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The following list contains 100 legends from our history compiled by club historian, Kevin Stirling.
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A product of Blantyre, Young proved to be an inspirational centre half for the Dons, and part of the much-vaunted Allister, Young and Glen half back line that was the sound basis of the Dons success in the 50's. Renowned for his legendary sliding tackle, Young left the Dons in 1958, after a serious of injuries had taken its toll.
Cheyne created his own piece of history when he scored for Scotland against England at Hampden in 1929. His goal, direct from a corner kick in the last minute was the catalyst that started the famous "Hampden Roar." Joined Aberdeen from Shettleston in 1925, he was transferred to Chelsea for a club record £6,000 fee. Cheyne also became one of the first Scots to play abroad when he went to France and joined Nimes.
One of the original pioneering Dons players who helped ease the club in to the Scottish League in the early part of the century. Signed from Dundee in 1904, became a regular right half in the Dons side and was a firm favourite for the "Black & Golds". Elevated to club captain in 1907, Halkett was never capped for his country and scored two goals in his during his five seasons at Pittodrie.
One of the "Wembley Wizards" Jackson was a winger with a rare talent, never before had the Aberdeen support seen. Was plucked from the obscurity of America by former Don Jock Hume, who recommended him to Aberdeen. Gained his first cap at the age of 19, and was snapped up by Huddersfield for a record £5,000 fee after only one superb season at Pittodrie. Later moved to Chelsea for a fee of £8,500 and moved to France to play for Nice. Tragically died in a road accident in 1946 while serving with the Army in Egypt.
Signed for the Dons in 1977 from Glasgow United, and went on to become a Dons legend, gaining 77 caps for Scotland. An integral part of the great Dons side of the 80's, forged a defensive partnership with Willie Miller that is arguably the greatest ever seen in the Scottish game. A dominating centre-half, McLeish remains a great favourite at Pittodrie, and was awarded a testimonial in 1990. Joined Motherwell as manager in 1994 after a remarkable 17-year Pittodrie career. Another of the Dons exclusive 500 appearance club. Currently manager of Rangers.
Joined up at Pittodrie in 1960 and after a spell in the reserves, made the left back spot virtually his own during the 60's. A consistent performer, Shewan was a tough competitor, with a high level of consistency and was rarely injured. Played for the Dons on 301 occasions, and was also in the team that lost out to Celtic in the 1967 Cup final. Moved to Australia for a short spell in 1969 before returning to play for Elgin City.
Love was a fast, tricky winger who took over from Alec Reid in the Dons first team. Signed from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in 1925, Love became a vital supply source for the prolific Benny Yorston, and also weighed in with 83 goals during his Aberdeen career. Love was capped for Scotland in 1931, and was eventually released by the Dons in 1935, when he moved to Aldershot.
Inside forward Baird joined the Dons in 1938 but had a long wait to make his Aberdeen debut due to the war. Scored in the Dons first national triumph in the 3-2 Southern League Cup win against Rangers in 1946. Was also a vital part of the Dons successful Scottish Cup side a year later. Represented Scotland in wartime internationals, Archie Baird joined St Johnstone at the end of the 1952-53 season.
Signed from Annbank United in 1947, Glen went down in the history of Aberdeen as the player who scored the vital goal that clinched the Dons first championship in 1955. His penalty against Clyde at Shawfield sparked wild celebrations in Aberdeen, as the Dons were proud Champions. Converted in to an elegant wing-half, Glen was capped for Scotland and also represented the Scottish League on six occasions. Was made club captain in 1956. Retired in 1960.
"Bumper" as he was affectionately known by the Dons faithful shot to fame almost immediately with the Dons. Following his move from Cambuslang juniors in 1970, Graham played in the Dons side that won the Scottish Cup in 1970, six weeks after making his first team debut. The rookie 17-year-old winger played his part, and went on to become a firm favourite at Pittodrie. Capped at U-23 level while at the Dons, Graham went on to earn 10 caps for Scotland after his suspension from Scotland after the Copenhagen affair in 1975. Transferred to Leeds United in 1977 for £125,000.
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Record Aberdeen goal scorer when he notched an incredible 46 goals from 42 appearances in season 1929.30. The diminutive Yorston was a prolific marksman that also saw service with Mugiemoss, Montrose, Sunderland and Middlesborough. Scored impressive 126 goals for the Dons in only 156 starts, again, the best goal ratio return by any Aberdeen player. Was part of the Dons "Great Mystery" that curtailed his Aberdeen career, and was moved on to Sunderland in a £2,000 deal in 1932.
McLachlan's Pittodrie career was interrupted by the First World War in 1916 after he had joined the Dons from Aston Villa two years previously. A strong left half who was made captain in 1919, McLachlan was a colossus in the Aberdeen side and after representing the Scottish League, he moved to Hearts in 1927.
Still playing in the SPL with Dundee Utd it was Dodds who became the Dons record buy in 1994 when Willie Miller paid St Johnstone £800,000 for his services. Was top score with the Dons in each of his four years at Pittodrie. It was Dodd's vital goals in May 1995 that helped Aberdeen survive relegation for the first time. Sold by Alex Miller as part of the Robbie winters deal and moved to Rangers in 2000. Now in his second spell at Tannadice.
