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.
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.
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.