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A new season awaits. A new meme dump.

Social media afc

Jaded of memes, a return to cartoons for the first time in years. A different way to communicate. I’m a bit rusty on the drawings.

A bit of dissent in the ranks on the new signings early in the window. I want to give McInnes Captain Caveman’s voice…

These characters were in the P&J, 91-92.

Aye GMS. There was a photo on Twitter from the winter break before last, GMS and Ryan Christie in New York photographed with internet meme person chef Salt Bae. Despite repeated Google searches, and a Twitter search, the photo appears to be gone. I wonder if the New York deal was…

Dissent in the ranks again after a training match in Ireland. I get to dig it out again after we ‘just’ beat the Lapland lads 4-2 on aggregate. Between the two posts over 600 likes, so…

Cove the Rangers appointed former Aberdeen player manager. Turns out quite a lot of you like Cove the Rangers. They are your wee team. I didn’t know. So I promise to lay off, and back the plucky underdogs from here on in. Aye right. ABC. Anyone but Cove. Intercity rivalry here we come. They will be begging the Highland League to take them back at the end of the season when I’m done with them. Strokes white cat and cackles maniacally…

The return of James Wilson which for me is brilliant news. And Sid James because I wrote this cheeky little article about James, and Buckie. Apologies again Buckie. A lot of good people from Buckie. Horrific step families mind… https://thedandydons.com/james-wilson-a-risk-worth-taking/

There were a lot of leaks in the press this transfer window, which is not the McInnes way normally. Ah Stevie May. By the time you read this, he may have left, or he might be staying. Anyways, he was good meme material. If you didn’t notice, he has a tattoo of the Joker on his arm.

stevie may

If you could just peruse the gift shop in the foyer as you leave… There’s 20% off with the coupon code ‘summer’. Any questions iain@thedandydons.com

ash taylor aberdeen

I don’t have a strong Ash Taylor opinion. We’ve signed a squad player, probably Reynolds replacement. It makes sense if you are a football manager, if you have worked with someone, you know what they are like. There are always unknowns with a new person, however much research you do.

One observation on Ash Taylor, that may be complete nonsense, that relates to McInnes and looking to understand his methods, is Ash Taylor’s physique. He isn’t just big, he’s an athlete. Look at Shay, the fun guy, the joker, look at his physique when he takes his shirt off. Considine, Stevie May is another one, none of them in my exceptionally ignorant opinion, enjoy a pint or six after training. Nor do they enjoy the occasional mock chop supper. They are athletes who take their profession incredibly seriously. All day, every day, to be in peak physical condition.

I guess wherever you are in terms of talent, if you are as dedicated to your job as to always eat correctly and train at 100%, that GPS that’s on their backs means they can never shirk in training, never hide, never quietly nurse a hangover while going through the motions, you bring a certain amount of professionalism to a team than an exceptionally talented but less dedicated person may bring.

What sort of team while performing badly as they did last season would still get to a cup final and a semi-final? A very, very fit, very disciplined one.

Social media watching

But fascinating, to me in the signing of Ash Taylor, has been watching the Aberdeen FC’s support reaction. Football is about opinions, how boring it would be if we all agreed.

There is a fair bit of negativity about Ash Taylor on social media. Where there is negativity it is incredibly strong. There is an element who truly do not rate him, and are very vociferous in their pronouncements. They are as entitled to their opinions as anyone else. As I remember it was the same when he played. A very significant element didn’t rate him.

When I posted this pretty insignificant meme, when he left, it picked up over 500 likes on the Facebook page. That surprised me at the time. The longer working with social media, you get a feel for reactions. What is, and isn’t expected. He was considerably more popular than I thought.

I posted it again when he re-signed, and said ‘this got 500 likes when he left, no pressure’. At time of writing it’s sitting on about 430 likes. Two years on and Facebook’s algorithm has dramatically changed, it’s harder and harder to reach the page’s audience without paying for the privilege, (thanks Zuckerberg, just how many billions do you need?). This makes the new post, much bigger, much more popular than the one of two years ago.

