-31093-9.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Miller, Willie (2011). Willie Miller's Aberdeen Dream Team. Black & White Publishing. ISBN 9781845024031.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Smith, Paul (2007). The Legends of Aberdeen. Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-575-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Stirling, Kevin (2008). Aberdeen FC On This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-905411-24-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 years of The Dons: The official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903–2003. Hodder & Stoughton, London. ISBN 0-340-82344-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)