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match report 1925-26 fixture list
Black and Gold 0 - 3 Whites
    Trial Match
Kick Off:          W. K. Jackson, Smith, Smith  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen


There were one or two particularly bright features in last night's first practice match for the season at Pittodrie. In the first place, the White forwards - the probable formation for this season's first league matches - gave quite a convincing display against the Black and Gold defence, which consisted almost entirely of the players who, in the main, kept the club in the First Division last season.
Then, again, the supporters who have been bemoaning the transfer of Alex. Jackson discovered that in his successor, Reid, of Third Lanark, the Aberdeen club have got as good a man. The dapper little ex-Cathkin winger played a neat and unselfish game, was always in his place, and crossed the ball with consistent accuracy besides having an occasional try on his own. One swallow may not make a summer, but if Reid keeps his last night's form Jackson will not missed.
It would appear also from last night's game that Harry Blackwell will have a serious challenger for the rear position in McSevicke, the west of Scotland junior. The latter had some dazzling saves from all directions, and exhibited the coolness of a veteran. His save of a penalty kick taken by Hutton stamped him as a keeper of the first rank.
Of the other comparative newcomers, Moore, at right half for the 'Black and Gold" team, gave a neat display, as did also McHale, who occupied the left half position for the "Whites," and McLeod at inside left for the "Black and Gold." All the old-stagers were in good form, although one or two of them will require a little more strenuous training before they get their weight down to the necessary minimum. Pirie, who was making his first appearance since his injury, played a hard and forcing game.
The match was marred by an unfortunate accident to Kenneth Sutherland, the club's amateur "handyman." He was playing at right half for the "Whites," and, in a tackle with MacLachlan, both fell heavily, the big ex- Queen's sustaining a fracture of the left ankle. The Pittodrie captain was in no way to blame for the mishap, and was greatly distressed when he learned of the extent oi his clubmate's injury.
The game was a fast one throughout, with the "Whites" having slightly the better of the exchanges. A fine cross by Reid was headed home by W. K. Jackson, and the "White" team led the one goal half-time.
In the second half the exchanges for a time were very even, but Smith, with a great shot, which gave Blackwell no chance, put the "Whites" further ahead. Fine work by Reid in the last minutes, in which he neatly tricked Forsyth by turning in the ball almost on the bye-line, enabled Smith to head through the third and last goal. Walter Jackson led the White forwards in good style, and, in the opposing defence, Bruce, Hutton, and MacLachlan stood out prominently. The crowd would have numbered about 10,000, and Peter Craigmyle had charge of the game.


The injury sustained last night by Kenneth Sutherland, the Aberdeen F.C. player, again raises acutely the question of the advisability of holding public trial matches prior to the opening of the football season. There is no doubt that these encounters, while welcomed by the supporters, are a bit of a nightmare to the club management, who are always afraid lest some unfortunate mishap should occur. The players are naturally out to make a good impression on the crowd, and also on the directorate, with the result that overeagerness sometimes leads to disaster.
The club has now three players on the injured list - McDermid, Edwards, and Sutherland - and the latest contretemps has resulted in the management coming to the decision not to hold the second practice game which was fixed to take place on Monday evening. While regretting both the cause and the decision, the supporters will sympathise with the directors in their predicament and appreciate their consideration for the welfare of the players.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th August 1925

Black and Gold Teamsheet:  Blackwell; D. Bruce, Forsyth; Moore, Hutton, MacLachlan; Duncan, Cosgrove, Forbes, McLeod, Love


Whites Teamsheet:  McSevicke; Muir, Ritchie; Sutherland, Pirie, McHale; Reid, R. Bruce, W. Jackson, W. K. Jackson, Smith


Referee: Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen

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