What does that show in this very unscientific study? What I have learned from social media is the Aberdeen support like positivity. A positive post will always be a far more successful post.

I’d say the much more silent majority of the Aberdeen support, either quite like Big Ash the footballer, or will always back an Aberdeen player when they sign.

I also think this is a pretty good general rule on the Aberdeen FC support. Not a group of moaners, but in general a positive and supportive group of people who back their football team. Albeit they don’t shout about it on social media.

Of those criticising Taylor, as I said they are perfectly entitled to that opinion, but some, a minority within that group, I stress again, a minority within the ones criticising Taylor, who are hoping he fails, hoping McInnes fails, who bandy about the phrase ‘happy clappers’ to go after elements in the Aberdeen support, are people who in my opinion, badly need to feel superior to the people around them. This oozing sense of superiority they so need, as they are, as any psychologist would say, just fucking arseholes.

You might like this https://thedandydons.com/the-cup-winners-cup-1983-important-facts/

What will you remember season 2018-2019 for? Lewis Ferguson’s goal at Burnley, Big Sam’s development, the season Game of Thrones ended?

The Dandy Dons closed Facebook group. Sometimes there is serious tactical discussion, sometimes big time moaning, sometimes big time fan support, and sometimes silly polls.

The vast majority of people in the group considerably nicer than me.

Back in February, the group nailed it.

Ha! Stick your self entitlement where the sun don’t shine. Nobody wants them, nobody needs them.
Come join the group if you fancy it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/thedandydons/

So I get a test version made of the t-shirt for the shop, my printer gets in touch, ‘are you sure this is legal?’. Hasn’t crossed my mind. The printer says ‘these US basketball players image rights are heavily protected and…’

US basketball player? How dare you! There’s only one Willie Miller!

Upshot is no more Willie Miller t-shirts, Derek McInnes posters, or anything pertaining to any Aberdeen player or manager past or present. Whether they are legal or not, if there is a hint of them being immoral then nope.

Unless the Aberdeen FC commercial department wants to get in touch, and they can have them. For free. Original vector artwork (scalable). I’ll remove The Dandy Dons name. Holds breath. Waits by phone. Still waiting. Checks with phone company… stares longingly at phone. Have they lost my number? They called to sell me DNA…

Burning bridges

AberDNA has perplexed me for a bit. I have stated this in an article a while back. I have also stated my concern for, with no disrespect intended, to a small, potentially vulnerable element of our support. People who spend an enormous percentage of their income on AFC. As opposed to the considerable section who are minted. Was all the money really going to Derek?

I felt there was an element of selling in the phrasing that to me didn’t fit with the supporter football club relationship. I wasn’t sure if it was just me, so I added a poll in the closed group. Results show I appeared to have touched on something.

It’s a closed group, only supporters are in there.

Ask and you shall receive?

So out came Stewart and Dave to answer.

Well, not really. I doubt very much anyone at AFC is aware of this website or FB page. (*waves* just in case) I suspect it comes under the collected group of ‘social media’.

But it’s clear, and not a secret, year two of AberDNA hasn’t been selling anything like year one. Hence the big finances explanation. I suspect now we know more after Milne and Cormack’s talk, know where the money is going, that will change. Here’s to AberDNA!

Criticising the club

Going back decades ago to my work on The Northern Light and the P&J, I both always hate to criticise the team or club, and conversely always feel ‘dirty’ if I choose not to say something negative, if I have a strong opinion on something. Young me had ambitions to work for the club, I would pull back. Gordon, Gio, Bob, the TNL art department didn’t pull back.

But there’s the club, the directors, and there’s the team. Very separate entities in my head…

There are lots of great people in the history of Aberdeen FC. Lots of unsung heroes putting in unseen work. The naming of the training facilities, quite a few wanted named after Teddy Scott, it is to be named after Bobby Clark. We now know Cormack has contributed significantly to it off his own back, he can name it after his cat if he wants. That is in no way intended to be offensive to Bobby Clark, also a big hero of mine as a kid.

