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match report 1948-49 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 0 - 0 Morton
Kick Off:  3:00 PM          
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Bleak Outlook if the Dons Go Down
ANOTHER season of "A" Division football is over, but the anxious supporters of Aberdeen F.C. still don't know whether they will be watching first or second-class fare next season.

If the Dons go down and "B" Division soccer is below the standard of Saturday's game with Morton, the outlook is indeed bleak.
Even allowing for the fact that both teams are awkwardly placed on the league table and must be under severe nervous tension, it was poor stuff.
A goal-less draw was all it was worth, and both sides gave the impression that they were devoid of ideas when it came to scoring.
There was plenty of honest-to-goodness effort, but no studied football. If anything, Morton looked slightly more impressive when their forwards got on the move, but they were no better than Aberdeen when it came to finishing.
Even Tommy Orr, generally a cultured inside forward, developed a get-rid-of-the-ball complex. He didn't look at all like a Scottish reserve forward on this showing.

Easy for Defenders

The general ineptitude of the forward play tended to make things easy for defenders. it is perhaps unfair to criticise a defence which has not yielded goal the last two matches, but there were moments of uncertainty in the Aberdeen rearguard.
Curran compared favourably with internationalist Jimmy Cowan, but both 'keepers spoiled an otherwise good display by weak kicking. Neither Ancell nor McKenna looked happy under pressure, and it was left to Roy stop many of the Greenock attacks.
The Pittodrie pivot, as dominating as Whigham was in the other half of the field, allowed Mochan no more scope than Houliston had the week before. He cut out the frills and was the master of the nippy Morton centre in the air.
Stenhouse was the best of the four wing half-backs. Williams and Harris the Dons' inside men strove hard throughout, but they never really got on top of the dour Greenock defence.
There were times when Rice and Hather had the measure of the full backs, but the promise in their play neve reached maturity. Emery, willing as ever, did have a couple of creditable tries, but not clever enough to outwit the hard-hitting Whigham.
Aberdeen had the test of the scoring chances. Early in the game Rice gave Cowan the opportunity to show why he is Scotland's keeper. A left foot shot by the home winger sermed bound for the far corner of the net. but somehow or other Cowan got to it and clutched the ball safely.

Curran's Turn

It was Curran's turn to do a life-saving act close on half-time. McKenna was caught napping when the hall came over from the left and as Farquhr closed in on goal unchallenged Curran threw himself at the winegr's feet to divert the shot. The ball was scrambled clear.
There were scattered goalmouth incidents in the second half, mostly at Cowan's end. The nearest approach to a goal came when an Emery thunderbolt ws blocked and a defender poked the ball away with Rice running in to connect.
McGarrity almost stole a goal for Morton when he headed on a cute free kick by Gibson. The ball hit the junction of bar and upright and passed behind.
And so the grim struggle goes on. Every game is like a cup-tie, and it looks like being another desperate duel at Shawfield this week when the Dons cross swords with Clyde.

Source: Press & Journal, 4th April 1949



Pittodrie in its day has been the scene of some great games: games full of excitement, games packed with thrills, games that meant much to Aberdeen - but to-day's match promises to excel them all. Relegation is in the air. Every sports writer in Scotland has stressed that fact this week and every player knows only too well the implications of a win to-day.
Morton won at Tynecastle, where the Dons managed only to draw, but the Greenock club fell to Queen of the South at Dumfries, where the Dons got a point, and with luck would have got two. Now they face each other, the home players grimly determined to win, the visitors equally determined to gain the precious points. It is fitting that the referee in charge should be an official of the calibre of Willie Webb. He will stand no nonsense, and yet the players of both sides know that they will get a fair deal by a referee who knows the game from A. to Z.
This is the Dons' last league game for the season at Pittodrie. Away, they have yet to play Clyde, Rangers, Motherwell and East Fife, and it can be said with truth that a team capable of holding Hearts and Queen of the South on their own grounds should be able to gather a point a game from their four remaining away fixtures. But that's dealing with the future - to-day's game has to be won first, and anxious spectators can rest assured that the Dons will give us all they have this afternoon. If enthusiasm, club spirit, skill, stamina and sheer "guts" can win the match, then the points are already ours. Supporters too can help. With so much at stake there are sure to be some mistakes - that is only human. Make allowances for these, give the lads the support they deserve and you can rally them to victory.

On Reflection

A draw away from home is always a reasonably good performance and the Dons did well to get a point away from home for the second week in succession. Queen of the South have had a spell of success this season that has satisfied even their most critical supporters - they have lost only twice at Palmerston Park (against Rangers and then East Fife) so the performance of Aberdeen is all the more creditable.
We have heard amusing suggestions that certain clubs would "lie down" to Aberdeen - you will notice it's always one of those "know-alls" who tells you that. You can take it that such a suggestion is absolute nonsense. Any points gained by the two clubs in opposition to-day, Morton and Aberdeen, have to be obtained the hard way - anyone who saw Roy Henderson's living save against Tony Harris' shot, almost at point-blank range, will agree that our opponents of last week had one aim in mind - to win. They had a spell of pressure in the second half when it looked as though they were going to overwhelm the Dons, but Aberdeen withstood the pressure and came within an ace of winning in the end.

Source: Match Programme, 2nd April 1949

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Curran, Ancell, McKenna, Stenhouse, Roy, Waddell, Rice, Williams, Emery, Harris, Hather.

Unused Subs:


Morton Teamsheet:  Cowan, Mitchell, Westwater, Wardlaw, Whigham, Gibson, Farquhar, Orr, Mochan, McGarrity, Liddell


Referee: W. Webb, Glasgow

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