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Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 0 - 2 Clydebank
Kick Off:          Cowie, Paton  
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Clydebank scored an unexpected victory at Aberdeen. The visitors' forwards were too good in the first half for the Aberdeen middle line. After twenty minutes play Cowie opened the scoring for Clydebank, and shortly afterwards Paton got another. Aberdeen improved after the interval, but they could not break down the opposing defence. Attendance, 12,000.

Source: The Scotsman, 1pth April 1920

Aberdeen have only won one league game home since January. Their latest, conquerors at Pittodrie are Clydebank, who on Saturday gained the points by a deserved 2-0 victory. The scoring was confined to a period of four minutes in the first half. Anderson's goal had been repeatedly in danger, and Aberdeen had made futile attempts to pull themselves together until, at the end of twenty minutes, McAdam sent over a perfect centre, which Cowie met with his head for Anderson to pick from the net. Out to increase their lead, Clydebank returned to the attack, and slackness on the part of the home defence resulted in Paton practically walking through another, Anderson looking on as the ball crossed the line at the other end of his goal. Clydebank were immeasurably superior in the first half, when, playing good football, they played with fine freedom in midfield. They played confidently in all departments, and, with their defence easily holding the home attack, their forwards gave the home rear divisions no end of running. McMillan actually had the ball the net a third time, but the referee, having noted a handling infringement by the scorer, rightly disallowed the point. With the change of ends, and with the breeze behind them, there came an improvement on the part of Aberdeen, but they lacked a skillful leader, and were not too deadly at goal The Clydebank keeper was not without his exciting moments, but he proved equal to all occasions and finely supported his backs all the efforts of the home side were defied. Aberdeen were just a trifle unfortunate in failing to score. On one occasion Massie headed against a back when the keeper was at the other side the goal, and Connon, meeting the rebound, drove hard and true for Morton to save finely. The goalkeeper also distinguished himself with fine saves from MacLachlan, Connon, and Wright. Although the Clydebank attack was much less in evidence than in the first period, they came very near to increasing their lead. McAdam got away from a long return, and beating Hume for speed, was clean through when he kicked the ball against Anderson. Aberdeen had the game well lost in the first half, and never at any time did they show the same footwork as did Clydebank in the period. On their part there was the usual absence of long and accurate passes and the indulgence in the close work did not pay. On the run of the play none would grudge the visitors their victory on what was their first visit to Pittodrie, and they were considerably below strength at that. With their lead of two clear goals in the first half, their adoption a defensive game in the second period was as much a matter choice as compulsion, and events proved, the policy was profitable.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 19th April 1920

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Hannah, Hume, Wright, Robertson, MacLachlan, Yule, Connon, Massie, Wilson, Archibald.

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