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Fleming Charity Shield 
14/05/1904
 
Aberdeen 5 - 1 Peterhead
Kick Off:    Strang, Davidson, Johnston, Strang, Strang.        
Attendance: 2,400
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
The Greatest of these is Charity
Whatever other charge can be laid at the door of footballers, no one can accuse them of not giving support to local charities. All over the country charity football matches is as much an institution as the local county cup ties, and in this connection it is pleasing to know that Aberdeen is not backward. The spectators who assembled at Pittodrie on Saturday, if they were not treated to a first class game of football, could lay the consolation to their hearts that by their presence they were assisting some charitable institution, and at the same time helping to remove the stigma from footballers that they are a selfish lot. We often wonder if those who can see no good in the game ever give a moment?s thought to the loss that the Aberdeen Football Club have suffered by these ties. Charity game or no charity game, the players have to be paid, and of the 60 drawn at the gate on Saturday the Aberdeen club does not touch one penny. Let those therefore, think what the Aberdeen, 1eaving out the Peterhead, lost by providing a football holiday for the multitude. As we have said, the game was not a great one. It suffered from two causes, first the overpowering superiority of the Aberdeen over the Peterhead, and secondly, from the effects of a gale of wind which made good football nearly impossible. The 5-1 victory of the Aberdeen is a fair index of the run of the play, and when one thinks about it the result could hardly have been different. The game was a fitting finish to what has, on the whole, been a fairly good season, and when season 1904-5 draws upon us, let us hope that it will do so with the Aberdeen as members of the first division of the Scottish League.

At the conclusion of the match, ex-Lord Provost Fleming presented the shield to the winners, and announced at the same time that when 1000 had been given to charities he was prepared to give a larger shield for competition. It is such actions as these that have made ex-Lord Provost Fleming liked by all sections of the community. The pity of it is that his sympathy with healthy sport has not descended to the majority of our present City Fathers.

Source: Bon-Accord May 19, 1904

 
In the final of the Ex-Lord Provost Fleming's shield, the Peterhead football players did not fare so well with the Aberdeen on Saturday as they did in the first round when they defeated the Bon-Accord. Still, the local eleven made a very creditable display, and although the trophy does not come to the Buchan capital, there is no saying what the same lot might do next year with a little consistent training.

Source: Peterhead Sentinel and Buchan Journal, 21st May 1904

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