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.
Starting today, and 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.
Here is our first contender for the best Dons goal ever scored:
1. Eoin Jess, Rangers 1 – Aberdeen 1, Premier Division (11/11/95)
Jess had not long destroyed Rangers at Hampden with a fantastic showing in the 1995 League Cup semi-final, which the Dons won 2-1.
The narrative following that game was how ordinary the Pittodrie youth academy product had made English superstar Paul Gascoigne look, famously performing keepie-ups during the match.
Three weeks later, Jess – playing in an attacking midfield role – would make another blockbuster contribution in a league game in Glasgow.
On 28 minutes, the Portsoy native controlled the ball on halfway before driving ferociously towards the Gers’ goal. The defenders, in reverse, didn’t know whether to jockey or go towards Jess until it was too late, and he proceeded to smash an absolute hammer of a shot into the top-left corner of Andy Goram’s net from 30 yards.