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match report 1931-32 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
St. Mirren 4 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Knox 17, Knox 25, Rankine, Rankine       Love 75, McLean 90.  
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley
ABERDEEN NOT IN , THE MOOD. Poor Showing at Love Street.
Few of St Mirren supporters could have had anything to criticise in the play of the team against Aberdeen at Paisley. The Saints gave one of their best displays this season, and their 4-2 victory was thoroughly merited. St Mirren crossed over with a lead of two goals, both got by Knox on the right wing. In the second half, the goals came from the other side of the field, Rankin securing both. Aberdeen got through, and Love had their first score, and David the other. Fotheringham should have saved the first, and the other seemed a doubtful one. The ball struck the underside of the bar and rebounded to the ground, and the refreee ruled that it had been over the line. The Aberdeen team could not stand against the Saints, and it was in defence they were weakest. St Mirren were masters of the situation for the major portion of the match, and were never in danger of losing. About 8000 spectators were present.

Source: Scotsman, 10th October 1931

Aberdeen were rather easy victims to St Mirren at Paisley, the home team winning by four goals to two.
St Mirren were the better team and worthy of their lead, but the display of neither side was Impressive, and goals were of the scrappy order.

Two for St Mirren.

St Mirren opened the scoring in seventeen minutes, when Knox met a cross by Mclndoe to head into the net, the Aberdeen goalkeeper getting his hands to the ball, but it fell behind him.
A second goal fell to St Mirren in twenty-five minutes, when Knox ran close to meet a pass by Workman and shot from a sharp angle.
After this second reverse Aberdeen improved, but their attack never properly got going, and while David and Love had commendable tries, St Mirren were not stretched to keep their lead.

Back's Mistake.

St Mirren got a third goal early in the second half. Legge hesitated to tackle, and his lack of action deceived Smith, who ran out in a vain effort to save, but Rankine shot into an empty goal.
Aberdeen kept pegging away, and after fully half an hour's play Love scored with a ground shot, Fotheringham at full length allowing the ball slip from his hands into the net.
Subsequently Aberdeen played better, but their effort was not sustained, and, taking advantage of slackness in the defence, Rankine ran through to register a fourth goal from close range.
In the closing stages Aberdeen were seen to advantage, and just on the final whistle McLean scored from close range.

Disappointing Game.

It was a disappointing game. Aberdeen were unsteady in defence. Their wing half-backs were below form and unable to give assistance to their forwards, who could do little to help themselves, and there was an absence of team work.
St Mirren were good and bad in turns, and their defence suggested they would have been in greater trouble had the Aberdeen attack shown anything approaching the form of which It is capable.

Half-Backs Below Form.

Smith, while saving well n occasion, was unsteady in goal, and his judgment at fault. Cooper was the better back, Legge being slow, and although McLaren was prominent, the halfbacks were below form.
The forwards were disjointed and disappointing. David showed any amount of dash, but he got few passes, and of the others only Love and McLean occasionally took the eye.
St Mirren were well served by Ancell at left hack. Walker and Gebbie played to form in the middle line, and of the forwards the best were Knox, Mclndoe, and Rankine. There were 7000 spectators.

Source: Press & Journal, 12th October 1931

St. Mirren Teamsheet:  Fotheringham; Hay, Ancell; Gebbie, Walker, Miller; Knox, Workman, Meechan, McIndoe, Rankine


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, McDermid, David, Galloway, McLean.

Unused Subs:


Referee: W. Bell, Motherwell

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