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match report 1944-45 fixture list
Aberdeen 1 - 5 RAF Touring XI
Kick Off:  7:00 PM   Juliussen.       Mortensen (2), Smith, Fenton, Brown.  
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Matthews Master at Pittodrie
The R.A.F. beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie last night by 5-1 but the game was far from being so one-sided as the score would indicate. There was a crowd of 11,000.

The tourists led by the odd goal in three at the interval. That lead rather flattered them for Aberdeen were just as good as their opponents in the first half, and were dead out of luck at times.
In the second half the airmen produced the class football which appeals to the public.
It was their speed, high sense of positional play, and accurate passing that beat the homesters.
Matthews was the outstanding player afield. His marvellous control and the ease with which he beat an opponent commanded admiration. His display will be long remembered.
Williams gave an impressive display in the tourists' goal. His work was clean and crisp and his pulling down of high balls beautifully timed.
The R A.F backs' task was made comparatively easy by the half-back trio, Shankley, Franklin and Soo.
The R.A.F. forwards schemed brilliantly at times and in Mortensen and Fenton had grand raiders Brown was a very effective link between the half-back and forward divisions, and Smith had flashes on the left.
Johnstone in the Aberdeen goal was not to blame for the heaviness of the defeat. D. Johnstone (Hearts) was the best back afield while McKenna improved in the second half.
Smith (Dundee) was the better wing half. Dunlop was a success as pivot, while Taylor did a lot of good lorcing work.
Juliussen led the attack skilfully, but Pattillo was erratic in his passing. Bremner had a good first, half, and shot at every opportunity. Miller and Hobbis (Charlton) both adopted go-ahead methods, and crossed many dangerous balls.

The players and officials of both teams were the guests of Mr William Mitchell, chairman of Aberdeen F.C., at dinner in the Caledonian Hotel after the match.

Source: Press & Journal, 15th May 1945

The match was played in aid of the RAF International Benevolent Fund.
Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Johnstone, McKenna, Taylor, Dunlop, Smith, Miller, Pattillo, Juliussen, Bremner, Hobbis.

Unused Subs:


RAF Touring XI Teamsheet:  Bert Williams (Walsall), Fred Hall (Blackburn Rovers), George Hardwick (Middlesbrough), Bill Shankly (Preston North End), Neil Franklin (Stoke City), Frank Soo (Stoke City), Stanley Matthews (Stoke City), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool), Micky Fenton (Middlesbrough), Sailor Brown (Charlton Athletic), Leslie Smith (Brentford).



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