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match report 1891-92 fixture list
Northern League 
The Aberdeen 6 - 4 Our Boys, Dundee
Kick Off:    Key, Brown, Key, Key, Whitehead, Matthew o.g.       Dundas, Dundas, Dundas, Dargie  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
The Aberdeen Play with Spirit and Success
Played at Chanonry before a large gathering. The teams were fully representative of the strength of the different clubs, and were as follows: Aberdeen - Ramsay, Ketchen, Wood, Cobban, Thomson, Ross, Reith, Robertson, Key, Brown, and Whitehead. Our Boys - Gould, Fleming, Brown, Matthew, Shepherd, Erentz, Cooper, George, Dundas, Grewer, and Dargie.
The Aberdeen kicked off with the strong rays of the sun in their faces, and at once invaded. The Dundonians retaliated, but a couple of fouls brought relief, and the home team again assumed the aggressive. Keith sent in a splendid shot from the right, which Key smartly headed through. The Boys obtained a fruitless corner, and a similar concession fell to the lot of the Aberdonians. For a time the strangers pressed, and ultimately Dundas got hold, of the ball, sending it through with his usual skill. Aberdeen continued to have the best of matters, but their shooting was erratic. Brown, however, at length had the goal at his mercy, and easily beat Gould. After the kick-off a scrimmage took place at the home goal, and Dundas, with a swift shot, again equalised. Shortly after the same player sent in a good kick from a melee, the ball grazing the bar, but going over. A goal, how¬ever, was allowed, the ruling of the referee meeting with shouts of disapproval from those near the goal line. Nothing further happened before half-time, when the scores stood: Our Boys 3, Aberdeen 2.
On resuming, Aberdeen again took up the running, and after about twenty minutes' play a rush by the forwards culminated in Key scoring a, third goal for the Whites. After some give-and-take play in neutral territory, another combined run by the home forwards resulted in Key adding a fourth point. The Boys put in all they knew, and although the defence was capital for a time, Dargie finally equalised. Aberdeen obtained a foul a few feet from the goalmouth, and Whitehead cleverly took the pass from Key, notching a fifth goal. Shortly afterwards another foul was awarded in Dundee territory. A scrimmage ensued in front of the line, which ended in Matthew sending the ball through his own goal. A game which may be described as, one of the most evenly contested matches seen at Chanonry for many a day ended: Aberdeen 6, Our Boys 4.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 11th April 1892

There was a fine gathering of spectators present at Chanonry on Saturday to witness the retun League match between the Dundee Our Boys and Aberdeen, and considering that they were kept waiting for over an hour by the visitors, excellent temper was displayed by all and sundry, and when it was observed that Mackie was absent, and that Reith and Robertson were on the right, the opinion was general that the locals were in for a big thrashing. In this instance the critics were out of the running, however, as the whites not only held their own, but inflicted a 6 to 4 defeat on the Dundonians, who were fully represented. The feature of the play was undoubtedly the grand defence of the backs and half-backs of the winning team, and the splendid individual play of Brown and Key in front. From the very beginning it could be seen that they meant business, as they went to work in the most approved fashion, infusing into their tactics a dash and enthusiasm that quite upset the southerners, and landed them first past the judge. The result, however, hung in the balance till close on the finish, but the boys in white were equal to the occasion, and came away in grand style, putting on two beautiful goals in the nick of time, and when the order was given to cease firing - in the goals - quite a scene of jubilation ensued, the home supporters going almost frantic with delight. Ramsay is not a finished custodian, but he is a game 'un, and practice ought to make a good man of him. Tom Ketchen gave a fine exhibition of sterling defence. He got roused somehow at the very beginning, and he was thereafter in terrible earnest, working with courageous dash and irresistible effect. Though of a more subdued order, Alec Wood's work was also very telling, and between them they provsd a veritable wall of defence to Ramsay. The halves, too, deserve praise all round - Thomson was in great force, Ross made an excellent reappearance, and Cobban improved markedly on recent form. The forwards played with great spirit, the best of the lot, as we have indicated above, being Morley and Key, Indeed, some unseen agency seemed to have dropped a double dose of much needed energy into the ranks of the whole eleven, for never - well, scarcely ever - have we seen them in such rollicking form. Though a long way off Brown and Key, Whitehead, Robertson, and Reith had all a hand in the victory, and Bon. congratulates the team all round in at last breaking that spell of ill-luck which has clung to them for some time. Long may they continue in the winning vein.

Source: Bon-Accord, 16th April 1892

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ramsay; Ketchen, Wood; Cobban, Thomson, Ross; Reith, Robertson, Key, Brown, Whitehead


Our Boys, Dundee Teamsheet:  Gould; Fleming, Brown; Matthew, Shepherd, Erentz; Cooper, George, Dundas, Grewer, Dargie



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