2009–10 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen
2009–10 season
Chairman Stewart Milne
Manager Mark McGhee
Stadium Pittodrie Stadium
Scottish Premier League 9th
Scottish Cup Fifth Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Steve MacLean (5)

All:
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
Home colours
Away colours

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.

Season overview[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] In the summer, Aberdeen lost their captain, Scott Severin, who left to pursue a career in England with Championship club Watford.[3] 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.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In Permanent

Player From Fee Contract length
England Stuart Nelson[4] England Norwich City Free One year
England Jerel Ifil[5] England Swindon Town Free Two year
Italy Davide Grassi[6][7] Spain Espanyol Undisclosed One year
Scotland Maurice Ross Turkey Kocaelispor Free One year

Loans in

Player From Loan Length
England Paul Marshall England Manchester City End of Season
Scotland Steve MacLean England Plymouth Argyle End of Season
Scotland Jim Paterson England Plymouth Argyle End of Season

Loans out

Player To Loan Length
England John Bateman[8] Scotland Peterhead One year
Scotland Stuart Duff[9] Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle One month
Scotland Chris Maguire[10] Scotland Kilmarnock End of season

Out Permanent

Player To Fee Note
Scotland Lee Mair[11] Scotland St Mirren Free End of contract
Scotland Scott Severin[12] England Watford Free End of contract
Scotland Jamie Smith[13] United States Colorado Rapids Free End of Contract
France Bertrand Bossu[14] England Crewe Alexandra Free End of Contract
Faroe Islands Rogvi Holm[15] Free Released
Northern Ireland Sammy Stewart[16] Free Released
Scotland Maurice Ross China Beijing Guoan Free End of contract
England Tommy Wright England Grimsby Town Free Released
Scotland Lee Miller[17] England Middlesbrough £500,000

Statistics[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Jamie Langfield
2 Scotland DF Charlie Mulgrew
3 Scotland DF Ricky Foster
4 Scotland MF Gary McDonald
5 Scotland DF Zander Diamond (vice-captain)
6 Scotland DF Andrew Considine
8 Scotland MF Mark Kerr (captain)
9 Scotland FW Steve MacLean (on loan from Plymouth Argyle)
10 Scotland FW Darren Mackie
11 Nigeria MF Sone Aluko
14 Scotland MF Derek Young
15 Scotland DF Jim Paterson (on loan from Plymouth Argyle)
No. Position Player
16 Scotland MF Stuart Duff
18 Italy DF Davide Grassi
19 Scotland MF Peter Pawlett
20 England MF Paul Marshall (on loan from Manchester City)
21 England GK Stuart Nelson
22 England DF Jerel Ifil
24 Scotland FW Michael Paton
25 Scotland DF Jonathan Crawford
27 Scotland DF Stirling Smith
30 Scotland GK Jon Bateman
32 Scotland DF Scott Ross
34 Scotland MF Fraser Fyvie

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances for competitive matches only

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Scotland Jamie Langfield 40 0 34 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
2 DF Scotland Charlie Mulgrew 41 5 36 4 2 0 1 0 2 1
3 DF Scotland Ricky Foster 41 0 36 0 2 0 1 0 2 0
4 MF Scotland Gary McDonald 28 4 23 3 2 1 1 0 2 0
5 DF Scotland Zander Diamond 18 3 16 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
6 DF Scotland Andrew Considine 19 1 16 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
7 FW Scotland Chris Maguire 21 1 17 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
7 DF Scotland Jim Paterson 9 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF Scotland Mark Kerr 42 0 36 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
9 FW Scotland Lee Miller 22 4 18 3 1 1 1 0 2 0
9 FW Scotland Steven MacLean 17 5 15 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
10 FW Scotland Darren Mackie 37 5 31 4 3 1 1 0 2 0
11 MF Nigeria Sone Aluko 26 3 22 3 2 0 0 0 2 0
14 MF Scotland Derek Young 24 3 20 3 3 0 0 0 1 0
15 MF England Tommy Wright 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 MF Scotland Stuart Duff 18 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
17 DF Scotland Maurice Ross 7 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
18 DF Italy Davide Grassi 23 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
19 MF Scotland Peter Pawlett 17 0 14 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
20 MF England Paul Marshall 10 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
21 GK England Stuart Nelson 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 DF England Jerel Ifil 30 0 26 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
24 FW Scotland Michael Paton 38 5 34 3 2 0 1 2 1 0
25 DF Scotland Jonathan Crawford 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 FW Scotland Mitchel Megginson 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
34 MF Scotland Fraser Fyvie 26 1 25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
45 FW Scotland Dominico Gibson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
52 MF Scotland Jack Grimmer 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- DF Scotland Clark Robertson 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- MF Scotland Nicky Low 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

