Click here to go back to the AFC Heritage Trust Homepage Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Logo  
AFC - Match Report
match report 1950-51 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 5 - 1 Falkirk
Kick Off:  2:30 PM   Baird 3, Hamilton 44, Hamilton 52, Hamilton 59, Hamilton 64.       Johnson 72  
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Hamilton Strengthens Claim to Lead Scots League XI.
Four Goals Were Just Reward for His Splendid Display Against Falkirk

THE Scottish League team to play their English rivals at Ibrox Park on Wednesday, November 29, will be announced this afternoon. I doubt if it will contain a single Don, although Aberdeen are virtually League leaders.

Aberdeen seem to be the forgotten team so far as the selectors are concerned. If any man has staked a claim for recognition this season, surely it is George Hamilton.
The Dons' leader made his final gesture against Falkirk on Saturday, when he gave an impeccable display of centre-forward play, and crowned it with four picture goals in a twenty-minute burst.
Aberdeen beat Falkirk 5-1 and the men who shared the credit with Hamilton of blazing the victory trail were Jimmy Delaney and Tommy Pearson.
There is still a lot artistry about Jimmy Delaney. The Pittodrie club seem to have done a good stroke of business.
If he can develop an understanding with Yorston, the baby of the front line, Scottish football will see some scintillating play from this partnership.
The inside right did not strike top form on Saturday. He was inclined to be too much of the individualist.
Archie Baird was not so buoyant against the Bairns he was the previous week at Firhill, but he was always liable to do the unexpected and he gets full marks for his opening goal.


Tommy Pearson was the master craftsman on the left wing. He makes it all look so simple. It was Pearson in his happiest mood on Saturday.
It is a tribute to the energy and initiative of the Dons' forwards against Falkirk that they scored five goals in spite of the fact that the service thev received from the men behind was practically negligible.
Both Anderson and Harris were but shadows of their real selves.
Young was alert and effective at centre half, and Falkirk's only goal was scored while he was on the touchline having a head injury attended to in the second half.
McKenna seemed a trifle nervous at the start, but he settled down and along with Emery and Young formed a sound rear division Martin in goal save another clean and confident display.


Although Hamilton succeeded in scoring four goals, Henderson, the Falkirk centre half, was the outstanding performer in their defence.
Delaney flashed into the game in the opening minutes on the Aberdeen right.
It was from a free near the touchline that he provided the low cross from which Baird got the first goal. The inside left hurled himself through the air to head the ball home.
Hamilton's first and Aberdeen's second goal, a minute from the interval, was a masterpiece. He picked up a clearance and danced his way through the Falkirk defence to slam a left footer past Barrie, the visiting 'keeper.


Seven minutes after the interval Pearson livened things up with a mazy run and cross and Hamilton was on the spot to head the ball into the corner of the net.
In fourteen minute Delaney gathered a fine pass from Yorston and raced away on the right. Baird failed to reach his cross with his head, but again Hamilton was in position to kill thr ball and fire it into the corner of the net.
The Dons' leader completed his joy-day when Delaney and Pearson joined forces the right and the left winger crossed for Hamilton to head home.
Shortly afterwards Falkirk got their crumb of comfort when Johnson broke through to net from slip from Lennon.

Source: Press & Journal,18th November 1950

Jimmy Delaney's debut for the Dons.
N.B. This was the first time in the last five attempts that Aberdeen defeated Falkirk at Pittodrie
Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Martin, Emery, McKenna, Anderson, Young, Harris, Delaney, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Pearson.

Unused Subs:


Falkirk Teamsheet:  Barrie; Fiddes, Wilson; Gallagher, Henderson, Whitelaw; Morrison, Wright, Johnson, Lennon, Brown


Referee: J. Jackson, Glasgow

Related Links: