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match report 1916-17 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 0 - 1 Motherwell
Kick Off:          Ferguson 70  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Motherwell well deserved the points at Aberdeen. They were the better all-round side, and had decidedly the pull forward. Morgan, their outside left, was the best forward on the field, but all five played better football, individually and collectively, than the home lot. The Lanarkshire men on play should have led at the interval. Ferguson, their centre, netted with twenty minutes to go, and the disjointed Aberdeen attack was quite unable to respond.

Source: The Scotsman, 4th December 1916

At Pittodrie, Motherwell avenge their home defeat three weeks earlier than the hands of Aberdeen. The locals had a rearranged side practically from stem to stern. The changes worked out all right in the defence, but the attack was very ineffective, and could never get set a-going. Motherwell were the more uniform lot, and had a clear lead in attack. They were very persistent, and deserved the points. They made the pace from the start, and were only kept out by the stubby defence of the backs and halves, and a clever work of Anderson. Morgan was the best forward on the field, his working of the ball and shooting being a feature of the afternoon. Behind him, Brown, besides helping Finlayson and McSkimming to take the sting out of the home attack, always parted with the leather judiciously. Hard as the home forwards tried, he could never get into their stride. Willie Wyllie gave his right wing "a pinch" once in the second half, but the muddled, and they never got such a chance again. Again, Ambler headed through another neat centre from Wyllie, but he was given offside. These two incidents stood out in an afternoon of feeble, method was work. Ferguson scored one goal of the match 20 minutes from the close.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 4th December 1916

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Colman, Perry, Brewster, Wyllie, Robertson, Cumming, Paton, Ambler, Walker, Wylie.

Unused Subs:


Motherwell Teamsheet:  Rendell; Finlayson, McSkimming; McStey, Brown, Murray; Kelly, King, Ferguson, Gray, Morgan


Referee: J. Binnie, Falkirk

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