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match report 1925-26 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Dundee 3 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Findlay, Findlay, Nicholson       Jackson, Smith.  
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Dens Park, Dundee
ABERDEEN BEATEN AT DUNDEE. Two Goals Lead Surrendered.
The northern "Derby" at Dens Park between Dundee and Aberdeen will be remembered not for its brilliance of football but for the revival of a weak home team after being two goals in arrears. The visitors from the north supplied the clever work of the first half, and there was a slackness from stem to stern in the home ranks. The Aberdeen goals were really gifts. Five minutes after the start Reid put over a corner which W. Jackson was allowed to convert with ease, and after twenty-three minutes, Smith added a second, while the Dundee defenders stood and appealed for offside. Minutes later Findlay got one back for Dundee, following a goalmouth scrimmage. A half time reflection showed the home team up in a poor light, but their work subsequently improved, and when Findlay again nodded another past Blackwell after twenty-five minutes, they at length put a spurt in. Two minutes later Nicholson found his way home in a goalmouth scrimmage, and put Dundee in the lead. Never at any time were they a combined force, and all through it was more brawn than brain. Aberdeen's mid line was their best, and the forwards were quite a lively lot, with Smith in fine fettle. Cook and Findlay were the best Dundee pair, but all over the team played poorly.

Source: The Scotsman, 19th October, 1925

After being two goals up at an early stage in the game and appearing to have the issue well in hand, Aberdeen fell away and allowed Dundee to beat them in the first of the Northern Derbys for the season at Dens Park on Saturday 3 goals to 2. After rain, the pitch was greasy, but except for a fairly strong wind and occasional sun that dazzled the players facing it the conditions were good. It reflected the moderate records of the teams this season that not more than 14,000 spectators were present. Generally there was a poverty of good play in the game. Such time as they held the ascendency, Aberdeen played clever, open football, but having established, a two-goals lead they unaccountably fell away. Dundee improved, but only in a scrambling sort of way and except for bright flashes by their left wing there was never much to enthuse over in the play. Vigour rather than a combination of it with science was the keynote of the game and at times there was a tendency to over-robustness which required the intervention of the referee to curb.


At the very least the game was worth a draw, but Aberdeen should have won, especially considering their early and big lead. In the second half when having to face wind and sun they made the fatal mistake of paying more attention to defence than attack, a policy that was not justified in face of a one goal lead. The result was that the Dundee defenders enjoyed much free kicking in the period, and their dashing forwards only had follow up their returns to have the Aberdeen defence repeatedly in difficulties.
In the game few reputations were enhanced. Blackwell might have saved both the second and third goals, but his colleagues were also to blame for these, as they ought to have got the ball away. Hutton was never comfortable against the elusive Cook, and Bruce was the better back on the day's play. At half-back Pirie was best, and in an attack that simply faded out McDermid, Jackson, and Smith were most prominent.
On the Dundee side Britton was none too safe, and it was only in the second half, when they were practically unmolested, that Thomson and Gilmour showed to advantage. In the first period both made many mistakes. Rankine at centre-half was easily Dundee's most useful player, and in attack, Cook and Findlay carried the honours. Although they won, Dundee did not strike one as being as clever a combination as Aberdeen, but really both were mediocre.


Dundee made headway at the start, and after Nicholson had shot wide, Ross made a poor attempt to turn in a pass from Findlay. When Aberdeen got going Smith shot from long range, and Britton failed to hold, but after a scrimmage the ball went out for a corner. From the flag Reid placed accurately, and Jackson found it easy to head into the net. Following this, Hutton and Bruce ware seen to advantage with sound tackling and lusty kicking. Jackson raced down to force another corner for Aberdeen, but on this occasion Britton cleared. Pirie from long range had a magnificent shot that passed inches high of the Dundee goal. At the other end, Blackwell had to field an overhead try by Findlay. In a raid by the Aberdeen right, the Dundee backs blundered, and the ball went to Smith, whose first-time shot from 25 yards' range swerved just high of the crossbar. Aberdeen kept up the pressure, and at close range Britton saved from Cosgrove's head, and following fine play by Reid, McDermid turned the ball in, only to see it go inches wide when Britton could not have saved. Aberdeen were working hard to increase their lead, and succeeded. MacLachlan placed a free kick to the right of the Dundee goal, and Cosgrove beaded it down for Smith to find the net from a few feet out. The Dundee players protested tah Cosgrove was off-side, but the referee allowed the goal to stand. Dundee soon made up part of the leeway. Hutton conceded free kick just outside the penalty area, and following it there was a scrimmage in front of the Aberdeen goal, Findlay touched the ball into the net after Blackwell had been drawn out. At the other end, Gilmour lost possession to Reid, but with a clear field the Aberdeen right winger shot wildly when he might have done better. For a time the Aberdeen attackers surged round the home goal, and Jackson just failed to count with a header, the ball landing on the roof of the net. Britton saved finely from MacLachlan, and following a miss by Thomson, Smith sent wide with a fierce shot. Towards the interval Dundee forced two successive corners, but Aberdeen had little difficulty in maintaining their lead.


Cook forced a corner for Dundee on resuming, and the ball was going through direct from the flag when Blackwell deflected it over the bar for another flag kick, Rankine nullifying any advantage that might have followed by handling. Gilmour and Hutton were both cautioned by the referee, and game developed "liveliness." A. terrific shot by Ross just missed the mark, and at the other end Jackson was hurt by colliding with Britton when the latter ran out to kick clear. He required attention, but was soon able to resume. Off a corner taken by Cook Rankine headed over, and Irving missed narrowly with a great shot on the run. A rally by the Aberdeen forwards resulted in Britton saving from Reid, and just after this the keeper held an effort from Smith. After 23 minutes play Dundee drew level. The ball bobbed about in front of the Aberdeen goal, and Blackwell rushed out to fist clear, but hampered by an opponent he missed and appeared to catch Findlay on the head with his fist, the ball, however, glancing into the net off the Dundee forward's head. Findlay was knocked out in the incident, but was soon back after being attended to. Dundee took the lead almost immediately. They surged forward in attack, and after the ball had been kicked backwards and forwards in front of the Aberdeen goal Nicholson forced it into the net. Following this reverse Aberdeen bestirred themselves to attack, but the Dundee defenders did not hesitate to kick into touch. Reid was badly fouled just outside the penalty area, and Pirie taking the free kick gave him a great chance to shoot, but he missed the ball completely. Jackson and Smith both had shots that went wide, and near the close Aberdeen forced two corner kicks, but they did not look like drawing level.

Source: Press & Journal, 19th October 1925

Dundee Teamsheet:  Britton; Thomson, Gilmour; McNab, Rankine, Irving; Nicholson, McLean, Ross (A.), Findlay, Cook


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Blackwell, Hutton, Bruce, Moore, Pirie, MacLachlan, Reid, Cosgrove, Jackson, McDermid, Smith.

Unused Subs:


Referee: W. Bell, Motherwell

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