Benny Yorston' footballing career

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Benny Yorston' footballing career

Postby Carlucci » Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:27 pm

Could you provide some biographical and footballing data about Benny Yorston' career? Where was he born? Which clubs did he play for? When did he made his debut for Aberdeen and the last match he played for the Aberdonians? You can also tell all the things you think it might be interesting. Thanks. Cheers
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Postby Scottish » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:16 pm

According to Douglas Lamming's 'Who's Who' of Scottish internationalists Benny was born in Nigg in Kincardineshire on October 14th 1905 and died in 1977.

Lamming has him as playing for a team called Kittybrewster FC then Boys Brigade football followed by Mugiemoss - an Aberdeen junior side then three months with Montrose (then non-league) before joining Aberdeen in 1927. His oher clubs were Sunderland (January 1932), Middlesbrough (March 1934) and as a guest player during WW2 with Aldershot, Brentford, Reading, West Ham and Lincoln City, retiring during wartime.

He was only 5ft 5 ins (1.65m). Even by Scottish standards of the time that was very small - particularly for a striker.

His debut for Aberdeen was away to Raith Rovers on August 20th 1927 in the league and he scored once in a 3-2 win. His final game was a home league match v Kilmarnock on November 14th 1931 which ended 1-1 with Yorston again scoring.

He playd 143 league games for Aberdeen and scored 102 goals inlcuding a club record (still standing) 38 in 1929-30. In the Scottish Cup he scored 24 goals in 13 appearances, scoring in 12 of these games.

Yorston was one of five players dropped after the Killie game and told they would never play for Aberdeen again. There were rumours of match-fixing but nothing was ever proven. Nevertheless all five were soon transferred elsewhere.

He scored 25 goals in 49 league games at Sunderland. At Middlesbrough he kept a 'To Be Got' list in his locker containing names of those who had transgressed against him or his team- mates. In other words he was - or reckoned he was - a wee hard man.

He came in for the last 12 games of the 1933-34 season and scored 7 goals. Ironically, the player he eventually replaced at Middlesbrough was Bobby Bruce. It was Bruce's transfer from Aberdeen to Boro which gave Yorston his chance at Pittodrie.

He broke his leg in a league game against Blackpool in December 1937 but returned at the start of 1938-39 to play a full part in the Boro side which finished 4th in the league - their highest position since 1914 and one which has never been equalled since. He scored 54 times in 152 league games for Middlesbrough but failed to score in any of the seven FA Cup ties he played in.

His solitary Scotland cap came in a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast in February 1931.

His nephew Harry Yorston also played for Aberdeen and Scotland in the 1950s and famously won the football pools in the early 1970s
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Postby cowdenbeather » Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:37 pm

Here's a wee bit of early info re Benny from a Cowdenbeath perspective - Benny Yorston was born at Nigg in Kincardineshire in 1905 and grew up in Aberdeen as the son of a trawlerman (just like Denis Law). In 1926, he was playing in the juniors for Muggiemoss and had secured a job in the office at Pittodrie for Aberdeen FC due to his friendship with the Aberdeen manager’s son. Benny had learned typing and shorthand at Webster’s College. John Wilson who lived in Aberdeen sent Cowdenbeath a letter tipping them off about Yorston’s footballing ability. Previously Cowden had signed the redoubtable Bill Murray on Mr Wilson’s recommendation. Looking for a replacement for the departed Willie Devlin, Cowden chairman A R Dick travelled all the way up to Pittodrie to meet Yorston but was not impressed by the diminutive figure he met dressed in plus fours like a schoolboy. Mr Dick decided not to pursue his interest in Benny Yorston, a decision he would long regret. Benny soon after this joined Montrose. The Montrose chairman said to Benny before one game he would give him £10 for every goal he scored and ended the game £40 poorer. Aberdeen then belatedly realised just what a gem had been lying undiscovered on their very doorstep. £35 was enough to secure his transfer to Pittodrie from Link’s Park..
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