There is nothing worse for a passionate football fan when their club lets a star player leave. For Aberdeen fans, that was exactly what happened less than 12 months ago when the news was confirmed to them on the 19th July that Adam Rooney would be leaving Pittodrie to sign for Conference club Salford City.
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) July 19, 2018
So far this season the Republic of Ireland striker has scored 16 goals in 30 league games for his new club, but prior to his time with Salford City, the 30-year-old was a goal machine at Aberdeen. His record of 87 goals in 197 games for the Dandies made him a household name north of the border and his departure certainly would have hit the Aberdeen supporters hard.
In the final season that Rooney spent with the club, he only managed ten goals in 44 outings, with eight of those coming in the Scottish Premiership. His influence was obviously dwindling, but that didn’t make his departure any easier to stomach amongst the fans. The highest point of Rooney’s Aberdeen career was his Scottish League Cup success with them in the 2013/14 season, and that will be one of the things that the fans remember him so fondly for, even if he only played two games in the competition.
You can see what those Aberdeen supporters made of Rooney’s departure here:
Sad to see, good luck @17AdamRooney
— DiscussDandies (@DiscussDandies) 19 July 2018
— sam downie (@samdownie8) July 19, 2018
Am I the only one that thinks this is mad and slightly embarrassing for us?
— Barry Pirie (@Bigbarry89) July 19, 2018
Good luck @17AdamRooney very sad to see you go SF
— Tracy Watt (@watt_tracy74) 19 July 2018
Good luck @17AdamRooney you are some boy, you’ll be missed
— Connor Douglas (@ConnorDouglas98) July 19, 2018
Sad day for us all and I’ve absolutely no doubt for @17AdamRooney He’s been different class on and off the field for us.
— Sat-nav (@Redtom1903) 19 July 2018
we’ll regret this!! good luck @17AdamRooney thanks for everything.
— Kenny Galloway (@KennyGalloway) 19 July 2018
Good luck @17AdamRooney you will be missed Thanks for the memories.
— laura standaloft (@laurastandalof1) 19 July 2018
The Dandies were all gutted, as you can see from the tweets above, that they had to say goodbye to Rooney after four and a half years and will still be missing him now.