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match report 1889-90 fixture list
Dundee Wanderers 6 - 2 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    McWee, Tosh jnr., Gowans, Shepherd, Gowans, Shepherd       Key, Key  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Morgan Park, Dundee
This friendly fixture was played off on Morgan Park, Dundee, on Saturday, in presence of a fair turnout of spectators. The weather was miserable, and the ground, in consequence of a heavy downpour of rain, soft and slippery. Aberdeen kicked off, and at once ran the ball into their opponent's territory, where, when within an ace of scoring, a foul was given against them. The Wanderers then had a look in for a minute or two, but the Aberdonians returned to the attack, and a swift shot by Key was held by Gilruth, at the expense of a corner, which was not improved upon. The north countrymen continued to press. Latterly Brown, on the left, passed to Whitehead, on the right, who in turn sent the ball spinning into the goalmouth, and Key gave it the finishing touch. A minute later the home goal ran another narrow escape, but breaking away, the Maroons transferred the hostilities to the other end, and, in the course of a scrimmage, were all but successful in lowering their opponents colours. The Wanderers clearing their lines had a smart run up the hold, and McMcWee succeeded in equalising. Immediately after the kick off Hislop was again called upon to defend, and while the home forwards were continuing the attack McVay, the visitors right half-back, met with an accident to his right leg, which necessitated for a time his retiral from the field, and rendered him practically useless for the remainder of the game. Runs and counter runs were the order of the day, until the representatives of the Granite City made a determined attack on their opponents' citadel, but were beaten back. The Wanderers ultimately got away with the sphere, and a shot from Tosh, jun. resulted in a second point in their favour, followed soon after by a third - registered by Gowans. Nothing further was done in the first-half. which therefore ended with the score standing in favour of the Wanderers by 3 goals to 1.
The second period was commenced in the midst of torrents of rain. Soon after the ball was set in motion, the home team invaded, and Shepherd notched a fourth point for his side. After a spell of pretty equal play, the Northern men made an attack on the Wanderers upright, and Key sent the ball home - 4 to 2. The same player essayed another shot immediately after this, but was not so successful. The visitors seemed determined to make up the leeway, but their efforts were neutralised by a smart run down the field on the part of the home forwards, which ended in Gowans registering a fifth point. Although the strangers continued to play a good and gentlemanly same, the Morgan Park men kept them within their own territory, and latterly Shepherd recorded a sixth point for his side. Neither team further augmented its total so that the came resulted: Wanderers, 6 goals; Aberdeen, 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 17th February 1890

The Aberdeen journeyed to Dundee to meet the Dundee Wanderers on Morgan Park. The ground was in very bad condition owing to the rain. There was a fair attendance of spectators. Winning the toss, the Wanderers played with the wind at their backs. The Aberdeen kicked off and were soon at the Wanderers' goal. Playing with great dash, the Aberdeen scored after about ten minutes' play. The Wanderers settled down and scored three before half-time. In the second-half the Wanderers scored other three, while the Aberdeen added another to their score. The result: Wanderers 6 ; Aberdeen 2.

The game was contested in the most friendly manner. There was no rough or dirty play on either side. The Aberdeen showed great improvement all over, but I have seen Hyslop do a great deal better in goal. The backs played well but lacked dash. The half-back trio played a clinking game, Thomson being prominent. There was a great improvement in the forwards, Wallace, Morley, and Key being as good as there were agoing. Whitehead and Campbell did fairly well on the right.

Source: Northern Figaro, 22nd February 1890

Hislop; Wood, Reith ; Thomson, McDonald, McVay; Whitehead, Campbell, Key, Brown, Wallace
Dundee Wanderers Teamsheet:  Gilruth; James Tosh, Hogg ; Ewart, McMahon, Davidson; Shepherd, Dye, McWee, Tosh, Gowans.


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