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match report 1897-98 fixture list
The Aberdeen 1 - 2 Bathgate
Kick Off:    W. Clark        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Played at Aberdeen before a large crowd. Teams: Aberdeen - Ritchie; John Davidson, Joe Davidson; Henderson, Clark, Thomson; Murison, Burnett, Mackie, Clark, Gray. Bathgate - Espie; Bryce, Henderson; Smith, Wilson, Gallie; McGrow, Annand, Millar, Swan, Sharp. Mr John Mackie, Aberdeen, was referee. The opening stages of the game were slow and uninteresting, and the tactics of both sides were of a somewhat clumsy character. Bathgate opened the scoring through Wilson, and added a second point from a penalty. Half-time: Bathgate 2, Aberdeen 0.

The home team had the best of matters at the commencement of the second half, and several corners fell to them, all of which were fruitless. Clark was responsible for Aberdeen's only goal, which was obtained rather softly, Espie having missed the ball when attempting to kick out. The game ended: Bathgate 2. Aberdeen 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 11th October 1897

Bathgate, who are still in the running for the Qualifying Cup, paid the Whites a visit, and attracted a very fair crowd. Play at the commencement was all in favour of the home team, the visitors rarely getting past midfield. For some considerable time the Whites kept peppering at the Bathgate goal, but all to no effect. From a surprise visit Bathgate opened the scoring through Wilson, with a shot which Ritchie kicked at and missed badly. This point might have been saved had the custodian used his hands. Not long after,the referee blew for hands within the Aberdeen line, and the penalty resulted in another goal for the visitors. Half-time arrived with no further scoring. Aberdeen played towards their favourite goal in the second half. Right from the start they took matters in hand, and the Bathgate defence had a hot time of it. Several corners were badly kicked, Gray invariably sending the ball behind. Bathgate opened out, and play was more open. Aberdeen's defence gave the front line no end of chances, and ultimately their efforts were crowned with success, Clark managing to get the ball past Espie for the first time. An uninteresting game ended: Bathgate 2, Aberdeen 1.

Source: Bon-Accord, 14th October 1897


Short Kicks

The refereeing at Chanonry was not perhaps at concert pitch, but it did not merit the amount of abuse heaped upon it by the standites. John Mackie undoubtedly made a mistake in awarding a penalty, but what could he do when he blew for a foul with¬in the line. It was an accidental hands if ever there was one. Had the boot been on the other foot would the crowd have howled as they did?
Until the Whites settle on a steady front line, they cannot look for much success. Changes every week never brought any good, and the Chanonry officials ought to know that by this time. Kennedy, the ' certain starter," didn't turn out, in fact he never intended to.
The defence is very strong. How would this front line do - McIntosh, Cadger, Mackie, Clark, and Gray? It's worth a trial.
The Vics have to be met on Saturday, and a rare game should be witnessed.

Source: Bon-Accord, 14th October 1897

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ritchie; John Davidson, Joe Davidson; Henderson, J. Clark, Thomson; Murison, Burnett, Mackie, W. Clark, Gray


Bathgate Teamsheet:  Espie; Bryce, Henderson; Smith, Wilson, Gallie; McGrow, Annand, Millar, Swan, Sharp


Referee: Mr. John Mackie, Aberdeen

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