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match report 1890-91 fixture list
The Aberdeen 2 - 6 Dumbarton
Kick Off:    Watson (o.g.), Leggat       Galbraith, Boyle, ?, Mallor, ?, From Scrimmage  
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
The Aberdeen club brought off their principal fixture this season on Saturday afternoon, when they met the crack western combination Dumbarton. Excellent weather favoured the meeting. Bright sunshine prevailed, tempered by a gentle breeze from the south-east, and the ground was in the best of condition Long before the hour of starting the ropes were lined with spectators, and when the teams took the field about 5000 persons were present. The Aberdeen club were specially strengthened for the occasion, while the Dumbarton eleven, although hardly up to the league standard, was of no mean calibre.
A quarter of an hour after the advertised time Aberdeen kicked off with the sun in their faces. Gordon was first prominent with a clever piece of tackling. Caithness had to kick out a fast, low shot from the foot of Taylor, and a moment afterwards Galbraith let fly, the ball striking the upright and going behind. A fine run by Key, Turner, and Leggat elicited applause, a pretty shot forcing McLeod to use his hands. Play was fairly fast, but not brilliant. Taylor and McNaught ran nicely down, and the former gave Caithness a beauty to repel. Amid cheering the ball was fisted out, and away sprinted Key. Thomson crossed over to Turner, and a resultless corner was granted. Dumbarton now opened out, and exhibited some fine passing. Carefully the ball was manipulated along the field, but a hasty shot spoiled the chance. Duffus and McNaught had a tussle, and the former coming off best, the leather travelled towards Dumbarton goal. McLeod only got the ball clear in time, but a second later Turner forced him to fist-out a beautifully-placed effort. Whitehead and Turner both had excellent tries, but McLeod could not be evaded, and Dumbarton carried the ball north. Caithness kicked out on the line, and play hovered for a minute in mid-field. Pulling themselves together, Boyle got on the leather in mid-field. He passed to McNaught, who crossed to Taylor, and he in turn gave Galbraith possession, who, with a neat low shot, scored the first goal of the match - twenty-four minutes from the start. A magnificent piece of play on the part of the Aberdeen forwards was nullified at the goal mouth. Turner middled from the extreme right, Key took up the pass, and, beating Millar and McLeod, shot, but to the chagrin of the spectators the ball rolled harmlessly past, Getting north, Dumbarton forced a corner, and Boyle, from centre half, improved upon it, a lightning like shot from his foot completely outwitting Caithness, and bringing the score to a couple. The west country players had now measured the strength of their opponents, and from another corner, well placed by Taylor, a third point was chronicled. A fourth quickly succeeded, Mallor crowning a combined run by sending the ball flying out of the reach of Caithness. The Aberdeen made several fine efforts to break down the defence of McLeod, but McAuly's successor was invincible. Half-time found the positions unaltered, Dumbarton leading by 4 goals to 0. On restarting, Dumbarton had the ball twice over the Aberdeen lines in less than a minute. Aberdeen then spurted, and like a flash were down on McLeod, who was forced to kick out a good attempt by Leggat. Leggat and Turner dodged down, and Key catching the centre let bang at McLeod. The latter jumped up, and fisting the leather over the bar, relieved the pres¬sure. The six yards kick was at once pounced upon by the Aberdonians who rushed forward. Key headed in, and Watson in attempting to save sent the ball through the goal. Numerous, but ineffectual tries were now made upon Aberdeen's goal, so able was the defence of Caithness, Ketchen, and Wood. Ultimately, the homesters woke up, and a few clever runs were indulged in. Two corners were resultless, hard luck following the well-meant efforts. A combined run, however, put a different aspect on affairs, Leggat adding a second goal amid loud applause. Dumbarton, not to be denied, made their way south, and a shot from the centre produced a fifth point. Aberdeen claimed a point from a scrimmage, but the referee refused to concede a goal amid booing. If anything, Aberdeen were having the best of the exchanges, and McLeod was kept in a continual state of anxiety. Shortly before the finish a sixth point was notched by Dumbarton from a scrimmage, and a remarkably even game ended in a win for the strangers by 6 goals to 2.
After the match the teams dined together in the Athenaeum. Mr John Clarke, hon. president of the Aberdeen Club, presided, and he was supported by Mr T. McMillan, captain of the Dumbarton Club, and Mr Paton. After ample justice had been done to the good things provided by Mr Hay, the Chairman proposed the toast of the Dumbarton Football Club. Mr McMillan briefly replied, and in turn proposed "The Aberdeen F.C.," to which Mr T. Ketchen responded. "The Scottish Football Association" was given by Mr McHardy, and Mr Paton, Dumbarton, returned thanks. Mr Litster, Aberdeen, proposed "Other Clubs in the City," Mr Gordon, Orion, replying. Other toasts followed, and several songs were rendered by individual members of the company. An enjoyable evening concluded, sitter the singing of "Auld Lang Syne."

