Date: 8th February 2007 at 4:43am
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An impressive total of ten Aberdeen players were called into national team action over the course of the last week. The club must be delighted that they were able to supply at least one player for each squad whether they actually played in their respective matches or not.

Whilst the Aberdeen first team is having a strong season, it`s good to know that there are quality future Dons stars being prepared for action and that the club are progressing these players in the best way possible. Inclusion in the Under 17 +19 squads is a great boost for these young players and hopefully will inspire their team mates onto the same achievements.

Jimmy Calderwood must get the whole club motoring from the ground up. The youngsters, the future of Aberdeen must be of the highest calibre and it`s great to see so many Aberdeen legends involved in their progress. If going on the Fergie era is the blueprint then a snowball effect must be achieved. All the Aberdeen teams should be successful and producing players of national standard as even then, at the younger levels, the dropout rate is still very high. Hibernian seem to be the team who are developing the most youngsters who go on to compete for international honours at present. Aberdeen aren`t too far behind but it takes time and patience to produce real quality.

Can it be pure coincidence that the all conquering Aberdeen side of the eighties was emulated by the reserve team too which also had their most successful period in Dons reserve history?

A quick run through of the reserve and youth teams` honours show that their most consistent period of trophy lifting was in and around the Fergie era. This seems to suggest that either the whole winning vibe is contagious or Fergie and his backroom staff were megalomaniacs and geniuses who wanted to conquer and win everything. Or, that for a club to succeed on the biggest platform, the whole infrastructure must be geared towards them doing so and if a first team player is out the manager can confidently rely on a reserve to step in. Calderwood has often spoken of his lack of strength in depth but with lack of funds, he`ll be very interested in what the backroom boys are taking in and evolving.

BR>Aberdeen Reserve and Youth Honours

Scottish Youth Cup


984-85, 1985-86, 2000-01

Scottish Premier Reserve League


981-82, 1986-87

Scottish Reserve League


955-56, 1972-73, 1981-82

Scottish Reserve League East



Scottish Second XI Cup


954-55, 1955-56, 1968-69, 1975-76, 1977-78, 1981-82

Scottish Reserve League Cup


956-57, 1957-58, 1972-73, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1984-85, 1996-97

Aberdeens lack of funds has been reported so often they make Hearts look rich. It`s hard to imagine Dons fans being disappointed that their club are unable to go out and by a luxury foreigner if they can look upon their team, products of the Aberdeen academy, full of Scots and proud to wear their team`s colours?.. And winning!