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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Arbroath

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Arbroath

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Simpson, Willox (Pen).

27/10/1906 | KO: 15:30

Arbroath in the Dumps.

Arbroath supplied the opposition at Pittodrie, when they met the Aberdeen reserves in a Northern League fixture. There was a good attendance when the team lined up as follows, under discharge of Mr. Deans, Dalkeith:-

Aberdeen: Mutch; Willox, Brebner; Davidson, J. J. Simpson, Robertson; Macdonald, J. Robertson, Lawrie, R. Simpson, McKenzie.
Arbroath: Johnstone; Law, Clark; J. Petrie, Taylor, Ferguson; Black, Proctor, Fairweather, Guild, Crockatt.

The locals won the toss, and played with a slight breeze in their favour. The opening stages were entirely in favour of the home team. JJ Simpson took the ball from Fairweather, and placed to his brother who gave Johnstone a hard shot to hold. It was apparent from the very start that the game was to be a hot one. It was fully 5 minutes before the visitors managed to beat back the locals. Guild and Crockatt got away, and for a few minutes the Aberdeen backs were kept busy. McDonald, Aberdeen's new right winger, had a capital run from a well-timed pass by Davidson. The outside man and sent in a scorcher, but Johnstone cleared. A minute later Johnstone had to give away a corner in clearing from McDonald. Aberdeen were continually attacking, but Law and Clark were a pair of reliable backs. They played a magnificent game, and never allowed the opposing forwards to get in there kick when near goal. Willox and Brebner had very little to do. The Arbroath forwards were very unsteady. When they did get away, but failed to shoot when near goal. Aberdeen A played a capital combination game, but the strong defence of the visitors defied all efforts at scoring. Arbroath forced a corner, which proved fruitless. The game was very fast, and the visitors' goal had many narrow escapes. Gowie Robertson had a grand try, but his shot was a few inches too high. Several corners fell to Aberdeen, but all proved fruitless. Arbroath made desperate efforts to clear. When they did get away they failed to follow up their advantages. They had several good opportunities, but bad shooting spoiled their chances. A hot attack was kept up on the visitors' goal, and Johnstone saved repeatedly. Law made a weak clearance, and R. Simpson getting the ball sent in a capital shot, which landed in the net. This reverse made Arbroath waken up a bit, and they came back faster than ever. The local backs had now more work to do, but they were quite safe, and repeatedly sent the visitors to their own end. All the Arbroath men with the exception of the forwards, who were very unsteady, played well. The Aberdeen halves repeatedly let their forwards off. Law and Clark, however, were as game as ever, and beat back all efforts at further scoring. Arbroath were never really dangerous, and during the first half Mutch was more or less a spectator, for he did not get a shot to hold.

On resuming it seemed as if Arbroath would carry all before them. Crockatt carried the ball t the corner flag, and centred. Fairweather was almost through, but before he could get in his kick, Willox had cleared. Back again came Arbroath, and Mutch saved from Crockatt. The ball was returned by Law, and for five minutes the game was contested within Aberdeen's penalty area. It would have been no surprise had the visitors scored, but their forwards failed to shoot straight. Away to the other end rushed the home forwards, Lawrie leading the van in capital style. Several shots were sent in from long range, but Johnstone always cleared. Play was very exciting, and exceedingly rough. Many hard knocks were given and taken. Arbroath were quite regardless how they got the ball, and played a very rough game. On one occasion the referee stopped the game, and warned several of the Arbroath men for rough play. Aberdeen still kept the upper hand. R. Simpson broke through the defence, and when about three yards from goal he was fouled. Mr. Deans granted a penalty, and Willox put his side two up. Arbroath tried hard to reduce the leeway, but without success. Play after this was more evenly contested, but there was no more scoring, and a very fast game ended in favour of Aberdeen A by 2 goals to nil.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 29th October 1906

With the expectation of witnessing several new players, local supporters came down to Pittodrie on Saturday in larger numbers than was expected. If they did not get all thev were promised in players, the play provided ample recompense for the lack of numbers. Only McDonald, of Baillieston Thistle appeared, the others being kept back by their own club officials, we understand. This player proved to be the best we have seen at outside right this season, and if he can be relied on to keep the form shown, he will be the man wanted. Taking advantage of what little wind and sun there was, Arbroath defended the west goal. By deft footwork Aberdeen made Clark and Johnstone look lively, some tough work taking place in front of the visitors' goal. By inches Lawrie missed the post, then " Gowie" and several of the others made shots at goal which were cleared or set aside by sheer desperation. For twenty minutes, almost, Arbroath never got past the Aberdeen backs, so completely were they hemmed in. The new man had also an excellent try, which Johnstone got on and threw out with little to spare. There was only one team in it during the first period, and when Simpson scored it was only Aberdeen's just reward for a, splendidly played first half.

It did not redound to Arbroath's credit that they should have cut up so rough in the second period. Finding themselves outplayed, they adopted tactics more robust than the laws allow, Referee Deans having to administer a caution to those of the worst offenders. A penalty was the only proper cure for upsetting little Simpson, who had the goal at his mercy, within the area, and Sam Willox made no bones about what had to be done. Robust charging not being productive of good results, Arbroath next found fault with the light, and intimated a protest to the referee on this count. All the same the locals added another couple of points to their total by defeating Arbroath by a sterling exhibition of good football, scoring two goals to nil.

Source: Bon-Accord, 1st November 1906

Arbroath Teamsheet
Johnstone; Law, Clark; J. Petrie, Taylor, Ferguson; Black, Proctor, Fairweather, Guild, Crockatt
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. J. Deans, Dalkeith
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