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Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Airdrie
Kick Off:    Archibald 35, Wyllie 52.       Reid  
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Aberdeen had a well deserved win over Airdrieonians at Pittodrie. The game, which was witnessed by 14,000 spectators, was always bright and interesting, and good forward play was countered by fine work on the part of the defenders. Grand work by Hutton enabled Archibald to score for Aberdeen in 35 minutes, and that was the only goal of the first half. Seven minutes after the resumption Wyllie headed through a second goal for Aberdeen, and James Reid quickly reduced the leeway with the best goal of the day.

Source: The Scotsman, 3rd November 1919

Aberdeen struck a bright patch at Pittodrie, where fully 12,000 spectators saw them triumph over Airdrieonians by two goals to one. The game was always interesting, and despite the rain, a heavy ground, and a greasy ball, the play was of a wonderfully high standard considering the conditions. Neil, the Airdrie inside right had hit the Aberdeen crossbar with an excellent shot before Archibald gave the home team the lead after 35 minutes' play. The goal was the outcome of a fine individual effort by Hutton, who, after beating two opponents, shot hard against the visiting goalkeeper, and in the subsequent melee the ball went to Archibald , who had no difficulty in finding the net. Although both goals were in danger, that exhausted the scoring in the first half.

Seven minutes from the resumption, sustained pressure by Aberdeen resulted in Wyllie heading through a second goal from a corner placed by Wilson. Airdrie reduced the lead immediately when James Reid clearly beat two opponents to give Anderson no chance when the custodian came out to meet him. Consequent to this the balance of play was in Aberdeen's favour, and on several occasions they came near to increasing their lead.
The home forwards gave a spirited display, and their efforts at combination were the most successful seen at Pittodrie this season. A solid defence, in which Fotheringham and McDonald were outstanding, kept them from further goals. The visitors' forwards were clever and fast on the move, but they were never masters of a defence which was always sound. Macdonald and Archibald were the best Aberdeen forwards, and Wright was outstanding at half-back, with Hannah, Hume and Anderson a trio of capable rear defenders. Wyllie, who deputised for Brewster, at centre-half, if on the slow side, also played well, and his headwork was a feature of the game. Fotheringham and McDonald were brilliant in the Airdrie defence, but the half-backs were not so effective as the locals. In the forward line J. Reid was always dangerous, and, in spite of his being well watched, shared the forward honours with A. Reid.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 3rd November 1919

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Hannah, Hume, Wright, Wyllie, MacLachlan, Wilson, Connon, MacDonald, Hutton, Archibald.

Unused Subs:


Airdrie Teamsheet:  Fotheringham; McDonald, Watson; Knox, Summers, Hart; A. Reid, Neil, J. Reid, Duff, Snape


Referee: A. Allan, Glasgow

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