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Aberdeen 1-0 Dumbarton

Scottish Cup* Fourth Round, Pittodrie Stadium, 18/1/20.

Once again, we wuz robbed.

After Sons had held out for 87 minutes Aberdeen’s striker Sam Cosgrove went over like a sack of spuds in the penalty box. (Well, he’d been falling over every time a Sons player came near him all game so why would he give up the habit with three minutes to go?) Once again the ref bought it. And Cosgrove put away the penalty.

So, despite not a shot on target and only one corner won in the whole game – and that almost into stoppage time – one of the best Sons displays in the last few years ended up without reward. Defensively we were brilliant. Okay maybe they had thirteen or so chances – but they only caused Conor Brennan in our goal to exert himself about three times.

This Aberdeen side was a pale shadow of the team we played in the Cup Quarter-Final (six years ago now,) ponderous, unimaginative, plodding, but we’re not even a patch on what we were back then (as I said to my son during the game we’re not even a darn on that side) so this was a magnificent performance. It deserved better reward than a dodgy penalty against with three minutes to go. But them’s the breaks when you’re a wee team.

Again the assembled Sons fans trotted out those old favourites “What a shitey home support,” “We forgot that you were here,” “SPL, you’re having a laugh,” (admittedly that one’s really out of date now) and “You only sing when you’re winning.” Instead of Jamie Langfield it was that same Sam Cosgrove who was told, “you’re a wanker, you’re a wanker.”

Notwithstanding the final result it was a great day out. That sense of togetherness in the away section and the support for the team were both superb.

*William Hill Scottish Cup,

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 6: Tullos School + A Sports Pavilion

I had a recent comment on my post no 4 in this category to the effect that Tullos Primary School in Aberdeen is Art Deco.

It is.

A previous commenter, Kenfitlike, provided a link to this Sports Pavilion in Aberdeen:-

Sports Pavilion in Aberdeen

James Clerk Maxwell Memorial Plaque, Aberdeen

Memorial plaque to perhaps Scotland’s greatest scientist.

James Clerk Maxwell Plaque, Aberdeen

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Aberdeen

Another fruit of our trip to Peterhead. The memorial in Aberdeen to the Gordon Highlanders. Situated on Castlegate site of the regiment’s original barracks, near the junction with Union Street.

Aberdeen, Gordon Highlanders Memorial

Reverse view showing old style uniform and arms:-

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Aberdeen

Dedication. “The renowned regiment of the north east of Scotland 1794-1994. Erected by the city of Aberdeen, unveiled by HRH the Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, 15th October 2011”

Dedication, Gordon Highlanders Memorial 4

Winston Churchill’s appreciation, “the finest regiment in the world”:-

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 3 (ii): The Beach Ballroom Again

I have mentioned the Beach Ballroom several times, but all of these refer back to my original post.

On the same day Sons played Aberdeen in the Cup quarter-final (over two years ago) I actually got round to taking photos of it myself.


Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Entrance. Good glazing on the doors:-

Entrance to Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

From entrance looking east:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Frontage from east:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen from East

East elevation from south:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Looking north from east side

North portion (Star Ballroom) from east:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, North end from east

Star Ballroom entrance. Good detailing above door:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Star Ballroom Entrance

Easst elevation from north:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, looking south down east side

West elevation from (south)west:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, from west

Entrance block from west:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, South side from West

Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Pittodrie Stadium is the home of Aberdeen FC.

Approach to Beach End Stand:-

Approach to Away Section – Not very prepossessing, what with the menacing metal fencing all round the approach:-

East Stand (Beach End.) Houses away fans:-

North (Main) Stand, houses the players’ changing rooms and home fans seating. The players’ tunnel is not as is usual in the centre but at the right hand end as you look at it here:-

West Stand. Home fans again:-

South Stand. In the photo Sons fans are nearest. This doesn’t give the impression of how many were there (600.) Beyond a fence, most of the stand was taken up with Aberdeen fans:-

Home fans embracing the insult and carrying an inflatable sheep/lamb. As well as the sheep there were loads of balloons in Sons colours of black, white and gold floating around during the Scottish Cup game on 8/3/14:-

Sons players applaud fans at end of game:-

Poppy Watch

This is the earliest I’ve noted poppy wearing since my blog started. For the record the posts were on 28/10/08, 23/10/09, 23/10/10 and 6/11/11.

