Click here to go back to the AFC Heritage Trust Homepage Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Logo  
AFC - Match Report
match report 1943-44 fixture list
Aberdeen 0 - 5 Scottish Command
Kick Off:  3:00 PM         Campbell 32, Miller 40, Walker 48, Johnstone 55, Miller 68.  
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Command XI. Trounce Dons
Two foolish blunders by Aberdeen defenders put Scottish Command on the victory path at Pittodrie, where the Command won by five clear goals against a poor Aberdeen team. But for these slips by Stewart and Green, the Soldiers might not have won so handsomely. In the first period the Dons were slightly the better of two very moderate teams, and did not deserve to be in arrears at the interval.

In the second half, however, Command, although they did not produce any brilliant tootball, played as a team. They struck an understanding which, at times, showed the Dons in a bad light. The Dons were weak at half, and there was no player in attack with the necessary ability to open the Command defence.
Johnstone, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, had a good first half, but after the interval his positioning was bad. The two home players who came out of the game with credit were Cooper and Dyer. Cooper, in desperation, often went up to help the forwards. Dyer on his showing must be a strong candidate for a place the Army in Scotland team against England at Liverpool next month.
A word praise is due Anderson. Aberdeen's recruit from Mugiemoss. He did well before the interval both in defensive and constructive work, but he had often to cover up Stewart. The less said about the forwards the better, but Moses on the right gave the impression he would have done better with propel support.
Howe was outstanding in the Command defence. Carabine was a grand makeshift pivot, while Collier also had good game. Campbell was a clever leader. Johnstone and Miller were strong wingers, and Walker and crafty inside men.

At the finish of the match Sir Thomas Mitchell, Lord of Provost Aberdeen, welcomed the repatriated prisoners, and the Rev G C McCutcheon, Drumblade, acknowledged.

Source: Press & Journal, 15th November 1943

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dyer, Anderson, Stewart, Green, Moses, Cox, Pattillo, Armstrong, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Scottish Command Teamsheet:  John Moodie (Raith Rovers), Frank Shufflebottom (Nottingham Forest), Jack Howe (Derby County), Jimmy Woodburn (Newcastle United), Jimmy Carabine (Third Lanark), Austin Collier (York City), Willie Millar (Partick Thistle), Tommy Walker (Heart of Midlothian), Bobby Campbell (Falkirk), Johnny Deakin (St Mirren), Joe Johnston (Motherwell).


Referee: Peter Craigmyle (Aberdeen).

Related Links: