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match report 1947-48 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 0 - 2 Hibernian
Kick Off:  7:30 PM         Turnbull 67, Smith 89  
Attendance: 40,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Two Perfect Goals Gave Hibs Victory but Dons Sadly Missed Stan Williams
TWO goals, both perfect of their kind, gave Hibs their first League victory at Pittodrie and put Aberdeen football in temporary mourning.

The Dons have no excuse. The Edinburgh team won on their merits. It was a hard game, but the tackling was too keen for sustained passages of brilliant football./br In fact, so keyed up were the players of both sides that but for the firm control of Referee J. M. Martin tempers would have become as sultry as the weather.
Stan Williams was missed as leader of the Aberdeen attack. The little South African would have made a difference. His nippy footwork and neat flicks might have found the chinks which always threatened to appear in the Hibs' defence.

Matter of Conjecture

How big a difference the injured Williams would have made can only a matter of conjecture, but that he would have caused the Easter Road defence more trouble than Waldron there can little doubt.
Hibs seized their chances. They had more power than the Dons in attack. Even so, I wouldn't care to say their attack was worth 50.000.
Their first goal, scored twenty-two minutes after the start of the second half, well taken though it was, might be described as a fortuitous affair.
Turnbull fastened on to the ball following a throw in on the left. He made a short run towards the middle and released a powerful drive. Bruce sprang full length across his goal. He actually got his fingers to the ball, but he could not stay its progress, and it entered tne net near the post.
There was little over a minute left for play when the second goal arrived. It came from a neat football move by Linwood and Gordon Smith. As the centre veered out to the right with the ball the winger shrewdly moved in towards the middle. Linwood cut the ball back and Smith flashed it into the net before the Pittodrie defence realised the danger.
On play there perhaps wasn't two goals between the teams. Hibs had the punch. That was the vital difference between the sides. League championships are won on goals.
There wasn't a great deal between the teams in the first half, but had the Dons been able to develop a little more bite at close quarters they might have retired at the interval with a lead.
There were two incidents during this period that must have thrilied the 40,000 crowd to the core. Harris provided the first after a shot by Waldron had been charged down. The winger raced in from the wing to release a full-blooded drive and the ball struck the woodwork with goalkeeper Kerr embracing the upright.
Bruce, the Aberdeen 'keeper, was the hero of the second incident. He saved a certain goal. Ormond was left with a glorious scoring chance when Smith cleverly put him in possession with clear view of the net. Bruce, with magnificent daring, dived at the left winger's feet to smother the ball.

Harris-Waldron Switch

Govan, the right back, performed a similar feat for Hibs in the opening minutes of the second half. When Kerr failed to cut out a corner from Harris, he cleared Waldron's shot on the goal-line.
When Turnbull opened the scoring the Dons switched Harris and Waldron and threw everything into attack in an effort to avert defeat. Just how relentless was the Aberdeen pressure can be gauged from the fact that Cowie was up urging it on near the penalty area, and Turnbull, the Hibs inside forward, was back assisting his over-worked defence.
There was menace in the Pittodrie pressure, but-the Edinburgh team adopted the motto "What we have we hold," and in the dying minutes of the game they snatched a second goal.
Two Aberdeen defenders emerged from the game with enhanced reputations. They were Andy Cowie and George Taylor. Cowie, by clever positional play and sound kicking, gave the dangerous Ormond little scope, and Taylor was the most relentless tackier on the field.
McKenna stuck grimly to his task of trying to hold a check on the immaculate Gordon Smith, but neither Dunlop nor McLaughlin were dominating as usual.
Baird was the best forward. Hamilton was too well guarded by Finnigan to be as dangerous as usual. The left half hung over his opponent like a shadow.
The dry ground and the light ball didn't suit Waldron, and he was more successful when he went on the wing. McCall and Harris, too, did not touch their best form.

Finnigan Best Defender

Finnigan was the No. 1 Edinburgh defender, but Aird and Howie also played soundly.

Source, Press & Journal, 14th August 1947

Crowd Climb Shelter Roof at Pittodrie

ASTONISHING scenes marked the opening of Senior League football Aberdeen last night. Huge crowds surged to Pittodrie to see the first home encounter between Aberdeen and Hibernian. The gates had to be closed before the start, with several thousands clamouring for admission.
Eventually large numbers were allowed to sit on the cinder track round the field. Many clambered on to the high roof of the shelter at the King Street end. The entire length of the roof was lined with spectators.
Over 40,000 people from Aberdeen and from many parts of the North saw Hibernian beat Aberdeen by two goals to nil. Some people who regularly attend the League games at Pittodrie were saying last night they had never seen such a crowd the park.
The attendance was easily a record for a mid-week game. The Saturday record is 41,663, when Rangers were fourth-round Scottish Cup visitors on March 7, 1936.
An hour before the kick-off the ground looked well filled. Every available vehicle of the Corporation Transport Department was pressed into service to cope with the crowds.

Source: Press & Journal, 14th August 1947

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Bruce, Cowie, McKenna, McLaughlin, Dunlop, Taylor, Harris, Hamilton, Waldron, Baird, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Hibernian Teamsheet:  Kerr, Govan, Howie, Buchanan, Aird, Finnigan, Smith, Combe, Linwood, Turnbull, Ormond


Referee: J. M. Martin, Blairgowrie

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