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Aberdeen 4 - 4 Stoke City

HT Score: Aberdeen 3 - 2 Stoke City

Testimonial
Frank Watson Memorial Fund
Aberdeen scorers: Leggat 9, Glen 15 (Pen), Smith 65, Glen 30.
Stoke City scorers: King 2, King 35, Oscroft 80, Mountford 85 (Pen).

28/09/1953 | KO: 15:00

This match was played for the Frank Watson Memorial Fund (reserve goalkeeper had died some months earlier leaving a young family). Three reserve players were included in the Aberdeen line-up, Aitken, Cameron (both ex Banks o' Dee) and recent centre half signing from Benburb, Alec McAllister.

The crowd, reported as 12,000 in one paper but 17,000 in another, enjoyed a thrilling match and were uplifted by the Aberdeen performance, many saying that they had seen the best football from the Dons in a couple of years. Leggat scored with a header from a Glen cross after King had put the visitors in front. After only 15 minutes of play the score went in Aberdeen's favour when Glen banged home a penalty kick and after half an hour the same player made it 3-1 with a fierce 20-yarder. King pulled one back for Stoke but Billy Smith scored from a Leggat cross from the bye-line. Oscroft pulled it back to 4-3 and near the end a penalty conceded by Mitchell (only a few days after conceding three at Celtic Park in a league match) was scored by Mountford.

Source: Alan Esslemont scrapbook 1953-54

Stoke City Teamsheet
Bill Robertson, George Bourne, Arthur Woodall, Frank Mountford, Kenny Thomson, Alan Martin, Jack Malkin, Frank Bowyer, Bill Finney, Johnny King, Harry Oscroft.
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Doug Gerrard, Aberdeen
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