Signed as a long term replacement for Gordon Strachan, Alex Ferguson once again plundered St Mirren and paid the Paisley club £100,000 for his services. An effective wide midfield player, Stark was a prolific goal taker, and with his natural ability these qualities made Stark a valuable asset at Pittodrie, which was never fully appreciated in some quarters. Joined Celtic after leaving Pittodrie.
South African Strauss was a dashing left-winger who was spotted by the Dons shortly after his arrival to Britain. Played a major part in the Dons run to the Scottish Cup Final in 1937, and was injured in the semi-final, which meant he missed out on the big day. It was a popular belief that if Strauss were in the Dons 1937 Cup Final line up the Dons would have won. Joined Plymouth Argyle after leaving the Dons.
Elevation to the first team was rapid for Fraser after his switch from Albion Rovers in 1931. Following the demise of several Dons regulars in the "Great Mystery" of 1931, Fraser soon began to establish himself in the Dons first team. Became Aberdeen skipper in 1934, and his leadership qualities were in evidence when the Dons reached their first Scottish Cup Final in 1937. Fraser was to miss out on the big day due to an injury. In 1938, he immigrated to South Africa.
Former Aberdeen skipper McDermid joined the Dons from Rangers in 1925, and became a useful inside forward during his Pittodrie career. Enjoyed a lengthy association at Aberdeen after playing previously for Rangers, and he went on to assist Donald Colman as trainer, and progressed to that position in his own right a position he held until 1952, when ill health forced the loyal McDermid to retire from the game.
Joined Aberdeen in 1952 from Merchiston in Edinburgh, and developed in to an inside forward that was a vital part of the Dons 1955 side. Wishart linked up well with Yorston and Buckley as the Dons found a potent blend in the 50's. Capped at U-23 and League level, Wishart moved to Dundee in 1961, where he won a championship medal in 1962.
One of the first signings made by Eddie Turnbull, Bobby Clark went on to carve out a memorable Aberdeen career. Clark created a British club record in 1971 when he went 13 consecutive games without conceding a goal. Clark also kept goal for Scotland a record 17 times while at Aberdeen, his record being broken by Willie Miller in 1982. Won a full set of domestic medals in 1970, 1976 and 1980. Went on to become a distinguished coach on the American college circuit.
Took time to establish him in the Dons first team after joining the club from East End in 1908. Following his stint with the Army in World War One, Hannah resumed his Aberdeen career in 1919, making 126 appearances for the Dons before moving to Peterhead as player/coach in 1921. Eventually moved to the USA where he remained involved in football. The Dons full back scored one goal for the Dons, a penalty against Partick at Pittodrie in 1912.
An Alex Ferguson signing from Stirling Albion, the promising midfielder had to be patient before making the breakthrough in to the Dons first team. When former Stirling boss Alec Smith took over at Pittodrie, Grant established himself in the Dons team, and was part of the double Cup winning side in 1989.90. His loyalty was rewarded with a testimonial against Everton at Pittodrie in 1996. Was sold to Hibernian for £75,000 in 1997.
Signed from Falkirk as a promising central defender by Alex Ferguson in 1985, and in his early days played a supporting role to McLeish and Miller in the Dons team. After making the breakthrough, Irvine on to become a firm favourite with the Aberdeen support. A self confessed Aberdeen fan who wore his heart on his sleeve, scored the decisive penalty that won the 1990 Scottish Cup for the Dons. Released in 1997 after receiving a testimonial against Wimbledon. Recently retired from playing after spell with Ross County.
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The shining light at Pittodrie in the bleak days of the early 60's. Charlie Cooke emerged as a player of rare talent. Another in a long line of Bobby Calder discoveries Cooke was honoured at U-23 level while at Pittodrie before a record Scottish transfer of £50,000 took him to Dundee. Went on to play for Chelsea and Crystal Palace in England. The original ECWC medal winner, an honour he gained while at Stamford Bridge.
McGill arrived at Pittodrie in 1931 after a spell in the States. "Oor Ba" McGill soon became a big favourite at Pittodrie and after an extended spell at left-back, McGill was honoured by the Scottish League. Kilmarnock born McGill was unfortunate to miss out on the Dons big day at Hampden in 1937 before joining Glentoran in 1938.
Ian Porterfield signed Nicholas from Arsenal for £400,000 in the New Year of 1988, and immediately lifted the Dons flagging spirits. In his Pittodrie debut against Dunfermline, 20,000 turned out to see the former Celtic star. A gifted striker, Nicholas was already a Scottish international by the time he arrived at Pittodrie, and went on to become a favourite at Pittodrie. Played in the side that won the Cup double in 1989-90, and began to form an exciting partnership with Hans Gillhaus that was touted, as the most feared in the game. Moved back to his first club Celtic after the Dons had beaten the Parkhead side in the 1990 Cup Final.
Arrived from Middlesborough in 1906, Irish international O'Hagan was an ideal partner for Dons winger Willie Lennie. A skilful inside forward the Irishman weighed in with 24 goals for the Dons in over 100 appearances for the club. O'Hagan was the first Aberdeen player to be capped for his country, before moving to Morton in 1910.