But those training facilities, above all else, are Derek McInnes’s training facilities. He pushed for them, he doubled the club’s turnover, he made it happen.

A fascinating element of watching Man Utd post Fergie is the reminder, ‘the biggest club in the world’ had the best everything behind the scenes while Ferguson was managing. I remember an article in a paper once stating how amazing the manager of the Man Utd megastore at Old Trafford was.

They were all geniuses when Ferguson was managing. Just like, and Cormack was alluding to it, our whole club falls to pieces if the right manager isn’t in charge. It’s your only job directors. You better be analysing and updating all potential candidates for the future ALL the time. You’re only job. You don’t start looking when there’s a vacancy.

Perhaps this image sums up this season. There have been a few more downs than ups than in the others since McInnes arrived. It could also be read as the struggle and hard work that just might be about to come to fruition next season. To 2019 – 2020. If there is a manager McInnes reminds me of, it’s Arsene Wenger. Players are being developed all the time, the team might just be about to click again. That magical element whereby the team becomes bigger and better than the sum of the individuals. Hasn’t been there for a while, it’ll be back.

Whenever we have a bad result, intae the archive. You will never take our Fergie!

I am immensely proud of this t-shirt. The official Dandy Dons strip. The sheep logo a subtle nod to the old Adidas logo. Asheepas.
https://thedandydons.com/product/the-dandy-dons-strip/ Coming soon, the away strip. Sheep or giraffes? You’ll have to wait and see.

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mcinnes heart

On the sixth anniversary of Derek McInnes arrival at Aberdeen FC.

hampden

To Hampden, in a potentially season defining, season saving, season making… it’s a big game. And without being over confident or puting any sort of a hex on things, (touches wood, burns effigy, kills first born) Neil Lennon is not Brendan Rodgers. It’s still Rodgers team, they are still very good, they are still massive favourites, they are still playing at home…

Whatever happens it has been a season of transition. The stability of Hayes, McGinn, Rooney, that carried us through so much of the McInnes era, needed to be replaced. We’ve been unlucky with injuries to GMS, on the other hand we were very lucky to have so few with Jonny Hayes considering the kicking he took in games for us. He was the one who could dig us out of problems when others were off form.

On Sunday, oh to be able to tell them to stick their treble, treble up their arse.

Once a Don, always a Don…

So farewell and all the best Mark Reynolds. A very important part of a very good Afc era. Perhaps a little like Doug Rougvie, may have suffered from having academic aspirations. Where more purely football orientated players may have gotten more credit. When Ryan Jack got the captaincy and the central midfield position he never grew into, it was Reynolds who appeared from the outside a more natural and deserving captain after Russell Anderson retired.

When times are hard, and results aren’t going our way, in the words of Anthony Soprano, ‘What are you gonna do.’

The Rangers 0 Aberdeen 2

In what has been a largely poor season, by recent standards, can’t help thinking something bigger is being built behind the scenes. When those training facilties are ready, and all that talent coming through…

Many years ago I worked in the then Skean Dhu Altens. My first full time job. On the breakfast menu was an ‘Aberdeen roll’. Which was a rowie/buttery. As no one knew what an Aberdeen roll was from the menu, you had to try and work out where the hotel guest was from to give them the answer. You appear to be local ‘rowie’, you appear to be of the North East ‘it’s a buttery’, you appear and sound like a US oilman. ‘It’s a north east speciality which…’ Invariably every feckin’ time you’d get it wrong. So after giving the long international explanation, you’d get someone with an American accent with an irritated look on their face asking ‘is it a rowie?’. Because they’d lived in Aberdeen for a feckin’ decade.

As Andy Considine might be reaching the end of his time at Aberdeen as a player, it reminds me of how sad his testimonial match was in terms of the size of the crowd. Can’t help thinking had it been now, he’d really get a crowd. Although opposition is important, and timing, his and Langfield’s testimonials had very poor turnouts. Which was a shame. There also haven’t been any testimonials since. Maybe there won’t be more.