As of game played 1 May 2010

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Player SPL SC LC EL Total
1. Scotland Mark Kerr 36 3 1 2 42
2. Scotland Richard Foster 36 2 1 2 41
3. Scotland Charlie Mulgrew 36 2 1 2 41
4. Scotland Jamie Langfield 34 3 1 2 40
5. Scotland Michael Paton 34 2 1 1 38

Source: above appearances and goals table

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player SPL SC LC EL Total
1. Scotland Steve MacLean 5 0 0 0 5
2. Scotland Charlie Mulgrew 4 0 0 1 5
3. Scotland Darren Mackie 4 1 0 0 5
4. Scotland Michael Paton 3 0 2 0 5
5. Scotland Lee Miller 3 1 0 0 4
6. Scotland Gary McDonald 3 1 0 0 4
7. Scotland Zander Diamond 3 0 0 0 3
8. Scotland Derek Young 3 0 0 0 3
9. Nigeria Sone Aluko 2 0 0 0 2
10. Scotland Andrew Considine 1 0 0 0 1
11. Scotland Chris Maguire 1 0 0 0 1
12. Scotland Fraser Fyvie 1 0 0 0 1
13. Scotland Mark Kerr 1 0 0 0 1

Awards[edit]

Clydesdale Bank Awards[edit]

Month Recipient Award Report
November Scotland Peter Pawlett Young Player of the Month [1]
January Scotland Fraser Fyvie Young Player of the Month AFC

Results & fixtures[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent H/A Score[a] Aberdeen Scorer(s)[b] Attendance Report
18 July 2009 Germany 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 England Hull City A 1–0 Gardner (o.g.) 8,272 AFC

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Match Day Date Opponent H/A Score[a] Aberdeen Scorer(s)[b] League
Position[c]
Attendance Report
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[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score[a] Aberdeen Scorer(s)[b] Attendance Report
TQR 30 July 2009 Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc H 1–5 Mulgrew (23) 13,973 BBC Sport
TQR 6 August 2009 Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc A 0–3 7,405 BBC Sport

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score[a] Aberdeen Scorer(s)[b] Attendance Report
Third Round 22 September 2009 Dundee A 2–3 (a.e.t.) Paton (63, 88) 6,131 BBC Sport

Scottish Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score[a] Aberdeen Scorer(s)[b] Attendance Report
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

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
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

Source: Competitions

SPL[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Hamilton Academical 38 13 10 15 39 46 −7 49
8 St Johnstone 38 12 11 15 57 61 −4 47
9 Aberdeen 38 10 11 17 36 52 −16 41
10 St Mirren 38 7 13 18 36 49 −13 34
11 Kilmarnock 38 8 9 21 29 51 −22 33
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.[18]
(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.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 10 11 17 36 52  −16 41 6 4 10 20 31  −11 4 7 7 16 21  −5

Source: BBC Sport

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H H A A H H A H H A
Result L W D D W D D D L L W D W L L L W L W W L L D D L L D L D W L L L W D L L W
Position 9 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9

Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

League Positions[edit]

League position Abdn 200910.jpg

Results by opponent[edit]

Team Results[a] Points
1 2 3 4
Celtic 1–3 0–3 4–4 1
Dundee United 0–2 1–0 2–2 4
Falkirk 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 4
Hamilton Academical 3–0 1–2 1–1 1–3 4
Heart of Midlothian 1–1 3–0 0–1 4
Hibernian 0–2 0–2 2–2 1
Kilmarnock 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 4
Motherwell 0–0 1–1 0–3 2
Rangers 0–0 1–0 1–3 4
St Johnstone 2–1 0–1 1–3 1–1 4
St Mirren 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 9

Source: 2009–10 Scottish Premier League article

Club[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Aberdeen's score is shown first.
  2. ^ a b c d e The number(s) in brackets shows the minute the goal(s) was/were scored.
  3. ^ Shows Aberdeen's position in the table at end of day the match was played on

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dons part with manager Calderwood". BBC Sport. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "McGhee dedicated to new Dons post". BBC Sport. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Severin agrees switch to Watford". BBC Sport. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nelson seals contract at Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Aberdeen complete Ifil transfer". BBC Sport. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Grassi delight at Aberdeen deal". BBC Sport. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Davide Grassi signs for Dons". AFC.co.uk. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Michie and Bateman join Blue Toon". BBC Sport. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Stuart Duff goes out". afc.co.uk. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Killie sign Scott Severin, Chris Maguire, Rob Kiernan". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Mair leaves Pittodrie for Buddies". BBC Sport. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Severin agrees switch to Watford". BBC Sport. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Smith signs deal with MLS outfit". BBC Sport. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "Bossu cuts short Pittodrie stay". BBC Sport. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "Dons cut ties with Faroes starlet". BBC Sport. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Sammy Stewart". afc.co.uk. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Aberdeen striker Lee Miller moves to Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  18. ^ Scotsman newspaper

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