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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Celtic

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Hamilton 74, Hamilton 83.
Celtic scorers: McPhail 88

14/10/1950 | KO: 15:00


UNTIL George Hamilton got on nodding acquaintance with Bonnar at Pittodrie on Saturday it looked as if Celtic would slip back to Glasgow with a point, says Norman MacDonald.

During the first seventy-five minutes the Dons at times outplayed and outmanoeuvred Celtic. They had the game well won in everything but goals.
The forwards almost ruined Aberdeen's reputation for thrift.
They wasted scoring chances with millionaire-like prodigality, but Celtic, too, could be accused of wastefulness.
The 30,000 crowd got thrills, spills and frills in abundance, but no goals. It was left to Hamilton to assume the mantle of matchwinner.
The spectators had almost resigned themselves to a goalless draw when the first goal arrived fifteen minutes from the finish. Following a throw-in on the left Hather slipped the bail to Yorston. The inside right hit a dandy leftfoot drive.
Bonnar might have stopped the ball, but he never got the chance. With an almost imperceptible flick of his head Hamilton guided the ball away from the 'keeper into the net.

Hamilton Again

Hather started another goal-producing movement. When Boyd finally crossed a fast, low ball from the right Hamilton swallow-dived to head home.
Celtic's last-minute counter served only to put a better complexion on the result. It was a well-taken effort. McPhail jumped high near the far post to head in a cross from Tully.
Before the goals arrived every Aberdeen forward had at one time or another scorned scoring chances.
The Dons won in the end, as they deserved to, but they gave their supporters many unnecessary anxious moments.
There were lots of near misses and the nearest of all was when Hather struck the post in the second half. From the rebound Boyd had a go and Mallan cleared on the goal-line.
Much of the credit for Aberdeen's victory must go to the half backs. Anderson, Young and Glen did a good job of work.
The fact that they succeeded in curbing the activities of the Celtic inside forwards extracted much of the sting from the Parkhead front rank.

Glen Impressed,/p> Glen again emphasised that wing half is his best position. He was strong and forceful and did his side an invaluable service when he saved a certain goal with the score 0-0.
McPhail, the Celtic leader, had broken clean through. Challenged by Martin he flicked the ball past the 'keeper. It was on its way into the empty goal when Glen raced back to retrieve it and clear.
Martin played well in the Dons' goal and Shaw showed more confidence than he has done in recent weeks. Collins was seldom dangerous.
The right winger and Tully switched positions in the second half.
During this game the Aberdeen forwards were at once the admiration and despair of their supporters. They played some lively and entertaining football, but they were guilty of faulty finishing.
Hamilton was the No. 1 man of the line, if for no other reason than the fact that he scored both goals. Baird, too, was lively, especially in the first half.
On this form Celtic are not of championship calibre. The defence was inclined to show more energy than science and of the attackers only McPhail and Tully were consistently dangerous.

Source: Press & Journal, 16th October 1950

Before the kick-off a fair photographer among the Celtic supporters cleverly cleared the boundary wall to snap her friends on the terracing. Chances are she doesn't want a print for herself now. It would remind her of a negative afternoon at Pittodrie.
For the quick-fire, all-action 90 minutes was an exposure of the big Parkhead problem. They caught the Dons in fiery mood, tamed them, but failed to exercise the control of masters. The result was the initiative slipped from their grasp and they lost a game they looked like winning. Aberdeen went quickly into top gear, and the Celts made repeated withdrawals in face of the red aggressors. Evans and Baillie had no time to assist their attack. The last-ditch stand was successful thanks to some amazing inaccuracy on the part of the home forwards. Just after the interval a Hather shot should have counted, but by some freak, came out from the inside of the post. Boyd's effort from the rebound looked an even surer scorer, but Mallan was on the line to kick clear. That, on top of the first half failures, looked like the straw that broke the camel's back.
Celts came more into the game and found for the first time that the Dons' real weakness was in defence. The backs were shaky and rarely advanced with their forwards. That meant wide, open spaces. And Collins, McPhail, and Tully made full use of them. But when it came to beating Martin they were stumped. They tried for twenty minutes. Then at the other end Yorston ventured a shot from 20 yards. As Bonnar covered, Hamilton glanced the ball home with his head. Next, big George piloted his cranium against a Boyd shot. The ball was only two feet from the ground when it was diverted from the crouching Bonnar's grasp.
After that the Celtic lass could have sold portrait pictures of the Hamilton headpiece by the parcelful. But these heady scoring tactics weren't over. Tully crossed, for once, clear of Martin?s grasp, and McPhail headed a typical goal. It would have been no surprise had the Celts goal arrived in that first half of Aberdeen misses. A McPhail flick brought out the do-or-die best in Martin, and when Peacock took advantage of the "hustle-em-on" instructions at a free kick, the ball just brushed McPhail's hair and greased the post.
Next to Martin, Hather was Aberdeen?s best performer. He raised Bonnar's blood pressure more than once. Glen showed he has found his true position at wing-half. Mallan was a mighty pivot, and, with Bonnar, steadied the Parkhead defence. But the Parkhead problem will have to be solved - just as the Pittodrie defence will have to be tightened.

Source: Sunday Post, 15th October 1950

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Martin, Emery, Shaw, Anderson, Young, Glen, Boyd, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Hather.
Celtic Teamsheet
Bonnar; Fallon, Milne; Evans, Mallan, Baillie; Collins, D. Weir, McPahil, Peacock, Tully
Attendance: 30,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: G. Mitchell, Falkirk