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match report 1948-49 fixture list
Red Team 0 - 3 Blue Team
Kick Off:  7:00 PM         Hamilton 55 (pen), Pearson 57, Hamilton (pen)  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
No Surprises Likely in Dons' Team
Another Trial Game To-morrow

I DOUBT if there will be any surprises in the Dons' team for the opening Scottish League match of the season against Third Lanark at Cathkin Park on Saturday, August 14.

A 20000 crowd saw last night's trial game at Pittodrie and probably left the ground with the same impression as myself, that if there were no scintillating new stars discovered, there is certainly going to be keen competition for one or two places in the first team.
Aberdeen F.C. have decided to stage another trial game to-morrow evening, when players who did not get the chance to show their paces last night will be on view.
I think it is a safe assumption that the Red team defence will line up practically on the same lines in the trial match.
Johnstone was missing from goal yesterday evening as a result of an attack of 'flu. Don Emery, the new back from Swindon, was solid, if not spectacular. He is a powerfully-built defender.
McKenna played well and little fault could be found with the half back line, McLaughlin, Roy and Waddell. The right half was particularly forceful.

Clever Stuff

There was some clever stuff from what can be regarded the first team forward line, but it was not until the second half that they produced goals and two of them were from the penalty spot.
As a matter fact the reserve forwards, supported by the League defence, threatened more danger in the first half. Pearson was both clever and entertaining on the left wing and his goal was the highlight of the match.
Curran, the former Queen's Park player, who appeared in the Reds' goal in place of Johnstone, was not severely tested, and Foss (Banks o' Dee), who was called at the last minute, was certainly not disgraced in the Blues' goal.
Preston at right back may lack polish, but he was undoubtedly effective, and twenty-year-old Ian Hotchkiss, who was given a trial on the left wing, was given few opportunities to show his real worth against the South African.
On his form right half Stenhouse may soon stake a claim for a place in the League team. He was a fitter, faster and more forceful player than last season.

Likely Proposition

Another player who struck me as a likely first eleven proposition in the near future was John McIntyre, who appeared at inside left. He was full of running and showed a pleasing positional sense. The Blue team, which included the probable first eleven attack, won 3-0. All the goals were scored in the second half.
Hamilton got the first from the penalty spot ten minutes after the restart, after Waddell had brought Harris down.
Two minutes later came a flicker of Pearson magic and brilliant goal. The scoring was completed when Hamilton converted another penalty award after McKenna had handled.

Source: Press & Journal, 5th August 1948

Red Team Teamsheet:  Curran, Emery, McKenna, McLaughlin, Roy, Waddell, Botha, Hotchkiss, Glen, Kelly, McIntyre


Blue Team Teamsheet:  Foss (Banks o' Dee), Preston, Robson, Stenhouse, Dunlop, Anderson, Harris, Hamilton, Williams, Baird, Pearson


Referee: J. McLean, Bucksburn

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