Signed from Mugiemoss in 1944 and went on to become a first team regular at Pittodrie. After being given a free transfer in 1953, Anderson retired from the playing side of the game three years later. Later returned to Pittodrie as a director on 5th October 1967, and went on to play a major role in the Dons rise to European stardom in the 80's. Chris Anderson was still on the Aberdeen board until his untimely death in May 1986.
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Arrived at Pittodrie in 1911 from Falkirk as an out and out striker. Never the most agile, Main proved to be a prolific scorer for the Dons during his six seasons at Aberdeen. 58 goals from his 158 appearances, Main was the Dons top scorer in his first three seasons. Previously with Sunderland, Main played for the Dons until the ongoing hostilities forced the Dons to cease competitive football in 1917.
Affectionately known as the "Brush" by the Dons support, Robb became a cult figure at Pittodrie with his unlimited enthusiasm. Although never blessed with an abundance of ability, Robb was an effective forward for the Dons and a prolific goal scorer for the Dons. Played for Scotland on five occasions, all his caps coming in 1971, including a Wembley appearance against England. Scored the Dons winning goal in the 1976 League Cup Final and also played in the 1970 Final. Also played with Norwich and in the USA.
Emerged through the ranks at Pittodrie to solve the long-standing left back problem at Pittodrie. First made his presence in the same side as McLeish and Miller in 1987 before making the left back position his own. Was the subject of a transfer to bitter rivals rangers in 1991 after the Dons had lost the title to the Ibrox club. A tribunal set the fee at £970,000. After tasting success at Ibrox, Robertson moved to Leeds Utd. Injury forced a premature retirement. Currently manager at Elgin City.
Fondly known as "Cup-tie" McKay after his remarkable rise to fame in the Dons memorable Scottish Cup win in 1970. McKay was signed on a free transfer from Dundee in 1969, and it was not until a flu virus decimated the Dons team before a quarter final tie at Falkirk that McKay was given his opportunity. McKay scored the only goals in both the Falkirk game and the semi final against Kilmarnock. Two goals in the Final against Celtic helped the Dons to an unlikely 3-1 win, so giving McKay notoriety in Pittodrie folklore. Released on a free in 1971.
Arrived at Pittodrie from Swindon in part exchange for Andy Cowie. Was renowned for a venomous shot and a fearsome penalty kick expert. Emery was a colossal figure and was a real favourite at Pittodrie. Sometimes used as an emergency centre forward, Welsh born Emery joined East Fife and also returned to Pittodrie in 1969 in an attempt to unseat the Pittodrie board along with Tony Harris.
A native of Renton, Colman joined the Dons in 1907 and went on to become an Aberdeen legend. A tough full back it was Colman at the age of 33, became the oldest Aberdeen player to be capped for Scotland. Returned to the club in 1931 after a spell in Norway to harness the talents of Mills and Armstrong as club trainer. Colman was also the driving force behind the first ever dug out to be built in Britain at Pittodrie.
Signed on a free from St Mirren by Alex Ferguson in 1979, Bell went on to become a vital part of the Aberdeen success in Europe. His direct running and natural ability were well suited on the European stage. Often kept by Alex Ferguson for the big occasion, was injured before the 1983 ECWC Final. Transferred to Rangers in 1985 for £160,000.
Joined the Dons as a youngster in 1972, the big defender went on to establish himself in the Dons side of the late 70's and also the all-conquering Dons of the 80's. Another cult hero at the club, Rougvie was a fearless competitor, and often found himself incurring the wrath of referees and opposing fans alike. Made over 300 appearances for the Dons and scored 21 goals before a £225,000 switch to Chelsea in 1984. One cap for Scotland, against Ireland in 1983.
A record Dons signing from Airdrie in 1972, for a fee of around £70,000. Settled in to a profitable striking partnership with Joe Harper, and remained the club's top striker following Harper's departure. Was in the Dons side that won the League cup in 1976, and scored many vital goals in 1979.80 as the Dons stormed to their first Premier title. Played 339 games for the Dons, scoring 130 goals. Remained in the game after his retirement, and recently left the club after the return of Neil Cooper.
A prolific marksman, signed by Willie Miller for £500,000 from Blackburn in 1992. The highlander scored twice on his Pittodrie debut, and went on to strike fear in many a Scottish defence. Scored 87 goals in his five seasons at Pittodrie, including the Dons second in the 1995 League Cup Final. Fulfilled a boyhood dream when he played for Scotland in 1994, and also scored against Finland to set the Scots on their way to Euro 96. Moved on by Roy Aitken in 1997 to Inverness CT where he teamed up in a coaching role with Steve Paterson. Was back at Pittodrie as assistant to Paterson after the departure of Ebbe Skovdahl. Now manager of Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle.
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Irish born Falloon was perhaps one of the smallest central defenders ever in the Dons history. For what he lacked in height was compensated for with a fierce commitment and desire. Falloon was the Aberdeen captain in the 1937 Cup Final against Celtic and he also went on to gain full international honours for Ireland. In 1938 he was sold to Clyde.
