2009–10 Aberdeen F.C. season
|Scottish Premier League||9th|
|Scottish Cup||Fifth Round|
|League Cup||Third Round|
Steve MacLean (5)
Four players (5)
|Highest home attendance||16,803 v Celtic (9 August)|
|Lowest home attendance||6,097 v Kilmarnock (5 May)|
|Average home league attendance||11,012|
The 2009–10 season was Aberdeen's 96th successive season in the top flight of Scottish football, and their 98th season overall. Aberdeen competed in the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and UEFA Europa League during the 2009–10 season.
- 1 Season overview
- 2 Transfers
- 3 Statistics
- 4 Results & fixtures
- 5 Competitions
- 6 Club
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Aberdeen started the new season under new management. On the last day of the 2008–09 it was announced that Jimmy Calderwood and his management team would leave after five years at the club. Aberdeen negotiated with fellow SPL club Motherwell for the release of their manager, Mark McGhee. McGhee had a successful spell at the club as a player, when the Dons' won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. Along with his assistant Scott Leitch the pair would form Aberdeen's new management team. In the summer, Aberdeen lost their captain, Scott Severin, who left to pursue a career in England with Championship club Watford. The club also parted ways with four other players; defender Lee Mair joined fellow SPL club St Mirren. Jamie Smith joined MLS side Colorado Rapids, goalkeeper Bertrand Bossu had his contract terminated by the club and he was signed up with English club Crewe Alexandra. The club also parted ways with Faroese youngster Rogvi Holm. With the squad depleting, McGhee sought out to buy new players. McGhee tried to sign Benin international Réda Johnson, but the defender choose to move to English outfit Plymouth Argyle. McGhee did make his first signing, goalkeeper Stuart Nelson from Norwich City. Jerel Ifil, Davide Grassi and Maurice Ross joined from Swindon Town, Espanyol and Kocaelispor respectively. Aberdeen became one of the first clubs to participate in the newly re-branded Europa League. Aberdeen were drawn against Czech opposition in Sigma Olomouc. It soon proved to be a tie to forget, as the Dons were humbled 5-1 at home, and 3-0 away, which resulted in an 8-1 aggregate score. Aberdeen were also knocked out early in the League Cup as well. After falling 2-0 down, goals from Michael Paton ensure that the cup tie against Dundee would go into extra time. Aberdeen lost the game 3-2. Aberdeen started their League campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Celtic, but with wins against Hamilton, St Mirren, St Johnstone and a notable one against rivals Rangers have got Aberdeen's season back on track.
|Stuart Nelson||Norwich City||Free||One year|
|Jerel Ifil||Swindon Town||Free||Two year|
|Davide Grassi||Espanyol||Undisclosed||One year|
|Maurice Ross||Kocaelispor||Free||One year|
|Paul Marshall||Manchester City||End of Season|
|Steve MacLean||Plymouth Argyle||End of Season|
|Jim Paterson||Plymouth Argyle||End of Season|
|John Bateman||Peterhead||One year|
|Stuart Duff||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||One month|
|Chris Maguire||Kilmarnock||End of season|
|Lee Mair||St Mirren||Free||End of contract|
|Scott Severin||Watford||Free||End of contract|
|Jamie Smith||Colorado Rapids||Free||End of Contract|
|Bertrand Bossu||Crewe Alexandra||Free||End of Contract|
|Maurice Ross||Beijing Guoan||Free||End of contract|
|Tommy Wright||Grimsby Town||Free||Released|
As of 22 April 2010 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Appearances for competitive matches only
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Premier League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe|
As of game played 1 May 2010
Source: above appearances and goals table
Clydesdale Bank Awards
|November||Peter Pawlett||Young Player of the Month|||
|January||Fraser Fyvie||Young Player of the Month||AFC|
Results & fixtures
|18 July 2009||1860 Munich||A||0–1||1,000||AFC|
|22 July 2009||Peterhead||A||3–2||Miller (30 pen.), Aluko (53), Paton (63)||1,954||AFC|
|25 July 2009||Dundee||A||1–1||Aluko (1)||3,613||AFC|
|9 August 2009||Hull City||A||1–0||Gardner (o.g.)||8,272||AFC|
Scottish Premier League
|Match Day||Date||Opponent||H/A||Score[a]||Aberdeen Scorer(s)[b]||League
|1||15 August 2009||Celtic||H||1–3||Aluko (61)||9||16,803||BBC Sport|
|2||22 August 2009||Hamilton Academical||A||3–0||Mulgrew (23), Considine (29), Maguire (63)||6||3,347||BBC Sport|
|3||29 August 2009||Motherwell||H||0–0||6||11,320||BBC Sport|
|4||14 September 2009||Falkirk||A||0–0||6||4,724||BBC Sport|
|5||19 September 2009||St Mirren||H||1–0||Mulgrew (88)||5||10,103||BBC Sport|
|6||26 September 2009||Rangers||A||0–0||5||47,968||BBC Sport|
|7||3 October 2009||Kilmarnock||A||1–1||McDonald (84)||6||4,997||BBC Sport|
|8||17 October 2009||Heart of Midlothian||H||1–1||Miller (42)||6||11,629||BBC Sport|
|9||24 October 2009||Dundee United||H||0–2||7||11,766||BBC Sport|
|10||31 October 2009||Hibernian||A||0–2||7||13,885||BBC Sport|
|11||7 November 2009||St Johnstone||H||2–1||Aluko (15), Miller (83) (pen.)||6||10,894||BBC Sport|
|12||21 November 2009||Motherwell||A||1–1||McDonald (67)||6||4,668||BBC Sport|
|13||28 November 2009||Rangers||H||1–0||Miller (17)||6||16,153||BBC Sport|
|14||5 December 2009||Celtic||A||0–3||6||56,010||BBC Sport|
