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Cody Mutch Squad Index
Information:
1909-10 Squad Number:
1
Position:
Goalkeeper
Date of Birth:
09th December 1884
Birthplace:
Inverurie
Height:
5'10
Weight:
13st 6lbs
Signed:
07/06/1906
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:
Real name: Alexander Mutch, Cody joined up at Pittodrie in 1906 but had to play second fiddle to the well established Rab MacFarlane making only a handful of appearances in his first couple of seaons. MacFarlane moved on at the end of the 1907/08 season and Mutch took over as regular keeper for the next two seasons, proving to be a larger than life character, always willing to have a joke with the crowd, as well as being a very good goalie. When he moved on at the end of season 1909/10 the local press were somewhat bemused:
"A good deal of surprise has been expressed at the departure of Mutch from Aberdeen. Had "Cody" gone to any club of repute in England, it would have occasioned little comment; but to go to Huddersfield - a club in the Midland League, where he will never be heard of - looks ridiculous for a player of Mutch's calibre. However, he has taken the plunge on his own, and Aberdeen lose a good keeper."

Cody's move to Huddersfield turned out to be controversial and Aberdeen maintained that since Huddersfield had been promoted into the English senior ranks they were breaking the rules by signing the player. The issue went to the International Football League Board and ultimately Aberdeen were paid a "substantial sum" in compensation while Mutch remained with Huddersfield.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 18th August 1910

Source: Bon-Accord, 5th May 1910

It turned out that the Bon-Accord reservations about Cody's move were unfounded as Huddersfield Town were a club on the move and about to enter the Football League. As to Cody himself, his career developed thus:

Known as "Sandy" once he moved south (and, indeed, before he joined Aberdeen from Inverurie Locos), Mutch became Huddersfield Town's first choice goalkeeper throughout his time at Leeds Road, a career that spanned the First World War.
He moved from Pittodrie in May 1910 with a 400 transfer fee coming north. His debut in English football was in Huddersfield's first-ever League fixture and he never looked back. Mutch was an able and consistent goalkeeper and his abilities made him a key regular in the team which won promotion to Division One and found its way to the FA Cup Final in 1919.
In April 1920 Mutch received 794 in the club's first benefit. Two years later he displaced Edwin Davis in the FA Cup semi-final and went on to gain a winners medal in the Huddersfield Town v Preston North End Cup Final at Stamford Bridge. This turned out to be one of the last of his 229 appearances for the club.

In July 1922 Mutch moved to Newcastle United for 850 and, although he was almost 38, he was thrown in against Everton and quickly became a popular figure with the Newcastle supporters. He made 43 league and cup appearances for the club before a knee injury saw him miss the 1925 Cup Final success over Aston Villa. Not long after he retired from playing and, after carrying out some coaching duties, took on the job of groundsman at St James' Park, finally retiring in 1958. He lived in Newcastle until his death at the age of 82, in September 1967. His son Alex junior, was also with Newcastle United, as physiotherapist, until the mid 1980s.

"The tangle which Mutch, has placed himself in will likely be brought up, this, week at the meeting of the International League Board. Nor is Mutch the only player which Huddersfield are in trouble over. Stoke and one or two others are kicking up a dust as to Huddersfield's actions, and whatever way the players have to go, the club will not get off scot-free.
Match is signed for Huddersfield, and Aberbeen have complained that this was done contrary to rule. The F.A. have not yet decided on the case, though the evidence has been in their possession for some time. Till the decision is arrived at, the league can hardly interfere, though they may discuss a way out of the difficulty, assuming that Huddersfield get off with a caution from the F.A. There will be some fun before a settlement is arrived at; as the complications are great, and require some studying."

