Archie Baird Put On A One-Man Show
It's exactly a year since Aberdeen's Archie Baird played big-time football, but yesterday he made a glorious come-back.
It wasn't the lanky fellow's fault that the Aberdeen score-sheet showed blank. Indeed, in the first 20 minutes he made enough openings for his mates to win any game. All were recklessly squandered.
Up to a point Aberdeen played lots of bonny football that had the Falkirk defence working overtime. But inclination to over-elaborate and disinclination to shoot proved their undoing.
When you consider their best shots came from centre-half Waddell and right-half Anderson you realise just how futile it was.
The second half switch which brought George Hamilton to centre and Archie Kelly to the right-wing didn't improve matters.
Falkirk, with only half the scoring chances, were at least game to have a go. For that alone perhaps they deserve the points.
But it wasn't a good game. Aberdeen's footering and the Falkirk tendency to overhit the ball were most irritating.
If each could have given the other a little of what they could have done without then things might have been different.
Times without number a Falkirk move that looked good came to an abrupt halt with a pass that went past the player for whom it was intended.
I'm afraid trouble is in store for both teams unless their ways are mended quickly.
Nicoll looks a capable successor to Jerry Dawson. Whyte and McPhie, after that opening spell, defended well. Fiddes was the outstanding half, but only Reid and McHugh played to form in front.
For Aberdeen I liked Curran, McKenna, Anderson (best afield) and Waddell.
A good finisher is urgently needed up front to round off the Baird cantrips.
The Falkirk goal could easily have been avoided.
Waddell with plenty of time to clear, allowed McHugh to dispossess him. The wee winger crossed. A defender knocked it out. Up came Kinloch full speed to smash a grounder past the diving Curran.
Source: Sunday Post, 6th November 1949