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Dons welcome Malaviya Seven crew

22nd May 2017

As excitement builds ahead of the eagerly-awaited Celtic v Aberdeen Scottish Cup Final, the crew of of the Malaviya Seven were made to feel part of it as they became guest visitors to Pittodrie. 
             The big-hearted Dons took the time out of their hectic schedule to kindly give crew members a behind-the-scenes look around the club which included a visit to the prestigious boardroom, a trackside view of the pitch and a seat in the manager's dug-out ahead of Saturday's (May 27) showdown at Hampden Park. 
             The Indian crew, who've been detained in Aberdeen port for almost a year amid non-payment of wages by its ship owners, were given the guided tour by club official Alan McKimmie and were joined by Apostleship of the Sea Aberdeen port chaplain Doug Duncan, AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur and ship visitor John Murray.
The Malaviya Seven crew and AoS at Aberdeen Football Club
             The Seafarers soaked up the story of the club's history which is the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, having lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983, and took photos which they could send back home to their families. 
             Euan said, "We would like to sincerely thank Aberdeen Football Club and Alan McKimmie for their support.
             "It's a very busy time for the club and they made us all feel extremely welcome. We throughly enjoyed our afternoon." 
             Mr McKimmie said, "It's clear the crew have had a very tough time of it over the past year or so here in Aberdeen. Anything we can do to help is great and everyone at Aberdeen FC wish them well for the future."