Dons legends, Teddy Scott, Willie Miller and Neale Cooper are the first heroes to have the professional training pitches at the club’s new £12 million state-of-the-art Community Hub, Professional Training Campus and Youth Academy at Cormack Park.
Teddy Scott served the Club over six decades in several roles including player, coach and kitman. He was awarded a testimonial match against Manchester United in 1999 where a capacity crowd turned up to show their appreciation for a man who gave his life to AFC.
Teddy Scott’s family said:
“The entire family would like to extend a sincere thanks to Aberdeen FC and its supporters for recognising Teddy in this manner.
“We are very grateful, and are sure Teddy would have been honoured to receive such an accolade from a club he dedicated so much of his life too.”
Aberdeen’s most iconic player, Willie Miller, the inspirational captain spent his whole career at Pittodrie as he led the club to domestic and European glory. Willie made an incredible 797 appearances across three decades. After his retirement Willie went on to serve as manager and as a director.
Born in India but raised in Aberdeen, Neale Cooper made 220 appearances and scored nine goals. His full debut for Aberdeen came against Kilmarnock on 11th October 1980 at 16 years of age and he remains one of the Dons youngest ever debutants. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Tattie’, he won nine trophies with his boyhood club including the European Cup Winners Cup.
Neale Cooper’s family said: “Thank you for this wonderful tribute to our Dad; he would be very proud and honoured. We hope it will be a place that young local talent can develop, improving future footballing generations.”
AFC Commercial Director, Rob Wicks, said: “This is an exciting milestone for the club, and it is crucial we retain as much of our heritage as possible in our new home. We want to hear ideas from fans about how best we can recognise our history and Club legends at the new site.
“Working together with the club’s Heritage Trust and Hall of Fame committee – which includes the likes of Willie Miller and Richard Gordon – every effort will be made to ensure we recognise all those who have represented this great club with distinction throughout its history.
“Some initial ideas that have been suggested include a club museum, statues of famous players, a Memorial Garden and incorporating the famous granite façade from the Merkland Road end at Pittodrie.”
Almost 7,000 supporters cast their votes throughout August in what was a very tightly contested poll and we appreciate everyone taking the time to play their part in the new development.