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match report 1886-87 fixture list
Montrose 10 - 1 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Clark  
Attendance: 0
Venue: House of Refuge Park, Montrose
These clubs met on Links Park - the ground of the former - on Saturday afternoon, The ground was in splendid condition. Aberdeen won the toss, and Montrose kicked off from the south goal. Immediately the home men pressed, but Lothian relieved. Soon after however Mitchell registered the first point for Montrose. Aberdeen made strenuous efforts to equalise, but the local backs were equal to the occasion and from a good passing run a second goal was chronicled for the Links Park eleven. The Montrose left dodged up, but McKie shot the leather over. A smart run to the other end forced Deuchars to fist out. Petrie then delivered a long shot which hit the bar and went through, and Montrose were credited with a third point. Clark, on the Aberdeen left, had a run and sent in a shot which grazed the bar. Half time was shortly afterwards sounded, with the scores standing in favour of Montrose by 3 goals to 0. On resuming Montrose, from a smart pass from the left, notched a fourth goal, which was followed immediately after by a fifth and sixth. A pretty run by Clark resulted in the strangers scoring their first and only goal. Montrose again pressed, and shot other two points, but both were disallowed. McKie, on the home left, centred well, and an eighth point was scored. Ketchen carried the sphere well up, and shot, but the ball went past. Two more points fell to the home players before time was called, and a fast and very enjoyable game ended; Montrose 10, Aberdeen 1. For the visitors, Wood, Lothian, Clark, and Ketchen wrought hard to avert defeat, while the halfs and forwards of the home team excelled.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 24th January 1887

Eleven miserable objects, under the care of a number of equally miserable friends, might have been seen issuing from the Station on Saturday night. "How did you get on at Montrose, Charlie?" fetched nothing but an echo, and we guessed our men had been defeated. Gradually their great defeat was borne to the pubs to be mourned over by Aberdeen men and laughed at by most of the Aberdeen city opponents.

It will be remembered when Montrose were here early in the season, the Aberdeen held them well in hand and beat them by two goals to nothing. At that match Montrose were well represented and got beat on their merits. This fact justified the Aberdeen in expecting, if not another win, at least a decent show, therefore the crusher of ten goals to one touches them on a sore point. The Montrose forwards were in grand form, their combination being almost perfect, completely nullifying the Aberdeen backs. Had it not been for Wood's' excellent goal-keeping the score would certainly have been doubled. On Saturday's form the score gave in every way the true form of the teams.

After Saturday the Aberdeen must seriously consider the reorganization of their team. Many of their men have seen their best days, and though it may seem hard on them, they must be shelved. A team I would suggest as hearing on an improvement would be, Goal. D. Wood; Backs, A. V. Lothian and W. A. Key; Hyslop on his present form is perhaps better than Key. but Key looks like improving. The best three halfs they have got are C. E. Glennie, Hinton and J. A. McHardy. J. Vass might be given a trial as a half in place of McHardy, he is an excellent kick and tackle. The forwards perhaps are the most difficult lot to "group." I fancy these as being a distinct improvement, Right Wing, W. J. T. Munro, Cunningham; Centre, T. Ketchen; Left Wing, A. Clark, P. S. Soutter. This is not perhaps what I would like for a team but the new men I have named can't spoil the "combination " of the team.

Source: Northern Figaro, 29th January 1887

Montrose Teamsheet:  Deuchars; Smith, Tavendale; Petrie, Collie, W. Keillor; Mitchell, Hamptom, McDonald, mcKie, A. Keillor


The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Wood; Key, Lothian; McHardy, ?, Stewart; Glennie, Cunningham, Ketchen, Hyslop, Clark



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