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match report 1931-32 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Queens Park
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Falloon 33.       Bremner 14  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
AMATEURS WORTH A POINT. Aberdeen Attack's Lack of Penetration.
A draw of one goal each in the match between Aberdeen and Queen's Park was a fair index of the play in a game which was strenuously contested from start to finish. Both goals were scored in the first half, the first by H. Bremner, the Queen's Park centre-forward, twelve minutes after the start of the match, and the equaliser coming from Falloon, Aberdeen's centre-half. It was the defence which was the feature of the match in the second period, and both the custodians - T. G. Smith for the amateurs, and his namesake for Aberdeen - had reason to congratulate themselves that they so successfully dealt with quite a number of shots. On the run of the play the visitors' forwards showed to greater advantage than those of the home team, because of their smartness in passing, although J. B. McAlpine was missed from the inside left position, his place being taken by L. Fitzgerald. Donald, the new Aberdeen centre-forward, disappointed many of the 10,000 spectators by failing to score. The home attack failed at goalmouth through lack of the necessary "thrust."

Source: The Scotsman, 7th March 1978



True to tradition Queen's Park put up a plucky display against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, and fully merited their division of the points. Play was fast and keen throughout, and interest was maintained until the final whistle.
Aberdeen held a slight territorial advantage, and might have retained both points. That they did not do so was to a large extent the result of a sound amateurs' defence and to their own lack of punch.
Queen's Park were always dangerous, but they, too, could have finished better. While the Hampden rear trio - Smith, Walker, and Dickson - were sound, Gillespie and Grant were the rocks on which the majority of the Aberdeen attacks perished.
The Pittodrie halves and forwards were out touch too often. There was cleverness in both departments, but the absence of a complete understanding between them proved a big handicap at times.

Aberdeen's Sound Defence.

Little fault could be found with the Aberdeen defence. Smith brought off several smart saves, while both Cooper and McGill were sound. The former was the better back, but, considering that he was against Crawford and Dodds, Queen's most dangerous attackers, McGill did not perform too badly.
The halves were fairly sound in a destructive capacity, but, as already mentioned, their constructive play left something to be desired. In the first halt Fraser showed to advantage, but he fell away in the second period. On the other hand, Mooney revealed his best form in the later stages of the game.
Falloon was sound in defence, but on the day's display did not reveal his best form. McDermid and McLean were Aberdeen's most dangerous attackers. They strove hard to open up play, but a hefty Queen's defence nullified most of their efforts. Love was always prominent on the right, but Beattie did not show to great advantage.
Donald at centre was always ready to grasp an opportunity, but against the experienced Gillespie he got very few chances.

How the Goals Were Scored.

Play swung quickly from end to end at the start, both 'keepers being called into action. With fourteen minutes gone Queen's Park opened the scoring. Crawford and Dodds made the running on the right, and before Falloon could clear the extreme winger's cross Bremner dashed in to bang the ball into the corner of the net.
Following this reverse Aberdeen pressed vigorously, and T. G. Smith and his backs were kept busy. In an Amateurs' breakaway G. D. McKenzie, the ex-Aberdeen 'Varsity and Buckie Thistle player, struck the upright with a great drive.
Play was soon at the other end, but thirty-three minutes had elapsed before Aberdeen secured the equaliser. Following a corner on the right Falloon accepted a slip from McLean, and lobbed the ball over a crowd of players into the net.
Shortly afterwards McLean was clean through when pulled up for offside, and Smith saved a good effort from Love. Play was swinging quickly from end to end when half-time arrived.

Aberdeen Attack.

Aberdeen resumed on the offensive, and Donald twice missed narrowly. The visitors were quick to retaliate, and Smith saved from Dodds, Bremner, and Crawford.
Love eluded the Hampden defence, and was in good scoring position, but shot straight for the keeper. Subsequently the visiting custodian was in action to a shot by McDermid, and Donald headed over.
The homesters tried desperately to secure the winning goal, but the Queen's defence held out, and in a breakaway only a great save by Smith kept Fitzgerald from scoring. Attendance - l0,000.

Source: Press & Journal, 7th March 1932

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Falloon, Mooney, Love, Beattie, Donald, McDermid, McLean.

Unused Subs:


Queens Park Teamsheet:  Smith; Walker, Dickson; Gardiner, Gillespie, Grant; Crawford, Dodds, Bremner, Fitzgerald, McKenzie


Referee: J. Thomson, Burnbank

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