Click here to go back to the AFC Heritage Trust Homepage Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Logo  
AFC - Match Report
match report 1953-54 fixture list
Aberdeen 4 - 4 Stoke City
    Frank Watson Memorial Fund
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Leggat 9, Glen 15 (Pen), Smith 65, Glen 30.       King 2, King 35, Oscroft 80, Mountford 85 (Pen).  
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
This match was played for the Frank Watson Memorial Fund (reserve goalkeeper had died some months earlier leaving a young family). Three reserve players were included in the Aberdeen line-up, Aitken, Cameron (both ex Banks o' Dee) and recent centre half signing from Benburb, Alec McAllister.

The crowd, reported as 12,000 in one paper but 17,000 in another, enjoyed a thrilling match and were uplifted by the Aberdeen performance, many saying that they had seen the best football from the Dons in a couple of years. Leggat scored with a header from a Glen cross after King had put the visitors in front. After only 15 minutes of play the score went in Aberdeen's favour when Glen banged home a penalty kick and after half an hour the same player made it 3-1 with a fierce 20-yarder. King pulled one back for Stoke but Billy Smith scored from a Leggat cross from the bye-line. Oscroft pulled it back to 4-3 and near the end a penalty conceded by Mitchell (only a few days after conceding three at Celtic Park in a league match) was scored by Mountford.

Source: Alan Esslemont scrapbook 1953-54

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Martin, Mitchell, Aitken, Cameron, McAllister, Glen, Leggat, Smith, Buckley, Yorston, Hather.

Unused Subs:


Stoke City Teamsheet:  Bill Robertson, George Bourne, Arthur Woodall, Frank Mountford, Kenny Thomson, Alan Martin, Jack Malkin, Frank Bowyer, Bill Finney, Johnny King, Harry Oscroft.


Referee: Doug Gerrard, Aberdeen

Related Links: