Mourners held aloft huge banners outside Pittodrie as the funeral procession for a Dons legend made its way past the ground.
Chic McLelland was a player for Aberdeen FC before honing the skills of generations of youngsters as a coach.
Friends, former players and fans braved the blustery conditions to pay their respects as the right-back was led around the ground one last time yesterday.
Colours from both Aberdeen FC and Montrose FC, where the Glasgow-born player had served extended spells during the 70s and 80s, were held in the air.
And a slow clap from those in attendance pierced the silence as the hearse passed.
Due to coronavirus restrictions only 20 people – including friends and former Dons team-mates Drew Jarvie and Jocky Scott – were allowed to attend the funeral.
Family members made special arrangements for the hearse to pass the Richard Donald stand at Pittodrie for well-wishers to say their goodbyes, before carrying on its journey to Aberdeen Crematorium.
Among those paying their respects outside Pittodrie were Cove Rangers midfielder Fraser Fyvie, who was part of the youth setup at Aberdeen while Chic was a coach, and former Reds player Andy Dornan.
Well-wishers lined the pavement outside the Richard Donald Stand at Pittodrie as the cortege drove past, while flags of both Aberdeen and Montrose were held aloft.
Outside football, long-serving defender Chic was a devoted father and grandfather to his daughters Natalie, 44, and Gemma, 40, and his grandchildren Jay, 11, Cole and Emmy, both eight.
Natalie said: “It was a really nice send-off. The celebrant did a lovely job and dad’s friend, Ricky Cheyne, gave a nice speech.
“My partner and my two sons went down to Pittodrie because we couldn’t have many people at the funeral itself. It was lovely to see so many people there and all the flags.
“Dad was lucky because he had a long career with Aberdeen, and it’s so nice that people wanted to come and remember him.
“I hope he realised when he was alive how much good he did and how much he was recognised for it.
“I think he did know – but if he didn’t, he certainly does now.”
Chic’s family are now asking anyone who wants to pay tribute to him to do so by making a donation to the Forget Me Not Club in Banchory, which supported him after he was diagnosed with dementia.
Natalie said: “Dad spent most of his days out there after he had to go into the home. He loved it there and they loved him too.
“The people there were absolutely amazing for him.
“They run entirely off donations and it is such an important service for people like dad. They have helped so many people, not just us but other families like ours – especially where someone has dementia at quite a young age.
“Dad would have wanted to support them.”
Moving to the Granite City at the age of 14 to join the team’s youth programme, he moved from his origins as a forward to become one of the side’s most celebrated defenders. He turned out for the Dons more than 150 times.
He later moved on to have spells at Motherwell, Dundee and Montrose, spending a season as manager of the latter side.
Barry O’Neill, director at Montrose FC, was among those who solemnly watched as the hearse passed Pittodrie yesterday.
He said: “This was a fitting send-off for a legend of both clubs.
“When I was growing up, Chic was one of my favourite players. It was great to have been able to watch him play.
“It’s nice that so many people were able to turn up and pay their respects to a player that was so important to both Aberdeen FC and Montrose FC.”