For The Sun ‘journalist’ who said the Morelos banner was in Columbian. To be the idiot amongst a collection of knuckle dragging, racist Murdoch employees. The worst, of the worst.

On the back of Steve Clarke’s very honest and heartfelt melt down after abuse from The Rangers support, the Glasgow media goes into ‘tar everyone with the same brush’ mode. Traynor’s little bitches, every one of them.

We did it, we did it, we did it, we did it…

Too much? Yep.

Thanks to a BBC documentary Sweary Mary David Robertson re-appeared. This was my cartoon in the P&J when he left Aberdeen for Der Hun. Nicknamed Beano, I think Bob in the Northern Light diary started it, as to him not being that bright, while still playing for us. You had to have balls of steel playing for the Dons back then when TNL was on the go… Didn’t you Bobby Connor?

Big Jim. We don’t need a reason to celebrate Big Jim.

Back to the start, at the Skean Dhu Hotel, Jock Stein was staying in the hotel, the week before the tragic events of the game against Wales. Jock was known as Big Jock. I was still surprised at how tall Big Jock was. Clue was in the name. To be in the presence of such greatness, I had to say something to him. I was a hall porter. He was checking in. Can a carry your bag sir? He was carrying a dark blue Gola holdall, containing not that much.

He shot me a look. I had an unnerving desire to go run up and down some sand dunes.

The shop is now open, I have had a ridiculous amount of fun working on the designs for the posters and t-shirts, and now also the videos.

The t-shirts.
The posters.

December the 4th was the last meme dump. We’d been to Hampden, but we weren’t happy.

And then Big Sam delivered

Big Sam was always good. Always had a good first touch, his link up play holding the ball for the midfield to move forward was always good. He wasn’t scoring goals, but he wasn’t really missing chances. Chances were not being created.

The transfer window. Aye we’re an impatient bunch. We want signings, and if we can’t get signings, we want rumours of signings. And we don’t like the Glasgow media and their lies, and we don’t like them knowing stuff before us, and we like how Dek does his business privately, not revealing anything until there is an actual signing, as we don’t like anyone who shares shit with journalists. We the Aberdeen support as every bit as inconsistent as our football team is on the park at the moment.

Oh yeah, most meme things on the page are rattled together in about 10 – 15 minutes, the one above took a bit longer. 32 likes on Facebooks you ungrateful bastards. Stevie Nicks, Stevie May. The ponytail. Mc, instead og Mac. Come on!

Not a meme, just a moment in time. A last minute winner, players and supporters in harmony, lovin’ it. Just fuckin’ Dandy.

Speedy recovery Tommie Hoban.

mickey-mouse-aberdeen

Football eh. After the Motherwell game, I was apoplectic with rage. On the back of just how much I enjoyed the whole The Rangers match performance, after the St Johnstone performance I am as chilled as Zen.

Oh and I missed the St Johnstone match, as had shit loads to do as I had guests coming for dinner. It was horrible, and they won’t get invited back, making whatever Stevie May did or didn’t do, pretty irrelevant.

I’m not sure my point really. Have some memes.

charlie nicholas aberdeen

‘Champagne’ Charlie.

mickey-mouse-aberdeen

The tache. I went too far didn’t I. That face is difficult to get out of your head. He reminds me of Ronnie Barker’s character in open all hours.

shinnie afc

Back in the far off days of last Thursday, this is how we all felt.

santa afc

Just how many times ye gonna remix this meme fella.

boyd-afc

We went to Hampden, twice.

pigs hampden

I did this meme a while back remixing it for the Hampden semi-final. I realised after posting it, the disgrace of Hampden remaining The National Stadium, and not the obvious solution of Murrayfield is one part Old Firm corruption (they must always have an advantage) and also, it’s the Glasgow fucking ‘journalists’. They want it in their city, so they don’t have far to travel.

Wankers.