Source: Bon-Accord, 4th August 1910


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
15/08/1906
Heart of Midlothian 3-3 Aberdeen
East Scotland League 5,000 21 Start
18/08/1906
Hibernian 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 21 Start
22/08/1906
Aberdeen 2-4 Dundee
East Scotland League 3,000 21 Start
25/08/1906
Aberdeen 0-2 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 4,500 21 Start
01/09/1906
Rangers 6-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
20/04/1907
Aberdeen 1-2 Leith Athletic
East Scotland League 22 Start
24/08/1907
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 22 Start
31/08/1907
Aberdeen 1-2 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 22 Start
19/02/1908
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee
Scottish Cup R2 RE2 24,000 23 Start
22/02/1908
Aberdeen 3-1 Queens Park
Scottish Cup QF 14,000 23 Start
04/04/1908
Aberdeen 6-0 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 1,000 23 Start
15/04/1908
Dundee 0-2 Aberdeen
High Cup 2,000 23 Start
18/04/1908
Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 23 Start
20/04/1908
Aberdeen 3-0 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 23 Start
23/04/1908
Aberdeen 4-1 Arsenal
Friendly 4,000 23 Start
29/04/1908
Aberdeen 1-1 Falkirk
East Scotland League 3,000 23 Start
02/05/1908
Aberdeen 4-0 Peterhead
Fleming Charity Shield 23 Start
15/08/1908
Aberdeen 4-2 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 23 Start
17/08/1908
Aberdeen 0-1 Heart of Midlothian
North East Cup 4,000 23 Start
19/08/1908
Dundee 2-1 Aberdeen
High Cup 5,000 23 Start
22/08/1908
Aberdeen 2-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 7,500 23 Start
29/08/1908
Clyde 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 23 Start
02/09/1908
Elgin City 2-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 23 Start
05/09/1908
Aberdeen 0-2 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 23 Start
12/09/1908
Aberdeen 2-0 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 23 Start
19/09/1908
Hamilton 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 23 Start
26/09/1908
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 23 Start
28/09/1908
Aberdeen 1-1 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 23 Start
03/10/1908
Falkirk 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 23 Start
05/10/1908
Aberdeen 2-0 Peterhead
Friendly 400 23 Start
10/10/1908
Aberdeen 3-2 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 23 Start
14/10/1908
Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Aberdeen
North East Cup 2,500 23 Start
17/10/1908
Aberdeen 4-2 Hamilton
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 23 Start
24/10/1908
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 23 Start
31/10/1908
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 23 Start
07/11/1908
Aberdeen 3-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 23 Start
14/11/1908
Hibernian 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,500 23 Start
21/11/1908
Port Glasgow 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,500 23 Start
25/11/1908
Dundee 1-3 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 1,700 23 Start
28/11/1908
Aberdeen 1-3 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 23 Start
05/12/1908
Airdrie 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,000 23 Start
12/12/1908
Dundee 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 24 Start
19/12/1908
Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
25/12/1908
Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk
North East Cup SF 24 Start
26/12/1908
Queens Park 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
01/01/1909
Aberdeen 2-4 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 24 Start
09/01/1909
Aberdeen 1-0 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 4,500 24 Start
23/01/1909
Morton 0-4 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R1 7,000 24 Start
30/01/1909
Aberdeen 6-1 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 24 Start
06/02/1909
Third Lanark 4-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R2 13,300 24 Start
13/02/1909
Aberdeen 1-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 24 Start
20/02/1909
Morton 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,500 24 Start
24/02/1909
Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 24 Start
27/02/1909
Motherwell 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 24 Start
06/03/1909
St. Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,500 24 Start
13/03/1909
Kilmarnock 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 24 Start
20/03/1909
Third Lanark 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 24 Start
27/03/1909
Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,500 24 Start
03/04/1909
Aberdeen 4-0 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 24 Start
07/04/1909
Falkirk 2-5 Aberdeen
Robertson Cup 2,000 24 Start
10/04/1909
Peterhead 1-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 24 Start
12/04/1909
Dundee 3-1 Aberdeen
Robertson Cup 4,000 24 Start
17/04/1909
Dundee 9-2 Aberdeen
North East Cup F 24 Start
21/04/1909
Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk
Robertson Cup 2,000 24 Start
24/04/1909
Aberdeen 4-0 Inverness Citadel
Friendly 24 Start
03/05/1909
Aberdeen 5-2 Buckie Thistle
Fleming Charity Shield SF 24 Start
08/05/1909
Aberdeen 2-0 Peterhead
Fleming Charity Shield F 1,800 24 Start
18/08/1909
Aberdeen 4-0 Aberdeenshire FA Select
Friendly 2,000 24 Start
21/08/1909
Port Glasgow 0-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 24 Start
28/08/1909
Aberdeen 2-1 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
04/09/1909
Heart of Midlothian 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 24 Start
13/09/1909
Falkirk 3-1 Aberdeen
Robertson Cup 3,000 24 Start
18/09/1909
Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 24 Start
25/09/1909
Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 10,500 24 Start
27/09/1909
Aberdeen 3-1 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
02/10/1909
Aberdeen 2-0 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 9,500 24 Start
09/10/1909
Aberdeen 1-0 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 24 Start
16/10/1909
Clyde 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 24 Start
23/10/1909
Aberdeen 2-2 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 24 Start
30/10/1909
Falkirk 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 24 Start
06/11/1909
Aberdeen 3-0 Port Glasgow
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 24 Start
13/11/1909
Hamilton 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 24 Start
20/11/1909
Morton 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 24 Start
27/11/1909
Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 24 Start
04/12/1909
Aberdeen 0-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 24 Start
11/12/1909
Partick Thistle 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,500 25 Start
25/12/1909
Airdrie 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,500 25 Start
01/01/1910
Dundee 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 25 Start
03/01/1910
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 25 Start
04/01/1910
Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee
Benefit Match 5,000 25 Start
08/01/1910
Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
15/01/1910
Aberdeen 1-1 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 4,500 25 Start
05/02/1910
Aberdeen 3-0 Bo'ness
Scottish Cup R1 5,000 25 Start
12/02/1910
Aberdeen 3-0 Airdrie
Scottish Cup R2 7,000 25 Start
19/02/1910
Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 27,000 25 Start
26/02/1910
Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
05/03/1910
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 25 Start
12/03/1910
Aberdeen 3-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 3,500 25 Start
19/03/1910
St. Mirren 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
26/03/1910
Aberdeen 0-1 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 25 Start
02/04/1910
Aberdeen 1-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 25 Start
04/04/1910
Aberdeen 1-3 Rangers
Friendly 25 Start
09/04/1910
Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 25 Start
16/04/1910
Third Lanark 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 1,000 25 Start
18/04/1910
Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 1,500 25 Start
20/04/1910
Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton
Div 1 (Old) 1,500 25 Start
23/04/1910
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 25 Start
26/04/1910
Forres Mechanics 1-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 25 Start
30/04/1910
Queens Park 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 25 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
1909-10
34
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
37
0
0
5
0
0
1908-09
33
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
35
0
0
15
0
0
1907-08
5
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
4
0
0
1906-07
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
3
0
0
Totals:
75
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
82
0
0
27
0
0
Total Appearances/Goals: 82 0