It was a pitched battle which was done and dusted in less time than half a football match.
He was a player with more tricks than Paul Daniels and the ability to leave opponents feeling as if they were chasing shadows.
Some people believe that snooker has gone to pot in recent years, yet there is always an upsurge in interest whenever the World Championship looms at the cherished Crucible Theatre.
Prince Philip always spoke his mind, talked about his belief in the power of sport and physical exercise, and never suffered fools gladly, if at all, during his long life.
Prince Philip was never afraid to speak his mind. But some of his public pronouncements gained headlines for the wrong reasons.
It was one of the most far-sighted plans ever devised by any member of the Royal Family.
There are few people in Britain who cannot recall a time when Prince Philip has not been a part of their lives.
Brian Binnie has never forgotten the conversation he had with his mother when he was just seven years of age.
It is a family journey which takes in the Battle of Trafalgar, a Stonehaven prison and Sir John Franklin's doomed journey into the Arctic Circle.
Joe Harper has never been a man for taking the conventional route - even when it led him into scrapes and confrontations.
It was a project plagued by tragedy and one which might never have seen the light of day, but for the global pandemic.
Jaws dropped in households across Scotland in 1978 when George Barron told television viewers he was off for a "wee jobbie" in the potting shed.
They were the buildings which were supposed to help Aberdeen residents advance into a bright new future.
It was a result which prompted shock and astonishment across the football world: Highland League club Brora Rangers' 2-1 victory against Hearts in the second round of the Scottish Cup last week.
He was the man who spent more than 50 years interviewing and recording for posterity the memories of Scottish veterans of the First World War.
She was the youngster who enjoyed a magical childhood in Austria before being forced to flee from the Nazis to a convent boarding school in Aberdeen.
She is one of the most well-known faces in the north-east for her distinctive poetry and prose and constant championing of the Scots language.
It's one of the more surreal images in Scottish football; the sight of Aberdeen star Stephen Glass standing next to a mountain bike, decked out in Coca-Cola colours, as his man of the match prize at Hampden Park in 1995.
There's a glint in the eye of Falcon Scott when he talks about his family's love of exploration and pursuing adventure on the planet's wild places.
There's a heartbreaking photograph of Emily Drouet just a few weeks after she started her law course at Aberdeen University.
She runs an international charity foundation with her husband, so Fiona Cormack is used to dealing with people across the world.
It was a day when the match mattered less than the result and when tens of thousands of Aberdeen supporters flocked to Glasgow to watch their heroes win their first trophy in 19 years.
There was nothing unusual about the Wednesday morning in March 1996 when I headed into work at the Scotsman building in Edinburgh city centre.
Football grounds aren't usually empty for long periods of time.
It was one of the most brutal, belligerent battle of wills in the whole history of sport.
She was one of the most remarkable woman ever to emerge from Aberdeen and stamp her imprint all over the creation of the National Health Service.
Generations of people across the north-east have grown up speaking in the Scots language which they have shared with their families and friends.
Nora Griffith: Aberdeenshire woman who became an archaeological trailblazer in the early 20th century
There has never been any shortage of pioneering women in the north of Scotland who have been prepared to embrace the wider world and boldly go where their predecessors feared to tread.
It's one of the biggest ecological success stories in recent times; the dramatic transformation of the Mar Lodge Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms.
There has always been a tragi-comic element to boxing; the contrast between the Damon Runyon language of rope-a-dopes and palookas on the road to Nowhereville and the sad sight of punch-drunk fighters slurring their words.