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Wednesday 29th May 2024

Scottish League Cup Group Stage Draw - 1pm

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Arbroath v Aberdeen

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Arbroath v Aberdeen - Saturday 14th July KO 3pm


Adults - £10


Children - £5


Both hospitality bars will be open to the public one hour before kick off.





Arbroath may not have spent much game time in the higher echelons of Scottish football but the Angus club have a long and often distinguished history. Of course their famous 36-0 win over Aberdeen based side Bon Accord in 1885 remains a record world score. Before the current Aberdeen FC was formed in 1903, the original Aberdeen FC came up against Arbroath in many stirring clashes which was arguably Aberdeen's first real local derby fixtures.


The first occasion the sides clashed came in what was one of the early games in Aberdeen's existence on 8th September 1883 in a Scottish Cup tie. Aberdeen played well enough to earn a 2-2 draw and earn another match against their Angus neighbours. A week later the Aberdeen side travelled south without several regulars and suffered a 7-0 hammering in the replay.Arbroath v Aberdeen March 1969 Prog


On 4th October 1884 the sides met again in a Scottish Cup tie. Aberdeen had progressed to meet Arbroath after defeating Kirriemuir4-1 in Angus. Arbroath were far more established and an experienced side ran out easy 7-1 winners over Aberdeen. While the cup draw was eagerly anticipated by the new Aberdeen club, the result proved that they were far from ready or prepared for the national competition. The game was played at Recreation Grounds Inches and the Aberdeen team that day was; A Lothian, R Hyslop, W Farrel, C Glennie, J McHardy, J Crow, R Black, R Smith, W Stewart, D Smith, D Lothian. A crowd in excess of 600 turned up for tie. Arbroath took the lead after five minutes and by half time the tie was over as they raced into a 3-0 lead. A Christie own goal was scant consolation for Aberdeen in the second half.


One of the more famous meetings between the sides was in 1904 when the present Aberdeen FC won a thrilling Scottish Qualifying Cup tie 4-3 at Gayfield. Reports of the time declared that the special train laid on for the occasion to take the 1500 or so Aberdeen support down was bedecked in the Black & Gold colours or 'favours' of Aberdeen.


While there have not been many competitive clashes between the sides through the years, in season 1968.69 Arbroath were actually in the top division and more than held their own that season with Gayfield in particular being a tough venue to visit. While the playing surface back then was seen as one of the best in the country, the close proximity to the North Sea often made the Gayfield ground a difficult place to play football. In March 1969, a week before Aberdeen were due to meet Rangers at Parkhead in the Scottish Cup semi final, the Dons went down in a shock 2-1 defeat in the league at Arbroath. A full strength Aberdeen side was welcomed by a large travelling support but they were left frustrated as the home side stuck to their task and made things very uneasy for Bobby Clark & Co. It was hardly the best preparation for the Dons as they knew that their semi final meeting would be a lot more difficult. Inconsistent as Aberdeen were back then, they still created enough chances to give themselves a boost ahead of the cup tie, but the home side held out to record a fine win.


The last occasion the sides met in competitive action was in a Scottish Cup tie at Gayfield in 2005. On that occasion it was a more comfortable afternoon for the Dons as a goal in each half from Markus Heikkinen and Darren Mackie secured a 2-0 win. Only Russell Anderson and Chris Clark, who are both into their second spells at Aberdeen, remain on the books at Pittodrie who played in that last meeting against the Red Lichties.

Aberdeen v Arborath - The Complete Record




Played 18

Won 11

Drawn 5

Lost 2



Played 26

Won 15

Drawn 5

Lost 6



First meeting: 26 Sep 1903 Aberdeen 1 - 2 Arbroath Northern League 6,000

Biggest Dons Win: 18 May 1967 Arbroath 0 - 7 Aberdeen Benefit Match 0

Biggest Competitve Dons Win: 30 Jan 1980 Aberdeen 5 - 0 Arbroath Scottish Cup R3 REP 9,127

Biggest Competitve Dons Away Win:

12 Aug 1992 Arbroath 0 - 4 Aberdeen League Cup R2 4,130

Biggest Arbroath Win: 19 Mar 1904 Arbroath 4 - 1 Aberdeen Northern League 1,500

Last Abroath Win: 22 Aug 1979 Arbroath 2 - 1 Aberdeen League Cup R1 2L 2,174




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Good wee day out in Arbroath, cracking weather too.

First half was a bit of a non event but Fallon took his goal well. second half was alot more exciting with 5 goals, hit the bar at least once and we should have had a penalty earlier on in the half for the most blatant hand ball you'll see.  New signings both looked lively especially Hayes who was causing them all sorts of problems.  Bit worried about our cover in defence.  In the second half our back four was Considine, Osbourne, Magennis Clark, perhaps as someone suggested we're doing an inverted Spain and playing with no defenders this season.  Great to see Milsom back but Fyvie as conspicuous by his absence.

All in all a good start to pre-season and fired up the anticipation for the beginning of the season.

Also an excellent crowd of over 1700 with the vast majority Dons fans.

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Got to agree with GS, the defensive situation is fairly major, we're about to start the season without a full defence. Brown has to make this a priority or we're going be in big trouble.


Bit of a recurring theme to that comment........................

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Thing is Al, it's not that we're maybe just lacking a full back, we essentially have a team with no defenders. When Anderson gets crocked (and he will) we then only have considine. Brown best have a plan to loan a good few players in or we're going to miss out on a massive opportunity to capitalise on the abscence of the scum this year. It's deeply worrying.

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My first Red TV interview in years, and is it just me or is CB eating whilst he's being interviewed?


Sounded like it.

Liked PP's comment, after being asked repeatedly about coming 2nd now the huns aren't here, that we should be aiming to challenge the Tims.  Nice to hear a bit of ambition about the place.

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