Emerged from the successful Dons Youth side of the late 80's and shot to fame when he played in the 1989 League Cup Final, helping the Dons to beat Rangers as a raw 19-year-old. Still a current favourite at Pittodrie, Jess tried his luck in the English Premiership with Coventry, before returning to Pittodrie in a £650,000 move in 1997. Has often been the shining light in a struggling Dons team. Capped for Scotland 18 times, was part of the Euro 96 squad. Jess fought his way back after a bad leg fracture in 1992, curtailed his international promise. Joined Bradford City in January 2001, before making the move permanent at the end of that season. Currently with Nottingham Forest.
One of the clutch of Fergie's rising young stars that went on to greatness with the Dons in Gothenburg. Scored the opening goal in the 1983 ECWC Final against real Madrid and was also on target in many big Aberdeen games. Moved to Metz in France before being sensationally left out of the Dons 1986 Cup Final side. Back injuries prevented Black's career to flourish after leaving the Dons. Was manager at Motherwell and Coventry
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Will go down in Aberdeen history as the first Dons captain to lead the club to success in the Southern League Cup in 1946 and the Scottish Cup a year later. Signed from Benburb in 1936 he developed in to a tough defender with great leadership qualities. Was also in the Aberdeen side that played in the 1937 Final. Left Pittodrie in 1948 and emigrated to South Africa.
But for a troublesome back injury, McDougall looked as if he was on course to challenge Joe Harper as the goal king of Pittodrie. Although Frank only played two seasons for the Dons, such was his prowess in front of goal, he scored 44 goals. Was part of the Dons 1985 League Championship side, having signed in 1984 for a £100,000 fee from St Mirren as a replacement for Mark McGhee.
One of the Dons great goalkeepers who joined in 1946, ironically as an outfield player. Another full Scotland international, Martin was part of the Dons team that won their first League Championship in 1955. Was also the first Scotland keeper to play in the World Cup finals when the Scots qualified in 1954. Before his retirement in 1960, Martin played nearly 300 games for the Dons and also played in the Dons double trophy success in 1955.
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Hamilton was a record Dons signing as was transferred to Pittodrie from Queen of the South for £3,000 in 1938. Made an immediate impact in the Dons side that was to break up for the Second World War. On resumption of his Aberdeen career after the hostilities had ceased, "Gentleman George" helped the Dons to their first major trophy success with the 1946 League Cup and the Scottish Cup in 1947. Hamilton was a top class forward with superb heading ability, and also represented Scotland, gaining 5 caps. Scored a hat trick against Belgium in 1951. Retired in 1955 after a short spell with Hamilton. George Hamilton passed away in an Aberdeen nursing home in May 2001.
Falkirk born Mulhall signed for the Dons from Kilsyth in 1953, but had to be patient before breaking in to the first team. It was not until the Dons had won the championship in 1955 that Mulhall made his mark, and he developed in to a quick left winger whom Scored more than his fair share of goals. Capped for Scotland in 1959, Mulhall was tempted south in 1962, when he joined Sunderland for £22,000. Following a spell in South Africa, Mulhall returned to Britain to take on various coaching roles, and he made a successful return to the English League last season as manager of Cheltenham, after their admission to the Third Division.
The powerful Thomson was an outstanding left half who joined the Dons from St Roch's in 1932. Thomson was a vital part of the Dons side of the 30's that were the first Aberdeen team to make a real impression in the Scottish game, and were unfortunate not to take the title in 1936 and the Scottish Cup the following year. Played almost 250 games for the Dons. His Aberdeen career was finished by the outbreak of War in 1939.
The "wee man" as he was affectionately known to the Aberdeen support, joined the Dons in an exchange deal that took Jim Shirra to Dundee with a £40,000 cash adjustment. Dons boss Billy McNeill brought off the deal that was too prove crucial to Aberdeen success. Strachan went on to become a vital part of the Aberdeen side, with a rare talent to easily trick his way past opponents. Capped for Scotland on 50 occasions, Strachan joined Manchester United in 1984 in a £600,000 move. Played for Scotland at two World Cups, and also enjoyed considerable success with Manchester Utd, Leeds and Coventry. Strachan took over as Coventry boss before moving to Southampton. Recently decided to part company with the Saints.
Aberdeen born Leggat developed in to one of the all time greats when his Pittodrie career flourished during the 50's. In the early stages, Leggat was a vital cog in the Dons machine that swept to the League championship in 1955. Many observers were of the opinion that Leggat was the complete player without a weakness. Capped for Scotland before his move to Fulham in 1959 for a paltry £15,000 fee, Leggat moved to the Canada and was involved in the development of the game there, and still maintains an active interest in the game today.
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Goalkeeper Blackwell arrived at Pittodrie in 1921 from Scunthorpe. Famed for playing in the Dons record score of 13-0 against Peterhead in 1923, Blackwell was reported to have watched proceedings under the protection of an umbrella. Blackwell went on to play for Orient and Preston after leaving the Dons in 1930.
