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match report 1951-52 fixture list
League Cup Group D 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Rangers
Kick Off:  6:30 PM   Delaney 33, Hay 77.       Simpson 5  
Attendance: 42,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Baird hero in fine Aberdeen victory

Hero of Aberdeen's victory at Pittodrie was long-striding Archie Baird, who played for over 70 minutes with a suspected broken nose after taking a kick in the face. He came straight back after treatment behind the line, pulled the Aberdeen forward line together and ended by heading the safety goal. It was a great triumph for Aberdeen, who were clearly the better team - but don't let anybody tell you it was a classic. Unless there is a freak upset on Saturday Rangers have failed to reach the quarter finals for the first time in the history of the League Cup.

On last night's showing they have got to make a vast improveŽment if they hope to qualify for anything else. I have never seen the Ibrox side poorer. Their wing half-backs failed to get a grip at the start and the rot spread. Aberdeen were not much better in the first half, but hit crisper form after the interval. Baird will have an X-ray today. Rangers made a jittery start and I thought were lucky to survive a penalty appeal when Young pushed Yorston.

Parted too soon

Not that Aberdeen deserved a goal for their pressure - they had plenty of the ball but were afraid to hold it. Rangers looked more like taking the lead, first when Findlay stabbed in one of his dangerous shots and then when Martin had to go down to a powerful drive from Cox. I was waiting to see something of the old Waddell, but he was as uninspired as the rest.

The lack of noise from the 42,000 crowd was a good pointer to the sluggish quality of the game. There was never anything approaching a roar until two minutes from the interva1 when Brown had to snatch the ball from Yorston's feet. It had been Aberdeen's half-but they had failed to realise it. First thrill after half-time came unintentionally from Davie Shaw, who passed back to a goalkeeper who wasn't there. Martin had to make a flying dive to catch up the ball. He made another five minutes later to push out Waddell's first real shot.

Two quick ones

Ten minutes after the interval came a goal for Aberdeen - and a queer one at that. Hather didn't look at all menacing when he took a pass from Anderson 30 yards out, but he let fly through a bunch of defenders. It looked an easy pick-up for Brown, but the ball bounced and broke past his legs into the net. Six minutes later Baird headed Aberdeen's second goal. Then Brown had to go full length to another header, this time from Hamilton.

Source: John Ayres, News Chronicle, 31st August 1951

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Martin, Emery, Rodger, Lowrie, Thomson, Harris, Bogan, Yorston, Delaney, Hay, Hather.

Unused Subs:


Rangers Teamsheet:  Brown; Young, Little; McColl, Woodburn, Cox; Waddell, Findlay, Simpson, Thornton, Rutherford


Referee: J. R. Boyd, Denny

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