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MATCH: Elgin City FC v Aberdeen FC


DATE: Tuesday 17th July 2012


VENUE: Borough Briggs, Elgin


KICK-OFF: 7.30pm


PRICES: Adults £8 / Children £4  Extra £2 for an upgrade to the stand.

Craig Brown spoke to Northsound/RedTV this afternoon.


The manger was first asked about the departure of Fraser Fyvie who joined Wigan this evening.


"Fraser was down speaking to Wigan today because Duncan Fraser has agreed a fee. The fee will likely contain add-ons. I believe Fraser is a player who has the capability to play for Scotland one day. He has maybe left the club a bit early. Only time will tell.


"As soon as Fraser announced he was leaving we replaced him. With Fraser and Kari Arnason leaving we brought in Stephen Hughes and Gavin Rae. I think it was quite prudent to do so. We are disappointed we have lost both Fraser and Kari but we have a good section of players available in midfield with Stephen, Gavin and also Issac Osbourne and Rob Milsom who were out for while with injuries, Ryan Jack who is a fine midfielder and Chris Clark who is a fine midfielder. So we have six guys really competing for two central midfield spaces.


"When a player leaves the money goes to the club and possibly the bank. It does not go to the manager's transfer budget but the manager gets the players wage. I must give credit to Aberdeen Football Club and the Chairman and Board of Directors. They have kept the players wage budget the same as last season despite all the problems Scottish Football has faced. We have the same budget whereas most clubs have had to cut theirs.


"I am not too concerned about the results in the pre-season games. It is nice to win the game but the main priority is fitness. We have to get these guys fit and sharp. The pre-season games at Arbroath and Elgin will help to do this and get us ready for the trip to Germany on Friday. Again we will change the team about a bit.


"Unfortunately Niall McGinn has got an injury which needed an ex-ray. Niall went up to the hospital this afternoon with David Wylie to get that done but we do not have the results yet. Hopefully we will know later this evening. He did look very good in the 15 minutes or so he played and has looked very good in training, as has Jonny Hayes."


The manager again confirmed they are keeping an eye on Mark Reynolds.


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Elgin City v Aberdeen by the redmatchday team


Aberdeen have only ever played Elgin City on two occasions in competitive action in the past. Both games came in the Scottish Cup. On 22nd January 1938 Aberdeen opened their new cup campaign after going so close the year before when they reached their first final. Aberdeen ran out easy 6-1 winners at Borough Briggs. A huge crowd of 8,403 filled the tiny Moray ground to see Aberdeen turn in a stylish performance. Matt Armstrong and Willie Mills scored a brace each while further goals from Billy Strauss and Brady compounded a miserable day for City. The home side were bitterly disappointed that they could not have given Aberdeen more of a test, but the visitors were regarded as one of the best sides in Britain at the time and their free flowing and passing game were a joy to watch. Matt Armstrong later went on to play for Elgin after the war in 1946.


The last occasion the sides met was in 1971 when Aberdeen opened their cup campaign as Scottish Cup holders. The tie was played at Pittodrie on Monday 25th January 1971 two days after the first game was postponed due to a waterlogged Pittodrie pitch. More than 24,000 turned out to see the holders overcome stubborn resistance from their Highland League opponents. Elgin were famed for their own giant killing exploits in season 1968.69 when they reached the last eight of the cup before narrowly going down to Morton in Greenock.Included in the Elgin side for the visit to Pittodrie was former Aberdeen captain Ally Shewan, the popular full back who distinguished himself at Pittodrie before moving on in 1969. Shewan's experience was vital against the Dons and for a period the visitors stubborn defence did well against an Aberdeen side that was riding high at the top of the league and going for a league and cup double. Eventually doubles from Jim Forrest and Joe Harper with another goal from Ian Taylor gave Aberdeen a deserved if hard fought 5-0 win.


The Aberdeen team that night was; Bobby Clark, Henning Boel, Jim Hermiston, Steve Murray, Tom McMillan, Martin Buchan, Ian Taylor, Dave Robb, Jim Forrest, Joe Harper, Arthur Graham. Only Ian Taylor and Steve Murray were not in the Dons side that won the cup against Celtic the previous season.


In recent seasons and ever since Elgin were admitted into the Scottish League, the Dons visits to Borough Briggs have been for various friendlies and testimonials.

Complete Record:


Played 1

Won 1



Played 13

Won 11

Drawn 1

Lost 1



09 Jul 2006 Elgin City 0 - 5 Aberdeen Friendly 1,453

17 Jul 2004 Elgin City 0 - 3 Aberdeen Friendly 0

29 Jul 2003 Elgin City 1 - 3 Aberdeen Friendly 0

07 Jul 2001 Elgin City 0 - 2 Aberdeen Friendly 1,781

08 Jul 2000 Elgin City 0 - 4 Aberdeen Friendly 1,602

24 Jul 1993 Elgin City - Aberdeen Friendly 0

31 Jul 1978 Elgin City 0 - 5 Aberdeen Friendly 0

11 Dec 1972 Elgin City 1 - 0 Aberdeen Friendly 0

25 Jan 1971 Aberdeen 5 - 0 Elgin City Scottish Cup R3 24,136

12 Nov 1968 Elgin City 0 - 2 Aberdeen Friendly 0

14 Apr 1948 Elgin City 2 - 3 Aberdeen Benefit Match 0

22 Jan 1938 Elgin City 1 - 6 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R1 8,403

23 Apr 1932 Elgin City 0 - 4 Aberdeen Friendly 0

02 Sep 1908 Elgin City 2 - 2 Aberdeen Friendly 0

14 May 1907 Elgin City 0 - 6 Aberdeen Friendly 0



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I was at the 2006 game. Drunk fan ran on the pitch whilst player were warming up and kicked the ball into the net. That's all I remember. Oh and Andy Bagshaw played.


Of the two, the drunken fan probably had the better chance of scoring  ;)

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