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match report 1947-48 fixture list
Red 2 - 3 Blues
Kick Off:  7:00 PM   Waldron, Taylor (pen)       Hamilton 22, Hamilton 48, Waddell 54  
Attendance: 17,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
One Brilliant Save by Dons' New Keeper
Bruce and Glen Show Promise in Trial By NORMAN MACDONALD

WILLIE BRUCE, signed by Aberdeen from Raith Rovers, and Archie Glen, young inside forward from Annbank Juniors discovered by George Hamilton, were the most promising of the newcomers on view in last night's trial game at Pittodrie Park.

A six-footer and well built, Bruce handled the ball confidently and displayed good positional sense. He made one particularly brilliant one-handed save in the second half, when a shot by McLaughlin was deflected.
Glen, who was making his first senior appearance, obviously requires speeding up, but he revealed a sound conception of inside-forward play and was effective in his heading of the ball.
The Blues side, which included the first team attack, was opposed to the probable League defence and won by three goals to two.
A crowd of 17,000 saw some keen and clever football played at a fast pace. One of the highlights of the evening was the tricky and defence-shatterine understanding between George Hamilton, Stan William and Archie Baird.
On last night's form this trio give promise of providing a headache for most the Scottish League defences.

Taylor Slips Up

Hamilton produced the opening goal in twenty-two minutes. George Taylor slipped up. He was slow in clearing and Hamilton pounced on the ball to beat Johnstone from the edge the penalty area with a powerful drive.
Three minutes after the start of the second half a Williams-Hamilton move saw the centre release a neat through pass for his partner to send into the corner of the net.
With nine minutes played Waddell deflected a clearance and Harris's drive from the wing found the net off the underside of the crossbar.
In the last half hour the Reds forced the pace and scored twice. Waldron took his chance when he found himself with a clear passage up the middle. Taylor claimed the other goal from a penalty award fiven against "Newman" for Bringing Miller down.
It is always a difficult matter to get a true assessment of form in a trial game, but enough was seen last night to suggest that in attack particularly the Dons are likely to be comparable with the best in Scotland.
In order tor give some of their other players a chance show their paces, the Pittodrie officials have decided to stage another trial match on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

Source: Press & Journal, 2nd August 1947

Red Teamsheet:  Johnstone, C o w i e, McKenna, McLaughlin, Dunlop, Taylor, A. A. Kiddie, Hume, Waldron, Glen, Miller


Blues Teamsheet:  Bruce, "Newman," Preston, McVean, Roy, Waddell, Harris, Hamilton, Williams, Baird, McCall.


Referee: D. Gerrard, Aberdeen

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