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match report 1919-20 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 0 - 1 Third Lanark
Kick Off:          F. Walker  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Third Lanark gained full points at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, by defeating Aberdeen by 1 goal to 0. It was F. Walker, the Cathkin inside left, who secured the only and winning goal of the game, twelve minutes from the start, getting the ball away from Colman and shooting smartly past Anderson when the custodian advanced to meet him. There was a freedom about the visitors' long swinging style of play which greatly disconcerted the Aberdeen players, whose play was chiefly of the close order, with short passes. A crowd of over 10,000 saw the game.

Source: The Scotsman, 29th March 1920

Aberdeen Down Again.

Aberdeen suffered their fourth defeat of the season ? the third by the only goal, when the Third Lanark captured full points at Pittodrie on Saturday before 10,000 spectators. The goal came after twelve minutes' play, when Walker brushed past Colman to beat Anderson, who went out to intercept him. At that stage the visitors were well worth their lead, and had they taken their earlier and subsequent chances, they must have held a commanding lead at the interval. The home team appeared quite unable to strike their game, and they were completely at sea with the fast wing-to-wing and long passing tactics adopted by their opponents. Anderson's charge was repeatedly in danger, and had the standard of Third Lanark's finishing been up to their midfield and touchline work, Aberdeen must have been in much greater arrears at the interval. A troublesome cross wind gave Third Lanark some advantage in the period, and except in the matter of scoring they made full use of it. Indifferently plied by their half-backs, the Aberdeen forwards were seldom in the limelight, although Yule, who got most assistance from Grant, made great efforts to alter the complexion of the game. Before the scoring opened, Allan and Bennie had failed to improve upon F. Walker's pass after mistake by Wright. The visitors' left-winger supplied the most danger to the home defence, and after Anderson had fisted down one of his many fine crosses, Campbell sent high from scoring position. This was followed by same palpable misses by the visitors' inside forwards. F. Walker sent wide when well placed, and on another occasion Anderson had to throw himself at Allan?ss feet for the centre's shot to be diverted wide of the goal. Grant, for Aberdeen, had a first time try, which went high, and later the home right-winger caused Turnbull to save on the post. Yule made numerous clever individual efforts, and from one of these Connon and Archibald lost an opportunity. The visitors came again strongly, and near the interval after Anderson had fisted away Campbell's shot, F. Walker tried from close range.

Belated Improvement.

Aberdeen gave a much-improved display in the second half, when the goal was fortunate to escape downfall on more than one occasion. Most of the danger on the home side came from Yule, who delighted the crowd his plucky and clever efforts. By harassing tactics he wormed his way through shortly after the resumption, but J. McLaughlin got mixed up in his final effort. Allan had a great run for visitors, but, harassed by Hutton, he sent wide. Following a throw-in, Wright, from the corner flag, caused Turnbull to fist clear and Archibald, failing to meet the clearance, lost a fine chance of equalising. Aberdeen were all attack for time, but the visitors' defence never wavered. Turnbull saved a hard shot from Yule, and following up this Connon, Hutton and Grant had some shots which just missed the mark. J. McLaughlin shot hard and true from short range, but Turnbull saved finely, as he did when Wright smashed in a free kick, and Yule, who continued to be the most prominent forward of the period, just missed with another good try. Except for spasmodic rushes by F. Walter and McDevitt, Aberdeen had the better of matters the but they found the Cathkin defence too good for them, and, while they were unfortunate not to have scored, allowance must, made for the great superiority held by Third in the opening period.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 29th March 1920

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Colman, Hannah, Wright, Hutton, MacLachlan, Grant, Yule, Connon, McLaughlin, Archibald.

Unused Subs:


Third Lanark Teamsheet:  Turnbull; McCormack, Orr; McCourt, McAndrew, J. Walker; Campbell, Bennie, Allan, F. Walker, McDevitt


Referee: J. Bell, Dundee

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