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Pittodrie has seen it’s fair share of great Aberdeen teams & moments since the Dons formation in 1903. The Gothenburg Greats who won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup & Scottish Cup double in 1983 also going onto win the UEFA Super Cup, the clubs first ever honour in 1946 lifting the Scottish Cup, the Scottish Cup & League Cup double in 1990 - although since the turn of the millennium things haven’t been great for the Dandy Dons. In fact the only major honour they’ve managed to secure this century is the 2014 Scottish League Cup & apart that their biggest achievement has been putting the pressure on Celtic during the Ronny Deila days.
Their fortunes could finally be changing again with their £50m new Stadium & new training facility plan approved by councillors with a 32-9 majority vote. After the Red Army’s 18 year search for a new home they could finally be getting their move to the West of the city at their new reportedly 25,000 seater Kingsford Stadium.
In an interview with BT Sport Dons chairman Stewart Milne said that he has aspirations for the Dons to be in the top 100 clubs in Europe (they currently sit 235th, not far behind Romanian side CFR Cluj) with Milne also saying to do so they will need to start qualifying for European competitions & competing at a higher level domestically, in which he believes will happen if their plans for a new state of the art stadium & training facilities go ahead.
Although Aberdeen look set to start construction on their new stadium it has caused some tension within the local area with an organisation called “No Kingsford Stadium” being set up to protest against the proposed move.
A statement from the organisation after Aberdeen’s plans were approved by Aberdeen council said: "No Kingsford Stadium has worked tirelessly to prevent the approval of this application. We have shown that the application is contrary to the development plan. It is our view that council officials and councillors have failed in their duty to apply the law in this case and we will now progress our petition for judicial review." There is still doubt on wether construction will go ahead with protestors still in their numbers & Aberdeenshire council having objected to the plans at first.
Goalscorer Adam Rooney was in favour of the plans & had this to say on the new facilities: "You kind of expect a top club to have top-of-the-range facilities - it's kind of a given at most clubs.
It plays a massive part, especially nowadays. Whether it's down in England or at a lot of the top Scottish clubs, they all have their own training ground.
Hibs, Rangers, Celtic, whoever - they all have top-class facilities and it's something we lack here and really do need. A lot of the lads we're bringing up from England are coming from clubs who have their own training ground, their own indoor facilities. It's very important for the youth team especially, if they want to do extra. I always remember when I was a kid, you'd be staying out for an extra hour or two after training to do extra work and practice different things, just because you could. Whereas here, we've all got to jump on minibuses on-time because all the lads have to get back and it's hard to do any extra. I think it'll play a massive part in the future, not just for attracting players from down south or elsewhere, but also for the young lads.”
State of the art facilities would definitely help the game in Scotland & if Milne’s aspirations of making Aberdeen a powerhouse in Europe again come true then who knows how far it can go!
Aberdeen currently sit 8 points off of Celtic at the top of the table with Derek McInness’ men having dismantled Hamilton 3-0 today.
Do you think a move would help Aberdeen or will it be a big bust?