Boss Derek McInnes has issued a rallying call to the Reds to fulfil his dream of Scottish Cup glory.
Aberdeen will bid to make the final of the competition tomorrow when they play Celtic at Hampden in the last four.
During his tenure as manager the Dons have had plenty of near misses in the Scottish Cup – which they haven’t won since 1990.
Celtic beat them 2-1 in the final two years ago with a stoppage-time winner. And there have also been two painful semi-final losses to St Johnstone (2-1) in 2014 and Motherwell last year (3-0).
Before McInnes arrived the expectation and anticipation of Aberdeen winning silverware had dwindled – but after becoming the Pittodrie gaffer in March 2013 he has restored the pride.
In March 2014 McInnes guided the Dons to the League Cup with a win on penalties against Inverness Caley Thistle for what was the Reds’ first trophy since 1995.
Now McInnes is desperate to end the 29-year wait for a Scottish Cup victory and add another silver lining to his time as Aberdeen manager.
He said: “That is the intention – to try to win the cup. I wake up every day thinking about having cup success here. That desire is not any more than it was on day one here because I knew we could put a squad together with our way of working which would be competitive.
“That is how it has played out. Myself and my staff work extremely hard to turn out those consistent performances from my team and make players better.
“Unfortunately when that happens we lose good players, but we stick to our principles and try to get our reward for that work.
“I couldn’t put any more into this job and all my staff work extremely hard.
“It’s a job we love doing – and to get that reward for all the hard work and commitment that is put in would be absolutely brilliant.
“We have given people a pride in the club again, 100% we have.
“When we came in we said we wanted to make people and the city fall in love with the team again.
“We wanted to work in a certain way which allowed us to be competitive.
“It wasn’t just a case of ‘we’re Aberdeen Football Club and we have a good history so we’re entitled’.
“We had to show that we were smart with our work and we had to work harder than our competitors.
“We had to get a team on the pitch which could be competitive and not just because they play for Aberdeen.
“We have been the most competitive team in Scotland outwith Celtic.
“That is in terms of qualifying for Europe every year, reaching semi-finals and finals.
“It’s easy for teams to do that over a period of months or a season.
“But nobody has got close to us, other than Celtic, for doing it over such a period of time and that is down to everyone at this club.”
Not being able to add to a League Cup triumph five years ago does frustrate McInnes, but this could be the year that changes – if the Dons can get past Celtic tomorrow.
He added: “That is frustrating but we have given ourselves plenty of chances and put ourselves forward.
“We’ll try to do that again. Celtic have brilliant players, experienced players, full internationals – but they can be beaten.”
McInnes believes the culture within the Dons dressing room is a factor in the consistency of challenging for honours in the last six years.
He said: “I needed the right types and players like Willo Flood and Barry Robson were two of those when I came in.
“They were part of the culture within the dressing room that is still here now.
“We have a culture within the dressing room which was started back then.
“We have a way of working – there is an energy, a commitment, a work ethic. From the gym-based work to the standards we demand in training.
“When new players come in they know they have something to look up to and something to attain and that’s important.”