To a generation of Dons fans, John Ogston will always be known as “Tubby” but to his family he was always just a “real gentleman”.
The former goalkeeper, who signed for the club in 1957, passed away on Thursday, aged 78, after a major stroke in April and subsequent ill health.
The Aberdeen-born footballer first took up the sport aged five or six and later went on to play youth football with Banks O’ Dee.
And goalkeeping was in his blood as his dad and brother, both called George, played in that position for junior football sides.
But it was “Tubby” who would end up going on to fulfil his childhood dream of playing for his home club.
His son David, 43, said: “He had the physique for it.
“He was just a big guy and the name just stuck but it was meant affectionately.
“He had a few offers initially before Aberdeen came in and signed him but he just wanted to play for the team he supported as a boy.”
At the start of his professional football career John had to embark on National Service and was stationed in Southampton from 1958 until around 1960.
But even while down south he couldn’t keep away from football and played 15 games with the British Army side.
Having moved back to the Granite City in 1960, he met the love of his life, the late Jennifer, in the dance halls of Aberdeen, later marrying her in 1965.
He just wanted to play for the team he supported as a boy.
After leaving the Dons that year, the pair moved down south after John was signed for Liverpool Football Club.
But they made a special return to Aberdeen to have their first child Linsay in 1970, followed by son David four years later.
John signed for Doncaster Rovers in 1968 and spent three years at the club before leaving professional football and moving back home to the North-east.
He had a variety of jobs firstly as a fish market porter and also played in the Highland League where he had stints at Buckie Thistle and Huntly.
His final job was within the fire service as a station assistant before retiring in May 2003.
David said his dad will be fondly remembered for his competitive nature – right up until his last days.
And David’s wife Marlene said he was just a “real gentleman” with a great sense of humour.
David added: “He was just one of those ultra-competitive people.
“Even just last week when we were playing dominoes in the hospital.
“He just couldn’t take getting beat, his will to win was amazing.
“He was a keen bowler in his retirement years and we always knew right away if he had got beat as he needed 10 minutes to go away by himself.”
Along with football and a 20-year involvement with Culter Juniors, John also had huge passion for bowling and table tennis throughout his life.
The family man also doted on his two granddaughters –Sophie, 17, and Anna, 8 – who he would enjoy seeing on a Sunday afternoon.
He just couldn’t take getting beat, his will to win was amazing.
He managed to pass on his love of football to David, who is a season ticket holder at Pittodrie, and the pair would spend many afternoons talking about the games together.
David said: “He would dissect every game and he would always analyse the keeper.”
John was “absolutely delighted” when he managed to see his son marry wife Marlene at Pittodrie in April, despite suffering ill health at the time.
David said: “It was quite a big thing for him and meant a lot.”
Aberdeen FC said: “Every- one at AFC was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of John Ogston, known affectionately as ‘Tubby’ Ogston by a whole generation of supporters.
“He was a hugely popular figure at Pittodrie during the eight years he spent at the club and he thoroughly deserved the three caps he won at Scotland Under 23 level.
“Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends at this sad time.”
John’s funeral will be held at Aberdeen Crematorium (West Chapel) at 11am on Friday, to which all friends are invited.