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Benny Yorston Squad Index
Information:
1924-25 Squad Number:
10
Position:
Forward
Date of Birth:
14th October 1905
Birthplace:
Nigg
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 5
Weight:
10st 11lbs
Signed:
23/03/1927
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:
Full Name: Benjamin Collard Yorston.

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.

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

Uncle of Harry Yorston.

Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
20/04/1927
Aberdeen 4-1 Heart of Midlothian
Robertson Cup 21 Start
17/08/1927
Aberdeen 1-3 St. Johnstone
Dewar Shield SF 3,000 21 Start
20/08/1927
Raith Rovers 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 21 Start
27/08/1927
Aberdeen 1-2 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 21 Start
03/09/1927
Queens Park 4-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,500 21 Start
10/09/1927
Aberdeen 4-2 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
17/09/1927
Clyde 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 21 Start
24/09/1927
Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
26/09/1927
Aberdeen 4-0 St. Johnstone
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 21 Start
01/10/1927
Hamilton 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 21 Start
08/10/1927
Aberdeen 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 21 Start
15/10/1927
Dundee 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 22 Start
22/10/1927
Aberdeen 3-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 22 Start
29/10/1927
St. Johnstone 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 22 Start
05/11/1927
Partick Thistle 7-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 22 Start
12/11/1927
Aberdeen 0-1 Bo'ness
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 22 Start
19/11/1927
Heart of Midlothian 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,500 22 Start
26/11/1927
St. Mirren 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 22 Start
03/12/1927
Aberdeen 0-0 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 22 Start
24/12/1927
Rangers 5-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 22 Start
08/02/1928
Aberdeen 2-0 Hamilton
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 22 Start
11/02/1928
Falkirk 5-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 22 Start
03/03/1928
Aberdeen 3-0 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 22 Start
10/03/1928
Aberdeen 3-0 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 22 Start
17/03/1928
Bo'ness 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 22 Start
24/03/1928
Aberdeen 2-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 9,500 22 Start
31/03/1928
Aberdeen 3-2 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 22 Start
07/04/1928
Airdrie 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,500 22 Start
14/04/1928
Aberdeen 3-0 Cowdenbeath
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 22 Start
16/04/1928
Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 22 Start
22/04/1928
Shamrock Rovers 1-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 22 Start
30/04/1928
Keith 0-4 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 22 Start
11/08/1928
Aberdeen 4-2 Cowdenbeath
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 22 Start
15/08/1928
Aberdeen 3-2 St. Johnstone
Dewar Shield SF 5,000 22 Start
18/08/1928
Aberdeen 3-0 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 22 Start
22/08/1928
Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee United
Dewar Shield F 8,000 22 Start
25/08/1928
Hibernian 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 22 Start
05/09/1928
Montrose 2-4 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 22 Start
15/09/1928
Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 22 Start
24/09/1928
Aberdeen 2-1 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 22 Start
29/09/1928
Aberdeen 3-1 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 12,500 22 Start
06/10/1928
Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 22 Start
10/11/1928
Aberdeen 2-2 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 15,500 23 Start
17/11/1928
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 23 Start
24/11/1928
Partick Thistle 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 23 Start
01/12/1928
Aberdeen 4-1 Hamilton
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 23 Start
08/12/1928
Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 23 Start
15/12/1928
Aberdeen 5-3 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 23 Start
22/12/1928
Queens Park 6-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 23 Start
29/12/1928
Cowdenbeath 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 400 23 Start
01/01/1929
Aberdeen 4-0 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 23 Start
02/01/1929
Heart of Midlothian 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 23 Start
05/01/1929
Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 14,500 23 Start
12/01/1929
Aberdeen 6-0 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 23 Start
19/01/1929
Aberdeen 5-0 Solway Star
Scottish Cup R1 9,296 23 Start
26/01/1929
