Tributes to Teddy Scott

TRIBUTES have been paid to Teddy Scott who served Aberdeen Football Club as a player, coach and kit man for nearly fifty years.

He died last week at the age of 83, having retired from his beloved Dons in July, 2003. He had been suffering from dementia for nine years.

The football community united in hailing the Ellon-born Scott, who was praised for his loyalty by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson when they worked together at Pittodrie.

Both Willie Miller and Archie Knox called him “Mr Aberdeen”, with Dons boss Craig Brown acclaiming Scott a “world-class gentleman”.

Scott showed his promise as a player by helping Sunnybank become the first Aberdeen side to win the Scottish Junior Cup in 1954.

He joined Aberdeen and while managing only one first-team appearance, he moved into coaching and went on to serve under 15 Aberdeen managers.

Ferguson paid him the ultimate tribute for his testimonial in 1999 by bringing a full-strength Manchester United, including David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, to Pittodrie to honour his friend and former colleague.

Former Dons stalwart Alex McLeish was among those who paid tribute. He said: “I’ve known Teddy boy and man and without question he shaped my Aberdeen career and the futures of countless other Dons players for which we will all be eternally grateful.”

McLeish’s former Pittodrie defensive partner in the glory years, Willie Miller, said: “He was Mr Aberdeen and anyone who came in contact with Teddy left a better person for the experience.”

A favourite tale Scott’s devotion to his club was when everyone was celebrating at the final whistle in the Cup Winners Cup success in Gothenburg, true to the man he was making sure all the club gear was safely rounded up.

Gordon Strachan said: “You could never meet a man more dedicated to a football club.”