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:
5. Hans Gillhaus, Dunfermline 0 – Aberdeen 3, Premier Division (18/11/89)
Hans Gillhaus’ debut in red is etched on the memories of Dons fans. It came at East End Park against Dunfermline after his £650,000 move from European Cup winners PSV Eindhoven in November 1989.
Aberdeen ran out 3-0 winners in the November 18 Premier Division clash, against an in-form unbeaten-in-eight Pars side, with Dutch internationalist Gillhaus netting twice.
However, it is his first – an overhead kick after Brian Irvine headed Robert Connor’s free-kick back across the face of goal – which remains the pick of the Dutch virtuoso’s 32 Aberdeen counters, many of which were similarly superb pieces of individual skill.
Have a look at the goal here:
🇳🇱 What an impression Hans Gillhaus made on his Dons debut at East End Park with this spectacular overhead kick the first of his two goals in the match! Watch extended highlights of the game ➡ bit.ly/2KaubCh#StandFree
Posted by Aberdeen Football Club on Friday, 17 April 2020
What did Gillhaus have to say about his introduction to the Dons faithful?
Reminiscing on his debut in 2005, Gillhaus said: “My first (game) was against Dunfermline when I scored twice after being partnered with Charlie Nicholas in
attack. And I didn’t think things could get much better than that!
“The two goals against Dunfermline set my Aberdeen career off on a real high.”