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AFC - Match Report
match report 1892-93 fixture list
Northern League 
The Aberdeen 0 - 1 East End, Dundee
Kick Off:  3:00 PM          
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
With this match the game of football began in earnest in Aberdeen on Saturday, and it would have been difficult for its devotees to have been favoured with better weather for witnessing the struggle between those teams in the Northern League competition. Under these auspicious circumstances a very large number of spectators assembled at Chanonry - a bigger crowd than was to be expected in face of the counter attraction at Kittybrewster. In view of the fact that the Aberdeen club had undergone an almost complete reorganisation, interest and curiosity was aroused on the part of the public as to how the remodelled eleven would carry themselves before their opponents from Dundee. The display on the whole was satisfactory, and when fully into the swing of the game the Aberdonians showed some capital form. The Teams were: Aberdeen - Goal, Ramsay; backs, Davidson, and Wood; half-backs, Ewen, McDonald, and Morren; forwards, Black, Hay, Flaws, Thomson, and Wood. East End: Goal, Benvie; backs, Ferrier, and Fleming; half-backs, Petrie, Longair, and Gibb; forwards, Fyffe, Craig, Reid, Graham, and Gilligan.
The East End first set the ball a-rolling, and were immediately in their opponents' ground, and it was with considerable difficulty that Ramsay managed to keep his lines clear on more than one occasion. Returning to midfield, play was fairly equal for some time, until a foul being granted off the strangers, Black sent in a beautiful shot. Benvie, however, succeeded in smartly defending, and at once the game relapsed into an equal struggle in the middle of the field. Forcing their opponents into their own territory the Chanonry men obtained a corner, but despite their most strenuous exertions, they failed to score. Another opportunity soon after presented itself to the Aberdonians, but they missed a capital chance of rushing the ball through. The remainder of the first period was characterised by very equal play, frequent fouls being given on both sides. Aberdeen had over all the best of the game, but the whistle sounded at half-time without any scoring on either side. Aided by a pretty strong breeze in the concluding half, the Dundonians were not long in securing a corner, which, they failed to improve upon. Several determined rushes from end to end gave neither side any distinct advantage, but when half an hour had passed the cleverer tactics of the strangers began to tell upon the defence of the Aberdeen. Towards the close of the game the East End secured a couple of corners, and thereafter they bungled the ball through, thus scoring the first and only goal of the match. Time was soon after called, with the scores: East End 1, Aberdeen 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 22nd August 1892

The Association globe was fairly set agoing on Saturday. He Aberdeen, with a weak team, gave the East End a fright, and were unlucky to get beat by one goal to nil.

Source: Bon-Accord, 27th August 1892

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ramsay; Davidson, Wood; Ewen, McDonald, Morren; Black, Hay, Flaws, Thomson, Wood


East End, Dundee Teamsheet:  Benvie; Ferrier, Fleming; Petrie, Longair, Gibb; Fyffe, Craig, Reid, Graham, Gilligan



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