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Aberdeen 1 - 2 Queens Park Strollers

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Queens Park Strollers

Aberdeen scorers: Walker.
Queens Park Strollers scorers: J. M. Young, D. Crerar

02/01/1912 | KO:

Amateurs Win At Pittodrie

Halliday football at Pittodrie yesterday was supplied by the meeting of Queens Park Strollers and a team picked from the Aberdeen club. The match was a friendly one, and the game was more of the exhibition order. Aberdeen's team was constituted on experimental lines, and it provided play which although interesting was not that all serious.

There was little to watch in the opening stages of the game, but the Queen's, if anything, were the more aggressive. Their forwards showed some clever outfield work, and King had some trouble with shots from Crerar and Young. When Aberdeen's turn came to attack they showed some good individual touches, Edgar and Wood in particular were conspicuous. The defensive work on both sides was quite good, and a feature of the game was the gentlemanly manner in which was contested. A few fouls only, of a purely accidental nature, occurred. On the whole, the 1000 or so of spectators had no reason to be disappointed with the display.
There were several exciting passages before the interval. Webster, in the Queen's goal, distinguished himself by clearing a fine header from Edgar, after Walker had crossed accurately, and some amusement was created by what was suspiciously like a wrestling bout between Hannah and W. Alexander. The Stroller had rather the best of the tussle, and from a free-kick that followed, the Aberdeen goal had a narrow escape, the ball striking the upright with the defence well beaten.
Queen's were eager after this, and but for good tackling and clearing by Hume, Young would have been through on at least two occasions, and, as it was, he gave King a strong drive to hold from 30 yards range. Both sides played pretty footballer times, but the holiday spirit permeated the game. At the interval there was no scoring.


Aberdeen nearly scored through Walker on the resumption, but the centres' shot only brought a corner. Following upon a beautiful run by himself, W. Alexander forced a corner. The ball was accurately placed, and Young opened the scoring by a well-judged head effort. The Hampdenites played up in refreshing style after this, and only the watchfulness of Hume kept them out.
When Aberdeen started to force the pace, they were checked at the outset by an unfortunate accident to Walker. In the act of heading the ball down words, and opponents foot accidentally caught him on the point of the chin, and he was knocked out in a manner similar to the fate meted out to boxers. After attention from the trainer the player recovered, and was able to continue in the game. For a lengthy period play became quiet, and the spectacular effect was somewhat spoiled by an over-indulgence in solo methods by the players in both sides. Queen's came near to increasing their lead on one occasion, when King rushed out and stopped Crerar when he must have gone through. Queens were by far the more sprightly lot of forwards, and playing in earnest fashion they gave the home defence a deal of trouble. When crowd roared followed up good work by Bennett, and scored a clever goal from close range, it was only what the visitors deserved. Aberdeen improved after this, and Webster showed decided ability in nullifying several dangerous rushes of the home of van.
Aberdeen's recovery continued, and near the close the play was of a most exciting nature, and when Walker cleverly beat two opponents and scored a brilliant goal it was fully deserved. Hume joined the Aberdeen attack, and got over a nice cross, which was not converted. Taking the game all over, queen's fully deserve their win. Towards the closing stages of the game they were undoubtedly superior.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 3rd January 1912

Aberdeen Teamsheet
King, Hannah, Hume, Wilson, Findlay, Low, Dalziel, Wood, Walker, Wood, Edgar.
Queens Park Strollers Teamsheet
J. Webster; J. L. McBean, W. Logan; J. Gow, W. P. Scott, A. Alexander; J. B. Bennett, J. M. Young, D. Crerar, T. E. Forsyth, W. T. Alexander
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr J. Thomson, Aberdeen