Falkirk 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 23 Start
02/02/1929
Aberdeen 4-0 Queens Park
Scottish Cup R2 21,393 23 Start
09/02/1929
Clyde 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 23 Start
16/02/1929
Falkirk 3-5 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 12,000 23 Start
20/02/1929
Raith Rovers 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 1,500 23 Start
23/02/1929
Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 12,500 23 Start
05/03/1929
St. Mirren 4-3 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 19,941 23 Start
09/03/1929
Aberdeen 2-1 Ayr United
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 23 Start
12/03/1929
Airdrie 5-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 23 Start
16/03/1929
Celtic 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 23 Start
23/03/1929
Aberdeen 4-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 23 Start
30/03/1929
Aberdeen 5-0 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 23 Start
06/04/1929
Hamilton 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 23 Start
20/04/1929
Aberdeen 2-2 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 23 Start
22/04/1929
Aberdeen 1-1 Ex-Aberdeen
Testimonial 6,000 23 Start
27/04/1929
St. Johnstone 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,500 23 Start
30/04/1929
Shelbourne 3-5 Aberdeen
Irish Free State Tour 23 Start
10/08/1929
Falkirk 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 23 Start
14/08/1929
St. Johnstone 3-1 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield SF 4,000 23 Start
17/08/1929
Aberdeen 2-2 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 23 Start
24/08/1929
Celtic 3-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 23 Start
31/08/1929
Airdrie 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 23 Start
07/09/1929
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 32,600 23 Start
14/09/1929
Clyde 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 23 Start
18/09/1929
Buckie Thistle 0-5 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 23 Start
21/09/1929
Aberdeen 5-3 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 23 Start
23/09/1929
Aberdeen 5-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 23 Start
28/09/1929
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 23 Start
01/10/1929
Aberdeen 2-2 Huddersfield Town
Benefit Match 6,000 23 Start
05/10/1929
St. Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 23 Start
12/10/1929
Aberdeen 4-1 Ayr United
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 23 Start
19/10/1929
Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 40,000 24 Start
26/10/1929
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 24 Start
02/11/1929
Kilmarnock 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 24 Start
09/11/1929
Aberdeen 2-0 Cowdenbeath
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 24 Start
16/11/1929
St. Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
23/11/1929
Dundee United 2-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 24 Start
30/11/1929
Aberdeen 4-2 Hamilton
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 24 Start
07/12/1929
Aberdeen 2-0 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
14/12/1929
Queens Park 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 24 Start
21/12/1929
Aberdeen 1-0 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
28/12/1929
Motherwell 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 24 Start
01/01/1930
Dundee 0-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 24 Start
02/01/1930
Aberdeen 2-2 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 24 Start
04/01/1930
Aberdeen 3-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 24 Start
11/01/1930
Aberdeen 3-1 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
18/01/1930
Raith Rovers 3-3 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R1 10,000 24 Start
22/01/1930
Aberdeen 7-0 Raith Rovers
Scottish Cup R1 REP 15,000 24 Start
25/01/1930
Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 40,000 24 Start
01/02/1930
Aberdeen 5-1 Nithsdale Wanderers
Scottish Cup R2 7,000 24 Start
08/02/1930
Morton 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,500 24 Start
15/02/1930
Partick Thistle 3-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 38,568 24 Start
19/02/1930
Partick Thistle 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 40,000 24 Start
22/02/1930
Aberdeen 1-0 St. Johnstone
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
01/03/1930
Ayr United 5-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 24 Start
08/03/1930
Aberdeen 4-3 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 24 Start
15/03/1930
Cowdenbeath 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 1,000 24 Start
22/03/1930
Aberdeen 3-3 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 14,500 24 Start
29/03/1930
Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 24 Start
05/04/1930
Hamilton 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 24 Start
12/04/1930
Hibernian 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 24 Start
19/04/1930
Aberdeen 3-0 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 24 Start
21/04/1930
Peterhead 0-4 Aberdeen
