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06/08/1919
 
Aberdeen 0 - 0 Soldiers and Sailors
    Trial Match
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Trial Game at Pittodrie
There were fully 4000 spectators at Pittodrie last night when the number of players signed on by the Aberdeen Club took part in the first of two public trial matches which are being played previous to the opening of the Scottish League season on the 16th of the month. The opposition was supplied by an 11 from the Aberdeen and District Discharged and Demobilised Sailors' and Soldiers' Association, and the teams were:-

Aberdeen: Anderson; Hannah, Hume; Wright, Brewster, McLaughlin, C. G. Watson, J. Wilson (Inverness), K. Macdonald (Inverness), Archibald, Yule (Richmond).
Sailors and Soldiers: Sutherland; Dickie, Dignan; Black, Crocker, Connon; Thompson, Roger, Fraser, W. Duff, T. Duff.
Referee - Mr. P. Craigmyle.

No goals were scored in the game, and this was in a large measure due to the exceedingly clever goal keeping of Sutherland. Generally the Aberdeen side held the upper hand, the half-back line in particular keeping a firm grip on the opposition, and their display gave promise of justifying the high expectations that have been formed regarding this department of team. The backs also played well, but the task was made easy by the work of the division in front of them. The goalkeeper was never tested, and throughout the game was practically a spectator.
There was not much combination shown by the forwards, but the fact that it was a first association, and at several were active their recognised positions, would account for this. Individually the line accomplished some clever work without realising expectations, but when it is considered that such players as Cail, Hutton, and Connon were not included, the match gave little indication of the strength of the line that will eventually represent the team in this department.
To playing against superior aunts, the ex-service men acquitted themselves well. Their defence, and is specially their backs, showed up splendidly, and Sutherland's fine goal keeping was a feature of the play. Showing good anticipation and handling very smartly he cleared in clever style, and on several occasions he saved his charge when a goal seemed imminent.
As stated, every one of the Aberdeen defence came up to expectations, but if the game had for its object the solution of forward problems, and little progress was made, although the experience of having played together on this occasion should prove advantageous in the future.
A collection taken on the ground on behalf of the tuberculosis fund of the Demobilised and Discharge Sailors and Soldiers' Association amounted to the satisfactory sum of 27 8s 6d.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 7th August 1919

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson; Hannah, Hume; Wright, Brewster, McLaughlin, C. G. Watson, J. Wilson (Inverness), K. Macdonald (Inverness), Archibald, Yule (Richmond)

Soldiers and Sailors Teamsheet:  Sutherland; Dickie, Dignan; Black, Crocker, Connon; Thompson, Roger, Fraser, W. Duff, T. Duff

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Referee: Mr. P. Craigmyle, Aberdeen

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