“Glasgow is a football city”. Aye right. That’s why there’s 50,000 at every Partick Thistle match. Glasgow is a sectarian city.

It’s still early days, but not getting to that final was very expensive for The Rangers. And for Stevie G. It’s difficult to know if he is a manager, if he’s got that spark, that not many of them have. He has done well in Europe, but it’s his post match interviews. Very revealing. A man in a hurry. A man making mistakes. A man who might not be fun to be around. A man not stupid, but might not be that smart either. He is already repeating himself, showing a possible limit to his talents and intellect. The longer time goes, the less inside knowledge on Liverpool’s reserve players. His main skill so far is a fast depreciating asset. Only time will tell.

kris boyd

sectarian free

I wrote a poem.

racists fuck off

Dark times. Divide and rule, the oldest trick in the book for establishment 1%ers to keep control. Football is exactly where they will plant their puppets, to try and build on an unhappy populace pissed off with society. The banks caused the crash in 2008. Austerity has not paid back any of the debt. It is ideological, they are monsters who hate the poor and the disabled, and are driving the planet to destruction. It’s the billionaires stealing all your money you should have a problem with, not people with a different skin tone.

Harder to reach an audience on Facebook now. Still did about 600 likes on a 13000 reach. On Twitter another 600 likes, reached 50,000.

And that’s yer lot.

 

And breath. Still too early to forget Saturday.

Things to remember: 1. The players and employees of Aberdeen FC do not read some random blog by a supporter.

In light of the cup final, this makes analysis, or half arsed opinions, post match slightly different. There is an important game on Sunday. If they win, they are in the history books, and what happened the week before, the 13 league games before, disappear into a half sentence of ‘after a slow start to season 2018-2019 The Dons lifted…’. And that’s it.

And of course I want them to win. Of course I want Shinnie lifting that trophy, of course I want him to send me an email saying ‘get it right up ye, who’s a cunt now, ye cunt’. Because you can be furious with footballers and still back them all the way. It’s the fitba.

It was wrong to say he isn’t a captain, and isn’t a midfielder. He’s a great player, a great Dandy, a great captain. My anger with him comes from a number of issues, that aren’t just about him. I think it’s also perfectly okay to give him stick. He is very popular, gets lots of praise. I would never have gone after an unpopular player. I’m not following the nasty element in our crowd who are so desperate to feel superior to someone in life, will go after someone to destroy them… And I’m sure in the unlikely event of my opinions getting to Shinnie, he’ll be fine.

Jack shit…

It started with Ryan Jack. Two seasons of Ryan Jack as centre midfield. The lynchpin that every move was to start from, who’d control the tempo of the game, lead the team and dictate play. A position he never grew into, never had the skills for, that disrupted the flow of our team, and he repaid that trust by… That Ryan Jack.

Then there’s the loan players. Maddison in our team, was not that good. They didn’t get long enough to gell, a couple of bits of brilliance apart, he was whisked away just before he was about to start delivering. Ryan Christie. Do you remember that much magic from him? I remember the last few months. Him coasting along. Nobody thought he’d make it at Celtic, least of all Scotland, and that was just a few months ago. So safe to say Ryan Christie simply wasn’t trying the tail end of last season. Remember when he used to hate Aberdeen supporters, well… Once a Dandy, never forgets.

And that takes me back to Shinnie. He hasn’t signed a new contract, I quite understand why. Financially the rewards at a club like Norwich, Ipswich, Wolves or whoever are enormous, but what would really fuck me off, would be seeing Graeme Shinnie playing for one of them, at left back. If that becomes the case, at what point are Aberdeen FC just a play thing for bigger and better players. A place to mess around before a real team, a proper job where you do what you are fucking told for the good of the team, not the good of your career, or where you fancy playing.

Mutton dressed as mock chop supper

We have had a disjointed midfield since Barry Robson and Willo Flood stopped controlling the centre. Professional midfielders,  specialists in their area, which meant from defence to attack, the team flowed, one unit working together. Now we have a defence. A midfield. And a forward line.

