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match report 1935-36 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Queens Park
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Devers 12, Devers 57.       Kyle 24 (pen)  
Attendance: 7,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Dons' Play Not Up to Usual Standard

Aberdeen scored their eleventh success at the expense of Queen's Park at Pittodrie on Saturday. The Dons were worthy of the points, but their display did not bear the hallmark of potential champions.

Good football was difficult for two reasons - weather conditions, including a tricky cross wind, slippery surface and greasy ball, and the fact Queen's Park set themselves up to prevent the opposition getting into their stride.
The Hampden combine lacked skill and understanding, but they spared neither themselves nor the opposition, and there is no denying that their first-time tackling was effective.
Despite this, however, Aberdeen would have scored a more convincing victory had several chances, which included a penalty, been accepted.

Spirited Amateurs

The Queen's Park team was imbued with plenty spirit, but they lacked finesse, and although there was always the chance that they might score in one of their do-or-die raids, their lack of cohesion generally made them easy prey to a sound Aberdeen defence.
Queen's Park had the advantage of the wind in the first period, but the Dons took the lead in twelve minutes. White punched out a free-kick from Thomson and the ball went to Beynon. The right winger shot but his try, which was well off the target, was deflected by a defender to Devers, who drove through a crowd of players into the net.
With twenty-four minutes gone. Cooper charged Martin on the bye-line. The inside man fell heavily, and the referee signed for a penalty. Kyle took the kick and placed the ball in the corner of the net to level the score.

Penalty Missed

Shortly afterwards Aberdeen also got a penalty, Beynon being unfairly tackled by Dickson after he and Armstrong had carried the ball through. Armstrong took the spot kick, but to the disappointment of the crowd sent past.
Devers restored Aberdeen's lead twelve minutes after the start of the second half. The left winger, in beating the back, sent the hall too far ahead, and a thrilling race resulted with White. The 'keeper arrived at practically the same time as Devers, but the Don came out of the tussle with the ball and tapped it into an empty goal.
Aberdeen had much the better of the subsequent exchanges, and more than once the Queen's goal was lucky to escape. Fraser, especially, had hard luck with a magnificent drive which struck the woodwork.

Cooper Shines,/p> Smith in goal was safe while Cooper, at right back, was in splendid form. He tackled surely and kept Souter in a vice-like grip. M Gill had an anxious time against the speedy Crawford and never got a grip the right winger, who was the most dangerous member of the attack.
Falloon was the most prominent member of the intermediate trio. The Irishman was ever in the thick of the fray, and was responsible for the termination of many of the Queen's Park attacks.
He gave Holland, the Amateurs' recruit from Tranent, who was making his debut, few chances to shine.
The wing halves did not touch their best form. They did a lot of hard work in defence, but Thomson was on the slow tide. Fraser was the better.

Inside Trio Held

The attack, which included two reserves, was not particularly impressive. The inside trio - Warnock, Armstrong, and McKenzie - were were well held, and were never allowed to settle to the usual combined game.
The honours in attack go to the wingers - Devers and Beynon. Both were dangerous, and the left winger, although he missed a chance made by McKenzie early in the game, deserves credit for scoring both goaIs.
The Queen's Park defence put up a splendid display. White in goal made one or two good saves, but was a trifle unorthodox at times, and did not inspire confidence. The backs - Campbell and Dickson - did not stand on ceremony, but got through a power of work.

Good Spoilers

The half backs were seldom seen in defence, but as spoilers they took first-class honours. Gardener followed Armstrong like a shadow.
The attack was strong and whole-hearted, but did not work well as a line. Crawford and Kyle on the right threatened most danger.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st October 1935

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Falloon, Thomson, Beynon, Warnock, Armstrong, McKenzie, Devers.

Unused Subs:


Queens Park Teamsheet:  D. White; T. K. Campbell, H. Dickson; G. J. Brown, J. Gardiner, A. Hosie; J. Crawford, J. Kyle, G. Holland, W. Martin, T. H. Souter


Referee: J. R. Boyd, Denny

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