Bobby Wishart hopes one of the current Dons joins him in the Hampden heroes club he became the founder member of 61 years ago.
The Dons face Morton tomorrow at the national stadium in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.
Every Aberdeen player out there will be hoping to do what Wishart was the first to achieve – score the semi winner that sends them on to lift the trophy.
Wishart, now aged 83 and living in Edinburgh, is one of only two surviving members of the Dons squad that won the League Cup for the first time in 1955.
He’s proud of the fact his goal in a 2-1 victory over Rangers meant they were able to return to Hampden three weeks later and beat St Mirren by the same scoreline in the final.
“You get a real sense of achievement scoring a semi-final winner,” said Bobby, who also won the league title with the Dons in 1955 and helped Dundee to the championship in 1962.
“Semi-finals are the best and worst games to play in.
“You feel great because you have managed to get to within a game of the final.
“But the losers are left with nothing to show for their efforts.
“Hopefully, that won’t happen to the Aberdeen players this weekend. I still watch for their results because I enjoyed my nine years at Pittodrie.
“I always want Aberdeen to do well and hope they can go on and win the cup again this year.”
The Dons had won a makeshift unofficial League Cup competition in 1946.
The was replaced the following season by the League Cup and the Dons lost 4-0 in the final to Rangers.
It was eight years before the Dons got their crack at glory again.
Aberdeen were also the reigning league champions when they faced Rangers again in the semi-finals at Hampden on November 1, 1955, in front of a bumper crowd of 80,000.
“Fans of today might find it hard to believe that we were actually regarded as the favourites,” said Bobby.
“Aberdeen were the side the rest of Scotland feared at that time, we had some marvellous players.”
Aberdeen’s victory over Rangers that day was all the more remarkable because they played 70 minutes with only 10 players.
Graham Leggat, who scored their early opener, was rushed to hospital in Glasgow with a shoulder injury and no substitutes were allowed in those days.
Wishart then put the Dons 2-0 up with a spectacular 25-yard shot just before the interval. It proved to be the winner because the 10-man Dons defended bravely after Johnny Hubbard had pulled a goal back for the Gers.
Bobby said: “I was very pleased with that goal.
“I didn’t get many winners and getting the one that helped us triumph in a match we had been a man down in for so long made it that bit more special.”
Wishart admits their performance against St Mirren in the final was less impressive.
An own goal by Jimmy Mallan and another effort from Leggat were enough to beat the Buddies.
The Aberdeen players were mobbed by delighted fans when they returned to the city with the cup. That was in total contrast to when they had become league champions for the first time the previous April.
“We were met by about a dozen people when we came back after beating Clyde that day,” said Bobby.
“The reception after we won the League Cup though was great.”
Amazingly, the Dons players weren’t presented with any medals to mark their achievement.
Bobby said: “That was a huge disappointment. Aberdeen gave us medals they paid for but it would have been nice to get official ones from the Scottish League.”
Wishart’s biggest regret was that the Dons allowed that team to break up and the club was battling to avoid relegation from the top flight by the start of the 1960s.
“The main problem was the Dons only paid full wages to the 11 who were picked to play in the games,” he said.
“The others were given reserve rates, which were next to nothing.
“Aberdeen weren’t alone, it was pretty common practice in the 1950s. But if they had used a squad system, with maybe a pool of 18 on first team rates, they mighty have been able to keep everyone together.
“Instead players had to move on if they wanted to make a decent wage, which was a real shame.
“Who knows what we might have achieved if that squad had been kept intact through that decade.”