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As was highlighted by the club before this afternoon's match, the Dons Scottish Cup Quarter Final replay match will take place on Wed 16th March at 7.45pm.

 

Both clubs have agreed to reduce ticket prices for this match.

 

Tickets will be priced as follows across all sections of the stadium: Adults £15, Concessions £8 and Under 12 £5.

 

Please note, as per previous games in cup competitions, the upper deck of the RDS will be closed.

 

Tickets will go on sale from the ticket office at 9am on Monday 14th March. Ticket hotline: 01224 63 1903.

 

Season Ticket Holders will have until 2pm on Wednesday to purchase their tickets. Priority for seating in the RDS lower section will be given to all RDS season ticket holders.

 

Meanwhile the draw for the semi-final of the competition will take place on Monday lunchtime when Alan Stubbs and Alan Irvine will join Scottish FA President George Peat in conducting proceedings. The draw will take place at the sportscotland Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre at 1.00pm and RedTV will bring you news of the draw as soon as possible.

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I see, surprised the clubs aren't trying to accomodate SKY and play on Thursday night, with the money from a replay.

 

Hopefully weather improves and the crowd will be OK for replay.

 

Dont think anyone would dare try that what with this apparent fixture congestion.

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http://www.afc.co.uk/articles/20110314/instant-replay_2212158_2315780

 

Some choice quotes:

Cup football through the years has attracted several club record attendances, including Pittodrie. The old stadium was full for a record 45,061 for the visit of Hearts in a quarter final tie on 13th March 1954. In the two previous ties that season Aberdeen played in front of 47,700 at Easter Road and a lowly 700 at the sedate surroundings in Duns in the Scottish Borders in the opening tie. Just why so many wanted to attend Pittodrie for the Hearts tie was not clear. The club didn't even make the game all-ticket. It was only when interest in the tie grew, that Aberdeen at the last minute made entrance to the main stand by ticket only.

 

Back then there was little by way of any health and safety issues; any stewards on duty would simple shepherd the crowd into the open terraces as they arrived. The fact that Pittodrie could house such a huge crowd defies belief when you consider the shape and size of the ground has not changed that dramatically over the years. In that 1954 cup run, Aberdeen went on defeat Hearts and faced Rangers before a crowd in excess of 110,000 at Hampden in the semi final. When you consider that more than 320,000 supporters took in all five Aberdeen ties that season (including the 700 hardy souls at Duns), it highlights just how popular cup football was back then

 

Duns:

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Aberdeen's first real drama in replayed Scottish Cup ties came away back in 1908. It was the Dons first capped Scottish international Willie Lennie that provided the magic to defeat Dundee in the second round. Back then cup ties often went to second replay before the rule changes came in the 1990's. At that time Dundee were seen as the Dons traditional derby rivals. The fact that they came up against each other in the cup made it a special occasion. After a 0-0 draw at Pittodrie and a 2-2 draw at Dens Park, the tie was settled in a third meeting, at neutral Hampden, four days after the drawn match in Dundee. The agreed practice back then was for the clubs to toss a coin for choice of venue for the third meeting. When both clubs could not agree, it was the SFA who would decide on a neutral venue. Both Aberdeen and Dundee clashed for the third time in 10 days at the national stadium and it was Aberdeen winger Willie Lennie who scored a vital goal after rising from his sick bed to play. Later that season Aberdeen went out to Celtic in a semi final at Pittodrie, a remarkable and controversial clash that ended up with the referee and the Celtic players being 'stoned' by a section of irate Aberdeen supporters after the visitors had effectively robbed the Dons of a first cup final appearance.

 

A year later it was not so much a replay but a venue switch that caused a lot of controversy. The Dons record 13-0 win came against Peterhead in a 3rd round tie that was eventually played at Pittodrie. The draw had given Peterhead home rights fir the tie but the 'Blue Toon' directors negotiated a switch of venue in the belief that a huge Pittodrie crowd would swell the Peterhead coffers. As it turned out the players were never consulted and offered a meagre bonus to boot. Several Peterhead players refused to play and the Highland League side were hammered on the day. The irony was that wretched weather kept the crowd down to 3,241, which was probably a lot less than they would have managed to get if the tie was played at Peterhead

 

v Hibs '67

The Aberdeen support responded by turning out in their droves as a record midweek attendance of 44,000 filled the ground. Spectators took up every vantage point as the floodlights were under siege along with some of the more adventurous who took up positions on top of the Beach End. Turnbull was as good as his word as Aberdeen ran all over a Hibernian side in a 3-0 win as the crowd responded to their manager's plea to crank up the pressure on the visitors. It was one of those great Pittodrie occasions and similar to what Alex Ferguson used to describe as a magical 'European night' at Pittodrie.

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Anyone who correctly identifies BigAl wins a macaroni pie on Wednesday night.

 

Sorry to disappoint you all, but I missed that game. Nae bastard would swap shifts with me and I was forced to work instead.

Nae luxury of listening to the game online back in those days. Transistor radios were  still uncommon and only owned by the wealthy.

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I see Milsom is and McNammee are both doubts for this. I would really like to ask Milsom why he does this Johnny Wilkinson run up to his dead ball situations.

 

I like to think Johnny Wilkinson does Robert Milsom style run ups for his Rugby kicks.

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