Joined the Dons from local side St Clements in 1946 and went on to become one the Dons greatest forwards. Integral part of the Dons 1955 League winning side, Yorston scored vital goals in the Dons championship season. Capped for Scotland and the Scottish League, Yorston resisted the temptation to join the trail to England by retiring from senior football in 1957 to take up employment as a fish market porter. Also assisted Buckie, Fraserburgh, Deveronvale and Lossiemouth in the latter part of his career.
The original Great Dane joined the Dons in 1968 after being spotted playing in America, following in the footsteps of Jens Petersen. Boel became a cult hero at Pittodrie a rugged and powerful full back who went on to play his part in the Dons successful 1970 Cup side. A Danish international, Boel's Aberdeen career was effectively ended after sustaining a serious injury against BMG in Germany in 1972.
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Part of the Aberdeen side that won the title in 1955 and alongside Young and Glen he formed part of a formidable half back line. A competitive player signed from Chelsea in 1949. Before his transfer to Chesterfield in June 1958, Allister went on to become a League and League Cup winner during his spell at Pittodrie.
Left-winger Hather soon found himself in the Dons first team after his arrival at the end of 1948. The English born flier went on become a real asset for the Dons, and was aptly called "The Hare." Was a vital part of the Dons 1955 League championship side and after taking over from Tommy Pearson. Played in the winning Dons side that took the League Cup back to Pittodrie in 1956, but was to taste disappointment in three Scottish Cup Finals in the 50's.
Welshman Benyon joined Aberdeen in 1932 from Doncaster and developed in to a quick winger and firm favourite at Pittodrie. Played in the epic 1937 Cup Final and provided the cross for Armstrong's goal. Tragedy struck Benyon when he was taken ill on the Dons tour of South Africa weeks after the Final. Benyon went down with Peritonitis and died in Johannesburg on 26th June 1937.
Arrived at Pittodrie from Danish club Esbjerg and initially struggled to make an impact, as the Scandinavian invasion of Scotland was to prove a popular source of talent for Scottish clubs. After new boss Eddie Turnbull took over, Petersen began to make his mark at Pittodrie, and Jens developed in to a top-drawer defender. Played for the Dons in the 1967 Cup Final, and was appointed captain the following season. Left Aberdeen in 1970, after the emergence of Martin Buchan.
Joined Aberdeen from Lokeren in a £300,000 deal in the summer of 1985 as Alex Ferguson strengthened his side on the back of the Dons 1985 title success. Previously with rangers, Bett had an almost nomadic career before finding his best days at Pittodrie. Capped 25 times for Scotland, Bett was a double cup winner in season 1989-90. Left the Dons in 1995 to take up a coaching role in Iceland. Currently resides in the Aberdeen area.
A club record signing from Preston in 1968 when he joined Aberdeen for a £25,000 fee. Previously made an Ibrox casualty after Rangers defeat at Berwick in 1967 Forrest went on to become a full international at Aberdeen and was also in the Dons side that won the Scottish Cup in 1970. Finished first season at Aberdeen as top scorer and left the Dons in 1973 to play for Hong Kong Rangers.
Broke into the first team in time to help the Dons to glory in the 1970 Scottish Cup after signing from Bonnyrigg in 1965. Developed in to a fierce competitor at as a full back, but could also be called upon to do a job in the midfield. Capped at U-23 level for Scotland, was widely regarded as the best uncapped defender in Scotland at that time. In 1975, as club captain, Hermiston announced his retirement from the game, and he was to pursue a career with the Police. Hermiston emigrated to Australia, where he resumed his football career.
Goalkeeper who first played for the Dons in August 1978. Currently at Pittodrie in a coaching capacity after hanging up the gloves. Made his 500th appearance for the club against Dundee Utd at Tannadice in 1998. In the first of his two spells at Pittodrie, Leighton was part of the all-conquering Dons side of the 80's and is also Scotland's most capped goalkeeper, second only in the all time caps haul to Kenny Dalglish. Retired from the international team in October 1998, Leighton's first class career ended on a low note when after only two minutes of the 2000 Cup Final against Rangers, Leighton was severely injured in a clash with rangers Rod Wallace, so a memorable career was finished. Awarded testimonial against Middlesborough in July 2000.
Glasgow born Smith joined the Dons from Benburb in 1965, and the elegant Smith was fondly nicknamed "Jinky" by the Dons support, as his subtle skills and slight build, were his trademark. Capped at U-23 level for Scotland while at Pittodrie, and Aberdeen resisted a bid from Celtic in 1968 for his services before a bid of £80,000 from Newcastle was accepted in a year later. Four caps for Scotland were scant reward for such a talent.
Aberdeen captain when the Dons were enjoying the great days of the 50's, leading the club to their first Championship in 1955. Was appointed skipper almost immediately when he was signed from Morton in 1952. Joined Aberdeen as one of their most expensive signings at the time. Capped at League level, Mitchell was a popular full back, committed to the cause. Released in 1958, Mitchell went on to manage Cowdenbeath.
