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match report 1925-26 fixture list
Benefit Match 
Aberdeen 0 - 1 Manchester United
    Bert MacLachlan Benefit Match
Kick Off:  6:00 PM         Rennox.  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
A breakdown in the weather on the eve of the game had an adverse effect on the attendance at Bert MacLachlan's benefit last night when Manchester United obtained the only goal. Consequent upon injuries and other causes, both teams included several reserves. About 4000 spectators watched some, very good play in which the competitive element was never neglected. In the first half McSevich effected a fine save from Grimwood, deputising for Barson, but Aberdeen nearer came nearer to scoring. Ritchie and Pirie both hitting the crossbar, and Pirie just missed with one of the best shots of the game. Following an individual effort comparatively early in the second half, Rennox (inside left) put the United ahead with a hard shot. In the later stages Aberdeen had the better of the exchanges, but the brilliance of Stewart in goal denied them the equaliser. In the first, half MacLachlan (Aberdeen) and Lochhead (Manchester United) sustained slight injuries, and to prevent these being aggravated they retired, and their places were taken respectively by McHale and Mann.

Inter-Club Sprint.

A feature the evening was the inter-club challenge 100 yds. sprint, which was decided at halftime. This provided a great triumph for Walter Jackson, the Aberdeen centre-forward. Although, the first man home, alone was count, there was to have been three runners a-side, but Lochhead's injury in the first half of the game compelled his withdrawal from the race. Accordingly, the English club representation was cut down to two - Frank McPherson, repined to be the fastest forward in England, and Willie Spence. An injury compelled the withdrawal of Alec. Reid from the original Aberdeen selection, but his place was taken by Robert Bruce, and the other representatives were Walter Jackson and James Smith. The men got off to a capital start. Jackson (on the stand side) was slow to get into his stride, and at halfway McPherson held a slight lead. From that stage there was a magnificent race, and Jackson came away with a remarkable burst to breast the tape about 18 inches ahead of McPherson, who in turn was about two feet in front of Spence, with Smith and Bruce close up. Jackson's success was received with great enthusiasm. The time returned was 11 seconds, which reflected a remarkably good performance in face of a strong wind and heavy going.

Referees' Sprint.

A 100 yds. sprint, open to referees, attracted ten entries. This was decided in two heats. The heat winners were George Robertson and Peter Craigmyle, and the runners-up who qualified for the final were J. A. Lewis and P Cooper. The final resulted:- 1 G. Robertson, 2 P. Craigmyle, 3 P. Cooper. Won by two yards. Mr A. A. Watt acted as starter, and Messrs W. C. C. and W. Davidson, S.A.A.A., as judges.

Source: Press & Journal, 24th September 1925

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  McSevich, Muir, Bruce, Cosgrove, Pirie, MacLachlan (McHale), Bruce, McDermid, Ritchie, McLeod, Smith.

Unused Subs:


Manchester United Teamsheet:  Alf Steward, Tom Jones, Jack Silcock, Ray Bennion, John Grimwood, Jimmy McCrae, Joe Spence, Arthur Lochhead (Frank Mann), Albert Pape, Charlie Rennox, Teddy Partridge.


Referee: Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen

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