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By Alistair Whitfield

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A letter from an outraged reader, taken from the newspaper's archives on January 24, 1920

Sir,

Never in all my experience of football have I witnessed such disgraceful conduct on a field of play as I witnessed at Aberlour a week Saturday last when Dufftown were the visiting team.

From the commencement of the game the Dufftown eleven set out to win by any means at all. Not only in tackling did they foul their opponents, but even when the ball was out of play when players were placing themselves for a throw-in or corner kick.

The incident which closed the game was a particularly nasty one when an Aberlour player was kicked in the stomach

In the agony of his pains and considering the high feeling that was running, there is little wonder that he replied by the only argument that appeals to men who like to kick shins instead of leather.

I am not arguing for the 'tit for tat' spirit too often exemplified in football

One of the moral values attending the playing of the game is the discipline of self-restraint.

If a man cannot play without being a better gentleman for it, then let him quit the national sport for its good.

Yours,

A Supporter

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