For defender Andy Considine the Dons are a team for the working class and every supporter, regardless of financial situation, should be able to see them in action.
Although it’s the Oil Capital of Europe, the 30-year-old acknowledges there are many within the Granite City who are struggling with poverty.
The economic downturn has hit the city hard and for some watching the Dons at Pittodrie is not a possibility.
Which is why Considine is fully behind the club’s innovative Aberdeen for All scheme, which provides the use of season tickets to the most deserving in the community.
Working alongside parent charity Aberdeen FC Community Trust, the Dons will identify families and individuals who will benefit most from the initiative.
More than 500 season tickets were issued through Aberdeen for All last season and that is set to rise in the upcoming campaign following the donation of sponsors.
Considine, who is set to face St Johnstone in a friendly in Perth tomorrow, said: “Aberdeen is a working-class city and football is a working-class game.
“It has always been that way.
Regardless of your situation you should be able to come and watch football.
“This is a fantastic gesture from everyone involved.
“Aberdeen has the oil but that has taken a huge hit over the last couple of years.
“This can make a difference for many kids as it offers them the chance to come to a game on a Saturday.”
Following Aberdeen’s 2-1 European Cup Winners’ Cup final win over Real Madrid in 1983, Bernabeu legend Alfredo Di Stefano, then Real manager, said “Aberdeen have what money can’t buy – a soul, a team spirit built in a family tradition.”
For Considine that philosophy remains at the heart of the club which is why social inclusion for all is so fundamental to the Reds.
A product of the Pittodrie youth system, he said: “Aberdeen have always had that family tradition.
“This keeps everyone even closer as a community.
“To see the smiles on young kids’ faces when they come to watch the football and watch potentially their idols, it is priceless.
“It is a great experience for them and it might spur some of them on to become footballers like ourselves.
“For a club like Aberdeen that relies on young people coming through the youth system to break into the first team, regardless of whether you have a bit of money or not, you should still be able to have that chance. You should still be able to have that opportunity to make it in football or any sport regardless of your situation.
“This type of scheme is potentially getting people on that right track.”
Following sponsorship from Aberdeen-based companies, the Dons will be able to reach more deserving families and local community groups via the scheme. The companies are Swire Oilfield Services, Burness & Paull, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Simmons & Co International.
The initiative is also supported by Stewart Milne Group and the Cormack Foundations.
Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT) already work with many charities and organisations throughout the city to provide support and opportunities.
Considine believes there is a social responsibility for the Reds above and beyond what they do on the pitch.
Asked if this expanded as far as donating to food banks he said: “There is one out at Banchory my wife and I have donated at a couple of times. I am sure there are plenty of others who have as well at Aberdeen.
“People should be supporting these things.”
Aberdeen For All is aimed at individuals in the local community who are in need due to a number of reasons such as social exclusion, financial hardship or other disadvantages.
Ally Prockter, chief executive of AFC Community Trust said: “AFCCT is delighted to be working closely with Aberdeen FC in relation to their Aberdeen For All initiative.
“Social inclusion is a serious challenge which can be overcome in many ways, and for many people it is important they feel as if they are part of something bigger.
“Providing AFC match tickets to those who otherwise cannot attend home games is an important step towards making people feel included in our local community.
“We work closely with the club and its sponsors to identify individuals and organisations who can benefit from becoming part of the Aberdeen FC family.’
Barry Douglas, Seaton Community Church pastor, is delighted to see a scheme supporting those most in need in the local community.
Douglas said: “The people this scheme is helping out are from under-privileged backgrounds and who would not normally have access to football.
“You really get to see the joy being brought out in them when they receive their tickets.
“The tickets I have distributed so far have gone to families who will get a huge uplift from them.
“There are more out there who could benefit from this scheme, so I hope it’s a great success.’