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match report 1887-88 fixture list
The Aberdeen 6 - 3 Rovers
Kick Off:    ?,?, McKenzie 3, Clark       ?, Campbell, Simpson  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Holburn Cricket Ground, Aberdeen
These teams met on the Holburn Ground on Saturday afternoon. There was a good attendance of spectators, doubtless owing to the Rugby match (Shire v, Wanderers), which was also played at Holburn Ground. The Aberdeen won, the toss, and decided to play with the wind in their favour. The Aberdeen were the first to score, securing two goals in quick succession. The Aberdeen still pressed their opponents very hard, but the good goal keeping of Main prevented them from scoring. McKenzie, who had been doing some good work, sent in a hot shot to Main, which he failed to stop, and shortly afterwards Clark added a fourth. At half-time the score stood: Aberdeen, 4 goals; Rovers, 0.
On resuming, the Rovers played with more determination, and for a while pressed the Aberdeen very hard, after a quarter of an hour's play scoring their first goal. The Aberdeen now had a run up the field, which resulted in McKenzie adding another goal. Shortly afterwards the Rovers scored their second goal, Campbell sending in a lofty shot, which Wood failed to stop. The Aberdeen then added a sixth goal, McKenzie doing the needful. The Rovers next rushed the ball down to the Aberdeen goal, which resulted in Simpson securing a third goal. The game ended: Aberdeen, 6 goals; Rovers, 3. For the Aberdeen, Thomson at back did some good work, while Key was not in his usual form. The half-backs played a fine game, Ketchen being by far the best man on the field. In the front rank Allan, Clark, and McKenzie played a good game. For the Rovers, Main at goal saved in grand style their half-backs also playing well. In their front rank, Robertson and Campbell played by far the best.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 24th October 1887

There was a fair turn out of spectators at Holburn on Saturday last to see the Rovers tackle the ground men. Speculation was rife as to how the last or rather the latest edition of the Aberdeen team would do. Lothian, who has at last donned the war paint, won the toss and played with wind and sun. Against the strong wind the Rovers could do little, the ball being confined to their end of the field during most of the first half. Thanks to a good defence and bad shooting the Aberdeen were only four goals to the good when half-time was called.

The second half was more open, the Rovers especially about the beginning having the best of it. They scored three times while the Aberdeen added other two to their score. The game was stoutly contested and while it was evident that the Aberdeen had their opponents well in hand, the teams were near enough equality to make it a good fight. The Rovers as a whole played well. They beat the winners easily in their head work. At goal Main did well, and frequently disappointed the Aberdeen forwards. Reid at half was prominent but was just a little inclined to be rough. Lawson, Campbell, and Simpson did good work in front. The latter had Ketchen against him and the tussles between the heavy weights were worth watching.

It would be unfair to criticise too severely the Aberdeen team. Various changes have been made during the season but now they seem to have hit on a combination. Lumsden who played centre was very nervous, and did not do himself justice. He has the ability to combine the front rank, and he will do it after he gets settled down in his new position. The other forwards were in the humour especially McKenzie. He had four of the six goals to his credit. Altogether combination was not totally absent. If last Saturday's five are allowed to remain until they get to know each other, they will do their share to give the club more than a local reputation. At half-back the spectators were treated to a fine display of all round football. Lothian who has not played for months and who, a far as I know, never before played at half was a thorough success in that position. Ketchen, as I have said, was too much for Simpson, while Hinton played his usual quiet but effective game. The backs were the weak spot. Individually they were good, but they do not understand one another. Thomson also gets a little flurried with the rushes. These are faults which time will mend. Wood was as usual but could he not have saved the long shot. The variations in football form are rather queer. On Saturday the Caledonian drew with the Diamonds, and, according to one report, they ought to have won. The week before a 16 to 1 defeat by the Orion. The Aberdeen could with difficulty take three off the Diamonds. Figure it up and the Cup is a moral for the Central-Parkers.

Source: Northern Figaro, 29th October 1887

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