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match report 1939-40 fixture list
Reds 3 - 1 Blues
Kick Off:    Armstrong, Armstrong, Biggs       Pattillo  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
10,000 At Dons Trial Game Last Night
ABERDEEN'S prospects for the coming season seem to be bright. Trial matches are generally not very informative, but the form of the players in last night's game at Pittodrie suggests that competition for places in the League side will be very keen.

David Christie (Queen's Park) and Charles Ferguson (Luton Town), the only newcomers, both showed promising form. The former, who appeared at outside right in the probable League side, seems likely to solve a problem that caused a lot of trouble last season. Ferguson was included in the reserve team at inside left. He is a strong forcing player, and will be a strong candidate for a place in the League eleven.
The probable League team, who looked smart in their new colours, won by three goals one, but the score flattered them. The Reserves put up a grand fight and it was only in the closing stages that the first team got the two goals that gave them victory.
Two changes were made in the reserve team at half-time. Baird came in for Bain and Laing for Taylor,.


The reserve players had the better of the exchanges at the start, and took the lead through Pattillo. It was a good goal. Smith broke through on the right, and Johnstone at full length could only push out the ball. Pattillo darted in to send into the net.
Armstrong levelled the scores before the interval, but it was Christie who provided the opportunity. With luck the reserves would have regained the lead in the second half. As it was, near the close Christie carried the ball almost to the bye-line before crossing accurately for Armstrong to net.
The centre showed cleverness when he veered out to the right and crossed for Biggs to head the third counter.
The reserves were best served in defence by Kelly, Cooper, Waddell and Scott. Best in attack were Pattillo and Ferguson.

Source: Press & Journal, 5th August 1939

Reds Teamsheet:  Johnstone; Cowie, Adey; Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson; Christie, Hamilton, Armstrong, Biggs, Strauss


Blues Teamsheet:  Kelly; Graham, Cooper; Scott, Waddell, Taylor (Laing 46); Smith, Bain (Baird 46), Pattillo, Ferguson, Williams


Referee: Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen

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