List of Aberdeen F.C. seasons
This is a list of seasons played by Aberdeen Football Club from 1903 to the present day. It details the club's achievements in major competitions, and the top league goal scorers for each season. Records of minor competitions such as the Aberdeenshire Cup and Northern League are not included.
The club has won the Scottish Football League championship 4 times, most recently in 1985. In addition, Aberdeen has won 7 Scottish Cup titles, the Scottish League Cup six times and the European Cup Winners' Cup once.
The club was formed in 1903 after an amalgamation of three Aberdeen-based football clubs, Orion, Aberdeen and Victoria United. An application to join the Scottish Football League in 1903 was defeated in a vote of member clubs, so the club spent its first season in the Northern League. In 1904, Aberdeen was elected to the Second Division. Despite finishing 7th, they were elected to the First Division in time for the 1905-06 season, where they have remained since, having never been relegated.
Aberdeen have finished bottom of the league on two occasions, 1916–17 and 1999-2000. They were spared relegation in 1917 after having to withdraw from the league because of World War I. In 2000, they avoided a play-off against the second and third place teams in the First Division because Falkirk's ground did not comply with SPL regulations.
In 1983, Aberdeen became the second Scottish club to win the European Cup Winners' Cup, defeating Real Madrid in the final. Later that year, they became the first Scottish club to win the UEFA Super Cup.
|Season||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Top league goalscorer|
|1904–05||Sco Div 2||22||7||7||8||36||26||21||7th||R3||Tom Ruddiman||7|
|1905–06||Sco Div 1||30||8||8||14||36||48||24||12th||R2||George McNicol||9|
|1906–07||Sco Div 1||34||10||10||14||48||55||30||11th||R1||Willie Lennie||9|
|1907–08||Sco Div 1||34||10||10||14||48||55||30||11th||SF||Tom Murray||14|
|1908–09||Sco Div 1||34||15||6||13||51||43||36||7th||R2||Willie Lennie||12|
|1909–10||Sco Div 1||34||16||8||10||44||29||40||4th||R3||Bobby Simpson||10|
|1910–11||Sco Div 1||34||19||10||5||53||28||40||2nd||SF||Angus McIntosh||16|
|1911–12||Sco Div 1||34||14||7||13||44||44||35||9th||R3||Dave Main||12|
|1912–13||Sco Div 1||34||14||9||11||47||40||37||8th||R2||Dave Main||10|
|1913–14||Sco Div 1||38||10||10||18||38||55||30||14th||R3||Dave Main||9|
|1914–15||Sco Div 1||38||11||11||16||39||52||33||14th||R3||Sam Cail||9|
|1915–16||Sco Div 1||38||11||12||15||51||64||34||11th||||Dave Main||15|
|1916–17||Sco Div 1||38||7||7||24||36||68||21||20th||Harry Ambler||9|
|1917–19||Aberdeen dropped out of competitive football due to World War I|
|1919–20||Sco Div 1||42||11||13||18||46||64||35||17th||QF||Jacky Connon||14|
|1920–21||Sco Div 1||42||14||14||14||53||54||42||11th||R3||Peter Fisher||14|
|1921–22||Sco Div 1||42||13||9||20||48||54||35||15th||SF||Johnny Miller||23|
|1922–23||Sco Div 1||42||15||12||11||46||34||42||5th||QF||Andy Rankine||14|
|1923–24||Sco Div 1||38||13||10||15||37||34||41||13th||SF||Johnny Miller||14|
|1924–25||Sco Div 1||38||11||10||17||46||56||32||15th||QF||Walter Jackson||13|
|1925–26||Sco Div 1||38||13||10||15||49||54||36||11th||SF||Alec Reid||10|
|1926–27||Sco Div 1||38||13||14||11||73||72||40||8th||R2||Bobbie Bruce||20|
|1927–28||Sco Div 1||38||19||5||14||71||61||43||7th||R1||Benny Yorston||17|
|1928–29||Sco Div 1||38||16||8||14||81||68||40||7th||QF||Benny Yorston||23|
|1929–30||Sco Div 1||38||23||7||8||85||61||53||2nd||R3||Benny Yorston||38|
|1930–31||Sco Div 1||38||17||7||14||79||63||41||6th||QF||Benny Yorston||16|
|1931–32||Sco Div 1||38||16||9||13||57||49||41||7th||R1||Andy Love||12|
|1932–33||Sco Div 1||38||18||6||14||85||58||42||6th||R2||Paddy Moore||27|
|1933–34||Sco Div 1||38||18||8||12||90||57||44||5th||QF||Willie Mills||28|
|1934–35||Sco Div 1||38||17||10||11||68||54||44||6th||SF||Matt Armstrong||31|
