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07/08/1906
(half time)
Aberdeen - Strang's XI 1 - 2 Aberdeen - Willox's XI
    Practice match
Kick Off:    Hilton       H. Low, Ward, H. Low, H. Low  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Practice Match at Pittodrie
In preparation for the coming football season, a practice match was played at Pittodrie, Aberdeen, last night, between teams of the Aberdeen football club. There was no charge for admission, but as the spectators entered the gates a collection was taken on behalf of local charities. There were fully 4000 spectators present, and a most interesting game was witnessed. The appearance of the new players secured by the Aberdeen was no doubt the chief attraction, as their work was diligently watched, and freely criticised. As to the new men tried last night, it is to be feared that several of them will not find a place in the League team if they do not give a better display. Tom Strang, the clever centre half of the first eleven, captain one of the teams, while some Willox had charge of the other eleven. The following were the teams:-
Strang's team: Stead; Boyle, gault; Halkett, Strang, W. Low; Lawrie, Hilton, McKinley, brown, Dorkins.
Willox's team: Mutch; Urquhart, Willox; Davidson, J. G. Simpson, G. Robertson; Ford, Ward, H. Low, Haxton, Lennie.
Referee - Mr. Richard Ellis.

Played during the first five minutes of the game was evenly contested, but the forwards of Willox's team gradually worked down the field. From a nice pass from Haxton, Lennie secured the ball, and after dashing along his wing for about 20 yards crossed right in front of goal. Henry Low run down the centre of the field, and getting his head on the sphere while it was still in the air, secured the first goal. Strang's team, after this reverse, made strenuous endeavour to equalise, and after they had bombarded Mutch's goal for about five minutes', Hilton managed to pivot the ball through. Play was afterwards transfer to the other end of the field, and Ward, after outmanoeuvring several opponents, scored a beautiful goal. Half time was called after half an hour's play, with Willox's team leading by two goals to one.

On resuming Stead was called upon to save a shot from H. Low, but he spoiled his effort, and the ball rolled slowly in between the posts. Strang's team after this played hard, and although they secured several corners, Mutch would not allow the ball to go in, saving many dangerous shots. He appeared to be quite at home, and all those Strang's forwards tested him repeatedly, it was of no avail. Ford and Urquhart did some useful work. Close on time H. Low scored another goal for his side, and when the whistle blew the score stood in favour of Willox's team by four goals to one. Mutch in goal gave a capital display, dealing with shots from all angles and positions in a masterly fashion. A feature of his play was the strong fisting and kicking, and although very often hard pressed he never took any risks.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 8th August 1906

Aberdeen - Strang's XI Teamsheet:  Stead; Boyle, gault; Halkett, Strang, W. Low; Lawrie, Hilton, McKinley, brown, Dorkins

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Aberdeen - Willox's XI Teamsheet:  Mutch; Urquhart, Willox; Davidson, J. G. Simpson, G. Robertson; Ford, Ward, H. Low, Haxton, Lennie

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Richard Ellis

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