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match report 1945-46 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 1 - 2 Clyde
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Baird.       Mathie 2, Hepburn 48  
Attendance: 15,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Changes Needed in Dons' Team
Beaten at Home by Clyde

ABERDEEN'S stock has slumped badly in the past two weeks. Their unbeaten record in the League was smashed at Ibrox, and on Saturday they went down at home for the first time Clyde by the odd goal in three.

While the Dons are due credit for their excellent performances up to a fortnight ago, it is now only too evident that the time has arrived when changes must be made in the team.
The defence is not so reliable as it was. The right flank is definitely too slow. The half-backs are not playing the same intelligent football as they did, and the attack has lost its balance and finishing power.
The Dons now occupy fifth place the League.
The Dons are not out of the hunt by any means, but there will have be a big improvement if they are to remain as challengers.
Against Clyde they had a big advantage territorially, yet from a purely football point of view Clyde were the Superior side. It was Clyde's first victory the season.
There was certainly an element of luck about both Clyde goals, but, frankly, Aberdeen never looked like winning this match.
Johnstone could not blamed. Both backs were below form, and the halfbacks never really took a grip of the Clyde attack.

Forwards Lack Balance

Forward Aberdeen lacked balance and finishing power. Armstrong was well held. Baird, who got the only goal, was the best of the five, but Pattillo was off colour. Both Kiddie and Williams performed creditably at times on the wings.
Clyde have a solid defence, and in Sweeney they have a very reliable goalkeeper. The half-backs were superior in ball play, tackling, and positioning to the Aberdeen trio, and the attack fast and clever.
Clyde's goals were registered by Mathie and Hepburn. The crowd was Just over 15,000.

Source: Press & Journal, 22nd October 1945

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, McKenna, Bremner, Dunlop, Taylor, Kiddie, Baird, Armstrong, Pattillo, Williams.

Unused Subs:


Clyde Teamsheet:  Sweeney, Gibson, Hickie, Campbell, McCormack, Long, L. Johnstone, Hepburn, Riley, Dixon, Martin


Referee: R. Calder, Rutherglen

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