Another Aberdeen capture from Newcastle, Soye enjoyed six years at Pittodrie before the outbreak of the War effectively ended his Aberdeen career. Had seen previous experience with Celtic, Southampton and the Magpies, and went on to play a vital part in the free scoring Dons side of 1910-11. Capped at League level, Soye was renowned for scoring great goals from his right wing position.
Stalwart of the Aberdeen side in their formative years, signed from Broxburn and formed a formidable full back partnership with Donald Colman. His 11-year spell with the Dons proved a fruitful time and he was in the side that went close to the title in 1911. He returned to Aberdeen after the War for his swan song before moving to Darwen in England as a coach. Later immigrated to the States, and kept up his interest in football.
Joined up at Pittodrie after the First World War, and developed in to one of the toughest defenders in the game. Originally an inside forward, his burly physique was put to good use as a full back. It was during the 20's that Hutton was to flourish in his new role, and he went on to become the Dons most capped player at that time with seven outings for Scotland. In October 1926, he was transferred to Blackburn Rovers in a then record fee of £6,000. Before retiring in 1933, won an FA Cup winners gong with Blackburn in 1928.
The 'King' as he was affectionately christened by his beloved Beach End. Signed from Morton in 1969 for £40,000, Harper was the answer to the Dons goal drought as the chunky striker set about devastating many a Scottish defence. Idolised at Pittodrie, 'goal a game Harper' achieved legendary status during his Pittodrie career that was broken by a spell with Everton and Hibs. Played in the Dons Cup winning sides of 1970 and 1976, and was still around as the Dons won the Premier in 1980. His ability around the goal and predatory instincts were his strengths, but his all round talent was often overlooked out with the North East. His tally of only four caps did not do justice to his ability. Remains the clubs record goalscorer with a recently amended total.
Gothenburg goal hero John Hewitt will forever have his name etched in the history of Aberdeen FC when he scored the Dons goal of the century with his extra time header against Real Madrid in 1983 that meant the Dons had won the European Cup Winners Cup. Often used a substitute, Hewitt had the knack of scoring important goals for the club, including the quickest Scottish Cup goal on record. His 9-second goal against Motherwell in the Cup at Fir Park in 1982 set the Dons on a roller coaster ride that will never be forgotten.
Arrived at Pittodrie in 1972, and was part of the successful Dons reserve side that include Willie Miller and Joe Smith. Originally a winger, McMaster was converted in to a midfield player of great stature. A master of the long ball, an exquisite left foot was the scourge of many opponents. Awarded a testimonial in 1985, and a full house bears testimony to his popularity at Pittodrie. A bad injury in the 1980 European Cup-tie against Liverpool curtailed a promising career, and McMaster remains one of the greatest uncapped Dons.
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Made his full international debut for Scotland against Nigeria at Pittodrie two seasons ago. Emerged in to the Aberdeen side under Ebbe Skovdahl after impressing in the youth side. Dundee born McNaughton has also played for Scotland at U-21 level. One of the brightest talents to come through the Pittodrie ranks. Recently fought his way back in to the Aberdeen side after injury ruled him out for several months in 2003-04
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Initially struggled to make an impact at Pittodrie after signing from Newcastle United for £75,000 in 1979. However, under the guidance of Alex Ferguson, McGhee forged a memorable Pittodrie career, and was part of the Dons team of the 80's that carried all before them at home and abroad. Made over 250 appearances, scoring 100 goals before a £280,000 move to SV Hamburg in the German Bundesliga. Another Dons international, McGhee scored against England at Hampden in 1984, before leaving the Dons.
One of the most gifted defenders ever to grace Pittodrie. A product of Banks O' Dee he developed in to a sweeper under the guidance of Eddie Turnbull. Was also the youngest captain ever to lead a club to success in the Scottish Cup in 1970. Named as Scotland's Player of the Year in 1971 it was Manchester Utd who paid a record £125,000 for his services. Scotland international before his move Buchan he made 34 appearances for his country.
An Aberdeen legend of the 30's, Armstrong developed a great understanding with Willie Mills to form one of the most prolific front partnerships in British football. Scored the Dons goal in the 1937 Cup Final against Celtic, he joined the Dons from Port Glasgow in 1931. Top scorer at Pittodrie for four consecutive seasons before the outbreak of war virtually finished his top-flight career. Capped for Scotland and was club record scorer before Joe Harper.
Arrived at Pittodrie in 1920 from Glasgow Perthshire, Glasgow born Forsyth developed in to a fine full back. Although a full international call up was to elude him, he was named as a reserve on several occasions. Was one of the first Dons players to be useful as an overlapping full back and this was his great strength. One of the first Dons to be awarded a benefit game before leaving the Dons in 1926.
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Another of the Dons young guns that played in the Gothenburg side. Likened to the great Franz Beckenbauer in his early days it was Cooper who along with Neil Simpson provided the graft in the sublime Dons midfield of the 80's. Transferred to Aston Villa in 1986 for a £350,000 fee, Cooper went on to join Rangers and Dunfermline before eventually managing Ross County before taking over at Hartlepool.