This is only October 17th.

And who was it this year?

Why, none other than our esteemed First Minister, Wee Eck, otherwise known as Alex Salmond, on the lunchtime BBC Scotland news commenting on the green light finally being given to the Aberdeen by-pass. On the evening Reporting Scotland a local Aberdeen councillor was also shown with one.

It’s over three weeks till Remembrance Day. I do think they could at least wait until November.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 14 and Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 3, Revisited.

Yesterday afternoon I glimpsed a programme called Grand Tours of Scotland. I wouldn’t normally have watched this (mainly because the good lady thinks the presenter, Paul Murton, has an unappealing voice) but we were in someone else’s house at the time.

It was episode 6 of the series, the only one I’ve seen and Murton was “following the sun” up through the East of Scotland’s sea-side resorts. On the way he visited Stonehaven Swimming pool which has featured in my Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage posts (see link above.)

He ended up at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, which is in my Aberdeen Art Deco Heritage posts. Murton undertook some dancing inside the Ballroom. The interior still retains Art Deco features.

Anyway the programme is available on the BBC iPlayer, but only until Wednesday 21/12/11, so if you tune in you can catch some glimpses yourself.

Also on the iPlayer (till tomorrow 20/12/11) is a piece, about 25 minutes in, from The One Show on the Midland Hotel, my post on which you can see via the link.

Re-numbering Art Deco

For those of you who care about these things I decided a while ago that the numbering system I was using for my Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage posts had become too unwieldy.

For really signature buildings (or those geographically remote) I have retained the Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage title but otherwise I now list buildings under a narrower geographical heading, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee etc.

As a result I thought it better to re-number some earlier posts retrospectively and edit the posts accordingly.

For the record the changes are:-

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 6. Bon Accord Baths: now Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 7. Carron Restaurant: now SADH 6

SADH 8 (and update.) Nardini’s: now 7 (and update)

SADH 9. Northern Hotel: now Aberdeen 2

SADH 10. Tarlair Swimming Pool: now 8

SADH 11. Ascot Cinema: now 9

SADH 12. Kelvin Court: now 10

SADH 13. Victoria Cinema: now Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 14. Green’s Playhouse: now Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 15. Murraygate (I): now Dundee 2

SADH 16. Murraygate (II and III): now Dundee 3

SADH 17. now Dundee 4

SADH 18. Causewayside Garage: now Edinburgh 2

SADH 19. Dumbarton: now 11

SADH 20. Tobermory: now 12

SADH 21. Perth: now 13

SADH 17 (ii). Lilybank Mews: now Dundee 5

SADH 9 (ii). Beach Ballroom: now Aberdeen 3

SADH 22. Stonehaven Swimming pool: now 14

End of public information announcement.

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 4. Art Deco In Aberdeen

I found this article after a search for Aberdeen Art Deco reached this blog and I followed the link. The list of buildings begins on page 6 of the document.

As well as some cinemas it gives my first Aberdeen Art Deco feature the Bon Accord Baths,

Jackson’s Garage,

and Amicable House (see below from flickr.)

Amicable House

For Foresterhill Medical School, King’s College Sports Pavilion and Tullos Primary School I could find no photos.

The Northern Hotel, of course, I have featured before but here’s another picture.

Northern Hotel, Aberdeen

(More of this hotel can be seen on flickr at and

No mention in the article of The Beach Ballroom, though.

In my other searchings I came across a Modernist House in Garthdee Road Aberdeen, Architect Roy Meldrum, near Gray’s Art School (see and

Then there is The Lemon Tree/St Katherine’s Centre, Architects Jenkins and Marr 1937 (see at

There is this too from Bon Accord Street.

There is also a striking relief on the side of a tenement.

"The wind"

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