Dyce Boys Club’s Day Out

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As part of the SFA Community Club Project currently ongoing with the club led by Liam Duncan, Dyce Boys Club were asked to play on the pitch at half time during the Aberdeen FC v Kilmarnock FC match in the SPFL Premiership. Our 2004 side played a 5 aside match and our 2007s played a 4 v 4 game infront of a crowd of eleven thousand at Pittodrie.



Along with this great experience the club were given 150 tickets for players, coaches and parents and this allocation was taken in full and they certainly made themselves heard! The whole day was brilliant, all the boys behaved and to top it all off former DBC player Graeme  Shinnie scored his first home goal infront of the boys who will hopefully be repeating the same feat in years to come.

A massive thank you to Liam, the AFC Community trust and Aberdeen FC for making the whole day possible and giving the boys an experience they will always remember

Special season for Dyce (young) Old boys!

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The 2014/15 has came to an end and it has been one of the most successful in memory for our former players now playing the top league Scottish league

Stuart Armstrong @StuArmstrong16

Stuart started the season with Dundee United and helped them qualify for the Scottish League Cup Final before earning his big money move to Celtic in the winter transfer window. He settled straight away with his new team scoring 2 goals in his 14 league matches on his way to winning the SPFL Premiership title. He is sure to develop further next near with the Scotland team very much in his reach

Graeme Shinnie @Shinzzaa
Shinnie cup

The Inverness captain sealed his dream send off at Hampden winning the Scottish cup in his last game with the Highland club before his summer move back home to Aberdeen FC. Graeme will add greatly to the current league runners up and again will be knocking on the door for international selection

Cammy Smith @cammysmith_01
cammy trophy

Cammy juggled both Under 20 and first team action this season, winning the SPFL Development League for the first time in over 20 years and also playing his part in Aberdeen’s season reaching the League cup semi final and finishing runners up in the League

Again this is a great inspiration to our current players to the heights that can be reached with talent and tons of hard work.

Well done boys and to all our former players playing at all levels


Cammy a league winner

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Cammy Smith

A huge congratulations from all at Dyce Boys Club goes to Cammy Smith and his Aberdeen FC Under 20s teammates for winning the SPFL Development League for the first time in over 20 years.

Cammy made a huge contribution scoring 12 goals and assisting many more. This is all the more impressive as he did this along side making over 20 appearances for the first team.

This is the second medal in Cammy’s collection after winning the League Cup last year and everyone at Dyce Boys Club is sure he will add many more.

Bruce signs on for the Dons

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Everyone at Dyce Boys Club is delighted to hear that our former player Bruce Anderson has signed a two year contract with Aberdeen Football Club.

Bruce played for the club for a number of years and was always noted for his commitment and his ability to pop up with a important goal! He made the step up to the AFC youth Academy and has continued his hard work and improving his talents and it has paid off with this excellent news.

We look forward to seeing Bruce continue to develop and hopefully push on towards the first team.

This is a brilliant example for our current players to aspire to and shows where talent along with a lot of commitment and hard work  can get you.

Well done Bruce


Busy transfer window for former Dyce boys!

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Two of our former players have been involved in transfers in the January window and is a reminder to all our current players of the heights they can reach with talent, hard work and commitment.

Stuart Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong of Dundee United has had a change of club’s in the transfer window.
Stuart has been transferred to Celtic FC for £1.6 million, making him the most expensive Dyce player so far and has earned a dream move to the current League Champions
Playing for the Bhoys is far removed from wearing the blue and white hoops of Dyce but Stuart has been earning rave reviews
for his performances with United and we are sure it wont be long before he is gaining honours with the Glasgow club
Graeme Shinnie
Great news for all Aberdeen FC Supporters.
Our former player Graeme Shinnie currently plying his trade with Inverness Caley has signed a pre contract with the Dons
which will see him in a red shirt next season next to other former Dyce boys Cammy Smith and Russell Anderson.
Graeme has been the subject of interest these last couple of seasons with a number of clubs and was hotly tipped to join
brother Andrew another former Dyce player at Birmingham City.
However Graeme has plumped for the Dons and we say welcome back to Graeme and wish him a long and happy stay at Pittodrie
Everyone at Dyce Boys Club is delighted for both boys and we can’t wait to see the progress they will make in the future

Old teammates reunited

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There was a unique and proud moment for Dyce Boys Club on Saturday 8th November as Aberdeen FC took on Dundee FC at Forfar Athletics stadium

The Five former Dyce teammates Jack Bowden, Aaron Reid (Aberdeen FC) Ryan Park, Ryan McShea, Lucas Smith (Dundee FC) at the 2004 age group played in the match and performed to their usual high standards by all accounts. I wont say which boys were the happier with the result but as you can see they were very happy to see old friends at the final whistle

Keep up the good work boys

dundee v dons

PFA Awards

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Good news for two of our former players – PFA Scotland when announcing their Premiership Team of the Year selected Graeme Shinnie of Inverness Caley Thistle and Stuart Armstrong of Dundee United to be in the team.

