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Clyde 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Clyde scorers: Johnstone

24/11/1923 | KO:


At Shawfield Park, Glasgow, about 2000 spectators saw the game between Clyde and Aberdeen. The ground was covered with frost, and the players had difficulty in keeping their feet. Clyde were first to master the conditions, and for a long time Aberdeen were kept defending, but it was difficult to control the ball, and Blackwell was rarely called upon to save. Near the interval the play of the Aberdeen team improved. Moir did good work, but Miller failed to make the most of his chances. After the interval the Aberdeen forwards played well together, and repeatedly had the Clyde goals in danger. Smith missed a good chance, but immediately afterwards Miller had a great drive saved by Shingleton. About twenty minutes from the finish a rush by the Clyde forwards resulted in Johnstone scoring the only goal of the match. Aberdeen tried hard to draw level, but weak finishing and a strong defence kept them out.

Source: The Scotsman, 26th November 1923

Aberdeen were again on the losing side, on this occasion Clyde beating them at Shawfield Park, Glasgow, by the only goal of the match. The pitch was frost-bound and hard as iron, the treacherous surface causing the players to use restraint. In the circumstances, play never reached a really high standard, although many clever things were accomplished by individual players. Aberdeen were very unfortunate to surrender both points. Not only was there doubt about the legality of the goal that fell to Clyde, but the Pittodrie team had the better of the exchanges, and several shots that were worthy of a better fate just missed Shingleton's charge.
The goal was scored midway through second half, and was to the credit Johnstone, the Shawfield centre-forward. Gallacher carried the ball along the left wing, and parted to Johnstone. The Aberdeen players appealed for the latter being offside, and, while they hesitated, he practically walked the ball into the net.


If there were few thrills, it was always an interesting game. At the outset Johnstone narrowly missed scoring with a shot from close in, the ball passing only inches wide. In their first raid Aberdeen forced a corner. Moir placed the ball well and Rankin headed in, but Shingleton, after knocking the ball into the air, fisted clear at the second attempt. Following this, there were end to end raids, and both sets of backs were kept busy. Wallace caused Blackwell to handle, and later the goalkeeper had to leave his goal to kick clear from Johnstone. A claim for a penalty against Forsyth for "hands'* was disallowed. The Aberdeen right wing frequently made ground, but Gibson twice headed out centres by Moir, who also tested Shingleton from near the touch-line. Grant and Thomson both had shots that were off the mark, and Blackwell had to save from Ballantyne and Johnstone. Gibson, from long range, had one of the best shots of the period, the ball going only inches high of the goal. Near the interval Moir broke away for Aberdeen, and his centre was fisted away by Shingleton, Grant just failing to catch on. A goalless draw at the interval did justice to both teams.


The opening exchanges the second half favoured Aberdeen. After Thomson had just missed with a headed effort, Shingleton had to go full length to hold a low drive by Smith. At the other end, Jackson intervened when Johnstone was about to shoot. After this there was some clever combination by the Aberdeen forwards, and Thomson gave Smith a chance but the latter shot weakly. Moir was lively on the right, and off one of his centres Smith just missed with a first-time shot taken on the run. Fine play by Thomson and Miller enabled Grant to get possession, but with only Shingleton in front he lifted the ball over the bar and missed what was the chance the game. For a time the Clyde attack came into prominence, and following a flag kick there was a scrimmage in the Aberdeen goal during which the ball was shot against the far upright and rebounded into play. It was immediately after this that Clyde got the goal that decided the issue. Following the reverse, Aberdeen attacked with great determination, and Smith, Thomson. Miller, and Grant all had shots that were either parried or went wide. One try by Miller was especially good, Shingleton at full length just being able push the ball round the post. Near the end, Aberdeen were awarded a free kick close to the penalty line, and Miller's great shot was brilliantly saved by Shingleton, who got the ball close to the bottom of the upright. On the Aberdeen side, players who took the eye were Jackson, Forsyth, Davidson, MacLachlan, Miller, Moir, and Thomson. Clyde were best served by Cowan, Gibson, Ballantyne, and Wallace. The attendance was about 2500.

Source: Press & Journal, 26th November 1923

Clyde Teamsheet
Shingleton; Cowan, Frame; Gibson, Chambers; McGrillan, Johnstone, Gallagher, Wallace
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: J. Rennie, Dalmuir
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