Deeside supporters of the Dons hope ‘Northern Lights’ will shine over Parkhead this weekend as their team compete in the League Cup final.
Two of Aberdeen Football Club’s star players hail from Banchory and have already proved their value to the side, Andrew Considine and Peter Pawlett.
Considine made his professional debut in May 2004 in a 2–1 defeat to Dundee, making his second appearance at the end of the following season.
In 2005–06, The centre back, son of former Aberdeen defender Doug Considine, reached double figures in terms of appearances and became a first team regular in the 2006–07 season, playing in 36 matches and scoring his first goals for Aberdeen in a 2–0 victory at St. Mirren in January 2007.
Considine started every league match for Aberdeen in the 2011-12 season and was the club’s player of the year.
Teammate Peter Pawlett was born in Hull but moved to Banchory aged seven.
The midfielder made his Aberdeen debut in February 2009, coming on as a substitute in a 5–0 Scottish Cup victory over East Fife.
Pawlett has played a vital role for the club, as he scored one then set up the third goal, in a 4-0 win over St. Johnstone, sending the club to the Scottish League Cup final for the first time in fourteen years.
In the fifth round of Scottish Cup, Pawlett scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win over defending champions Celtic, the first time Aberdeen beat Celtic since 2008.
Culter AFC fan Peter Davidson said: “When Aberdeen got taken to a penalty shoot-out at home to Alloa Athletic in the second round I thought it was going to be another frustrating trophy-less season. However, a 6-5 win and an easy 5-0 away victory to Falkirk raised my expectations”
“The semi-final was just an amazing day out, to see Aberdeen fans pack Tynecastle and for the players not to fail at the semi-final stage was amazing. I can’t wait for the final. 40,000 Aberdeen fans descending on Parkhead is going to be a surreal experience.”