A forward line that is low on confidence. Taking pelters game after game. I loved Adam Rooney to bits, but I remember him missing chances. Particularly in big games. This current lot, barely seen them miss a chance. Because our atrocious midfield couldn’t find them if you drew them a fucking map. Forwards that are low on confidence need more chances to score a goal than confident forwards.

There is a name missing from this. As there was in the unbridled rant after the game. You know who it is. And I’m not criticising him. He’s still the best manager since Ferguson by a country mile. I am happy to admit even for a football supporter, I’m a football supporter who doesn’t know much about football. I’m a graphic artist. But I regularly get opinions from people who are not graphic artists telling me what is wrong with my work. And they are wrong. So, welcome to my world Dek.

Here’s to the final. They can still do it. Because We are the famous Aberdeen.

On the off chance you missed the unbridled rage version.

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spfl logo
Scottish football, where a team who’s supporters will travel on average the longest distance, at considerable cost and time, with a repeat journey with all the cost and time commitments if we get to the final, are made to feel not good enough for not selling as many tickets as a team who are virtually playing at home.

Brendan’s complaints regarding Celtic’s game being moved to Murrayfield are incredibly revealing. The Old Firm are well aware of the enormous advantage that Hampden gives them every time they play there.

We ought to be excited about an upcoming semi-final and the SPFL and our opposition should be honoured to have us there, and respect and acknowledge the clear advantages that Glasgow clubs have in a clearly rigged ‘neutral’ venue.

Are we really supposed to be grateful they moved the time of the match? And did they even move it for us? More likely the absolute clusterfuck of an idea that four sets of supporters hitting the same venue on the same day could have resulted in mayhem.

And if Scotland had been playing at Pittodrie, and so few had turned up as there was against Portugal at Hampden, we’d be made to feel it was our, the north east of Scotland’s fault, and this would be a reason for no matches returning to Pittodrie.

And what of Milne’s request for a summit? It’s 2018, they don’t need to physically meet. Surely even the SFA, SPFL can arrange a Skype conference call, or get someone to show them how to turn Skype on.

Scottish football is a sick, sick world. Corrupt to the core.

James Wilson Aberdeen

afc brick

All in all it’s just another… meme.

adidas aberdeen

The goalkeeper top Adidas, really?! Are you trolling us now?

may aberdeen

Stevie May yer rubbish! Stevie May yer shite! Stevie May ye just bought yersel’ at least six months’ goodwill. C’mon Stevie, we know you’ve got the talent…

stevie may joker

lobster aberdeen

The one man campaign to make lobsters part of the Afc brand iconography continues…
Dali’s birthday is the 11th of May. Dali had a tash, Wullie had a tash, a lobster has a tash, kinda.

stone-roses-aberdeen

Did this for the Burnley game. Currently works for every away game bar Ross County, unless you live in Helmsdale, or Newcastle. It’s a Stone Roses’ song Grandpa. I know these things as I’m ‘down with the kids’. Well Radio 1 got in touch.

Is that the fella from the Harry Potter films with Nesta? I politely turned them down…

sfa-meme

The back end of a successful Facebook post. This post worked, because it resonated. The power of the share button, and lots of people furious with corruption. You can understand why the establishment are going after Facebook.

Facebook in turn has dramatically changed it’s algorithm in the last eighteen months. Far harder to reach an audience. Even that of your own page’s followers. If you look at the official Afc content on Facebook, there is occasionally a very small ‘sponsored’ written below the headline. Aberdeen FC have to pay to reach their own followers, who in turn use Facebook to get Afc’s content.

clocks 1983

I hope everyone remembered to put their clocks back last Sunday. What?! Surely if there is moaning about the team, the clocks have at least gone back…

trainspotting toilet aberdeen

Working behind the bar in Ritzy’s nightclub, 50p a drink on a Friday night, it was like the Somme, you weren’t there man, you weren’t there. I once closed the nightbar of the Altens Skean Dhu hotel because some businessmen were being obnoxious and rude. Pretended not to know who Wallace Mercer was. Same hotel, Jock Stein shot me a filthy look, after I asked if I could carry his bag. A Gola holdall. A week before the Wales game. Working in a bar in London, notorious heterosexual Leon Brittan… actually better leave that one. Bar near the BBC served Philippa Forrester then of CBBC and later Robot Wars. You need to be of a certain age.

