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Black and Gold 2 - 0 Blues
    Trial Match
Kick Off:  7:00 PM   Scott (W) 6, Smith 89        
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen


Aberdeen F.C. should at least repeat last season's successes in the term that is about to start.

Last night, when the club staged its trial match at Pittodrie, a splendid game was served up. Play was of a high standard, and was indicative of good things in store.
The "Black and Gold" side defeated the "Blues" by two goals to nil.


A feature of the game was the good play of the three new recruits Pat Kelly, the South African goalkeeper; William Mackie and George Erskine, right-half and centre-half respectively, who were signed during the close season from the Aberdeen junior club, Hall, Russell's.
Kelly made a promising debut in goal. Although he was inclined somewhat to drop the ball at the beginning of the match, he quickly gained confidence, and, although beaten twice, gave a fine display. With a little more practice he should develop into a first-class 'keeper.
Erskine impressed at centre-half for the " Blues" - all three recruits turned out on that side - while Mackie put in some good work in the right-half berth. Both should do well with the Pittodrie club.
The probable defence played for the "Black and Gold" team, while the probable attack turned out for the "Blues." It was a sporting game, which was thoroughly enjoyed by a crowd about 11,000.


All the players did well. The outstanding performer, perhaps, was Willie Mills, who, at inside-left for the " Blues." gave a grand exhibition. His work on the ball was delightful, and he came within an ace of opening his side's account on two occasions.
McKenzie, too, put some fine work on the ball, but, as was the case with the forwards in the "Blues," his finishing could have been improved upon.
The probable defence played splendidly, and it was to their credit that no goals were scored against them. Throughout they were sound.


Six minutes after the start. W. Scott gave the "Black and Gold" the lead. Taylor sent the ball in from the left, and, with the defence claiming that the bail had gone over the line, the centre sent the ball into the net.
The "Black and Golds" other goal came about minute from time, when G. Scott sent the ball across to the left for Devine to head into the centre to Ritchie Smith, who nodded the ball past Kelly.
In charge the game was Jock Hume, the former Pittodrie star, who is home on holiday from America.

Source: Press & Journal, 7th August 1937

Black and Gold Teamsheet:  Johnstone; Cooper, Temple: Dunlop, Falloon, Thomson; Smith, Scott (G.), Scott (W.), Devine, Taylor


Blues Teamsheet:  Kelly; McGill, Newton; Mackie, Erskine, Fraser; Warnock, McKenzie, Armstrong, Mills, Lang


Referee: Jock Hume

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