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match report 1932-33 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 1 - 0 Celtic
Kick Off:    Beattie.        
Attendance: 23,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons End Parkheaders' Winning Run
The weather conditions at Pittodrie today were perfect, and about 15000 saw the Aberdeen side kick off. They attacked hotly, and forced a corner, from which Moore headed into Wallace's hands. From a clearance Celtic got going but A. Thomson sent behind.

Thrill and Disappointment

Then the home crowd got a thrill and a disappointment. Moore got possession, tricked McGonagle, and gave to Love, who, with the goal completely at his mercy, sent high over - a terrible miss. Aberdeen were supplying the fireworks, but the Celtic backs were in grand form, and gave nothing away. A great run by Napier took Celtic into the Aberdeen territory, and there they remained for some time, battering the Dons' goal from all angles; but they found Smith and company at home on every occasion. In an Aberdeen breakaway Love sent over a nice cross for Moore to head past. Celtic continued to dominate matters, Aberdeen's only contribution to the attack being the forcing of a fruitless corner and a wide-of-the-mark shot from McDermid. The visitors were still pressing at the interval.

The game reopened sensationally, Aberdeen scoring within three minutes through BEATTIE, who crashed home a shot from 15 yards. Celtic forced two corners in quick succession, but both were cleared. Napier and McGrory now changed places. Tempers had become badly frayed, and a towsy second half ended with Aberdeen still leading.

Aberdeen were decidedly lucky to take both points. They at no time exhibited the same cohesion and teamwork as their opponents, nor had they done a quarter of the attacking the Celts had done. All over, the Parkhead men were superior. Aberdeen's bustling cup-tie methods never allowed them to really settle down. Moore was easily Aberdeen's best forward. Falloon was a good third back, and Smith was very safe in goal. For Celtic, Cook was the better back. McStay, who never really held Moore, was below standard. The forwards all played well, with Napier, as usual, the star performer.

Source: Edinburgh Evening News, 24th December 1932



Aberdeen Victors in Stern Struggle.


Aberdeen made a big step towards restoring their fallen fortunes by a splendid victory over Celtic at Pittodrie on Saturday. A single goal, scored by Beattie immediately after the resumption, sufficed to beat the Celts, whose championship aspirations in consequence suffered a severe blow.
The game was one of the hardest seen at Pittodrie for many years. Injuries and stoppages were frequent throughout. Beattie finished the game with his head bandaged, and Adam spent the second half on the left wing, where, although limping, he was always a potential source of danger.
Mr. Tom Small, the referee, had a difficult task, and must have been tired giving lectures to players. In fairness to the Dons, it must be recorded that it was Celtic men who invariably came under the ban of the referee.

Victory Well Earned.

It can truly be said that the better team won. In the first half Celtic were the smoother-moving aide, but their forwards were lacking in originality in attack, and there was not a marksman among them.
Following Beattie's goal the visitors' thrusts lost their precision, and a change of positions by McGrory, the centre, and O'Donnell, the outside left, in no way made for improvement. The Dons' defence was resolute to the end.
Aberdeen came out of a severe test with flying colours. With both Beattie and Adam in the wars in the second half their attack was disorganised, but they played with the confidence of winners all through.
"Paddy" Moore's return made all the difference in the world, and while he did not score himself he was ever making subtle opportunities for his colleagues, and he it was who nodded the ball back for Beattie to score with a beautiful low shot.

Heroic Defence.

The home defence deserved great credit for their unswerving resistance, and O'Reilly and Fraser at half-back were as keen as terriers. Falloon was again too prone to play the role, frequently unnecessary, of third back. "Bob" McDermid gave a plucky display in what was probably one of the hardest games he has taken part in, and Love, on the right, was a wholehearted trier from start to finish.
Celtic's defence and mid line comprised the backbone of the visiting eleven. Napier was the chief schemer forward, but, like the others, including even McGrory, he was weak near goal.


Considerable excitement was caused at the close of the watch at Pittodrie on Saturday. It is alleged that while the teams were entering the pavilion a Celtic player struck a spectator. It was later stated that the spectator lodged a complaint against the player concerned.

Source: Press & Journal, 27th December 1932



Celtic Player Forfeits Bail of at Aberdeen.

The incident at the finish of the Aberdeen versus Celtic football match at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, on Saturday, December 24, when one of the Celtic players, while leaving the field, was alleged to have struck spectator was recalled in Aberdeen Police Court yesterday.
Charles Geatons, described as a professional football player, 618 Gallowgate, Glasgow, forfeited bail of 2 lodged as security for his appearance in court.
When the case was called the court police sergeant intimated that Geatons was not present, and Police Judge Thom ordered the bail to be forfeited.
The charge, which was not read in court, was that Geatons assaulted Robert Gallacher, newsagent, Crimon Place, Aberdeen, on December in a passage leading to the pavilion at Pittodrie Football Ground, and struck Gallacher in the face with his fist.

Source: Press & Journal, 5th January 1933

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Falloon, O'Reilly, Love, Beattie, Moore, Adam, McDermid.

Unused Subs:


Celtic Teamsheet:  Wallace; Cook, McGonagle; Wilson, McStay, Geatons; R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Napier, H. O'Donnell


Referee: Mr. T. Small, Dundee

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