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AFC - Match Report
match report 1916-17 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 5 - 1 Dundee
Kick Off:  11:38 AM   Cail, Walker, Ambler 37, Paton 42, Cail.       Brown 66  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Inflict Heavy Defeat on Dundee
At Aberdeen. Dundee made a better show than the figures, 5-1 against them, would indicate. As a matter of fact, Dundee had rather the better of it in the first period, and Aberdeen had to thank Anderson, their goalkeeper, for keeping them out. Ambler and Paton scored in the interval for Aberdeen, and in the second period Cail got through twice and Walker once. Brown, Dundee's best forward, got their only goal. About 3000 spectators were present.

Source: The Scotsman, 2nd January 1917

A holiday crowd of about 4000 had good value for their money at Pittodrie yesterday. The game - Scottish League - was one of the best seen at the Aberdeen club's ground this season, notwithstanding the heavy defeat of Dundee by 5 goals to 1.

At the end of the first twenty minutes' play nobody witnessing the game would have cared to predict an easy win for Aberdeen; in fact Dundee were much superior in the open, and but for weak finishing might have opened the scoring. Anderson, the home custodian, was in rare fettle, and made up for some deficiencies on front. Calder, the left back, and Brewster, failing to hold the attack. A plucky individual effort by Ambler, eight minutes from the interval, changed the aspect of the game. He trapped the ball, and sprinting in, slipped past the Dundee centre-half, and sent in a fast shot along the ground, which beat Bower all the way, and found a lodgement in the Dundee goal net. Five minutes later, Robertson, who was playing with superb skill and judgement, placed to Paton, who scored Aberdeen's second goal at a short, sharp angle. Half-time - Aberdeen, 2; Dundee, 0.

Not since the football season opened in August have the Pittodrie spectators had such a surfeit of cheering, as in this second half. Shortly after the resumption Cail put Aberdeen three up, getting the pass from Wylie. Ambler and Paton were active in the Aberdeen front line; indeed, all the forwards were playing well, better than they have done for many a day. Twenty minutes after the interval, Dundee reduced Aberdeen's lead by one, Brown, the Tayside centre, having no difficulty in beating Anderson at close range. This was all Dundee could get. Aberdeen, on the other hand, could not be held, Walker scoring a fourth goal, and Cail a fifth, while Ambler missed one chance, and had hard lines with another. The centre was also well placed to score from a pass from Wylie, but the outside man was anxious to emulate his fellow forwards and score, but he had to work his passage and was beaten "on the post." Aberdeen deserved to win, and handsomely, but Dundee, on the whole run of play, did not deserve to be four goals down.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 2nd January 1917

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Colman, Calder, Perry, Brewster, Robertson, Paton, Walker, Ambler, Cail, Wylie.

Unused Subs:


Dundee Teamsheet:  Bower; Thomson, Burns; Stirling, McIntosh, Duffus; Fisher, Murray, Brown, McCulloch, Steven


Referee: Mr Binnie, Falkirk

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