Fascinating history of football in Aberdeen subject of talk

3 December 2012

A free illustrated talk on the history of football in Aberdeen in the late 19th century will be given at 12.30pm on Tuesday 04 December at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

Fraser Clyne, author of the book 'The Aberdeen Men Can't Play Football' will reveal the results of his research into the history of football in Aberdeen. Details relate to various clubs including the original Aberdeen Football Club; Orion Football Club and Victoria United Football Club, all of whom merged in 1903 to form the club we know today as Aberdeen Football Club.

Fraser Clyne said: 'This all started when I decided to investigate the true story behind Arbroath's record setting 36-0 Scottish Cup victory over Aberdeen Bon Accord in 1885. I soon realised there was a bigger and even more remarkable story to be told. Huge crowds would flock to see these and other local clubs play. There's also tales of players being stabbed, riots, antisocial behaviour and imprisonments for assault."

Chris Croly, historian, said: "Fraser has done some excellent research into a long neglected but vital part of Aberdeen's sporting history and heritage. It's a great privilege to host this talk in which people will get a chance to hear firsthand about why it was said 'the Aberdeen men can't play football'."

Advance booking is recommended for the 30 minute talk by telephoning Aberdeen Maritime Museum on (01224) 337714.