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:
3. James Maddison, Aberdeen 2 – Rangers 1, Premiership (25/9/16)
It was clear Maddison, now a household name at Leicester City, but then a teenager on loan at the Dons from Norwich City, had something special, and was fully aware of it, when he stepped up in the last minute – seemingly unable to feel the weight of pressure far more experienced players would have felt – to seal a home Premiership win over Rangers.
His 25-yard free-kick from the left of the box was unstoppable as it flew over the visiting wall into the postage stamp, nicking the left post on the way and ensuring the Dons won a game where they had led 1-0 before being pegged back.
It also meant Derek McInnes’ team were, seven games into their season, still close to leaders Celtic at a time when they were tentative title contenders.
\Just look at Maddison’s demeanour when the ball is in flight – how he knows instantly it’s going in: