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Benny Yorston Squad Index
Information:
1931-32 Squad Number:
9
Position:
Forward
Date of Birth:
14th October 1905
Birthplace:
Nigg
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 5
Weight:
10st 11lbs
Signed:
23/03/1927
Career History:
Kittybrewster School/Mugiemoss/Alloa Athletic (On Trial)/Richmond/Hibernian & Forfar Athletic (On Trial) 1925-26/Montrose 25th September 1926/Aberdeen 23rd March 1927 40/Sunderland 22nd January 1932 2000/Middlesbrough March 1934 1250/St Mirren war guest 18th November 1939 - March 1939/Hibernian war guest 21st December 1940 ? 13th August 1941/East Fife (war guest) 1942-43/Hamilton Academical (war guest) 1942-43/Dundee United 1945-46
 
Profile:
Record Aberdeen goal scorer when he notched an incredible 46 goals from 42 appearances in season 1929/30. The diminutive Yorston was a prolific marksman that also saw service with Mugiemoss, Montrose, Sunderland and Middlesborough. Scored impressive 126 goals for the Dons in only 156 starts, again, the best goal ratio return by any Aberdeen player. Was part of the Dons "Great Mystery" that curtailed his Aberdeen career, and was moved on to Sunderland in a 2,000 deal in 1932. Moved on to Middlesbrough for 1,250 in March 1934. Guested for several clubs during World War II but the war effectively finished his career.

Passed away in London in 1977

YORSTON GOES TO SUNDERLAND.

Transfer Fee Said to be 2000.

TO MAKE DEBUT ON WEDNESDAY.,/p> Yesterday Benny Yorston, Aberdeen's international centre-forward, was transferred to Sunderland, for whom he will make his debut on Wednesday against Arsenal.

Negotiations opened on Tuesday, when Sunderland offered 500 for his transfer. This was turned down by Aberdeen, and subsequently the English club increased their offer to 1500, which met a similar fate.
Yesterday the clubs were again touch, and the outcome they agreed, with the player's acquiescence, that Yorston be transferred to Sunderland for a sum understood to be 2000.
Of this, the player will receive the maximum share allowable, he not having received a benefit, of 650, and his new club has agreed to find him quarters, and remove his household goods to Sunderland.
Yesterday evening Yorston met the managers of the two clubs in the North British Hotel, Edinburgh, where the agreement was ratified.

Versatile Player.

Yorston will be twenty-five in October. He is 5 feet 3 inches height, but his stature never appears to prove a defect, and he uses his 10 stone 4 lb. to advantage. He times a high ball with remarkable accuracy and gets a tremendous height. This has been proved time and again when he has headed goals while opposed to the tallest centre-halfs in Scottish football.
Two-footed, and remarkably quick, he is one of the coolest-headed forwards seen in the game for some time. He can play anywhere in the forward line. As a juvenile and junior, first with Sunnyside and later with Aberdeen Mugiemoss and Richmond, he most frequently figured at inside-left, which is probably his best position.

Triple International.

He was secured by Aberdeen from Montrose five seasons ago with a view to filling the outside-left position, and it was only when team exigencies forced the situation that he was given a run in the first team at centre-forward. His ability was readily appreciated, and he became a permanency in the League team.

Two years ago he was top scorer for the season in the Scottish League First Division with 38 goals, an average of a goal per match. He is a schoolboy internationalist, junior internationalist, and senior internationalist, having played respectively against England, Ireland, and Wales, and two years ago was travelling reserve against France.
It is considered he will suit English football, where his quick darts to right and left and down the centre, allied to his distribution and ability to create openings, will get full scope, especially alongside such partners as Bedford and Leonard.

Source: Press & Journal, 23rd January 1932

Benny Yorston - Season 1931-32

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
20/04/1927
Aberdeen 4-1 Heart of Midlothian
Robertson Cup Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 21 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1931-32
18
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
8
2
0
3
1930-31
28
0
16
0
0
0
5
0
6
0
0
0
33
0
22
6
0
7
1929-30
38
0
38
0
0
0
4
0
7
0
0
0
42
0
45
7
0
10
1928-29
31
0
22
0
0
0
4
0
10
0
0
0
35
0
32
5
0
3
1927-28
28
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
28
0
17
3
0
18
1926-27
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
Totals:
143
0
101
0
0
0
13
0
23
0
0
0
156
0
124
24
0
43
Total Appearances/Goals: 156 124  

Scottish International Caps
Season Date
Match
Tournament
1930-31 21/02/31
Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND
British Int'l Championship
Total Appearances: 1