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Div 1 (Old) 
30/10/1920
 
Clyde 2 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Marshall, Brown        
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow
At Shawfield Park, Glasgow, where there were over 6000 spectators, the game between Clyde and Aberdeen was largely spoiled by the high wind, which made control of the ball difficult. Clyde had its help in the first half, and play was mostly in front of Anderson. Through a misunderstanding between Anderson and Forsyth, Marshall opened the scoring for Clyde from a free kick, and before the interval Brown scored a second goal. Aberdeen disappointed in the second half, when they had the wind behind them, and Clyde on several occasions came near to increasing their lead. The visitors' forwards played well in the outfield, but could do nothing in the scoring line. In the last minute Shingleton saved a penalty kick taken by Milne.

Source: The Scotsman, 1st November 1920

 
A stiff breeze was a big factor in the game at Shawfield Park, Glasgow, where Aberdeen surrendered the Scottish League points to Clyde by 2 to 0. On the run of the play, the winners were worthy of their victory, but it was a game in which neither side quite did itself justice, and the fact that the attendance was only about 5000, reflected the drawing capacity of the teams measured by performances, in the view of Glasgow followers of the game. Having lost the toss, Aberdeen had to face the breeze, but the difficulty of control showed that the disadvantages were not all on one side. For a long time Aberdeen could make no headway, and, defending well, were content to allow the home forwards to repeatedly run the ball behind, while seeing that their wingers were not allowed to centre. The only incidents of note in the opening twenty minutes were two excellent saves by Anderson, both of which were executed on the ground, and at short range from Brown and Fleming. Clyde continued to show lack of judgment in strength of the wind, and repeatedly the returns of their defence were carried behind. When Aberdeen did get off their forwards were easily held, but Wright had one good first time try, which went behind, and Middleton and Connon made considerable attempts to make ground, but the Clyde goal was really not in danger. At the end of 25 minutes a soft goal fell to the Clyde. A free kick was given against Wright out on the wing, about 40 yards from goal. Marshall took the kick and the ball bounced behind Forsyth and in front of Anderson before it found the corner the net, the Aberdeen goalkeeper being apparently under the impression that Forsyth would clear. Aberdeen attacked in spirited fashion after this, but there was an absence of shooting on their part, and on least two occasions Rankine and Connon gave the defenders time to recover and regain possession when an effort at finishing might have brought something tangible. Clyde had numerous shots at Anderson's goal, but they were generally off the mark. The goalkeeper, however, had one grand save on the ground from smith after clever work Brown, the home centre-forward. After forcing work by Connon, Yule got away, but was fouled beyond the penalty area. Robertson took the kick, and sending well across the goal Thomson headed and Cowan deflected the ball into goal. The ball appeared to be over the goal line, when Shingleton, lying flat, pulled it back, and a defender cleared. Aberdeen made a confident claim for a goal, but the referee after consulting both linesmen, gave Clyde the benefit of the doubt. From the throw down which followed, the Clyde left got away, and Thompson, after outwitting Grossert, passed to Brown, who from close range tipped the ball past Anderson. Near the interval Shingleton fisted out a cross by Middleton to the foot of Rankine, but the Aberdonian sent wide, and the teams crossed over with Aberdeen two goals on arrears

A Missed Penalty.

With the wind in their favour, just as clyde had done, Aberdeen found the ball difficult to control, and the opening stages the second half actually favoured Clyde, for whom Brown and Smith twice came near to scoring. When Aberdeen did take up the attack they worked badly together, and in quick succession Thomson and Connon, when in good position for shooting, hesitated and lost possession. Thompson, on the Clyde left, greatly troubled the Pittodrie defence, and from a fine centre by Smith, Anderson had a wonderful save at close range from Brown. For a time it seemed that Clyde would increase their lead, and two great centres by Smith were missed by defenders and attackers alike. On one occasion two of the Clyde forwards were in the Aberdeen net after having missed a cross from the right. As Aberdeen had done earlier, the Clyde defenders resorted to offside tactics, and try as they might Aberdeen could not break down their defence. Shingleton did well to save a lightning-like free kick taken by Wright, and later he saved well from Connon, but there was an absence of shooting on the part of Aberdeen. Twice Rankine failed at likely scoring chances, and although they accounted for most of the pressure, the visitors did not look at all dangerous, and Shingleton had an easy Journey. For a time Clyde played 10 men, Brown having been hurt, but he resumed. Near the end Aberdeen were granted a penalty, but Rankine drove straight at Shingleton, who saved finely. It was a game in which Aberdeen were the inferior side, but had they taken their chances they might quite easily have finished on equal terms. They were best served by A. R. Grosert and Forsyth, Milne and Middleton. For Clyde the best were Cowan and Farrell, Rae, Smith, Brown and Thompson.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 1st November 1920

Clyde Teamsheet:  Shingleton; Cowan, Farrell; Rae, Forrest, Marshall; Smith, Fleming, Brown, Duncan, Thompson

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Grosert, Forsyth, Wright, Milne, Robertson, Middleton, Thomson, Connon, Rankin, Yule.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: J. Bell, Hamilton

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