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Aberdeen 1 - 1 Rangers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Rangers

Div 1 (Old)
New ground record set
Aberdeen scorers: Cheyne 44.
Rangers scorers: Morton 78

07/09/1929 | KO: 15:00


Fast play was seen in the early stages, Aberdeen being the more prominent side. Hamilton was repeatedly tested, but he dealt successfully with the many attacks until about a minute from the interval when Cheyne beat him, this being the first goal scored against Hamilton this season. Aberdeen held their advantage until 13 minutes from the end, when Morton scored for Rangers. Half a minute later Black netted for Aberdeen, but the point was disallowed after the referee consulted a linesman.

Source: The Scotsman, 9th September 1929

The Aberdeen-Rangers duel at Pittodrie was a record-breaking affair. It is true the Pittodrie team only secured one point, but they have the satisfaction of knowing that three records went by the board. The attendance record of 26,500 was beaten by over 5000, 32,600 witnessing Saturday's match; Aberdeen are the first club to take a point from the champions this season, and are the first combination to pierce the Ibrox defence.

There could be no doubt as to Rangers being the more skilful side, but the Light Blues can consider themselves very lucky indeed to take way a point from Pittodrie.
To Cheyne, who scored the winning goal for Scotland against England in last season's International, fell the distinction of being the first player to beat Tom Hamilton this season.

A Disputed Goal.

This lead, obtained late in the first half, Aberdeen held until twelve minutes from the end, when Morton scored a suspiciously offside goal. Then Black scored a brilliant goal which was chalked off. The half-back was supposed to have used his hand in bringing the ball under control, but it was only after the ball had been netted and the Rangers players clamoured for a foul that the referee took notice of the offence and disallowed the point, much to the chagrin of the home team's supporters, who demonstrated their disapproval in no uncertain fashion.
The game was played in sweltering heat, but a terrific pace was maintained from start finish.
The Aberdeen team to a man rose to the occasion, and individually and collectively pulled their weight.

Busy Goalkeepers.

Aberdeen started in promising fashion, and Hamilton was early in action to shots by Smith, Cheyne, and Yorston. Rangers retaliated vigorously, and the Aberdeen goal had a narrow escape when a great shot by McPherson struck the foot of the upright. Yuill saved from the same player immediately afterwards, and Fleming and Morton both had good tries. Offside against Yorston spoiled a smart Aberdeen movement, and then Hamilton saved a great drive from McLaren at the expense of a corner. Black shot past from the flag kick, and at the other end Yuill held a long range effort from Meiklejohn.
Another great effort by McLaren missed narrowly, and a few minutes later Tom Hamilton saved a free kick from the same player.
Aberdeen kept pegging away in great style, and Hamilton saved a fierce shot by Cheyne at the expense of a fruitless corner.

Rangers' Revival.

The champions came away for a time after this, and the home goal was twice in grave danger of falling, but Hickie and Black cleared in the nick of time.
McDermid manoeuvred play to the other end, where Cheyne and Hill shot over. Then Archibald broke away on the right, but his parting effort went past. Morton forced a corner from which Yuill punched clear, and then the Aberdeen keeper saved a header from Fleming.
McDermid had a great individual burst, but his shot flashed past.

Record-Breaking Goal.

With the interval in sight, Aberdeen came away with a great burst, and a shot by Yorston was blocked. Before the ball could be cleared Cheyne fastened on to score a splendid goal. A scene of tremendous enthusiasm ensued, and the cheering continued even after the players had filed back to the dressing-room for the mid-game respite.
The Rangers set up a determined attack on the resumption, but the Aberdeen defence held them at bay. In a counter-attack by the home team, McDermid just failed to get in his shot, and at the other end Yuill saved from Craig. Back came the swift-moving Aberdeen forwards, and Tom Hamilton showed his abilities saving in rapid succession from McDermid, Smith, and Yorston.
Subsequently the Aberdeen defence was sorely tried, and on one occasion Yuill was lucky to save on his knees from Fleming. At this stage Yorston was injured, and although he pluckily resumed he was only a shadow of his former self.

Morton's Equaliser.

With defeat in sight the visitors played with desperation, and Yuill twice saved from McPherson. A great effort by Craig went narrowly past, and a header by Fleming was only inches high.
With twelve minutes to go Morton flicked a cross by Archibald past Yuill to equalise. Aberdeen players claimed that the scorer was offside, but the referee ignored their protest. It was immediately after this that Black netted the disputed and disallowed goal.

Source: Press & Journal, 9th September 1929


Dons-Rangers Match Sequel.

(From Our Own Correspondent.)
GLASGOW, Wednesday.

A sensation was occasioned in football circles today when it was announced that the Referee Committee of the Scottish Football Association had deleted from their list of referees the name of C. Bilney, Glasgow.
This drastic action followed on consideration of the complaint by Aberdeen Football Club against Bilney's handling of the recent match at Pittodrie between that club and the Rangers, when decisions were given which occasioned considerable controversy.

Former Dispute.

Mr Bilney, it may be recalled, was also involved last season in a fierce dispute over a penalty granted Celtic against Third Lanark for some unknown Cathkin player interfering with McGrory.
The controversy raged in the Glasgow press for several days, many facetious references being made to the "unknown warrior."

Source: Press & Journal, 26th September 1929

Rangers Teamsheet
T Hamilton; Gray, R Hamilton; Buchanan, Meiklejohn, Craig; Archibald, Muirhead, Fleming, McPherson, Morton
Attendance: 32,600
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: C. Bilney, Glasgow
Next Match
27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen