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Posted by News on 13 December 2018 - 12:01 AM
Aberdeen director and former chief executive Dave Cormack has been appointed vice-chairman of the club.
Lifelong Dons supporter Cormack, who joined the club’s board in the summer of 2017, is a major shareholder and along with additional investment from US based investor Tom Crotty has helped the fund-raising efforts for the new community sports campus training facilities and stadium at Kingsford to £8.5million.
Cormack, who splits his time between Aberdeen and Atlanta, said: “I’m honoured and proud to take up the role of vice-chairman at the club I’ve loved all my life.
“We’ve made some remarkable progress in the last year or so, particularly in relation to our marketing and commercial activities and also in getting planning consent for Kingsford, along with securing the bulk of the funds for phase one.
“It’s clear we’ve still got some real challenges ahead if we are to achieve our ambitions on and off the pitch, but we’re in a healthy position to maximise our potential with a winning team, further investment, strategic partnerships here and in the US and a growing and more engaged fanbase.”
Dons chairman Stewart Milne believes Cormack’s enthusiasm and ability to attract investment from across the Atlantic into the club will be a valuable tool in the club’s development.
He said: “The club is incredibly fortunate to have Dave and it is only right and fitting that his contribution is recognised through this appointment.
“Despite being based in the States, Dave is a passionate and committed board director, who has provided huge support to me personally and to his fellow board directors as well as the sales and marketing team within the club.
“Having played a key role in appointing Rob Wicks, Dave has supported him in the design and implementation of campaigns and initiatives which are transforming the way we do things and allowing us to maximise our potential at home and overseas.
“This appointment is testament to and acknowledgement of Dave’s contribution to the club over the last 18 months. He’s been a great partner to me, bringing a fresh perspective, innovation and business acumen which have enabled us to further strengthen the club’s commercial performance.
“Equally, his passion and shared ambition for the Community Trust have enabled us to deliver new initiatives, including the partnership with US-based Grassroot Soccer, the first of its kind in the UK, to roll-out a football-inspired education programme for young people around mental health.”
Posted by News on 08 October 2018 - 07:23 PM
McCrae’s Battalion was the affectionate name given by the people of Edinburgh to the 16th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Scots during the First World War.
They were raised from volunteers in 1914 and 16 players from Hearts enlisted, along with 500 supporters and ticket-holders.
Four years ago, there was hardly a murmur of dissent when the battalion was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.
After all, these young men had joined the conflict as comrades and lived and – in too many cases – died together on foreign fields for their country.
They were heroes.
Sadly though, while Scotland’s football authorities reached the right decision at the start of WW1, they appear to have taken leave of their senses as we approach the centenary of the end of hostilities.
How else do you explain the decision to grant Paul Gascoigne the same distinction as the men of the McCrae’s in the SFA Hall of Fame?
It isn’t just that the Englishman’s career was shrouded by controversy, on and off the pitch. Plenty of other football luminaries have been involved in brushes with the law, and struggled with everyday reality.
But Gascoigne was somebody who didn’t so much cross the line during his time at Rangers as become a byword for notoriety.
There was his brush with sectarianism, his air flute-playing to the crowd and his problems with alcoholism. Once again, this isn’t unique in the annals.
But Gascoigne was also a convicted wife-beater, which rather contradicts all the messages the SFA has been trying to send out about being committed to promoting an all-inclusive, family-friendly sport.
By the by, his most famous goal just happened to be against Scotland at the European Championships in 1996.
And while other non-Scottish players, such as Brian Laudrup and Henrik Larsson have gained a place in the SFA pantheons, their careers were unsullied by dark blemishes. On the contrary, they were a true credit to the game.
That’s before we even consider the merits of those homegrown players who are not in the mix. Joe Harper, for instance, the King of the Beach End, who is a football icon in the north east.
Or Neale Cooper, whose premature death cast a pall over Pittodrie and further afield this May.
After all, how many other Scots have enjoyed such tremendous success on the European stage as “Tattie” did with the Dons in 1983?
The SPFL and SFA have stumbled from one self-inflicted own goal to another in recent weeks and it is hardly surprising there was widespread disbelief at the news about Gascoigne.
It might be that the governing body is running out of players who deserve inclusion among the greats.
But that still doesn’t justify allowing Gascoigne admission to the ranks.
Posted by News on 15 October 2015 - 07:41 PM
Aberdeen's Derek McInnes criticises Scottish Professional Football League sponsor Ladbrokes for fuelling rumours he was leaving the club.
"People have a responsibility to act better. But what can you do? It's social media. It is what it is." McInness said before adding, "Millertime is a bit of a jobbie."
On Wednesday, Ladbrokes suspended betting on manager McInnes parting ways with the Dons, but the club said speculation was "without substance or foundation".
Posted by News on 10 January 2015 - 08:00 PM
It is 26 years since Aberdeen last won eight league matches in a row. The Bangles topped the charts with Eternal Flame at that point; Scottish football was in a period where meaningful title races were commonplace and its top teams could compete strongly in Europe.
It remains far too early to suggest Aberdeen’s charge for the championship is a serious one, despite optimistic claims to the contrary. Celtic are by far the favourites to retain the Scottish Premiership and rightly so given the resource at their disposal. Yet Derek McInnes and his players are due immense credit for at least maintaining their prominence. There is plenty to admire about Aberdeen and their manager.Continue reading...
Posted by News on 09 July 2014 - 12:45 PM
Just yer maw.
Ever bummed a girl News?
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