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Hamilton 0 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Hamilton 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)

07/04/1923 | KO:


There was an exciting game at Hamilton, where the local Academicals and Aberdeen played before a 4000 attendance. The Academical forwards had chances galore to win both points, but they had to be content with a goalless draw in a game which, while hard enough, was on the whole scrappy. During the first half the Academical forward raids were continuously broken up by Hutton and Forsyth, and in the second, Milne, at centre-half, saved the situation. Rankine and Smith were the only forwards who moved with freedom in the early stages, but midway in the second portion the Aberdeen forwards worked in unison, and came near scoring. In the last quarter of an hour Aberdeen were forced back on their goal, but the Hamilton forwards could not score. Moffat looked like making amends when, after beating Forsyth, he had the goal at his mercy, and in his very eagerness fell over the ball. Chief credit of the draw was with the Aberdeen defence.

Source: The Scotsman, 9th April 1923

For the second successive week Aberdeen participated in a goalless draw away from home, on this occasion at Douglas Park with Hamilton Academicals, who are fighting desperately to escape being relegated to the Second Division. Considering their precarious position, it was in the order of things that the Academicals should have been desperate for victory, but they found in the Pittodrie team just a little bit more than they could manage, and while the visitors went near to winning, they were never in serious danger of defeat. Aberdeen were the better-balanced team, with a big superiority at half-back, and while their forwards indulged in more combination than the Academicals, the attacks of both teams were found waiting when it came to finishing. Aberdeen were more frequently attacking, and were the more dangerous side in the first half when they had assistance of the breeze, and had they been leading at the interval it would have been no more than their due. In the second half, Academicals accounted for a shade more attacking, but their forwards got flustered at close quarters. In this period Aberdeen were just as dangerous, and, taking their first half superiority into account, were just a trifle unfortunate not to take full points. Blackwell was a very safe goalkeeper, and Hutton was a big power at back, if often guilty of miskicking. Milne was the best of a good half-back line, and in the attack Rankin, Smith, and Grant were seen to most advantage. On the Academicals' side, Somerville, in goal, was reliable, and Hunter at left back was outstanding in the defence. The half-backs were worriers, but not of much account, with Thomson best. Of a very moderate lot of attackers Moffat and Heeps were the pick. The game attracted only 3500 spectators.

Aberdeen Superior.

The first shot for goal came from Aberdeen, Dick catching on to return by Hunter and sending the ball wide. Afterwards, Smith had a brilliant run on the Aberdeen left, in which he beat two opponents and whisked over a centre, Connon, after manoeuvring, shooting the ball against Hunter. Cox led the Academicals to Blackwell's end, where Heeps shot over. Following this, Aberdeen set up a vigorous attack, and, after the ball had been blocked several times in the goalmouth, Somerville saved from near the bottom of the post at the expense a corner. For a time the home defence could not shake the pressure, and when Hunter miskicked badly Somerville had to jump high to fist away. The home goal had another narrow escape when Somerville ran out and dispossessed Dick, when with a clear field that player was in the act of shooting. MacLachlan, Milne, and Grant had a splendid combined run, which culminated in Rankin lifting over the bar. The Aberdeen goal was next endangered when Moffat got through to shoot. He half missed the ball, but, as it was, it rolled past just outside the upright with Blackwell in the centre of his goal. One the best shots of the game came from Smith, who from near the touch line delivered a rocket drive, Somerville effecting a brilliant save. Following midfield exchanges. Rankine, the home left winger, cut in to deliver a fast shot, which Blackwell cleared smartly. For five minutes Academicals lost the assistance of Moffat, who was winded, and had to retire. While he was in the pavilion the home goal was hotly assailed, mostly as the result of forcing play by Smith. Off one of the winger's centres Somerville just managed to hold a headed effort by Connon, and Hunter nearly put through his own goal in attempting to clear one of Smith's crosses, the ball passing just outside the upright. A combined movement by the Aberdeen right resulted in Somerville saving from Grant's head, and at the other end Collins, from suspiciously offside position, shot wide of the Aberdeen goal at close range.


The Aberdeen goal was early in danger after the interval, Heeps shooting wide after catching on to a headed clearance by Hutton. A fast cross by Cox called Blackwell into action, the keeper having to leave his goal to gather and clear while harassed by Collins and Moffat. Off a corner, Collins headed into Blackwell's hands, and it was some time before the Pittodrie defenders could shake off the pressure. The home forwards and half-backs persisted in ballooning the ball near goal, and by doing this greatly assisted the tall Aberdeen half-backs, of whom Milne was outstanding as a defender. Ultimately, after many attempts to get away, Rankin put Aberdeen on the attack. He had a brilliant run down the left, and lopped over a centre, which Kirkwood reached just ahead of Connon. A fast drive by Rankin flashed inches wide of Somerville's charge, and Hunter later effected a brilliant recovery when Connon had beaten Kerr and was about to shoot. Aberdeen maintained the attack, and Dick was out of position when Smith centred accurately. Forcing play by Grant led to Dick sending over a ground cross. Rankin neatly turned the ball in, but Somerville managed to stop it with the tips of his fingers.


Following this escape. Academicals again attacked, and in a scrimmage there a claim for a penalty against an Aberdeen defender for 'hands," but the referee ignored it. Although attacking, the home forwards could make nothing of the stalwart northern defence. Smith got away to test Somerville with a high ball, and shortly afterwards the keeper had to hold a slow ball on the ground from Dick. In a raid by the home right Moffat got clean through, but stumbled over the ball, and before he could recover Blackwell had rushed out to gather the ball and kick clear. In the last minute of the period Dick had a chance to win the game for Aberdeen, but was slow, and before he could shoot from inside the goal area Kirkwood had jumped in and cleared.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 9th April 1923

Hamilton Teamsheet
Somerville; Kerr, Hunter; Steel, Kirkwood, Thomson; Cox, Moffat, Collins, Heeps, Rankine
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Douglas Park, Hamilton
Referee: H. Dickie, Glasgow
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