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Aberdeen 0 - 3 St. Bernards

St. Bernards scorers: McDonald,

01/01/1907 | KO:

Owing to the state of the ground, this game was agreed on as friendly instead of an East of Scotland League game. Result: St Bernards, three goals, Aberdeen A, nothing.

Source: The Scotsman, 2nd January 1907

If the crowd that patch and eyes Pittodrie yesterday in quest of New Year "socker" entertainment did not get the fare the expected, they certainly were provided with no end of amusement. The Saint Bernard team, who were two engage Aberdeen A in an east of Scotland league fixture, penetrated to the Granite City in good time, but when the pitch came to be examined it was found that there was a covering of some 5 inches of snow, so that the league game was a to the question. It was therefore decided to turn out in order that the public might not be altogether disappointed, but it was agreed that the much should be of a friendly nature. Aberdeen had a somewhat scrappy combination, and under the supervision of Mr. Phillip, Dunfermline, the teams turned out as follows:-

Aberdeen A: Howarth; John Robertson, Mackie; Mutch, JJ Simpson, Morgan; James Robertson, Hilton, Caie, McIntyre, McKenzie.
St Bernard: Ramsay; Slogie, Reid; Findlay, Smith, Tait; Ritchie, Law, Hall, Macdonald, McRitchie.

From the commencement it was apparent that scientific football was out of the question, as the progress of the players was greatly impeded by the depth of the snow, which was hard and stiff on the surface, while the ball also played the most unexpected and extraordinary pranks. The Saints showed the finer touches, and as their frontline worked in wonderful Unison, despite the club end of the foothold, there was a continual pressure at the Aberdeen end. Matters became worse when Caie had to leave the field owing to sickness, and about midway through the half McDonald scored a pretty goal for the visitors. Working a man short, Aberdeen a occasionally got off, McKenzie being is specially prominent with good runs and deadly crosses, but in front of goal their efforts to score were ludicrous in the extreme. There were many humorous incidents in the course of the game, and it was no unusual sight to see two or three players plunging in a small snow wreath, while the ball lay untouched a few yards distant. At half-time the saints still held their one goal lead, but in the second.

The game the generated considerably, and latterly resolved into an out and out fiasco. On the Aberdeen's side there were constant changes in the position of men, and a one stage Mutch, who is usually to be found between the sticks, was joined on the right wing by Haworth, who had just take it did the custodians place in favour of James Robertson. The new keeper was not a success, and while he was cheered for two mediocre saves he was beaten twice in quick succession. The winger's failure in his new role, however, may be attributed to the fact that he was suffering severely from a damaged ankle, and the crowd, instead of shooting ironical remarks at him, mike rather have recognized his pluck in remaining on the field under trying circumstances. The game was all in favour of the saints up to the finish.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 2nd January 1907

St. Bernards Teamsheet
Ramsay; Sloggie, Reid; Findlay, Smith, Tait; Ritchie, Law, Hall, McDonald, McRitchie
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. D. Philip, Dunfermline
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