August 12, 1912
Teams from the Aberdeen Football Club engaged in a practice game at Pittodrie last night before 5,000 spectators, and it was unfortunate that the match should have been marred by serious accidents to two players.
Early in the first half John McConnell, a half back lately secured from Liverpool, had the muscles of his thigh wrenched and had to retire. Later on in the game a worse accident befell Andrew Greig, one of the club’s goalkeepers. He threw himself full length at a ball, and in so doing sustained a fractured collar bone. The player who was in great pain, was attended to in the pavilion, and medical assistance was afterwards forthcoming.
McConnell’s accident, if not so serious, will give much concern to the club management in view of the start of the Scottish League season on Saturday first, when Raith Rovers will supply the opposition.
(Source: Aberdeen Journal: August 13, 1912)