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match report 1948-49 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 2 Heart of Midlothian
Kick Off:  2:15 PM   Hamilton 50, Harris 70.       Wardhaugh 64, Bauld 76  
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Massie's Best Display Ever for Dons
Poor First Half Heralds Second Half Thrills

There is no eidence so far that Aberdeen F.C.'s interest in Hugh Brown, of Partick Thistle, will materialise in a transfer, but the Dons' 2-2 draw with Hearts at Pittodire lent further emphasis to the fact that the team requires strengthening at wing half-back.

Both in this department and on the wings Aberdeen compared unfavourably with the visitors.
Add to that the brilliance of Brown in Hearts' goal and you have the reason why another valuable point was lost at home.
In the first half both sides showed form which indicated why they were so far down the league table and there was little suggestion that the game would flare up into a hectic second-half battle. Fortunes fluctuated rapidly and a draw was just about right.
Despite the flaws in their makeup the Dons had a preponderance of scoring chances, and it was not entirely due to the goalkeeper's acrobatics that they were not all turned to account.

Astute Passing

As a line the Hearts attack was much more business-like. Conn and Wardhaugh early developed the mastery over the home wing half-backs, and brought Bauld and the wingers into the scheme of things with astute passing.
It was fortunate for the Dons that Waddell was his usual steady self, but even more impressive was Massie. He kicked and tackled confidently, and this was his best display since he came into the league side. Johnstone, although overshadowed by Brown, was a confident 'keeper.
Waddell and Massie shared defensive honours with McKenzie and Dougan. The latter was cool and capable, and gave Kelly no opportunity to indulge in another scoring revel.
Considering the lack of support from McVean and McLaughlin, the home inside forwards tried hard, and would have done better with a readier response from the wings. Millar lacked bite and was blotted out by McKenzie, and, apart from one good shot, Williams did little of note.

Tragedy For Brown

Nobody strove harder than Hamilton to put the Dons on the road to victory, and he ultimately scored five minutes after half-time, after Brown had blocked his first attempt. That was the signal for the Aberdeen offensive, and Brown's saves from Williams, McLaughlin, and Millar bordered on the miraculous.
He was an inspiration to his team-mates, and in a quick counter-attack Wardhaugh slammed the ball past Johnstone. Aberdeen's second goal was a tragedy for Brown, who couldn't have seen Harris's lob from a free kick until the ball was in the net. The other delenders were at fault here.
Hearts' second goal was the best of the match. An attempt was made to put Bauld offside, but McKenna appeared to play the centre on. He cut in from the left and loosed a terrific left-foot shot which Johstone found it impossibe to get near.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th December 1948

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Massie, McKenna, McVean, Waddell, McLaughlin, Millar, Hamilton, Kelly, Harris, Williams.

Unused Subs:


Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet:  Brown, Mathieson, McKenzie, Parker, Dougan, laing, Sloan, Conn, Bauld, Wardhaugh, Flavell


Referee: D. Alexander, Dundee

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