It’s the conversation you could have with your pals all day – what is the best Dons goal you’ve seen?
Some of you will think it’s James Maddison’s unsaveably perfect free-kick against Rangers in 2016, others Eoin Jess’ run from halfway and incredible Ibrox howitzer in 1998 or maybe Neil Simpson’s mazy run to score in the rout of Waterschei in 1983.
Over the coming weeks, we’ve decided to try to settle the argument once and for all by crowning Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal via a reader vote.
To be clear, features we’ll run on the contenders for Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal, followed by a closing poll to determine the winner, won’t necessarily focus on goals of significance which have secured silverware or qualification, like John Hewitt’s header in Gothenburg or Darren Mackie’s finish in Dnipro.
What we are talking about is goals of technical brilliance, made either individually or as a team, some of which could be meaningless in terms of competitions and silverware.
Today’s contender for the best Dons goal ever scored:
23. Stan Williams, Aberdeen 2 – Hibernian 1, Scottish Cup final (19/04/47)
Cape Town-born inside right Williams scored 51 goals in 127 appearances for Aberdeen in an 11-year period which spanned World War Two.
However, the late attacker’s most important goal came at Hampden and secured the Reds’ first ever Scottish Cup.
The Dons had fallen behind very early in the showpiece, before Williams set up George Hamilton to head an equaliser.
But the South African, discovered by the club on a summer tour, scored the pick of the day’s goals himself, four minutes before the interval. He chased the ball down the right flank, beating two defenders before cutting in to the area and – while feinting he was about to slide the ball across the face of goal to a team-mate – instead slotted it inside the near post from an acute angle.
Descriptions of the Mount Florida moment in the years since have included “pure genius” and “a goal in a million”.