Another of the original "Fergie fledglings" that was to play a huge part in the Dons success of the 80's. A tough, competitive midfielder, Simpson proved an ideal minder for the more subtle skills of Strachan and Weir, and was also capped for Scotland while at Pittodrie. Played in the Dons side that won the ECWC in 1983, and eventually moved to Newcastle in 1989, after an 11-year stint at Pittodrie. Made almost 300 appearances for the Dons. Rejoined the club in June 2001 to head up the Dons Community coaching initiative
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Buckley was a vital part of the Aberdeen side that took the League title in 1955. A lightning quick forward he joined Aberdeen from St Johnstone in 1952. Capped for Scotland and the Scottish League during the Dons halcyon days of the mid-50's, Buckleys' Aberdeen career was ended after a serious knee injury in 1957.
Irishman Moore joined the Dons from Shamrock Rovers in 1932,as a direct replacement for Benny Yorston. Capped as an Irish internationalist, Moore was a prolific scorer for the Dons, and also for his country when he scored four goals in one match for his Ireland. Rejoined Shamrock in 1935, as the Armstrong-Mills partnership was to blossom at Pittodrie. Equalled the club record for scoring six goals in one game for the Dons when he netted a double hat trick against Falkirk in 1932.
The diminutive McKenna joined the Dons in 1944, but for what he lacked in height was compensated by his lightning speed. Glasgow born, McKenna was part of the Dons Cup winning sides of 1946 and 1947. In his six seasons at Pittodrie McKenna was a regular first team player before struggling to keep his first team position in the early 50's. Transferred to Plymouth in 1952.
A surprise signing for the Dons when Alex Smith as the Dons boss plucked him from the relative obscurity of the Dutch league was watching Theo Snelders. A £200,000 fee secured the Liverpool born player who became a firm favourite at Pittodrie. Used in a variety of roles, perhaps his most telling contribution was his two goals in the 1989 League cup Final that defeated Rangers. Transferred to Ipswich after the 1993 Scottish Cup Final in a £440,000 deal.
Aberdeen and Scottish record signing at that time, when Weir joined the team he supported as a boy in a £330,000 deal that saw Ian Scanlon go to St Mirren. Weir was a deceptive winger, and provided a vital balance in the great Dons side of the 80's. Played a major part in the Dons Gothenburg success, and was also a Scottish international. Although his Pittodrie career was blighted by injury, Weir was a popular player at Pittodrie, and so often the scourge of Scottish defences. Joined Leicester City in 1987.
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Signed from Dundee in 1986 in a deal that took Ian Angus to Dens Park, Connor went on to play an integral part of the Aberdeen midfield that won the cup double in 1989-90. Provided the perfect foil for Jim Bett and Neil Simpson in the Aberdeen side that struggled to match the clubs glory days in the post-Fergie era. Along with Alex McLeish and Bett, Connor left he Dons in 1994 to join Kilmarnock.
Latest in a long line of Aberdeen players to make the full Scotland side. Made his debut for the Dons in 1997 and in 2003 signed a new two-year deal. Suffered long term injury in the 2000 Scottish Cup Final, which prevented Anderson from fulfilling his potential earlier. Was made captain of the Dons under Steve Paterson and looks to get back in to the Scotland side, Anderson made his 200th appearance for the Dons before the end of season 2003-04.
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Emerged from the all-conquering Aberdeen youth side of the late 80's and along with Eoin Jess made an immediate impact in the Aberdeen side. Booth made a record number of U-21 appearances for Scotland before taking that form in to he full international side. A catalogue of injuries hampered progress and he left Aberdeen in 1996 to join Dortmund. Returned to Aberdeen last summer was the Dons top scorer in 2003-04. Now works for Setanta Sports.
The value of summer tours during that period was proved invaluable, as it was on a tour of South Africa in 1937 that the Dons party spotted Williams. The flying winger was soon on his way to Pittodrie, and he gained notoriety when he scored the Dons winner in the 1947 Scottish Cup Final. Played for Scotland during the War although he was South African and moved to Plymouth.
One of the most promising youngsters that have come through the Pittodrie ranks in modern times. Came in to the Dons first team in difficult circumstances as the Dons came close to being relegated for the first time in season 1994-95. His craft and flair on the left side was evident even in his tender years, and it was this promise that attracted the attention of Newcastle United in 1998. Glass was one of the first players to be transferred under the new directives regarding players less than 24 years of age. Aberdeen received compensation of £650,000. Returned to Scotland and joined Hibernian at the start of season 2002-03.
Signed by old boss Billy McNeill from Clyde for £20,000 in 1977. The emerging potential of the striker was to flourish at Pittodrie. Was part of the Aberdeen side that won the Premier League in 1980. His heart set on a move to England he was sold for a record £900,000 to Tottenham shortly after the Dons title success. Made his full international debut for Scotland against Portugal during his Pittodrie career. Also went on to play for Barcelona and currently resides in the Catalan area.
Signed for the Dons in a record Aberdeen transfer in 1970 for a fee of £50,000. As he was cup-tied, Murray missed out on the Dons Cup winning side of 1970, but the cultured midfielder was a vital cog in the Dons machine that went agonisingly close to taking the title in 1971. Capped for Scotland against Belgium at Pittodrie in 1971, Murray was also Aberdeen captain before a dispute with the club in 1973 resulted in a transfer to Celtic. Moved in to management after his playing career, and must hold some sort of record when he was in charge of Forfar for only 3 days.
