In profile: Aberdeen


Charlton conclude their pre-season preparations against Aberdeen at The Valley on Saturday, July 29th (KO 1pm BST).

Ahead of the first-ever meeting between the two teams, we profile the Scottish side.

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Founded in April 1903, Aberdeen are one of the most decorated sides in Scotland with four league titles, seven Scottish Cups - including a record three in a row during the 1980s - and six Scottish League Cups to their name.

Indeed, the Dons have also enjoyed success on the European stage having won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 1983 while under the stewardship of the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

Remarkably, Aberdeen have never been relegated from the top flight of Scottish football since they were elected to the premier division in 1905.

Now managed by former Scotland midfielder Barry Robson, who signed a two-year contract in May 2023 following a run of seven successive wins, Aberdeen finished the 2022/23 cinch Premiership campaign in third.

That means the Scottish side will compete in a two-legged play-off tie later this summer to seal their place in the Europa League, while defeat will see them drop into the group stage of the Europa Conference League.

Duk and Bojan Miovski were Aberdeen’s joint-top scorers last season with 18 goals across all competitions, while Jonny Hayes was the chief creator with 10 assists.

Robson has strengthened his squad with five summer signings to date, with Ester Sokler, Nicky Devlin, Leighton Clarkson, Graeme Shinnie and Rhys Williams all arriving at the club.

Most appearances

Willie Miller, who spent his entire playing career at Aberdeen and later managed the Red Army, holds the club’s appearance record after playing 796 matches – 560 in the league – between 1972 and 1990. Ferguson called the centre-back ‘the best penalty box defender in the world’ and, in 2004, he was an inaugural inductee to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Most goals

Meanwhile, Joe Harper is the Dons’ all-time top scorer, netting 199 goals across two spells at Pittodrie. Like Miller, the striker is also part of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame having been inducted in 2019.

Back to present day and, following a week-long training camp in Portugal, Robson’s squad will take on Turriff United and Fraserburgh. The Scottish outfit are set to announce additional pre-season friendlies in the coming weeks, with the trip to SE7 concluding their schedule.

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