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The Aberdeen 1 - 8 St. Bernards
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Better weather than that which prevailed on Saturday could not have been desired by either football players or spectators. The visit of the well-known Edinburgh team - St. Bernard - attracted a large crowd of spectators to Chanonry Grounds. The strangers were fully represented, their team including the famous Walter Arnott - undoubtedly the finest back which Scotland has ever produced; Lindsay, the well-known Kenton goalkeeper ; and Oswald, who so long played centre forward for Third Lanark. As was expected, play was of a very one-sided order. In the first half the Saints scored three goals, and in the concluding period the number was increased to eight, while the local men were able to record only one point. As a whole the game was disappointing. The strangers were never pressed, and accordingly were not seen to advantage. Arnott showed that, despite his years, his foot has lost little of its cunning, and again and again he called forth hearty cheers by his beautiful returns; indeed, he had the honour of scoring from mid-field what was undoubtedly the prettiest goal of the match. McNab was the best of the half-backs. Oswald did some good work in the front line, but most interest was taken in the doings of Wilson, who, although a mere lad, showed wonderful speed and smartness on the ball. Early in the game Aberdeen were handicapped by the loss of Ketchen, who twisted his knee, and had to retire. By the generosity of Captain Arnott, Toman was allowed to take the field in his place, the team being rearranged by making Reith full back and Allott half-back. The defenders worked hard, but were quite overpowered, while the members of the front rank seemed overawed by the opposing backs. The game, which was of a pleasant description, resulted: St Bernard 8, Aberdeen 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 19th March 1894

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