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05/02/1949
 
Aberdeen 0 - 0 Glenavon
Kick Off:  3:00 PM          
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Glenavon become the first Irish League team to fly to a match
Tottenham Visitor to Pittodrie Says?
DONS TEN TIMES SLOWER Than SPURS
By a Special Correspondent

WE left Pittodrie more disturbed than ever on Saturday after the friendly goalless affair between Aberdeen F.C. and the sturdy Irishmen from Glenavon.

The distressing accident to George Hamilton (a brilliant and conscientious player like this doesn't deserve to wounded so frequently and grievously) accentuated the sense despair which the Pittodrip strove to hide but couldn't. Poor Hamilton! He'll be out of the game for two or three weeks.
What concerned us all was that the Aberdeen team appeared to go on the field with no pre-conceived plan of play. True the ground was treacherous, but the state of it could not have upset entirely any blueprint tactics drawn up in the dressing room.

Hopeless Feeling In Stands and Terracing.,/p> The Aberdeen attack looked even less like scoring than against St Mirren the previous Saturday; and, with the visit of the Rangers very much in our minds, a feeling of hopelessness was communicated to the stand and the terracing.
Still, football form is unpredictable. Let us not assume that this week's game is going to be a Roman holiday for Rangers. What a boost for morale if Aberdeen won the day!
In the whole of the ninety minutes there were but two potential goal-scoring shots - one in each half by Rice, the Aberdeen outside right.
One does have the feeling that this boy Rice and the fast and clever Hather on the left wing could brilliantly knit into an Aberdeen forward line marked in the middle by aggressiveness, opportunism and imaginative distribution of the ball.
In front of us was a man from London - a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. In course the game he said - not too loudly - to some of those around him that Aberdeen were ten times slower on the ball than the 'Spurs or any of the other English Division II teams he watches at White Hart Lane.

Partial Answer To Old, Old Question.

Allowing for at least 50 per cent exaggeration, it is just possible that the man from Tottenham has put his finger on one of the Pittodrie problems and provided a partial answer to the question we have been hearing for weeks: "What's wrong with the Dons?"
The Pittodrie crowd has perhaps become inured to things which would strike a visitor very forcibly. It is natural that the slowness-in-going-in style of play should be immediately noted and criticised by an Enslisn follower.
Glenavon, who occupy in the Irish League proportionately the same position in the table as Aberdeen does in the Scottish were no means lightning swift on the ball, but they were still ahead of Aberdeen in this respect, and it makes one think.

Source: Press & Journal, 7th February 1949

 
George Hamilton had his nose broken in this match.
Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Curran, McKenna, Ancell, Anderson, Thomson, Findlay, Rice, Hamilton, Harris, Smith, Hather.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Glenavon Teamsheet:  B Wilson, Hill, McAuley, A Wilson, Maurice McLafferty, Wilbur Cush, Ashwood, Malley, Moore, Patrick Cronin, Kelly.

Bookings:

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