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Airdrie 5 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Airdrie 2 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Airdrie scorers: Burke 20, Somerville, Burke 46, Burke, Skinner

12/03/1929 | KO:


The visitors showed up well at the outset, but could make no impression on the home defence. Airdrieonians assumed the offensive and Burke caught on to a loose ball to give his side the lead. The home team went further ahead before the interval through Somerville. The Aberdeen side fell away badly in the second half, and Burke added two more goals, and six minutes from the finish Skinner scored a fifth goal.

Source: The Scotsman, 13th March 1929

Before 2000 spectators at Broomfield Park, Airdrieonians defeated Aberdeen by five goals to nil in a Scottish League match.
Aberdeen made a fine start, their positional and team work was marked, and carried them till faced by Crapnell and McQueen, who early displayed a confidence which they never lost. The first incident was Yorston taking a pass from Smith in his stride, to fire in a fast grounder before the backs could close in on him, but the ball went straight for Currie. Cheyne came nearer to doing damage with a pile drive that Currie held under the bar. A minute later, when better placed, the inside forward shot wildly wide.
These incidents suggested that at length, after many years (19 or 20) Aberdeen were going to win points at Airdrie. Then a change came about, the locals opened out, and Skinner had stumbled into Livingstone with an open goal before him. Burke arrived to shoot into the net away from Yuill, with twenty minutes gone. Ten minutes later Skinner rounded Jackson at the corner flag, and gave Somerville an opportunity which he took, and recorded a fine goal. Yuill expected a ground shot, but the winger lifted the ball to take effect at the off post.

An Early Goal.

With two goals in hand at the cross over, the Airdrieonians in the first minute got a third cheaply. A throw in by Wood was going over the goal lirn with Jackson nursing it that way, but before the ball went dead, Burke nipped it back and it was into the net before Yuill realised what was happening. This lad who gives great promise also snapped the fourth and his own third, while Skinner completed the show by dashing for a cross from Somerville to score.
The weak part in the Aberdeen side was their backs, neither could hold the Airdrie wingers. Somerville, McDonald and Wood made a compact triangle, and it was from that direction that most of the damage came.

Yorston Well Watched.

McDougall was obviously reluctant to use his head with two stitches in it, the result of an accident at Dundee on Saturday, but he was latterly too much for Yorston, who failed to complete a fine piece of leading up play by Love which left the centre with an open goal. He failed to get the aright hold, and his smashing shot went wide.
All along the best play on the Aberdeen side came from their wingers, and Smith had rough luck when a shot of his was deflected past the foot of the post.
Latterly the play of the Dons suggested tiredness. Be that it may, undoubtedly the points went to the better side.
Crapnell and McQueen were a great pair of backs, the tackling of the former, and the stylish punting of the latter being features.
In the game there was not much to choose between the half backs, but McDougall had Yorston more under control than had McLaren of Skinner.
The, old Dunfermline centre never rested, and passing back to Yuill was a dangerous procedure with such a centre about.
All considered Airdrie deserved the points; they appeared primed to go the whole hog for points that meant so much to them, and after the first quarter of an hour had the game well in hand.

Source: Press & Journal, 13th March 1929

Airdrie Teamsheet
Currie; Crapnell, McQueen; Johnstone, McDougall, Wood; Paterson, Burke, Skinner, McDonald, Somerville
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Broomfield Park, Airdrie
Referee: C. Bilney, Glasgow
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