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 25th May 1891

Favoured with beautiful weather and a vast assemblage of spectators was only a fitting reward to the management of the Aberdeen F. C. for their catering to the football public by such visitors as the Dumbarton, styled the "sons of the rock". Mr Hyslop, the genial President of the A. F. C. - who is a Dumbarton "loon" himself - was mainly responsible for this fixture being brought off; and Chanonry, with its galaxy of "brave men and fair ladies", favoured with sunshine, was looking resplendent. The pitch had been carefully looked after in view of this match, and was therefore in capital order. The Dumbarton team, along with a strong contingent of supporters, arrived from the south in the forenoon. Aberdeen were strengthened for the day by the inclusion of a few of the Orion and Vic. players. From the team list, it will be seen that the strangers were almost at league strength, the two absentees being Bell, outside left - who stood umpire - and Leith, their left half-back. Dumbarton were the first to appear, dressed in their usual gold and black stripes: the Aberdeen men followed shortly after, dressed of course in the familiar white.

McMillan won the toss, and the Aberdeen had to face a brilliant sun. They kicked off - a little behind time - the Dumbarton halves intercepted, and the stripes made tracks for Caithness, hut were driven back by Ketchen. Pretty play hero followed, runs from goal to goal being frequent, and neither can claim an advantage. The front line of both teams were showing beautiful combination. Aberdeen were the first to obtain a corner, which came to nothing, McLeod clearing - in fact, McLeod was being harder pressed than Caithness, but was equal to all emergency. The Aberdeen had more hard lines than their opponents, whose shooting was too much inclined to be "flighty"; the whites, on the other hand, were shooting dangerously low and on the mark. Turner was most noticeable in this respect. Dumbarton got properly into their stride, and a beautiful combined run, in which the whole five forwards joined, ended in Galbraith, their inside right, scoring their first point. Had Caithness exerted himself, it is just possible that the point might have been saved. Aberdeen attacked again and again, and after beating the backs several times, found McLeod a barrier to their progress. The manner in which be toyed and waltzed with the ball was beautiful, and gave an Aberdeen audience an idea of how goal-keeping is done. He is perfection in his art. Off a corner, Dumbarton obtained their second point, Boyle heading through. As the game progressed they obtained other two goals. When the whistle blew, the half-time result was 4-0 in favour of the visitors. The score by no means indicates the play.

The second half was most exciting, play being exceedingly fast, Aberdeen, at the opening stages, having much the best of it, and hard lines. Time after time the shout "goal" went up, only to l)e hushed again as McLeod beat them. On one occasion, Sinclair was the means of bringing off a beautiful run on the home side, the end of which was, Key was enabled to put one to the credit of the whites. Shortly after, another fine rush ended in Leggat putting on number two. Again they had a decided goal, McLeod being through his charge, but the ruling of the referee was against them. Dumbarton succeeded on putting on a fifth, and a sixth, shortly before the close, the game ending 6-2 in favour of Dumbarton. The Aberdonians are to be complimented on the stand they made before such exponents.

Source: Northern Figaro, 30th May 1891



That Chanonry was gay on Saturday, excitement being high over the visit of the mighty League Champions.
That long before the advertised hour, Old Aberdeen was a busy scene, everyone bustling about to be in time to get a good view.
That every conceivable coign of vantage was occupied. That the questions as the Dumbarton appeared were:- "Is't there full team, dy'e ken?" "Fat'na little grey heided mannie is that?" meaning, of course, Galbraith, who gave no little amusement by the capers he cut.
That curious to say "Tom" was not the last to appear on Saturday, it was Caithness.
That "Tom" ordered Bell to "keep on the line" and not intrude on the field of play : and quite right too ! It's a nasty habit that visiting umpires have of intruding.
That Turner got badly kicked on the stomach, but would not leave the field, and, for his pluck, was rewarded with a rousing cheer.

Source: Northern Figaro, 30th May 1891

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Caithness; Ketchen, Wood; Gordon, Thomson, Duffus; Turner, Leggat, W. Key, Sinclair, Whitehead


Dumbarton Teamsheet:  McLeod; Watson, Miller; McMillan, Boyle, Lang; Taylor, Galbraith, Mallor, McNaught, Black.



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