|15||12 December 2009||Hamilton Academical||H||1–2||McDonald (75)||6||9,499||BBC Sport|
|16||19 December 2009||Hibernian||H||0–2||6||9,096||BBC Sport|
|17||2 January 2010||Dundee United||A||1–0||Mulgrew (15)||6||10,032||BBC Sport|
|18||12 January 2010||St Mirren||A||0–1||6||3,867||BBC Sport|
|19||23 January 2010||Kilmarnock||H||1–0||Young (49)||7||12,150||BBC Sport|
|20||27 January 2010||Heart of Midlothian||A||3–0||Fyvie (12), Mackie (50), Young (75)||6||14,219||BBC Sport|
|21||30 January 2010||Motherwell||H||0–3||7||9,555||BBC Sport|
|22||2 February 2010||Falkirk||H||0–1||7||7,741||BBC Sport|
|23||10 February 2010||Hibernian||A||2–2||Paton (25), MacLean (34)||6||10,469||BBC Sport|
|24||13 February 2010||Celtic||H||4–4||Paton (9), Mackie (37), MacLean (75 pen), (88)||7||14,898||BBC Sport|
|25||20 February 2010||Falkirk||A||1–3||Mulgrew (5)||7||4,643||BBC Sport|
|26||27 February 2010||Heart of Midlothian||H||0–1||7||8,316||BBC Sport|
|27||6 March 2010||Hamilton Academical||A||1–1||Diamond (76)||7||2,030||BBC Sport|
|28||16 March 2010||St Johnstone||A||0–1||8||3,826||BBC Sport|
|29||20 March 2010||Dundee United||H||2–2||Diamond (32), Paton (45) (pen.)||8||9,316||BBC Sport|
|30||27 March 2010||St Mirren||H||2–1||Diamond (37), Aluko (56)||8||8,764||BBC Sport|
|31||4 April 2010||Kilmarnock||A||0–2||8||4,825||BBC Sport|
|32||7 April 2010||Rangers||A||1–3||Mackie (68)||8||47,061||BBC Sport|
|33||11 April 2010||St Johnstone||H||1–3||Mackie (17)||9||7,568||BBC Sport|
|34||17 April 2010||Falkirk||H||1–0||MacLean (11)||9||10,461||BBC Sport|
|35||24 April 2010||St Johnstone||A||1–1||MacLean (16)||9||3,295||BBC Sport|
|36||1 May 2010||Hamilton Academical||H||1–3||Young (85)||9||7,099||BBC Sport|
|37||5 May 2010||Kilmarnock||H||1–2||Kerr (26)||9||6,097||BBC Sport|
|38||8 May 2010||St Mirren||A||1–0||Mair (27) (o.g.)||9||4,022||BBC Sport|
UEFA Europa League
|TQR||30 July 2009||Sigma Olomouc||H||1–5||Mulgrew (23)||13,973||BBC Sport|
|TQR||6 August 2009||Sigma Olomouc||A||0–3||7,405||BBC Sport|
Scottish League Cup
|Third Round||22 September 2009||Dundee||A||2–3 (a.e.t.)||Paton (63, 88)||6,131||BBC Sport|
|Fourth Round||9 January 2010||Hearts||H||2–0||Mackie (60), Miller (76)||8,226||BBC Sport|
|Fifth Round||6 February 2010||Raith Rovers||A||1–1||McDonald (90)||7,045||BBC Sport|
|Fifth Round Replay||16 February 2010||Raith Rovers||H||0–1||8,153||BBC Sport|
position / round
position / round
|First match||Last match|
|Scottish Premier League||—||—||9th||15 August 2009||8 May 2010|
|League Cup||3rd Round||—||3rd Round||22 September 2009||22 September 2009|
|Scottish Cup||4th Round||—||5th Round||9 January 2010||16 February 2010|
|UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||—||Third qualifying round||30 July 2009||6 August 2009|
||Qualification or relegation
|12||Falkirk (R)||38||6||13||19||31||57||−26||31||Relegation to First Division|
Updated to games played on 8 May 2010.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
More about European qualification:
If Dundee United win the Scottish Cup they will enter the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League in the play-off round, the 4th placed team will enter in the third qualifying round, and 5th placed team will enter in the 2nd qualifying round.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Source: BBC Sport
Results by round
Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Results by opponent
|Heart of Midlothian||1–1||3–0||0–1||4|
Source: 2009–10 Scottish Premier League article
- Aberdeen's score is shown first.
- The number(s) in brackets shows the minute the goal(s) was/were scored.
- Shows Aberdeen's position in the table at end of day the match was played on
- "Dons part with manager Calderwood". BBC Sport. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "McGhee dedicated to new Dons post". BBC Sport. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Severin agrees switch to Watford". BBC Sport. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Nelson seals contract at Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Aberdeen complete Ifil transfer". BBC Sport. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Grassi delight at Aberdeen deal". BBC Sport. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Davide Grassi signs for Dons". AFC.co.uk. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Michie and Bateman join Blue Toon". BBC Sport. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Stuart Duff goes out". afc.co.uk. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Killie sign Scott Severin, Chris Maguire, Rob Kiernan". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- "Mair leaves Pittodrie for Buddies". BBC Sport. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
- "Severin agrees switch to Watford". BBC Sport. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- "Smith signs deal with MLS outfit". BBC Sport. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- "Bossu cuts short Pittodrie stay". BBC Sport. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
- "Dons cut ties with Faroes starlet". BBC Sport. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
- "Sammy Stewart". afc.co.uk. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Aberdeen striker Lee Miller moves to Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Scotsman newspaper