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match report 1950-51 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Partick Thistle 1 - 4 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Stott 41       Gibb (OG) 3, Anderson 37, Yorston 40, Yorston 75.  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Firhill, Glasgow
Yorston Gave His Best Display of the Season

CARDIFF CITY, Birmingham, Sheffield United and Torquay were represented at Firhill on Saturday. No doubt the attraction was Alec Stott, Partick's bustling centre forward.

If they came to see Stott I feel sure they must have departed impressed by the clever and lively football produced by the Aberdeen inside forwards.
Seldom have Yorston, Hamilton, and Baird dovetailed so effectively as they did at Firhill. The Partick defence had no answer to the frolicsome football of this trio.
The Dons won 4-1. It was a first-rate performance. So adventurous were the forwards in this game that they might have doubled the score.
It was a stylish victory. As a team, Aberdeen were stronger in defence and more artful and thrustful in attack.
The Dons are in a strong challenging position on the League table.
If they can be persuaded to produce the same aristocratic brand of soccer in the future they will be live candidates for the championship crown.
What a pity Aberdeen occasionally have those dim-outs. Had they not surrendered the two points to Third Lanark they would have been right on the heels of Dundee with a game in hand.


Gibb, the Partick left back, started the Aberdeen victory parade with a gift goal in three minutes.
From that point onwards the Dons never looked like losing. The inside forwards moved into top gear. They were confident and capable.
Aberdeen played successfully as team, but there were three players who bore the stamp of international class Martin, Hamilton and Yorston.
Martin has struck peak form this season, and at Firhill he gave a brilliant display in the second half.
Hamilton is entitled to the title the most consistent leader in Scotland. His ability to hold the line and spread the play is invaluable.


It was Yorston's best form of the season. His speed, dash and determination made him the most dangerous forward on the field.
The Aberdeen defence played well. Emery, Shaw and Young presented a solid front to a Partick Thistle attack that showed plenty of dash in the outfield, but was surprisingly docile at close quarters.
The burly Stott eluded Young once or twice in the first half and scored a good goal, but after the interval the Dons' centre half had him under control.
The Pittodrie wing half-backs, Anderson and Harris, did a lot of good work in this game. Not only did they keep a watchful, eye on McCallum and O'Donnell, but they kept in touch with their own attackers.
The Aberdeen wingers might have been more thrustful. Pearson struck his best form in the second half and created trouble in the Partick defence, but Boyd made the mistake of hanging on to the ball that vital fraction too long.
Yorston started the movement that led to the Dons' first goal. He burst through the middle and slipped the ball through to Hamilton. Gibb intercepted, but in attempting to put the ball past for a corner hooked it into the net.


Both Baird and Yorston headed against the crossbar before Aberdeen got their second goal in thirty-seven minutes. Following a corner Baird headed the ball back to Anderson and the right half found the net with a grounder from well out.
Three minutes later Baird burst into action on the left. He wheeled and whipped the ball into the middle for Yorston to head the third goal.
Before the half-time whistle, Stott did something to revive Partick hopes when he broke through the middle and beat Martin with a magnificent shot from eighteen yards.
Yorston claimed the only goal of the second half after half an hour's play. He and Boyd got going on the right and the inside man pivoted suddenly to beat Ledgerwood with a spanking drive.

Source: Press & Journal, 13th November 1950

Followers of football in Glasgow have clearly marked down the Dons as one of the star teams. From all accounts, Firhill would have housed a capacity crowd for the Aberdeen game but the weather was atrocious and kept many at home. In spite of the heavy rain, there was a wonderful attendance. Those who braved the elements were certainly rewarded, even though the drubbing given the home team must have been rather a shock to many. The Dons gave a display of classic football that was all the more meritorious in view of the state of the ground. Those of you who have seen a muddy Firhill will understand when we say that this was Firhill at its very worst!

Source: Match Programme, 18th November 1950

Partick Thistle Teamsheet:  Ledgerwood, McGowan, Gibb, Davidson, Kinnel, Sharp, McKenzie, McCallum, Stott, O'Donnell, Walker


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Martin, Emery, Shaw, Anderson, Young, Harris, Boyd, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Pearson.

Unused Subs:


Referee: H. Phillips

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