After a few too many years working in bars, came a point where I just couldn’t pull another pint or be polite to drunks anymore. So this lead to The time Eoin Jess got me a huge bollocking.

lobster

Gothenburg 83 aberdeen Real Madrid

Been a while since the last meme dump.  Doing memes on The Dandies the last couple of years, starting to think there is nothing else to mine, graphically.

So-o, 11th of May, as well as ye know, is in fact the artist Salvador Dali’s birth date. He was a Catalan, did artwork for *Barthalona*, so presumably not a fan of Madrid, and extra time, bendy clocks, Dali had a tache, surrealism, lobster yeah. I may have had a drink that day to celebrate the 35th anniversary.

Oh, and I’ve decided lobsters are now part of the Dandy visual identity. C’mon, they are wearing the strip.

dandies europe

We qualified for Europe again! And much like Private Ryan, the rest of the show isn’t worth watching after that bit anyway.

dandy red hand

Can’t quite remember who we were playing the day I posted this one. Subtle, I aint…

aberdna shooting

AberDNA. Ooof, we love an argument the old Dandy support. A wee bit of tension in the ranks. Just a reminder, some of us pride ourselves on grudge holding!

So what are we going to do with all that cash. What’s the point of a group poll function if you don’t use it.

aberddna-poll

Judging by the lack of signings, it appears Dek may indeed have pissed the money up a wall at a casino. Well as long as it wasn’t wasted.
The World Cup. Aye, shameful, disgraceful, childish, unnecessary. But enough about the BBC’s coverage. We weren’t entirely backing our neighbours… And on the back of the Adam Rooney media sneering, and the pub league digs in general, fuck em.

aberdeen sverigecroatia strip aberdeenafc strips

On the back of blue strips, and green strips, for younger readers, this is a Dundee Utd strip. Dundee Utd were a football team back in the Eighties…

afc lobster

Nippy little fuckers. A hard tough exterior, pretty darned spectacular inside. But enough about Aberdonians, here’s a lobster.

Told ya, lobsters are part of the Dandy identity. More to follow.

A short meme dump this time. I’m excited about the new season, new players, new challenges. It’s going to be a great season. #COYR

Meme dump number 4.
Meme dump number 3.
Meme dump 2.
Meme dump 1.

 

So Adam has gone. Very sad, but it’s football, everything changes, everything stays the same. As an Aberdeen player his position in Aberdeen history is that of a footballing legend. Never to be forgotten.

No other player had their own illustration page on the dandy dons website, seriously, after the Balon d’Or, that’s the honour.

His significance to the McInnes era is enormous. The goalscorer, the poacher, the top of the Xmas tree. The penalty taker, you never doubted. The goal at the cup final. Rooney was the symbol, the point of action, the end result, the hero, Rooney was the man. And with all that, an incredible humility. His Twitter bio ‘Tap ins / headers / pens – thats my thing!’.

Anyone listening to him on Red TV doing commentary while he was injured, got a further insight into who the man was. A smart, articulate, funny man, deserving of a career in the media, when he is ready to hang up those goal scoring boots.

A team player with an extraordinary nose for goal. We will miss our number nine. We will miss that open mouthed, slightly horsey smile of joy, he did for literally every goal. We’ll miss it forever. And never forget it.

Adam Rooney, it’s been a pleasure.

All the illustrations.

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meme dump

Gru meme

This meme is so on point, it’ll cut you in half. Despite being from an eight year old film, in the world of memes, it’s brand new, as of March 9th 2018.  http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/grus-plan. You mean you didn’t know you can trace a meme’s history?!

