Dons manager makes pitch for better home
He is one of the city’s most familiar faces – but not one you would expect to see holding court at the Town House.
Derek McInnes is more used to shouting from the sidelines than being quizzed by councillors.
But the club, who have resided at their beach-side Pittodrie Stadium since 1903, were holding nothing back in a crucial opportunity to convince politicians of their need for a new home.
And so it was that the manager beloved by the Aberdeen faithful for bringing the north-east club back to winning ways swapped the dugout for the council chamber.
Such has been the interest there were queues to get into the meeting and security searched bags for any banners or megaphones that could be used to disrupt it.
Queues snaked outside on the dreich Granite City day with a mix of young and old. While megaphones and banners were banned, a number of red shirts could be seen in the packed public gallery showing their fealty to the Dons.
Extra security was laid on with staff insisting on visitors wearing badges to identify them. A common practice in business but an unusual scene at the townhouse.
A divided public watched as speaker after speaker lined up to make their views known on possibly the city’s most divisive issue since the row over Union Terrace Gardens in 2011.
Among them Mr McInnes, flanked by club officials and wearing a smart suit, bright tie looked more city trader than football manager.
And in an arena used to political spin, the gaffer spoke with disarming honesty about his desire to improve the club and its “bottom of the league” training facilities.