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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Hamilton

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Hamilton

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Rankin 80, Miller 88.

13/10/1923 | KO: 15:00


In a game, which was singularly devoid of thrills, Aberdeen defeated Hamilton Academicals at Aberdeen before 12,000 spectators. Both goals were scored in the closing minutes of the game, following a series of corners. Rankine headed the ball past Somerville to open the scoring, and two minutes from the end Miller got a goal with a hard drive, the ball finding the net off one of the posts. Generally Aberdeen held the upper hand, but their forwards were ineffective, and the Hamilton defence was not sorely pressed to keep them out. In the first half Hutton, from a free kick, crashed the ball against one of the uprights, but that was the only really serious threat offered to the visitors' goal. Play throughout the second half favoured the home team, and several chances were missed before goals came. For the visitors, McMillan had one of the best shots of the game, Blackwell saving Blackwell saving from long range. The Academicals defended well, but their forwards were moderate. Outstanding players were Hunter, Johnstone, McNeill, and Wallace; and on the home side, Hutton, MacLauchlan, Jackson, Moir, and Miller. Moir, Aberdeen's outside right, was the best forward on the field.

Source: The Scotsman, 15th October 1923

Two late goals enabled Aberdeen to return to winning form at Pittodrie, where they beat Hamilton Academicals by 2 goals to 0. The home team's lack of success in recent games was reflected in the small attendance, there being only about 9000 present on what was a fine afternoon when the teams took the field.
The Academicals pressed at the outset, and Hutton was conspicuous with a fine tackle and clearance from Wallace. A free kick, taken by McNeil, just outside the Aberdeen penalty area, was blocked by a defensive wall of home players. The Aberdeen right made progress after this and Miller shot against Hunter when a goal seemed imminent. Following another brief spell of attacking by the visitors, Somerville rushed out and cleared a centre from Smith, and at the other end Blackwell had to field a drive by Waddell. Midfield exchanges followed, and off a centre and Miller's well-placed header, Grant just missed with a capital shot. Rankin, from long range, brought Somerville into action, and Smith forced a corner, but McBoyle's shot was rather Iuckily blocked by Johnstone. Aberdeen kept up the attack at this stage, and from a free kick, taken about 25 yards out, Hutton crashed the ball against an upright, with Somerville beaten. Play continued to favour Aberdeen, but the home forwards did not shoot so often as they might have done. Miller failed to reach a cross from Moir, and later had another chance but did not get sufficient force behind his effort. Grant had a fine shot on the run, which Somerville appeared to deflect over the bar, but no flag kick was awarded. The visitors were seldom dangerous, but on one occasion Wallace got through to shoot high. Towards the interval the home team again attacked, and MacLachlan and Smith both had good tries, but at half-time Aberdeen had to be content to share a goalless draw.


Keen play marked the opening of the second half. Hunter blocked a try by Rankin, and at the other end, first Blackwell and then Forsyth were troubled by the visitors' right wing. Play again took a turn in favour of Aberdeen, and Grant had a shot stopped by Hunter, and Somerville saved twice in quick succession from Rankin. A pass forward by MacLachlan gave Miller a chance, but the latter failed to catch on. A raid by the visitors resulted in Blackwell having to save from McMillan. Moir, on the home right, repeatedly carried the ball into enemy territory, and his centres often had the visitors' defence in difficulties. Several corners fell to the home attackers, but Somerville was not seriously tested, although he did well to deflect a shot by Smith after Moir had centred. Another raid by Moir led to Aberdeen taking the lead ten minutes from the close. He centred, and Somerville turned Smith's shot round the post for a corner. Another flag kick followed, and off Smith's kick Rankin headed into the net. Subsequent play favoured Aberdeen, and it was no surprise when two minutes from the end Miller found the net off the upright with a terrific shot after Smith had centred. In the last minute the game, the Academicals rallied, and Wallace narrowly missed the goal with a splendid shot taken on the run.


Play never touched a high standard, and although Aberdeen were much superior, the attackers were weak in front of goal. Blackwell was seldom tested, and Hutton and Forsyth had an easy task. The visitors' attack was well subdued by the home half-backs, of which MacLachlan was best, and Moir and Rankin were the outstanding forwards, Moir being the most effective attacker on view. The Academicals defended well, Hunter, Johnstone, and McNeill being conspicuous in rear, but the side was weak at wing-halfback. The forwards were moderate, and lacked combining ability, Miller and McMillan being best.

Source: Press & Journal, 15th October 1923

Hamilton Teamsheet
Somerville; Hunter, Johnstone; Waddell, McNeil, Thomson; Moffat, Miller, Wallace, McMillan
Attendance: 9,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Binnie, Falkirk