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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Northern League 
The Aberdeen 5 - 3 Montrose
Kick Off:    John Davidson, Tindall, Tindall, Milne, Milne       Cobb, McLean, McLean  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Cheery Faces at Chanonry
These elevens met at Chanonry to decide their first league encounter. There was a meagre attendance. The strangers were late in putting in an appearance, and it was not until 4:25 that the match began. Teams Aberdeen - Cruickshank; John Davidson, James Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Tindall, Taylor, Howell, Milne, J; Mackie. Montrose - Alexander; E, Allan, Robertson; Millar, Clark, McLean; Dickie, Moir, Lambie, Petrie, Cobb. Referee - Mr Dalgety, Forfar.

The Aberdeen won the toss, and chose to defend the west goal, with the sun and wind in their favour. Kicking off, the Montrose endeavoured to reach their opponents' goal, but John Davidson cleared his lines. For some time play was fairly equal. The Aberdeen, however, showed by far the best dash, and soon began to assume superiority. Joseph Davidson was in grand form; his shooting being most accurate. He sent in several beautiful shots, which, however, Alexander was able to save. Throwing off a little of the lethargy which had characterised their play since the beginning of the game, the Montrose broke away with a capital combined run, initiated by Clark. Smart passing between the forwards at the Aberdeen's goal¬mouth culminated in Cobb getting the leather and tipping it past Cruickshank. A dispute arose as to whether Cobb was offside or not, but the referee decided the matter by conceding a goal. Elated by their success, the strangers (despite the fact that they were handicapped by a strong sun and a moderate breeze) played up with more dash, and the Aberdeen also worked with renewed energy. Play for a short time afterwards was fast and exciting, but the home, eleven were fast gaining ground. At length, after a number of fruitless tries. Joseph Davidson (out of a scrimmage) made the score equal. Another visit was made to the Montrose's goal by the Aberdeen, and a corner was conceded, A. Tindall put in a well-judged shot, which dropped into the goalkeeper?s hands, who in trying to fist it out, landed it in the net. No more scoring took place, and half-time was sounded with the Aberdeen leading by 2 goals to nil.

The Aberdeen stared the second half very auspiciously. They succeeded in reaching their opponents? goal, but Allan, who had been giving a capital exhibition, at back, forced them to retreat pointless. Nothing daunted the Whites returned, to the attack, and, from a pass from Mackie, Tindall notched the third point. McLean shortly afterwards scored the Montrose's second goal. After a few interchanges Milne raised the Aberdeen's total to four and after several minutes the same player added another point. With 15 minutes to go and three goals behind the Montrose's chance of winning was poor indeed. They played up pluckily, however, which ended in McLean raising their total to three. With the strangers, pressing the whistle blew. Result: Aberdeen 5, Montrose 3.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 9th September 1895

The lads in white put their supporters in good humour with themselves on Saturday by administering a 5 to 3 defeat on Montrose. The vanquished are not a strong commodity this season, but for all that, it was decidedly good business for the Whites to so signally conquer after playing so disappointingly against the Vics. Quite a host of changes were made in the team - some with good results. Changes were badly needed; but we would counsel the Selecting Committee to be careful and not overdo the thing. Some of the newcomers were a trifle excited, but that will pass off, if only they get a fair trial.

Source: Bon-Accord, 12th September 1895

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Cruickshank; John Davidson, James Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Tindall, Taylor, Howell, Milne, J; Mackie


Montrose Teamsheet:  Alexander; E, Allan, Robertson; Millar, Clark, McLean; Dickie, Moir, Lambie, Petrie, Cobb


Referee: Mr. Dalgety,Forfar

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