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match report 1939-40 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Motherwell 3 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Turnbull 31, Mathie 35, Bremner 81        
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell



by Norman MacDonald

ABERDEEN'S championship hopes dropped from high to zero at Motherwell. On their display at Fir Park the Dons and the Scottish League flag are as far apart as the two Poles.

There are no extenuating circumstances connected with the 3-0 defeat. They were a poor team, panicky in defence and feeble and unenterprising in attack. I fancy the form was too bad to be true, but that's poor consolation.
It looks as if the Dons are to be no better than they were last season - brilliant one week and unrecognisable as the same team the next. That form doesn't win any honours. They are due to play their return League game with Celtic at Parkhead on Wednesday and unless there is a imrprovement on Saturday's display defeat is certain.
No one department more than another is to blame for Saturday's failure. They lacked the power and the punch to beat Motherwell. The Lanarkshire team were a good but not a brilliant side.
Aberdeen never looked like winning at Fir Park. They made a fight of it for the first half-hour, but the 'Well always shaped like potential winners. Their attack was more mobile and more dangerous. Once they got the Pittodrie defence on the run they scored twice before the interval.
The Aberdeen players made a strong protest on the grounds of offisde when the home team notched their third goal near the finish. The referee refused to listen to their plea. This goal made no difference to the destination of the points. Motherwell had them well won.


Johnstone had no chance with the goals. Adey was often in difficulties against Ogilvie, and Cowie spoiled his play by permitting McCulloch to ruffle him. Thomson was the best of the Aberdeen defenders. The left-half had too much to do, but stuck gamely to his task.
Mathie gave Nicholson a good deal of trouble. The Motherwell man is inclined to be a trifle robust. Dunlop was a hard worker, but met with little success.
Strauss and Christie, the extreme wingers, must escape the general criticism. They suffered from lack of support. This was one of the main differences between the teams. Ogilvie and McCulloch were always dangerous, because they received good service from their inside men.
I have an idea that Christie would be more effective at inside forward. Shortly before the finish on Saturday the right winger and Biggs changed places. The move was made too late to make any material difference to the result, but even during that brief period I gained the impression that Christie was the type that would worry the opposing defence.
All three inside forwards had a poor day. They were too dainty; too prone to finesse when the first-time pass would have proved more profitable. Against experienced defenders like those of Motherwell it does not pay to overdo the tip-tapping stuff.
The Fir Park defence had an easy passage. Ellis was the best back afield. Bonomy kicked well. Telfer was the pick of a trio of half-backs who lent their attackers good support.
Bremner, a strong forcing inside forward. was the instigator of many of his side's attacks. Mathie was not particularly impressive, but Turnbull shaped well enough to suggest that he will make good deputy for the veteran Stevenson.
It was fourteen minutes from the interval before the first goal arrived, but Motherwell hd looked as if they would take the lead at any time. Following a corner by Ogilvie the ball came out to the left and Turnbull smashed it into the net.
Four minutes later the 'Well were two up. Telfer carried the ball upfield instead of parting right away. He slipped the ball to Mathie, and the centre's snot entered the net near the post.
Nine minutes from the end of the game Bremner ran through to score following a free-kick against Nicholson, taken by Telfer.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st August 1939

Motherwell Teamsheet:  Murray; Bonoms, Ellis; Wales, Blair, Telfer; Ogilvie, Bremner, Mathie, Turnbull, McCulloch


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, Adey, Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson, Christie, Hamilton, Armstrong, Biggs, Strauss.

Unused Subs:


Referee: A. Henderson, Kirkcaldy

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