Joined the Dons as a promising right-winger and took some time to establish himself in the first team. Eventually emerged as a formidable defender his 20-year association with the club was broken by the First World War. After a spell with Middlesborough Davidson moved in to coaching and was assistant manager of Chelsea between 1939-1957.
Aberdeen born McKimmie learned his trade with Dundee before Alex Ferguson paid the Dens Park club £90,000 for his services in 1983. Played in the Dons team that won the European Super Cup, and went onto gain 40 caps for Scotland. Was made Aberdeen captain after Alex McLeish and led the Dons to the 1995 League Cup. Awarded a testimonial against Blackburn in 1994. Made over 500 appearances for the Dons, before a surprise move to Dundee United in 1997. Currently involved with local media work.
One of the Dons best captures in modern times. Kennedy was bought for £30,000 from Falkirk in 1976, and went on to become one of the most popular players at Pittodrie. A fitness fanatic, his great attributes were his speed and power of recovery, which made him ideal for the demands of the game. Won winners medals in the League, Scottish and League Cups before injury ruled him out of the ECWC Final in Gothenburg. Was a non-playing substitute in the final, and it was that injury which finally ended his career. Capped 8 times for Scotland.
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Alex Smith's first big signing as a replacement for Jim Leighton. Snelders was signed for £300,000 from Twente Enschede in Holland. The big keeper soon made his presence felt with a series of fine displays for the Dons. Capped for Holland during his spell with the Dons, Snelders was also part of the Dons double cup winning side in 1990. Included in the Holland squad that went to Italia 90, Snelders fell out of favour in 1995, and was sold to Rangers for around £300,000 to join as back up to Andy Goram.
The first Scottish teenager to be transferred for a six-figure fee when he joined Sheffield Wednesday for £100,000 in 1969. A rare talent that was only seen in his formative years at Pittodrie, Craig went on to play for Newcastle Utd, Aston Villa and Swansea. Capped for Scotland before moving in to coaching, Craig was assistant manager at Pittodrie under Roy Aitken.
One of the most skilful wingers to play for the Dons, Pearson joined the club from Newcastle for £4,000 at the age of 35. Although his best days were behind him, Pearson was still a personality player at Pittodrie, appreciated by the Aberdeen support. Had the distinction of having played for both Scotland and England before retiring in 1953. Returned to Pittodrie six years later as manager. Made over 100 appearances for the Dons.
Harris joined up at Pittodrie from Queens Park in 1946, and was originally a centre forward. However, a switch to the right wing was soon to pay dividends. Never the most fleet of foot, Harris was a wholehearted player and part of the Dons 1947 Cup side. True Dons stalwart, Harris moved back to right half later in his career, as his eight-year spell with the club was coming to a close.
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One of the Dons greatest ever servants, Cooper a tough full back joined Aberdeen in 1927. His defining momet n a long Aberdeen career came in 1947 when a rare injury prevented him from playing in the Dons first Scottish Cup success in 1947. Such was his popularity that special permission was given by the SFA for Cooper to be presented with a medal.
The first great Aberdeen winger and also had the distinction of becoming the first Aberdeen player to play for Scotland when he was capped against Wales at Dens Park in 1908. Lennie scored the winner in a 2-1 win. Developed a great understanding with Charlie O'Hagan in the Aberdeen side that came close to winning the title in 1911. One of the first players to receive a benefit match from Aberdeen.
Without doubt as Dons Greats go, Miller has no equal. Inspirational captain that took the Dons to the heady heights of success at home and abroad. Joined the Dons in 1971 and after being converted into a sweeper, Miller forged a remarkable career with the Dons. League Cup wins in 1976 and 1989 sandwiched a run of success never seen at Pittodrie. Capped for Scotland on 65 occasions, Miller has been afforded every accolade in the game. Took over as Dons boss in February 1992, but paid the ultimate penalty as the Dons struggled in 1995. Has proved a popular media pundit, but that role was curtailed after he joined the Aberdeen board in June 2004. Miller has never worked in football out with the confines of Pittodrie.
Possibly the first ever Aberdeen player to be classed as the complete player. As a young forward Mills arrived at Pittodrie in 1932 and was almost immediately thrown in to the Dons first team, a position he was to claim for six memorable years. Formed an almost telepathic partnership with Matt Armstrong as the Dons came so close to claiming their first major trophy in the 30's. Capped for Scotland, Mills was transferred to Huddersfield for a club record £6,500 in 1938.
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The Hungarian international was a surprise signing by Jim Bonthrone in 1972, after joining the Dons from Hertha Berlin in a £40,000 deal. Varga was a gifted player, blessed with a technical ability never before seen at Pittodrie, and in his brief stay at the club he thrilled the Dons support, with some fabulous moments. Often the target of the more physical players, Varga was often said to be ahead of his time, and those fortunate enough to see him at Pittodrie would not disagree. Moved to Ajax in 1973 to replace the legendary Johan Cruyff.
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