1920: FOOTBALL. ALLEGED BRIBERY OF PLAYERS At a recent meeting of footballers in Aberdeen an extraordinary statement was made in the course of discussion, to the effect that in an important cup-tie about 12 years ago nine of the eleven players of the first league team were offered and accepted a bribe of £15 each if they lost the match. Immediately, the person who made the statement was challenged by several of those present, because of the fact that certain of the players who took part in the match in question are still playing first -class football. The accuser stuck to his statement and refused to withdraw it. It understood that the matter has been reported to tbe directors of the club affected, and that legal proceedings are likely to result.
Letter to Aberdeen Player. On his arrival at Pittodrie Park on Saturday afternoon, previous to the cup-tie with the Hearts, George Anderson, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, received the following letter which had been sent by post. As will be seen, it is evidently the work of a rather illiterate person: 19/2/20. Dear Mr Anderson, I see you play Hearts on Saturday. Well I will give 10 pounds if you lose this match. I know well Hearts wont lose the match, but if you let in 2 Goals I will reward you with the above sum. If you agree meet me at the queen at seven o'clock on Friday night. If you don't agree with the deal say nothing about it or there will be trouble the First time I see you, but I know you are a good sport. I will have a Grey soft hat on and a waterproof on So you will have a good chance of knowing me. Yours -- A name is signed to the letter, but is withheld for obvious reasons.
After reading the contents Mr Anderson immediately handed the letter over to Mr Tom Duncan, the chairman of the Aberdeen Football Club. The postmark bears the date 6.15am Feb 20, and the letter was delivered at Pittodrie on Friday forenoon. Mr Anderson was not at the ground on that day, and consequently did not receive the letter until before the match on Saturday. It is possible the letter may be the outcome a practical joke, but both the player and Mr Duncan are disposed to regard it in a more serious light.
Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Tuesday 24th February, 1920