Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Overall Ground #165 Scottish Ground #23/#41

 


Aberdeen V Celtic Saturday 3rd March 2012

Pittodrie Stadium

Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous City, with an official population estimate of 217,100
Nicknames include the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. The city has a long, sandy coastline Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, other nicknames have been the Oil Capital of Europe or the Energy Capital of Europe. The area around Aberdeen has been settled since at least 8,000 years ago, when prehistoric villages lay around the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don.
The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles have been overtaken by the oil industry and Aberdeen's seaport. Aberdeen Heliport is one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world and the seaport is the largest in the north-east of Scotland. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom competition a record-breaking ten times.
Aberdeen Football Club (also known as The Dons, The Dandies or The Reds) are a Scottish professional football and are one of the most successful teams in their country, having won four league titles and seven Scottish Cups, including a record three in a row during the 1980s, the only time a team other than Rangers has done this since 1882. They are also the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, both in the same year, and are one of only 3 Scottish teams that have never been relegated from the Top Division. Despite competing in the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup finals, both in 2000, they have not won any silverware since 1995.
Formed in 1903 as a result of the amalgamation of three clubs from Aberdeen, Aberdeen were the last club outside of the Old Firm to win a league title, in 1984/85, and also the last Scottish team to win a European Championship.

Aberdeen have played at Pittodrie Stadium since their inception. The ground currently has a capacity of 22,199 and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom. Pittodrie was also the first football stadium to feature a dugout, 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.

 

So we set off from Carlisle around 06:15 myself and fellow hopper Adam Sheridan after a quick re-fuel at Morrisons we were on the M74 Heading north towards Glasgow. At Glasgow we branched onto the M73 and then onto the A80 which shortly became the M80. We went up past Stirling and onto the M9/A9 toward Perth. At Perth we joined the M90 which again become the A90. At Dundee we had a short stop at the McDonalds for breakfast, before continuing up the A90 towards Aberdeen past what was probably every speed camera in Scotland on that stretch of road. We drove through the city centre before arriving at the ground around 10.30 we were early enough to park right outside the ground directly opposite the golf club bar. We then went to collect our tickets before deciding to walk around the ground to get a few photos. You can’t actually walk right the way round as at the back of the stadium is some houses/flats which means you can only walk so far and also with it being a game against Celtic you could only gain access to the away side if you had a ticket for that game.
Upon taking a few pictures at the back of the ground at 11am we were asked by a policeman what we were doing after we had to him we had come from Carlisle and were ground hoppers he agreed to let us in and take a few photos while the stadium was empty and was kind enough to show us around a bit. We then decided to take our seats and take a few photos.

At half time we decided to swap ends and sit at the other end of the main stand whilst we were hanging around at the west side of the main stand I noticed a familiar face. At first I wasn’t sure as I watched him take pictures but as soon as I heard his Geordie accent I knew it was him we introduced ourselves and after a quick chat he disappeared to the press area and we continued to watch the game just before the end of the game we made a quick exit just to make sure we had enough time to get to Brechin before KO back to the car. At the end of the game to police closed park lane off presumably to allow the Celtic fans a trouble free exit and all traffic was directed onto the esplanade then back towards the town centre. Then headed back onto the A90 towards Brechin for our second game of the day
Neither side really deserved to win the game although Celtic slightly had the edge up until Aberdeen scored then neither side seamed to want to take a risk and go for it both seamed happy with a point. Was good to get up to Aberdeen and see Pittodrie before it goes as the plans to move stadium are at an advance stage.
You can read a copy of the Match report Here Eventually I will write my own reports but since I am a little new I won’t this time

 

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Division:-Scottish Premier League

Ticket Price £0

Programme £3

Parking £0

Attendance 13,127

Score 1-1 

 Match Day Photo Album

Geoff Jackson

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