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August 23, 2010

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G4S extends security contract with Aberdeen FC

The Terms and Conditions of the contract are effective immediately, and a direct continuation of the security and stewarding services G4S has provided to the club for over ten years.

Commenting on that continued partnership, John Morgan – operations manager for the current Scottish Premier League leaders – said: “We’re pleased to be continuing to work in partnership with G4S as it provides professional stewarding services to the club. The company’s highly-trained personnel have extensive experience of working in this type of environment.”

Morgan added: “This contract extension allows further development of our commitment to improving standards of safety at Aberdeen Football Club.”

Managing director of G4S Events, Mark Hamilton, said: “As the stewarding providers at Pittodrie Stadium, our staff deal directly with supporters at every match either by offering general information or safety advice and guidance.”

He continued: “A good match experience and the safety of fans are our priorities, and over the years we’ve worked closely with Aberdeen Football Club to develop and maintain high levels of service and safety. As a result of this extension to our contract, we’ll now be able to continue our work aimed at further enhancing the supporters’ experience.”

Some facts and figures about Aberdeen FC

Aberdeen Football Club is one of the most successful teams in Scotland, having won four league titles and seven Scottish Cups (including a record three-in-a-row during the 1980s, the only time a team other than Rangers has done this since 1882).

They’re also the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies in the same year.

However, despite recently competing in the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup finals, both in 2000, the club hasn’t won won any silverware since 1995.

Formed in 1903 as a result of the amalgamation of three clubs from Aberdeen, they rarely challenged for honours until the 1950s, when they won each of the major Scottish trophies under then manager Dave Halliday.

This level of success was surpassed in the 1980s when, under the expert guidance of (now Sir) Alex Ferguson, they won three league titles, four Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup alongside the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983.

Pittodrie Stadium: home of The Dons

Pittodrie Stadium has been the club’s home since its inception. The ground currently boasts a capacity of 22,199, and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom.

Pittodrie was also the first football stadium to feature a dugout, an invention of player-coach Donald Colman.

The ground was first used by the original Aberdeen FC in 1899 in a 7-1 win over Dumbarton. When the merger of the three teams took place in 1903, the new club took over the old Aberdeen ground.

On 15 August 1903, 8,000 spectators watched the new Aberdeen draw 1-1 against Stenhousemuir FC.

The club initially rented the ground, but subsequently bought it in 1920.

The stadium consists of four stands. The Main Stand, housing the club’s offices and players’ facilities, holds the majority of the supporters. The Merkland Road Stand is primarily for families. The South Stand is opposite the main stand and a quarter of this section is used to accommodate travelling supporters (except for Old Firm games, where half of this stand is given up for the visiting supporters).

The newest element is the Richard Donald Stand at the Beach End of the ground, named after former chairman Dick Donald. This is a modern, two-tier design completed in 1993 and containing hospitality suites.

Examining plans for a new ground

At present, the club’s examining a move to a new stadium which, if given the go ahead, would be located on the Loirston Loch and seat around 22,000 fans (although that capacity could be increased to 30,000-35,000 should a major event in this part of Scotland require a stadium of that scale).

G4S Events also provides security and stewarding services at Ibrox, the home of SPL champions Rangers.

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