Former Dons behind-the-scenes stalwart Nessie dies, aged 84

Nessie Fiddes has died aged 84.

One of Aberdeen FC’s longest serving staff members, Nessie Fiddes, has died, aged 84.

Aberdonian Nessie – whose real name was Agnes – worked as a cleaner at Pittodrie for 17 years until her retirement in 2012.

She was the first female cleaner to be given access to tidying out the home dressing room and was known for her playful banter with the players during her time at the club.

Nessie maintained her links with the Dons after her retirement by helping out at some of the activities for the elderly organised by the AFC Charitable Trust.

They included the Still Game and Walking Football programmes, in which Nessie was always a willing participant.

Nessie is survived by her son, Gordon, his wife, Jackie, grandsons Greig and Kevin and great granddaughter Jessica.

Her funeral took place in Aberdeen on Tuesday morning.