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match report 1891-92 fixture list
Northern League 
Our Boys, Dundee 5 - 4 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Grewar, Key o.g., Hemsworth, Grewar, Dundas       ?. Whitehead, Mackie, Mackie  
Attendance: 0
Venue: West Craigie Park, Dundee
A Splendid Game at West Craigie.
The Chanonry team journeyed to Dundee on Saturday to play off this Northern League fixture. The match was favoured with splendid weather, but the ground was somewhat heavy. The game was started by the ground team kicking off uphill. Very soon the northern men captured the leather and attacked, when Whitehead missed, and Brown struck one of the posts, the ball rebounding into play. Again throwing off their opponents, the Aberdeen resumed the pressure, and once more had hard lines, Key striking the crossbar. An exciting scrimmage in the goal mouth followed, and although the Blues? custodian allowed the ball to slip from his hands, one of the backs saved at the last moment. Playing better together, the home team afterwards took up the running, and, although the Aberdonians defended gallantly, Grewar, with a low shot, notched the first point for the Boys. They speedily returned to the attack, and Key, in trying to head out a long shot by Matthew, unfortunately sent the ball between his own posts, and some time later - the Aberdeen defence becoming demoralised - Hemsworth scored a third goal, while before half-time Grewar added a fourth.
On resuming, the Blues made a determined attack on the south goal, but without result, and the Aberdeen men, playing with great spirit, and showing; much improved combination, then assumed the aggressive. A dangerous shot was saved, but soon afterwards the visitors succeeded in notching their first point, and before many more minutes had passed Whitehead registered a second goal in their favour. Becoming alarmed, the Boys spurted, and after Low had cleverly saved, he was beaten by Dundas, Immediately after the kick-off the strangers again attacked, and after some good saving work by the home custodian, Mackie scored a third goal. The home defence continued to have an, anxious time of it for some minutes after, but then the play slackened for a period. Near the close, however, the Aberdeen men once more forced the pace, and sent in shot after shot into goal A. minute before time Mackie was successful in again putting the leather through. Had time allowed, there is little doubt that the Aberdeen would have equalised, perhaps have won, but as it was the whistle sounded with the score standing: Our Boys, 5; Aberdeen 4.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 7th March 1892

In company with a select few of the supporters of the Senior Club we last Saturday found ourselves in the City of Jute, ancient cabs and cumbrous tramcars (fearfully and awfully constructed), dingy buildings - and last, but not least, "coothy" lasses. Eh, Stron?? (" Chuck it!") Keep cool, gents. We didn't mean to be Smart, it was only a slip of the pen. As the hour set down for the meeting of the Aberdeen and the Boys approached, we mounted one of these Noah-ark-shaped trams that go moaning along the streets of Bonnie Dundee - save the mark - and betook ourselves to West Craigie. On dismounting at the terminus, the inviting words above the corner shop, "Mrs. Gloag" - you know the rest - fascinated us, and we dropped inside, and refreshed the inner man. Then we crossed over to the venue of operations, where a large crowd had assembled. It is a tidy little pitch with a grandstand, which would be all the better were the Boys to put a "tile" on it. Then the whites arrived, dressed for the occasion, and looking as fit as fiddles. The ground was somewhat slippery, which to some extent militated against the play of the heavy weights. The appearance of Mr. Hunter was the signal for lining up, and in a twinkling they were at it. In a jiffy Morley and then Willie Key were down on Jarvis, and the furniture ran a narrow shave of getting damaged, the first-named banging one against the uprights, while Willie crashed one on to the cross-bar. Hard lines for us. Then play opened up, and the blue forwards gave Low some trouble, and though they got 4 goals during the first half, they had not very much the best of the play, as the whites were often dangerous, but there was not so much method among their forwards as that of the home team.

Half-time arrived with the Aberdeen pointless, but in the second stage their efforts were crowned with success. The whole team played up manfully till the end, and kept Jarvis almost continuČally on the qui vive, and though they only got past him four times, their efforts were highly meritorious, and deserved a better fate. The game was most pleasantly contested, rough play being conspicuous by its absence. The Boys are a clever eleven all round. The forwards understand each other to a nicety, and, as a rule, don't hang on the ball, but keep it spinning from one to the other. Cooper was always prominent, but the saviour of his side was little Jarvis, who gave one of the finest expositions of goalkeeping it has been our pleasure to witness for some time, and the Boys are lucky in having such a smart custodian in reserve. As to "our lads," well, they all did remarkably well. Considering Low is far from well, he defended right gallantly, while he had a splendid defence in front of him, both Ketchen and Wood being at their very best. They could hardly be separated, and we were greatly pleased to see Tom in his old rollicking form, for on Saturday's play he is as good a back as ever. The halves - always a strong force in the whites? battles - played a capital game. Thomson and Ross should be bracketed, while Cobban was not far behind. As to the forwards. They had not the same understanding with each other as their blue compeers, and often failed to get on Jarvis, when just "a wee bit Shiftie" - as a Dundonian remarked - "would have edged him through." Key acted well in centre, Morley was good, and Whitehead fair. Mackie and Singleton made a good show for a first offence. Bob is all there. He knows a thing or two, and oh, doesn't he "bob" - no joke meant - them in when he sees an opening. Taking the game altogether, it was rather disappointing to the whites. Their luck was at zero, one of the most tantalising incidents being when one of the Boys' backs pulled the ball almost from under the bar, Jarvis having lost it - the only mistake he made in the match. We don't say the Boys were blessed with much luck either, but what there was agoing they had it.

Short Kicks.

Nothing but sheer bad luck kept the whites from adding other two points to its League average against the Boys. Indeed, the whole team performed very creditably. The forwards have been strengthened by the inclusion of Mackie and Singleton, and on better acquaintance they ought to make a capital pair.
Bob made some little mistakes on Saturday in the first half, which was excusable when we consider how long he has been on the shelf, but all the old talent is there, and only wants stirring up. Singleton seemed a bit flurried on beginning, but gathered confidence as he went on.
The game was a most pleasant one, and, if anything, Aberdeen had the most of it, but found a champion in young Jarvis, who filled Gold's shoes well.
The spectators behaved handsomely, and Aberdeen crowds might well take a lesson from their conduct.
The Aberdeen lads are evidently a favourite team at West Craigie, as they got quite as good a reception as the ground men, every bit of good play by them being recognised. A jolly lot of boys accompanied the team, and had the honour of being chronicled by our old friend, Scribe Shaw. He made a mountain out of a mole heap, however, as the demonstrations were nothing out of the common, and confined to one or two of the more enthusiastic ones. He made an attempt to be funny, too, but, oh, dear, the humorous bump in Jamie's anatomy is not one of his strong points. His time would have been spent better in giving a correct reading of the names of the Aberdeen team, and surely with his inseparable companion at his elbow this should have been an easy matter.
The little contingent that accompanied the boys - together with the team - enjoyed the trip immensely, and all voted the Dundee folks the proper sort - kindly, homely, and entertaingly.
The Blak(e)eyed duckies who waited long and patiently for the arrival of the treasurer by the 10:20 N.B. on Saturday night may expect to hear Mair about it.

Source: Bon-Accord, 12th March 1892

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