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match report 1931-32 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Clyde 0 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Adam 47.  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow
For the first time since the middle of September Clyde suffered defeat, Aberdeen getting the only goal in a poor match at Shawfield Park, Glasgow. The absence, through injury, of Stevenson, Docherty, and Gibson meant a complete rearrangement of the home side, and the inability of the side to settle down accounted to a great extent for their defeat. McCloy made a good appearance in goal, but neither the backs, nor the half-backs impressed, and only King in the attack really troubled the Aberdeen defence. Boyd, at centre, was rarely seen in the game, and Rankin found the pace too quick for him. Aberdeen's defence was very steady when under pressure, while Falloon, at centre-half, was the strong man in the middle line, and completely subdued the Clyde inside forwards. McDermid, like Rankin, was seldom prominent in the Aberdeen attack, in which Warnock and Adam were most prominent. The play throughout was keenly contested, but it contained few thrills, and it was only at rare intervals that either goalkeeper was seriously tested. The best attempts at a score in the first half came near the interval, when Warnock had a fine try saved by McCloy. Within a minute of restarting Aberdeen got the only goal of the match, a weak clearance by Summers giving Adam an opening, which he took full advantage of. Thereafter play ran mostly in favour of Clyde, but Smith, in the Aberdeen goal, was never really tested. The attendance was 3000.

Source: The Scotsman, 30th November 1931

Before about 4000 spectators at Shawfield Park, Glasgow, Clyde for the first time in ten weeks, were beaten. A draw would have been a more equitable result of a game that never produced a high standard of play.
In the first had Aberdeen had the advantage, but Clyde's improved defence held out. It was rather ironical that one minute after half-time Summers, who had done heroic things previously, should have miskicked a simple looking cross from Warnock and so allow Adam to score the only goal.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 30th November 1931

Aberdeen's new formation did exceedingly well at Shawfield, where a goal by the "baby" of the side brought home the Points.
The Qualifying Cup final at Pittodrie between Inverness Citadel and Murrayfield Amateurs provided a typical struggle, which ended in a draw. The teams will meet again at Pittodrie on Saturday.

Aberdeen's recently reconstructed team, which now includes a right wing of erstwhile local juniors, more than paid its way at Shawfield. A brilliant goal by Adam, one of the recruits, saved the points for Pittodrie.

Young Dons do Well.

Adam's Great Goal at Shawfield.

Aberdeen scored a well-merited victory over Clyde at Shawfield Park. The Dons won by the only goal scored, but on general play they were worthy of both points.
In cohesion and team spirit they were superior to Clyde, though in fairness it must said that the Shawfielders missed Gibson, their centre-half, which necessitated a re-shuffle in their forward and half-back lines.

Brilliant Effort.

There was no scoring at half-time, and Adam's point shortly after the resumption was fully merited. It was a brilliant effort. Summers endeavoured to clear a cross from Warnock, but failed to get the ball away. Adam nipped in opportunely, and with a lightning left-foot drive landed the ball onto one of the top corners.
In the first half the game was splendidly contested, with Aberdeen slightly the more dangerous when it came to a matter of counting.

Smart Keeping

mcCloy was several times in action, and dealt with shots which might well have beaten a less capable 'keeper.
On turning round, the Dons began to exercise their superiority in combination, and Adam's goal was the reward of general intensive attacking methods.
Subsequently Aberdeen never looked like losing. Their defence had always a constructive policy, and there was a ready response from the half-backs and forwards.

Winning Game

Clyde was a team of tryers, and Aberdeen's slender lead might be said theoretically to have been threatened, but the Dons, after drawing first blood, struck a real winning game, and, as indicated, it was the stout Clyde defence that prevented the visitors from making the ultimate issue more secure.

Sound Formation

Aberdeen's new formation is certainly sound. Smith, in goal, so well covered, was never really called upon to show his powers, and there was little to choose between Cooper and McGill, stout defenders both, though it must said of Cooper that he has never played more brilliantly.
Of a steady and tenacious half-back line, Falloon, the Irish internationalist, was at his best. His wing colleagues added full balance and strength in in attack as well as defence.

Splendid Wing

Of the forwards, Warnock Adam made a splendid wing, and Adam, in addition to feeding his partner, proved a real opportunist.
Armstrong was a trier all the time, and Love, though out of position, was an ideal partner to crafty Bob McDermid.
Clyde were sound in defence, but their half-backs had their work cut out to keep in hand the visiting forwards. McCloy was splendid in goal, and Smith, the Inverness lad, was a most reliable pivot.
In the forward line, veteran Rankin was the best.

Source: Press & Journal, 30th November 1931

Clyde Teamsheet:  McCloy; Summers, Culhart; Farr, Smith, Moyes; McGurk, Rankin, Boyd, McGill, King


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Falloon, Ballantyne, Warnock, Adam, Armstrong, McDermid, Love.

Unused Subs:


Referee: D. F. Reilly, Port Glasgow

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