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match report 1923-24 fixture list
Whites 4 - 0 Stripes
    Public Trial Game
Kick Off:  7:00 PM   Neilson, Ross, Ross, Ross        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
There were 12,000 spectators Pittodrie Park last night, when the Aberdeen Football Club played a trial game. All the players signed for the coming season took part, and the teams were completed by the inclusion of Ross and Neilson, two from the local Richmond junior club. The "Whites" opposed the "Stripes," and the result of an interesting and often keen encounter was a win for the "Whites" by 4 goals to 0.

The game throughout was contested at a fast pace, and was characterised by more keenness than usually manifested in a practice match. In the first half both defences were well tested, and the goalkeepers were called upon to deal with difficult situations. The Stripes were awarded a penalty kick, but Blackwell saved Miller's effort, and subsequently got in the way of his second attempt. The only goal of the first period fell to Mutch, who scored after clever play by Neilson. In the second half the Whites generally were on top, although there was a period when, after Miller crashed the ball against the cross-bar, several good shots were blocked. In the period the Whites' forwards, largely owing to the opportunism of Ross, and the fine support of the players in the rear, added other three goals, Ross registering the "hat trick" for the second time since Monday. All his three goals were cleverly taken, but Ritchie and Grant on the extreme wings contributed largely to the success of their side's attack.
The form of the players was favourably commented upon by the majority of the spectators, and the general opinion was that the defence of the Whites, as constituted, should worthily uphold the traditions of the club in the coming season. On the whole the attack of the Whites was nippier than that of the Stripes, but they benefited by better support from behind. There were many clever passages of play, which suggested that, with judicious placing of the personnel, the Aberdeen Club should do well during the season about to commence.

A collection behalf of the Aberdeen hospitals realised 71 0s 1 1/2d.

Source: Press & Journal, 9th August 1923

Whites Teamsheet:  Blacwell; Hutton, Forsyth; Davidson, Jackson, MacLachlan; Ritchie, Mutch, Ross (Richmond), Neilson (Richmond), Grant


Stripes Teamsheet:  Wood (Buckie Thistle); Thomson, Bruce; McBoyle, Dick, Armstrong; Moir, Thomson, Miller, Rankin, Smith


Referee: Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen

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