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match report 1921-22 fixture list
A Team 1 - 0 B Team
    Practice Match - Free Admission
Kick Off:  6:45 PM   Miller        
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen



The tremendous interest with which the coming football season is being anticipated was reflected in the big crowd which turned out at Pittodrie last night on the occasion of Aberdeen's first public practice game. It is calculated that there were 14,000 present, and making allowances for the first association of the players and the fact that the underfoot conditions were strange owing in part to the pitch having recently been re-turfed, the teams gave quite a satisfactory account of themselves. The match was not in the nature of an official test, although it goes without saying that in some quarters first impressions will count for something. If there was no reason to go into ecstasies, the spectators had no reason be dissatisfied, for there were on view 22 serviceable players who, while not overdoing the ornamental, showed some nice touches, and there was always enough pace and "devil" in their movements to make the play interesting. Naturally most attention was paid to the play of the newcomers to the fold, and without exception these along with the last season's players created a favourable impression. It fell to John Miller, the new centre forward from Liverpool, to score the only goal, which enabled the "Blues" to beat the "Black and Golds" just before the termination of the game, which lasted an hour. On both sides the defenders gave a good account of themselves against which were unquestionably two nippy forward lines, and the paucity of goals was more a tribute to the solidity of the rear divisions than a reflection on the penetrativeness of the attackers. The pace at which the play was maintained showed the players to be well forward in their preparation while it is apparent that ability is not lacking, the players generally are well equipped physically. While there are others on the club's books, the general impression at the conclusion of the game was that from the material at hand a team can be chosen which should worthily uphold the name the club in Scottish football. One thing is apparent that, on last night's initial showing, there will very keen competition for places in the first eleven.

Over 60 for Hospitals.

A number of ladies a took collection on the ground on behalf of local hospitals, and the gratifying sum of 60 15s was realised. The result pays tribute to the generosity of football followers where charities are concerned.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 11th August 1921

N.B.The new grand stand and enclosure were not open for this match.

A Team Teamsheet:  "Blues": Lawrie; Monteith, Forsyth; Watt, Milne, Robertson; Middleton, Connon, Miller, Thomson, Flanaghan


B Team Teamsheet:  "Black and Gold": Blackwell; Hutton, Hannah: MacLachlan (F.), Wright, MacLachlan (A.); Fisher, Stevenson, Lees, Mackie, Rankine


Referee: Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen

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