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AFC - Match Report
match report 1895-96 fixture list
The Aberdeen 2 - 3 Celtic
Kick Off:  1:35 PM   ?, J. Mackie       McMahon, McFarlane, ?  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
An Eye-Opener to the Celts.
Chanonry was en fete yesterday afternoon on the occasion of the visit of the Celtic, the famous Glasgow combination, to the Aberdeen Club. A cloudless sky, a strong sun, and a gentle breeze all conduced to a pleasant atmosphere. Long before the hour for the commencement of play - one o'clock - large crowds could be seen wending their way to the scene of hostilities, and when the match began - about 35 minutes late - fully 4000 spectators had assembled. Teams: Aberdeen - Smyth; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Toman, Taylor, C. W. Mackie, Milne, J. Mackie. Celtic - Cullen; Battles, Doyle; McEleney, Malley, Crossan; McFarlane, Blessington, Martin, McMahon, Divers. Referee, Mr Peter Simpson.

Sounds of cheering greeted the Irishmen as they stepped on to the field. The Aberdeen won the toss and elected to defend the east goal, with a strong sun against them. Throughout the first period, the game was of a very interesting character. Seldom have the Aberdeen played with so much dash. Even the famous Dan Doyle was powerless to stop the repeated inroads made by the Whites. McFarlane and Blessington constituted a smart right wing, but their efforts were smartly baulked by the capital back division play of Davidson and Low. In Smyth, the Irishmen found a custodian worthy of their steel. On several occasions the Celtic front rank bore down with hare-like rapidity on the Whites' goal. McFarlane and Martin sent in shot after shot, but they were smartly saved by Smyth, who was obliged to wriggle through three or four of the Irishmen before he could clear his lines. It must be admitted, however, that the Celtic were in point of play the superior eleven, although they did not altogether come up to expectation. It was evident that they were fully acquainted with each other's tactics, their smart short passing completely baffling the Aberdeen at times. Their chief defect was in shooting. Several really splendid runs, which deserved better finishes, were thrown away by the erratic shooting of the forward line, and especially of Divers, who scarcely ever sent in a straight shot. The Aberdeen's half-back division acquitted themselves in an excellent manner. Thomson and Joseph Davidson were the best of the trio, although Alexander played well. The Celtic made strenuous efforts to lower their opponents' flag, one of the half-backs stooping twice to somewhat questionable tactics. For some time their exertions proved fruitless, but about 20 minutes from the start, from a strong kick by Battles, Maley got the ball, and passed to McMahon, who scored the first point of the match. After a determined attack on the Celtic's citadel by J. Mackie and Toman, without success unfortunately, the strangers by a splendid piece of combination again approached the Aberdeen end, and by a swift, oblique shot from the right McFarlane once more beat Smyth. Play settled down in mid-field for some time, the front rank of the Aberdeen keeping the visitors well in check. At times the Irishmen would attempt a run, but they were cleverly driven back by Thomson and Joseph Davidson. At last the Whites broke through their opponents' "front wall," and by long passing they baffled the half-backs. The famous, Doyle was also, powerless against them, and finally Cullen had to resign himself to a swift, well-judged shot, which he was unable to Stop. Deafening cheers greeted this success, and the Celtic were now given to understand that if they meant to win they would require to call to their aid "all they knew." For a short time after they did waken up a little, and Smyth was called upon on several occasions to defend his charge. This he accomplished beyond expectation, for when half-time sounded the score remained unchanged - Celtic 2. Aberdeen 1.

The play of both elevens in the second half fell away considerably, and except at an occasional run the excitement toned down somewhat. The Aberdeen continued to hold their own, but a distinct falling off took place in the play, especially that of C. W. Mackie who all at once seemed to be afraid to tackle his opponents. From a goal kick Toman got possession of the leather, and running well down the field, passed to Milne, who crossed to J. Mackie. The interest was revived at this stage, for the Aberdeen were baffling their opponents at every point. At last J. Mackie, with, a strong, swift shot, sent the leather into the goal, Cullen returned it, but Mackie again banged it in, and this time it found its way into the net. The cheering was terrific, and it, was some time before it subsided. This, reverse seemed to rouse the Celtic to renewed action, for they invaded the Aberdeen territory very frequently. Their reckless shooting culminated in non-success. The strangers ultimately succeeded in adding a third point, and the game ended: Celtic, 3; Aberdeen, 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 24th September 1895



THE DR MAITLAND MOIR CHALLENGE CUP. - Yesterday afternoon a 660 yards race, confined to the members of the Aberdeen Football Club, was run off at Chanonry in presence of fully 4000 spectators. The prize was the challenge cup presented by the late Dr Maitland Moir. Four competitors started - C. W. Mackie, Joseph Davidson, J. Gauld, W. Ritchie. Ritchie led for the first 600 yards, closely followed by Davidson. Mackie soon made up, however, and, after an exciting finish came in first. Ritchie was second and Davidson third.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 24th September 1895

There was a big crowd en evidence at Chanonry on Monday, and if the start was somewhat prolonged owing to the late arrival of the Greens, the welcome was none the less enthusiastic and hearty when the famous combination crossed the ropes, headed by the one and only Dan Boyle. The finest talent the Parkheaders have at their disposal came north, with the exception of Madden and Morrison, who are on the shelf. They were: Cullen; Battles, Doyle; McEleny, Haley, Crossan; McFarlane Blessington, Martin, MacMahon, Divers. Such a plethora of talent was enough to frighten a better team than the Aberdeen, but the old club showed commendable pluck, and not a little courageous individual effort, coming out of the ordeal with great distinction - indeed, had Mr Simpson been in the immediate neighbourhood of Cullen at the time the disputed goal was scored - for scored it was - the game would have ended all square. As it was, the Celts could only get home by 3 goals to 2, Cullen is not class for the Celts, and will have to be dropped if the club want to win matches; Battles is a finely built young lad, and a back of excellent ability, but like his companion Doyle - who, by the way, should ere this have learned manners - is far too forcey,and demeans himself by resorting to ungentlemanly actions. Dan kicked with any "fut" in the entrancing way so familiar to himself, but when "put into a corner" be showed his teeth as of yore. Ah, yes; what's bred in the bone leaks out in the flesh. McEleny is a half-back of fine parts, but he too is a rough un. Charlie Mackie will not forget both this gentleman and Doyle in a hurry. Malley is a fine type of the footballer - energetic, but withall a gentlemanly player. McFarlane and Blessington played a pretty game, and not once during the 95 minutes did they resort to any "below the belt" tactics. Martin is a great centre - ever on the move, and ever ready to take, give, or carry through a pass MacMahon is popular wherever he travels, and at Chanonry he was perhaps the most attractive figure on the field. All the fine touches were there, and his resources were boundless - Divers has no superior in his line. He may not take the eye as some of his companions do, but he is an adept at all the fine points. Tom Smyth played a capital game in goal, John Davidson did much better than he has ever done, and Low proved himself one of the finest young players we have. The halves worked very enthusiastically, and the forwards each and all behaved exceedingly well in such a hard trial. By the way, Immediately before the match, W C Mackie ran away with the Maitland Moir Trophy.

Source: Bon-Accord, 26th September 1895

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Toman, Taylor, C. W. Mackie, Milne, J. Mackie


Celtic Teamsheet:  Cullen; Battles, Doyle; McEleney, Malley, Crossan; McFarlane, Blessington, Martin, MacMahon, Divers


Referee: Mr. Peter Simpson, Aberdeen

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