Season 2000-2001 had an amazing start to the campaign when Jim Brechin donned the gloves as Glendale hosted the Mighty Kincorth in the opening day of the new season, 90 minutes later goals from Dickson 2 and Fearn saw Glendale comfortably take the points in a 3-1 victory to get the season off to a flyer.
But it was the cup run in the AFC Trophy which was to be remembered most. Glendale started with a convincing 5-1 victory at Aulton against Div 5 side Kittybrewster [Taylor 3 Dickson2]. What was notable about this game was hat-trick hero Neil Taylor went a.w.o.l after the game although he did return several years later.
Next Div 3 side Cornhill Thistle proved a stubborn nut to crack at Inverdee as Dale toiled to a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Bisset 2 and Aitken. Next up another Div 3 side Newmachar came calling to Blairs and they never stood a chance as goals from McCubbin 2 and Dickson brushed them aside.
A home tie to Nicoll’s X1 was the reward for that and again Dale had little trouble seeing off the opposition comfortably 4-1 [Barry, Abercrombie and Aberdein 2]. The Quarter Final saw Glendale travel to Dyce Rovers and were thankful for a Chris Kerr goal as they sneaked through 1-0.
Semi Final’s don’t come much tougher than Woodside and after a rugged 90 minutes and the game level at 1-1 [Aberdein] Dale required the services of talisman Gary Mullen, who had missed the previous 6 games with a knee injury, And he came off the bench to inspire his team to victory setting up Scott Aberdein to score again then slotting one home himself to clinch victory. Back in the changing room “Paper Roses” was belted out chorus after chorus.
The Final at Pittodrie was only 4 days later alas not enough time for Mullen to make a full recovery and he had to be content with a place on the bench as Glendale faced Cowie Thistle, A nervy start saw Dale fall 2-0 behind in only 25 minutes and although they rallied in the 2nd half and scored with a terrific header by Neil McCubbin from a Mullen corner they just fell short on the night as Cowie clung on to victory.
Glendale played 47 games that season finishing 6th to comfortably qualify for the new Premier league which was to begin the following season.
Mark Dickson finished top scorer on 19 goals from 43 appearances while a certain Alan Aitken scored 5 from 36 appearances, Wonder whatever happened to him?
Cup Final Team.
Aitken McCubbin Ferrier Beattie
R Brechin Bisset Aberdein Martin
Next week CHAMPIONS at last.