Aberdeen University Football Men's Club

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Aberdeen University FC
Full name Aberdeen University Football Club
Nickname(s) The Uni
Founded 1889
Ground Hillhead Sports Centre (1sts), Balgownie Playing Fields (2s, 3s and 4s)
Ground Capacity 1,000 (50 seated)
Manager Ewan Robb
League SJFA North Division One (East)
BUCS Mars Football 2013-2014 Scottish 1A
2013–14 BUCS Mars Football Scottish 1A 5th
Website Club home page

Aberdeen University Men's Football Club are a football club based at Aberdeen University.[1] The club consists of four individual teams: The University (1sts), University Strollers (2nds), University Colts (3rds) and University 4ths.


Early years[edit]

The University Club was formed in 1889 and became members of the SFA in 1904. Aberdeen University has made three appearances in the Scottish Cup competition. In 1907 Aberdeen University lost 5-1 to Raith Rovers at Kircaldy whilst in 1925 the Club travelled to Dundee United only to go down 5-1 in the 1st Round. The only home tie played by the Uni was in 1913 when the visitors were Peebles Rovers. In front of 2000 spectators, Aberdeen Uni went down 3-0.

In season 1963/64 the University clinched the prestigious local amateur knockout competition, the Bowie Cup, for the very first time. The following season saw the University enter the Scottish Amateur Cup for the very first time only to suffer defeat in the 1st Round at the hands of Doune Castle. Their defence of the Bowie Cup came to an end against Cove Rangers. At this time a great rivalry existed between the University and, at that time, fellow amateurs Cove Rangers.

The 1960s were a prolific time for the University led by coach Tudar Hale who later left to take up an appointment in England. In 1969 Dr Eric Farr took over as Coach and led the University to further success at SUSF and Amateur level. Key players of the era were captain John McGrory, vice-captain Dave McWilliam, Alex Ingram, Phil Williams, Roy Pilgrim, Norrie Stuart and Robin Mitchell, all of whom were Uni internationalists. In 1969 the Club was also awarded the Allender Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding Club within the Athletic Association.

Aberdeen came close to regaining the Queens Park Shield in the early 1980s but the real highlight of these times was the Uni's victory over Deveronvale in an Aberdeenshire Cup replay which set up a clash with a strong Aberdeen FC side. This was the year Aberdeen went on to win the Cup Winners Cup and almost 1000 turned out at Kings to see the Uni suffer a narrow 2-0 defeat. The previous year Aberdeen had again lost out narrowly to Peterhead who had a certain Joe Harper leading the line. There was some success at Universities level with the Uni Strollers claiming the Paterson Trophy for the first time. In 1987/88 an Aberdeen side coached by former players, Craig Graham and Mark Stewart, finally reclaimed the Queens Park Shield as SUSF Champions. Four Aberdeen players - Mark Thomson, Dave Lewis, Ali Bryce and Gavin Dennis went on to represent Scottish Uni's with Bryce and Dennis picking up caps for the British Uni's team as well. The following season Steve Laing was picked as a member of the SUSF team.

Mixed successes[edit]

The final decade of the 20th century saw mixed fortunes for the Club. Although the Club finally regained its rightful place in Amateur League Division 1 with promotion in 1996-97, it failed to win the SUSF Title and was almost relegated to Merit League 2. The best year was certainly season 1996-97 when the 2nd XI won the Paterson Trophy as well as promotion to Division 4, whilst the firsts also gained promotion and saw their hopes of winning the SUSF Title scupper by a dodgy goal-difference rule. These feats were recognized when the Club was awarded the Allender Trophy as best Club in the AA for only the second time. January 2000 saw a memorable day for the University F.C. when a strong Aberdeen F.C. side were held to a 0-0 draw in a friendly fixture held at Cameron Barracks. The Dons side included notable Premier Division players such as Gary Smith, Jim Hamilton, Ricky Gillies, Darren Mackie, Dennis Wyness and Kevin Rutkiewicz.[2]

Millennium era[edit]

Season 1999 - 2000 provided the club with the pinnacle of its achievements in living memory. After finishing third in the Scottish Uni's Championship, the University side went on a momentous BUSA Shield run which culminated in the defeat of De Montfort University 2-1 in Warwick in the Final of the British Uni's Shield Competition. As first Scottish University ever to do so, it illustrates just what a landmark achievement it was for the club. Coached by Mike Ross, the team included Scottish Uni's representatives such as Kasper Neilson, Duncan Fisher, Dougie McConnachie and Scotland Amateur Internationalist Ross Preston.

As of 2012, the University competes concurrently in BUCS 1A University League,[3] The Premier Division of Aberdeen Amateur League[4] and the Aberdeenshire & District League[5]

In June 2014, the club were accepted as members of the Scottish Junior Football Association and join the SJFA North Region from the 2014–15 season.


Aberdeen University currently ground share with Bridge of Don Thistle F.C. at the Hillhead Sports Center. Although the majority of home fixtures are played at the Balgownie[disambiguation needed] playing fields.


Alan Hansen turned down an offer to read History at The University of Aberdeen instead opting to sign for Partick Thistle[6]

Former Dunfermline footballer Ivo den Bieman was a student at The University Of Aberdeen whilst playing for the East End Park Club [7]



Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association Second Tier

  • Division Two
    • 1976-77

Third Tier

  • Division Two (East)
    • 2003-04

University Leagues Second Tier

  • Scottish Division 2A
    • 2011-12


Aberdeenshire and District Football Association

Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association

  • Aberdeen F.C. Trophy
    • 1966-67 2008-09
  • Bowie Cup
    • 1956-57 1963-64
  • Castle Rovers Cup
    • 2008-09
  • Dickie Trophy
    • 1998-99 2000-01
  • Frank Waugh Shield
    • 2010-11 2011-12
  • Hans Fyfe Trophy
    • 1989-90
  • Ian Napier Memorial Shield
    • 1993-94
  • John Todd Memorial Trophy
    • 2010-11 2011-12
  • North of Scotland Amateur Cup
    • 1950-51 1958-59 1967-68
  • Premier Trophy
    • 2003-04
  • Stephen Shield
    • 1994-95
  • White Cup
    • 2002-03



  1. ^ http://www.ausa.org.uk/sport_clubs
  2. ^ Scott McKay. "AUFC". Abdnfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  3. ^ "BUCScore - University of Aberdeen Mens 1st Football Team". Bucs.org.uk. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Premier Division". Aberdeenshire AFA. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  5. ^ "Highland Football League, Scotland - League Table". Highlandfootballleague.com. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  6. ^ http://myliverpoolfc.org/hansen.htm
  7. ^ "Ivo den Bieman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 

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