The gag works by the third and fourth panel being the same text. This landed on the Dandy Dons page the morning after we knocked out Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock. 14/03/2018.

Only 38 likes on Facebook, you bunch of bastards. Not for the first time, can’t help thinking I’m wasted on you people.

Jim Bowen

In the week the great Jim Bowen of Bullseye fame passed away. Yes it was so worth it getting it right up Steve Clarke in the quarters to be tanked by Motherwell in the semi…

I discovered a poll option in The Dandy Dons closed group.

dandy poll

‘Shake it all about’ came second! One in the eye for the exceptionally nasty element on Twitter.

It strikes me the nasty element in the Afc support on Twitter divide into two categories. Gammon faced old men who haven’t had this much fun bullying people since they were arseholes at school, and fat, seventeen year old, angry, male virgins.

My analysis is scientific.

beer afc

Aye, about the semi.

sheep

I really hate that fucking blue strip now…. Then, by a weird coincidence, I found out in the same week, I’ve done this gag before.

the northern light

I hadn’t seen The Northern Light for twenty five years. Bought four copies on eBay, arrived that week. It’s the same gag. Mo Johnston had signed for Rangers…

I clearly didn’t know how to draw hands back then. Still can’t.

oconner aberdeen

So O’Connor took a pop at the Afc support for ‘not being good enough’… does the ‘O’ stand for ‘Oirony’ by any chance Anthony?

Douglas Ross

During an Old Firm match, the Conservative MP for Moray Douglas Ross, who is also a referee, waved like an excited puppy when spotting the opportunity to send off a Celtic player. You can read what your exceptionally banker friendly MP votes for here  www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25531/douglas_ross/moray/recent

snow man

It was snowing a few weeks ago…

 

Big Doug Aberdeen

I did three or four of these a couple of years ago. This was a new one. I was very pleased with the Spanish, until someone asked why he was asking for a pie in a Dundonian accent.

easter heids

 

kermit-meme

mcinnes mememckenna

One day we’ll be sitting watching some big old EPL game and the captains shake hands in the centre circle, and we’re going to say ‘I saw McKenna when he was a Dandy…’.

scott-mckenna

One for the Paul Hardcastle fans out there. The Dandy Dons – no reference too niche.
You weren’t there man! Oh, you were…

stevie-may-breaking

Spent a ridiculous amount of time deciding which band Stevie should join.

stewart-milne

Dek had just turned down The Rangers. I’ve given him stick in the past, so…

one-city-one-team

So the new stadium got the go ahead. I’ll take my slogan back now. You’re welcome! Aurora? That reminds me of something Vic Reeves would randomly drop into Shooting Stars. Eranu. Uvavu. Aurora!

heids

Unless you are an international class centre half, it takes balls of steel to sit near the front of the South Stand, such is the peer pressure should you miss yer heider…

mcinnes-star-wars

With every managerial vacancy, it’s hold your breath time. As well as Scotland, West Brom currently planted to the foot of the EPL. Niall coming back points to there maybe being a couple of seasons yet…

redtv

There’s an awful lot of things Afc do really well. The sort of things you almost take for granted, unless you see it done badly somewhere else. I followed the SFA on Facebook for a while, partly out of professional interest. It was dreadful. The tone was wrong, the graphics, while technically professional, were poorly thought out and inappropriate. The last qualifying campaign they were using the slogan and hashtag #ThisTime. So a two word phrase that had the negative connotation of the previous failures to qualify built in.

The Red TV coverage, the passion and professionalism of Dave and Andrew, the overall tone of the whole Afc social media communication, the graphics, the use of the photographers work, the match programme, it’s all really well done. And you almost don’t notice it, which is how it should be.

Facebook is making changes that will change your Facebook news feed. If you want to keep seeing The Dandy Dons memes and illustrations do the following 1) Go to www.facebook.com/thedandydons 2) Click ‘Following’ 3) Click ‘See First’

Unless of course you would rather see cats, dogs, babies, minions and that racist stuff your Gran posts…