Congratulations to both of them who played for Dyce Boys Club with great distinction.

The nominations are just reward for a consistent season for their clubs.

Stuart Armstrong has also been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Reaching the Scottish Cup Final is an added bonus for Stuart and his team mates this year.

Congratulations from all at Dyce.

An Interview with Derek Adams – A former Dyce Boys Club Player

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Thanks to Scott Burns, father of Ross Burns, a DBC 2005 player and a sports writer with the Scottish Daily Express, we are delighted to provide you with an exclusive interview with Derek Adams, Ross County Manager and former professional footballer with Aberdeen, Burnley, Ross County, Motherwell and Livingston.

Read on to gain an insight on what it takes to be a player at the top level and how Derek’s time at Dyce Boys Club helped shape his future in football. Make sure you read to the end when Derek give his top tip to youngsters on what it takes to develop as a footballer.

Lastly, the club would like to express their thanks to Willie Vass ( willievass.photoshelter.com) for the use of his photographs for this article.

What are you memories from your time with Dyce Boy’s club?

“I played at Dyce for a couple of seasons under joint-managers, Norman Mackay and Alex Sanderson , while Dick Lovell also helped out as well.  “They were all different characters.  “Alex was very strict, Norman was a good coach while Dick was a great man-manager and helped to look after the boys.  “Dyce were one of the top teams in the Aberdeen area at the time and those three were really good guys who wanted to do well for Dyce Boys Club.  “I played in the same team as Roy McBain, who also went on to play at the top level with Inverness and Ross County.  “We had a good team and we also won the Scottish Cup at the under-15 age group.  “It was funny because I actually played as a sweeper for Dyce that season.  “Dyce gave me a really good football grounding.  “The coaches always looked after you and you always felt like you were in a professional environment.  “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Dyce.”

What position did you play for Dyce?

“I think I played in just about every outfield position.  “I played at left-back, right-back, sweeper, midfield and also up-front.  “I went to Dyce as a midfield player then they started to move me around.  “We went out to a tournament in Norway and I came back as a striker.  “I also played as sweeper,  I don’t know how I ended up there.  “Maybe because I could read the game quite well but it wasn’t a position I really enjoyed.  “I preferred to be in the thick of the action and that is why I ended up back in the midfield.  “But it was good playing in all those different positions as a youngster because it definitely made me a better player. “I got appreciation of playing in those different positions and if you look at Holland that is something they employ amongst all their young footballers.”

How did Aberdeen’s interest in you come about?

What do you mean I was pulling his shirt???

What do you mean I was pulling his shirt???


“I was training with Aberdeen when I was at Dyce.  “I would have been a YTS player when I first signed for Aberdeen.  “I spent most of my time at Dyce before I signed professional forms with Aberdeen.  “Dyce and one of my other old clubs got a bit of money from Aberdeen for helping to develop me.”



How did you end up at Burnley?

“I was three years at Aberdeen.  “Jimmy Mullen had been the assistant manager at Aberdeen before he went down to Burnley.  “He had remembered me as a YTS kid at Aberdeen and he took me down there.  “I spent a year-and-a-half in England.  “It was difficult because I was still young and I was six hours away from home but it was a good experience to go down and learn my trade at Burnley.”

Dropping down to Ross County was a gamble but you must have felt it paid off when you got your move to Motherwell?

“I came back up the road to Ross County from Burnley.  County were in the Third Division at that time.  “We were still part-time and I was earning something like £50-a-week.  “I trained two nights a week and I continued to work.  “I also went and did an HNC at college in electronic engineering.  “I think a lot of players should try and work before they go into football full-time because if would give them a real appreciation of being a professional footballer.  “You always want to get back playing full-time football and thankfully I got that opportunity after two seasons with Ross County when Motherwell came in for me.”

Do you think what happened to you at Ross County is a good example for kids who might not make it at their first attempt in professional football?

Derek in his Livingston days, here up against Neil Lennon.

Derek in his Livingston days, here up against Neil Lennon.

“I think there is a lot more of that these days, where a young kid goes to a senior club and they think they have made it.  “Then when they don’t they start to drift away.  “If that happens they have to start dropping down the levels.  “The most important thing is to get games but at the same time you have to make sure you keep doing the right things.  “You have to maintain a good appetite for the game and then going out to do the best you can on the pitch.   “If you do that and you could do well then it could act as a spur to get the bigger clubs interested again.”



What was it like at Motherwell playing alongside top players like Andy Goram and John Spencer?

The Motherwell days...

