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12/12/1896
 
The Aberdeen 4 - 4 Mossend Swifts
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Having in view the fact that Victoria United were to be in Peterhead, and that the Orion-Culter match would afford little interest, Aberdeen were hopeful that a large crowd would witness the match between them and the Mossend Swifts. Their hopes were doomed to disappointment, however, as the attendance was comparatively small, in fact, it was smaller than has been seen at most of the local matches played in the city this season. The ground was in a very soft condition, making the ball heavy, and putting accurate shooting out of the question. The teams lined up as follows: Aberdeen - Ritchie; Davidson, Alexander; C. Mackie, J. Mackie, J. Thomson; R. Thomson, McIntosh, Cadger, Grant, McFarlane. Swifts - Nelson; Hogg, Mitchell; Callaghan, Taylor, Strong; Ellis, White, W. Main, McConnell, J. A. Main. Mr R. Turner was referee.

True to their name the Swifts went off at the start with a bang, and before the Aberdeen defence had time to rouse themselves to action Ritchie had the chagrin of seeing the ball go past him into the net with lightning rapidity. Aberdeen were fairly taken aback, but were not disheartened. For a considerable time Aberdeen were seldom out of their own quarters, but Davidson and Alexander did excellent work in disorganising the opposing rushes, eventually the tide turned in favour of Aberdeen, and the game was equalised. Play during the second half was much livelier than during the first period. A foul in front of the Swifts' goalmouth gave Aberdeen the lead, which they maintained for some time. The bad condition of the ground considerably handicapped the Swifts. Result: Aberdeen, 4 ; Swifts, 4.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 14th December 1896

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ritchie; Davidson, Alexander; C. Mackie, J. Mackie, J. Thomson; R. Thomson, McIntosh, Cadger, Grant, McFarlane

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Mossend Swifts Teamsheet:  Nelson; Hogg, Mitchell; Callaghan, Taylor, Strong; Ellis, White, W. Main, McConnell, J. A. Main

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