|1935–36||Sco Div 1||38||26||9||3||96||50||61||3rd||QF||Matt Armstrong||30|
|1936–37||Sco Div 1||38||23||8||7||89||44||54||2nd||Final||Matt Armstrong
|1937–38||Sco Div 1||38||15||9||14||74||59||39||6th||R3||Matt Armstrong||19|
|1938–39||Sco Div 1||38||20||6||12||91||61||46||3rd||SF||George Hamilton||17|
|1939–45||Competitive football cancelled due to World War II|
|1946–47||Sco Div A||30||16||7||7||58||41||39||3rd||Winners||Final||George Hamilton||17|
|1947–48||Sco Div A||30||10||7||13||45||45||27||10th||R3||SF||Archie Kelly||10|
|1948–49||Sco Div A||30||7||11||12||39||48||25||13th||R1||Group||George Hamilton||10|
|1949–50||Sco Div A||30||11||4||15||48||56||26||8th||QF||Group||Harry Yorston||10|
|1950–51||Sco Div A||30||15||5||10||61||50||35||5th||QF||QF||Harry Yorston||18|
|1951–52||Sco Div A||30||10||7||13||65||58||27||11th||QF||Group||Harry Yorston||19|
|1952–53||Sco Div A||30||11||5||14||64||68||27||11th||Final||Group||George Hamilton
|1953–54||Sco Div A||30||15||3||12||66||51||33||9th||Final||Group||Paddy Buckley||17|
|1954–55||Sco Div A||30||24||1||5||73||26||49||1st||SF||Group||Paddy Buckley||17|
|1955–56||Sco Div A||34||18||10||6||87||50||46||2nd||R5||Winners||Graham Leggat||19|
|1956–57||Sco Div 1||34||18||2||14||79||59||38||6th||R6||Group||Graham Leggat||12|
|1957–58||Sco Div 1||34||14||2||18||65||76||30||13th||QF||QF||Norman Davidson||17|
|1958–59||Sco Div 1||34||12||5||17||63||66||29||13th||Final||Group||Billy Little||13|
|1959–60||Sco Div 1||34||11||6||17||54||72||28||15th||R2||Group||Norman Davidson||11|
|1960–61||Sco Div 1||34||14||8||12||72||72||36||6th||R3||Group||Ken Brownlee||18|
|1961–62||Sco Div 1||34||10||9||15||72||72||29||12th||R3||Group||Billy Little||17|
|1962–63||Sco Div 1||34||17||7||10||70||47||41||6th||QF||Group||Bobby Cummings||18|
|1963–64||Sco Div 1||34||12||8||14||53||53||32||9th||R3||Group||Ernie Winchester||16|
|1964–65||Sco Div 1||34||12||8||14||59||75||32||12th||R1||Group||Don Kerrigan||14|
|1965–66||Sco Div 1||34||15||6||13||61||54||36||8th||SF||Group||Ernie Winchester||16|
|1966–67||Sco Div 1||34||17||8||9||72||38||42||4th||Final||SF||Jimmy Wilson||13|
|1967–68||Sco Div 1||34||16||5||13||63||48||37||5th||R2||Group||Cup Winners' Cup||R2||Dave Johnston||14|
|1968–69||Sco Div 1||34||9||8||17||50||59||26||15th||SF||Group||ICFC||R2||Jim Forrest||16|
|1969–70||Sco Div 1||34||14||7||13||55||45||35||8th||Winners||QF||Davie Robb||16|
|1970–71||Sco Div 1||34||24||6||4||68||18||54||2nd||QF||Group||Cup Winners' Cup||R1||Joe Harper||19|
|1971–72||Sco Div 1||34||21||8||5||80||26||50||2nd||QF||Group||UEFA Cup||R2||Joe Harper||33|
|1972–73||Sco Div 1||34||16||11||7||61||34||43||4th||QF||SF||UEFA Cup||R1||Drew Jarvie||15|
|1973–74||Sco Div 1||34||13||16||5||46||26||42||4th||R3||QF||UEFA Cup||R2||Drew Jarvie||13|
|1974–75||Sco Div 1||34||16||9||9||66||43||41||5th||QF||Group||UEFA Cup||R1||Arthur Graham||11|
|1978–79||Prem||36||13||14||9||59||36||40||4th||SF||Final||Cup Winners' Cup||R2||Joe Harper||19|
|1979–80||Prem||36||19||10||7||68||36||48||1st||SF||Final||UEFA Cup||R1||Steve Archibald
|1980–81||Prem||36||19||11||6||61||29||49||2nd||R4||QF||European Cup||R2||Mark McGhee||13|
|1981–82||Prem||36||23||7||6||71||29||53||2nd||Winners||SF||UEFA Cup||R3||John Hewitt||11|
|1982–83||Prem||36||25||5||6||76||24||55||3rd||Winners||QF||Cup Winners' Cup||Winners||Mark McGhee||16|
|1983–84||Prem||36||25||7||4||78||21||57||1st||Winners||SF||Cup Winners' Cup||SF|
|Super Cup||Winners||Mark McGhee
|1984–85||Prem||36||27||5||4||89||26||59||1st||SF||R2||European Cup||R1||Frank McDougall||22|
|1985–86||Prem||36||16||12||8||62||31||44||4th||Winners||Winners||European Cup||QF||Frank McDougall||14|
|1986–87||Prem||44||21||16||7||63||29||58||4th||R3||QF||Cup Winners' Cup||R1||Billy Stark||12|
|1987–88||Prem||44||21||17||6||56||15||59||4th||SF||Final||UEFA Cup||R2||Jim Bett||10|
