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Benefit Match 
The Aberdeen 4 - 1 Clubs of Town
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Recreation Grounds, Inches, Aberdeen
A most exciting and interesting match between Aberdeen and a team representing the Orion, Rovers, Bon-Accord, and Gladstone was played on the Recreation Grounds on Saturday afternoon on behalf of the Royal Infirmary, and resulted in a. win for Aberdeen by 4 goals to 1. The Clubs of Town were under the disadvantage of never having played together before, and thus lacked the combination which their opponents displayed; but, individually, they played a splendid game. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, there was a good turn-out of spectators. The Aberdeen captain lost the toss, and kicked off from the east and within a few minutes from starting, the combined team by a good rush on the part of the left wing forwards scored their first and only goal, the ball being neatly headed through by the right wing forward from a beautiful pass from the left. This seemed to stimulate the Aberdeen team, for shortly after the forwards worked the ball well up in front of their opponents uprights, and a goal was scored out of a scrimmage. Play for some time was now very even, neither side gaining any advantage, until Clark, by a splendid shot, placed another goal to the credit of the Aberdeen Club. Before half time, however, the Aberdeen team obtained another goal, the game, at change of ends thus standing - Aberdeen team, 3 goals; combined team, 1. After re-starting good play was very difficult owing to the slippery condition of the ground. Play was chiefly confined to the territory of the combined team, and the opposing side in the second half scored two more goals, one of which was however disallowed owing to a previous foul. Despite the most strenuous efforts of the combined team and the encouraging shouts of their partisans, they failed to add further to their score. For the Aberdeen team Lothian, at back, distinguished himself as usual by excellent play, and Glenny worked very hard at half back. The forwards all played well together, and to this, to a large extent, was due the defeat of their opponents.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 29th March 1886

This game for the benefit of the Infirmary was played on the Recreation Grounds, Inches (kindly granted for the occasion by J. Cormack esq.) on Saturday afternoon and resulted in favour of the Aberdeen by 4 goals 1. The game was one of the most exciting ever played in the city. and gives good hopes of a favourable season next winter. Although there was a downpour of rain during the match the attendance was large.

Source: Northern Figaro, 3rd April 1886

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