Friendly 1,200 24 Start
26/04/1930
Burnley 9-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 24 Start
28/04/1930
Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 2,362 24 Start
30/04/1930
Northampton Town 1-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 24 Start
09/08/1930
Partick Thistle 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 23,000 24 Start
13/08/1930
Aberdeen 3-1 Falkirk
Dewar Shield SF 5,000 24 Start
16/08/1930
Aberdeen 2-1 Leith Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 24 Start
20/08/1930
Aberdeen 3-3 St. Johnstone
Dewar Shield F 24 Start
23/08/1930
Cowdenbeath 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 24 Start
06/09/1930
Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 24 Start
13/09/1930
Aberdeen 2-4 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 24 Start
20/09/1930
Dundee 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 24 Start
22/09/1930
Aberdeen 0-2 Hamilton
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 24 Start
27/09/1930
Aberdeen 2-1 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 24 Start
29/09/1930
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Aberdeen
Infirmary Shield 7,200 24 Start
04/10/1930
Ayr United 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 24 Start
11/10/1930
Aberdeen 0-0 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 24 Start
18/10/1930
East Fife 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 25 Start
25/10/1930
Aberdeen 3-1 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 25 Start
01/11/1930
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 25 Start
08/11/1930
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 25 Start
29/11/1930
Aberdeen 4-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 25 Start
06/12/1930
Clyde 2-5 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
13/12/1930
Hamilton 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
20/12/1930
Aberdeen 3-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 25 Start
27/12/1930
Leith Athletic 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
01/01/1931
Aberdeen 6-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 25 Start
03/01/1931
Aberdeen 1-1 Cowdenbeath
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 25 Start
05/01/1931
Heart of Midlothian 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 25 Start
10/01/1931
Airdrieonians 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
17/01/1931
Aberdeen 6-1 Dumbarton
Scottish Cup R1 10,570 25 Start
24/01/1931
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 25 Start
31/01/1931
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Scottish Cup R2 15,053 25 Start
04/02/1931
Partick Thistle 0-3 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R2 REP 29,000 25 Start
07/02/1931
Aberdeen 3-1 Ayr United
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 25 Start
14/02/1931
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 38,099 25 Start
18/02/1931
Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee
Scottish Cup R3 REP 28,527 25 Start
04/04/1931
Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 25 Start
11/04/1931
Morton 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 25 Start
18/04/1931
Aberdeen 8-1 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 25 Start
22/04/1931
Fraserburgh 0-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 1,500 25 Start
27/04/1931
Moray and Nairn Select 1-4 Aberdeen
Friendly 3,000 25 Start
29/04/1931
Inverness Select 0-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 25 Start
08/08/1931
Aberdeen 2-0 Cowdenbeath
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 25 Start
15/08/1931
Airdrie 2-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 25 Start
19/08/1931
Aberdeen 5-1 Falkirk
Dewar Shield F 5,000 25 Start
22/08/1931
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 28,000 25 Start
26/08/1931
Aberdeen 1-0 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 25 Start
29/08/1931
Motherwell 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 25 Start
02/09/1931
Aberdeen 1-0 Leith Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 25 Start
05/09/1931
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 25 Start
12/09/1931
Heart of Midlothian 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 25 Start
15/09/1931
Rangers 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 25 Start
19/09/1931
Aberdeen 5-1 Ayr United
Div 1 (Old) 10,500 25 Start
26/09/1931
Third Lanark 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 25 Start
28/09/1931
Aberdeen 3-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 25 Start
03/10/1931
Aberdeen 2-0 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 25 Start
17/10/1931
Aberdeen 5-2 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 26 Start
24/10/1931
Queens Park 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 26 Start
31/10/1931
Aberdeen 1-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 26 Start
07/11/1931
Hamilton 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 26 Start
14/11/1931
Aberdeen 1-1 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 26 Start
04/01/1932
Aberdeen 4-6 Glasgow Junior Select
Friendly 26 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