|1988–89||Prem||36||18||14||4||51||25||50||2nd||R4||Final||UEFA Cup||R1||Charlie Nicholas||16|
|1989–90||Prem||36||17||10||9||56||33||44||2nd||Winners||Winners||UEFA Cup||R1||Charlie Nicholas||11|
|1990–91||Prem||36||22||9||5||62||27||53||2nd||R3||SF||Cup Winners' Cup||R2||Hans Gillhaus||14|
|1991–92||Prem||44||17||14||13||55||42||48||6th||R3||R3||UEFA Cup||R1||Eoin Jess||12|
|1993–94||Prem||44||17||21||6||58||36||55||2nd||SF||QF||Cup Winners' Cup||R2||Duncan Shearer||17|
|1994–95||Prem||36||10||11||15||43||46||41||9th||R4||SF||UEFA Cup||R2||Billy Dodds||16|
|2000–01||SPL||38||11||12||15||45||52||45||7th||R4||R3||UEFA Cup||PR2||Arild Stavrum||17|
|2002–03||SPL||38||13||10||15||41||54||49||8th||R4||R3||UEFA Cup||R1||Paul Sheerin||8|
|2007–08||SPL||38||15||8||15||50||58||53||4th||SF||SF||UEFA Cup||Last 32||Lee Miller||12|
|2009–10||SPL||38||10||11||17||36||52||41||9th||R5||R3||Europa League||QR3||Steve MacLean||5|
- "Aberdeen Football Club Team Profile & History". Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
- "Falkirk FC History". Talkfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
- The League Cup competition did not start until the 1946–47 season.
- European club competitions did not begin until the 1955–56 season.
- Despite only finishing 7th, Aberdeen were promoted due to a reordering of the league system.
- The Scottish Cup was not held in 1915 through 1918 because of the first World War.
- Scottish football was still held through the war, but due to a disastrous financial situation, the team (along with Dundee and Raith Rovers) had no choice but to drop out.
- In this cup, Aberdeen scored a record 13 goals in one game against Peterhead.
- This was Aberdeen's first Scottish Cup final. They lost out to league champions Celtic 2-1 away from home.
- This is the most goals Aberdeen have ever scored in one season.
- The League was renamed as Division A.
- Aberdeen won the cup for the first time that season; Hibernian were the runners up losing 2–1 at Hampden.
- In the first ever Scottish League Cup final, Aberdeen were comfortably beaten 4–0 at Ibrox Stadium by Rangers.
- This season saw Aberdeen's highest attendance - 45,061 against Hearts in March 1955.
- This was Aberdeen's first ever league title, ahead of runners-up Celtic by three points. The European competitions began the following season, but Aberdeen were not given Scotland's place in the tournament, which went to Hibernian by special invitation.
- In 1955, the Scottish Cup was expanded to include amateur football teams as well as professional, expanding the competition to nine rounds.
- The league was again renamed, this time back to Division One.
- The Cup system was again reorganised, this time to include only professional teams, and containing six rounds.
- During this season, Aberdeen recorded a record 8–0 loss to Celtic in January.
- In Aberdeen's first ever European game, they beat Icelandic club KR Reykjavík 14–1 on aggregate, only to lose to Belgian Standard Liège 3–2, also on aggregate, in the next round.
- The cup was again expanded, this time to seven rounds.
- Aberdeen's first fixture of the tournament - against Hungarians Honvéd - resulted in the first ever penalty shootout in the cups history, which Honvéd won 5–4 in Budapest.
- The league was renamed to the Premier Division and reduced to ten teams. They played each other four times in a season for the first time.
- The cup format was changed to a straight knock-out competition because of criticism over the length of the original.
- This was Aberdeen's first European trophy, and the most well known. In the final, they beat Real Madrid 2–1 to take the title.
- Aberdeen's first UEFA Super Cup final resulted in a 2–0 home win over Hamburg SV after a goalless draw in Germany.
- The league was renamed the Scottish Premier League
- The league was renamed the Scottish Premiership