The Motherwell days…

“Motherwell bought me for a £150,000, which was a lot of money at that time.  “They had some top experienced players like John Spencer, Andy Goram and Shaun Teale.  “They all helped me and we also played under Billy Davies, who is a top manager in his own right.  “Billy moved Motherwell on to the next level.  “I remember watching all these top players in training and playing alongside them really helped me.”



What was it like coming back to sign for Aberdeen?

Point to prove - back home at  AFC.

Point to prove – back home at AFC.



“Aberdeen are a massive club.  “I didn’t play the first time around, when I was there for three years, so I wanted to go back and make my mark.  “I felt I did that.  “I went back to Pittodrie and scored a few goals and did quite well.  “Then when Jimmy Calderwood we had a very good season when we finished in the top four.”


What is your main playing highlight?

“That was playing in the Scottish Cup semi-final for Motherwell versus Rangers at Hampden.  “We lost 4-3 after we had been up 2-1 at half-time.  “I managed to score that day and although we lost that was still a major highlight for me from my playing days.  “It was also great going to Celtic  Park and Ibrox to play as well.”

Best player you came up against?

Derek in action against Henrik Larsson

Derek in action against Henrik Larsson

“I was fortunate to sign for Motherwell at the start of the Scottish Premier League when there was quite a bit of money swishing about.  “So there were a lot of top players over here, like Henrik Larsson, Mark  Viduka and Lubo Moravcik at Celtic, Tugay and the De Boer brothers (Ronald and Frank) at Rangers, along with the likes of Barry Ferguson, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Lorenzo Amoruzo and Jorg Albertz.  “These guys were all top players and it was a privilege to play against them all.”



Best team you played against?

“I would probably have to go for the Rangers team from Dick Advocaat’s first season at Ibrox.  “They were on top of their game and had quality from back to front, from Stefan Klos to Artur Numan, Lorenzo Amoruso and Michael Mols.”

Favourite ground?

“It is Ibrox.  “The atmosphere generated when the stadium is full is absolutely unbelievable.  “It is a good venue to play in.”

Best bit of advice you were given as a footballer?

“Billy Davies always used to say that you have to look after your body, refuelling and making sure you are always in peak condition.  “It is also important to work on your passing because if you can’t pass the ball and can’t run then you will struggle in the modern game.  “Billy stipulated that and I think following that lead helped me in my professional career.”

Who is our favourite current player in world football and why?

“I have to say Lionel Messi.  “You can’t score as many goals as he does and not say him.  “I think technically he is ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.  Ronaldo is a fantastic player but Messi can do things with the ball that nobody else in the world can.”

When did you decide to go into management?

The player becomes the manager....

The player becomes the manager….

“I took over at Ross County when I was 32.  “It was very early.  “I was still playing but when I got the job I hung up the boots.  “I had wanted to become a manager for a couple of seasons and to get that opportunity at Second Division was too good to turn down.  “I knew we needed to win promotion to the First Division.  “It was a risk on my part but one that was worth taking.  “Sir Alex Ferguson always used to say to his players that if you don’t take risks then you are never going to do anything.  “Over the last six years at Ross County we have taken a lot of risks but we have come a long way.”


What have been the highlights of your time in football management?

“There have been a lot from my time at Ross County. “We won two championships and getting to two Challenge Cup finals was also great but getting to the Scottish Cup final is probably the biggest one of them all.  “To take a village team to a Scottish Cup final is something to be proud of.”

Best piece of advice you could give a young player? 

Listen to your coaches, work hard and have a good attitude.

Listen to your coaches, work hard and have a good attitude.


“I would have to say that you should listen to your coaches.  “You also have to be dedicated and to work hard on your game.  “It is okay thinking you are a good player and listening to other people saying you are a good player but you have to go out there on the pitch and prove it yourself.  “If you are a defender get out there and defend, if you are a striker score goals and if you are a midfielder and then go and create.  “You get a lot of people who talk a good game but doing it out on the pitch is where it really matters.”

Aberdeen Football Club win League Cup

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Congratulations to Aberdeen FC and former Dyce Boys Club players Russell Anderson and Cammy Smith in winning the League Cup  on Sunday 16th March at Celtic Park.

Russell Anderson and Derek McInnes with the League Cup.

Russell Anderson and Derek McInnes with the League Cup.

The atmosphere generated by the 40,000 strong AFC fans was amazing and this DBC Coach will not forget it for a long, long time. Many of us will have been taking their children to an AFC Cup Final for the first time, as it’s been some 19 years since AFC last won a cup.

We all at Dyce Boys Club hope all our lads at (or watching) this game were inspired with seeing Aberdeen lift the cup and note that there were some former Dyce Boys Club players representing both sides on the day.

Put in the work in training and matches boys and you never know, one day it could be you running out for Aberdeen in a League Cup Final.