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05/08/1927
 
Blue Side 0 - 3 Black and Gold side
    Trial Match
Kick Off:  7:45 PM          
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Big Crowd at Pittodrie Trial Game.
The eagerness with which the opening of the senior football season is being looked forward to was reflected last night at Pittodrie Park, where about 14,000 persons turned out to watch a public trial by the Aberdeen Club players.
With the exception of D. Bruce, Lawson, and Livingstone, the new back secured from Plymouth Argyle, all the players signed for next season were on view.

With the competitive element featured the spectators were treated to a spirited and, on the whole, clever display, and the opinion was general that if the men play as hard and as well against outside opposition they should experience a satisfactory season. The game ended in a win for the Black and Golds by 3 goals to 0. This was not because the Black and Golds' forwards were three goals better than those of the Blues; rather was it due to the fact that the defence of the winners was superior to that of the losing side.
The play of the newcomers - Cooper, Black, Yorston and Falloon - was closely watched and criticised, and the view was general that all comported themselves well. The diminutive Wilson at outside right early established himself a favourite by his cleverness and accurate crosses. Falloon, too, was noticeable with aggressive and effective play, and Black was neat and constructive. Yorston was nippy on the limited opportunities he got, and Cooper at back appeared to be in need of speeding-up. Of last season's players who took the eye, Cheyne, Bruce (R.), and McLeod among the forwards were outstanding. Of the half-backs, McHale, Edward and Ross were best. Jackson was the outstanding back, and while Blackwell could not have saved any of the three goals conceded, the work of McSevich was a feature.
The impression gathered was that while the club is well equipped with forwards who possess individual ability, it is lacking in attackers with weight and height, factors which count for much in these days of strenuous football. A defence comprised mostly of last season's players stood up well to the opposing attack, but all the physical advantages were on their side. As a guide to the selectors of the team for duty in the first game against Rangers, the trial would be illuminating, but the merits of the players as a combination cannot be weighed up until after that match.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th August 1927

Blue Side Teamsheet:  Blackwell; Cooper, Muir; Spencer, McHale, Ross; Cheyne, Bruce, Yorston, McDermid, Smith

Bookings:

Black and Gold side Teamsheet:  McSevich; Jackson, Ritchie; Cosgrove, Edward, Black; Wilson, Falloon, Macfarlane, McLeod, Love

Bookings:

Referee: Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen

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