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match report 1947-48 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 3 - 1 Clyde
Kick Off:  2:15 PM   McCall 4, Gullan (OG) 24, Williams 51.       McPhail 26  
Attendance: 10,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Were Grand?Until it Came to Finishing
In theory, good football should be rewarded with goals. The Dons demonsrated against Clyde on Saturday that theory and practice are not altogether the same thing.

There was littlw wrong with Aberdeen's fooball, but there was something wrong with their finishing.
There was an almost mechanical perfectiom about their forward play during the first period. On the heavy ground the ball travelled from man to man with a crispness and accuracy which has seldom been surpassed this season.
Inside the penalty area the attacking machine too often broke dow, Certainly they got three goal to Clyde's one, but at the interval the score might have been something like 4-0 instead of 2-1.
As a matter of fact. all three Aberdeen goals were the reult of headers.
The second half, played in a wind and rainstorm and in semi-darkness, developed into a test of endurance for spectators as much as players.
The Dons seem to have recovered some of their old confidence and efficiency. They are going to need it in the next week or two when they challenge Rangers and Hibs.

Lively Williams

Despite the conditions Williams was as lively as a cricket. If there were times when he seemed inclined to hold the ball too long, he has a pretty sound argument in that he scored one goal and provided the crosses from which the two others came.
Harris was another who played a useful part. He hovered in a sort of neutral zone between forwards and half-backs, and set his team-mates going with sweeping passes up the middle or to the right.
Waddell and Taylor were a pair of strong tackling alf backs. Both Cowie and McKenna impressed.
There was little wrong with the Aberdeen defence. The only criticism I have to offer was the loss of the goal. Where were the defenders when McPhail was manoeuvring for his scoring shot from outside the penalty area?
The Clyde attack never worked smoothly. Leslie Johnstone tried hard to iron out the faults, but he generally found Dunlop too close on his trail.

Galletly Dangerous

Eighteen-year-old McPhail was a strong inside left, but the man who threatened most danger was Galletly on the right wing.
I liked the half-back line and particularly the wing men. Campbell and Long. Deans was an effective left back, and little was seen of Millar.
McCall headed the opening goal for Aberdeen in four minutes. The ball went from Harris to Hamilton to Williams, and the left winger stepped in to net after Gullan, the Clyde 'keeper, had punched out the South African's cross.
Williams also paved the way for the second. This time Harris headed his cross against the upright, and it rebounded to cannon off Gullan into goal.
A minute later McPhail got Clyde's goal with a grand drive, and in the opening minutes of the second half Williams made the home total three with a header from a corner from McCall.

Source: Press & Journal, 8th December 1947

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, Waddell, Dunlop, Taylor, Millar, Hamilton, Williams, Harris, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Clyde Teamsheet:  Gullan, Gibson, Deans, Campbell, McCormack, Long, Galletly, Hepburn, Johnstone, mcPhail, Fitzsimmons


Referee: J. M. Martin, Ladybank

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