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Airdrie 4 - 7 Aberdeen

HT Score: Airdrie 2 - 2 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Airdrie scorers: McGurn 23, McCulloch 34, McMillan 58 (pen), Welsh 65
Aberdeen scorers: Hather 20, Hamilton 22, Hamilton 49 (Pen), Hather 56, Buckley 71, Hay 80, Buckley 87.

18/10/1952 | KO: 15:00

New Spirit Among The Players

Dons Drop Quest For Penman 
By NORMAN MACDONALD

RAITH ROVERS are prepared to consider offers for Willie Penman, their goal-scoring left winger. In spite of the tact that but for a last minute change of mind by Archie Baird, Penman would have been on Aberdeen’s playing staff, the Pittodrie club, I understand, have no intention of renewing their interest in the Kirkcaldy player. Certainly the Dons have no left wing problem so long Jack Hather plays with the verve and spirit he showed at Airdrie. He gave every indication of having recaptured his best form.
It there was a better Aberdeen forward Broomfield it was George Hamilton. He seems to be much happier at inside right than he was at centre-forward, and certainly more valuable to the team.
Hamilton netted two of Aberdeen's seven goals and his immaculate passes were mainly responsible for the two scored by Buckley.
Incidentally, it’s a long time since the Pittodrie team hit the target seven times or more. A glance the records shows that it was as long ago as September, 1947.
Do you remember that game - a League Cup qualifying tie against Queen of the South at Pittodrie? The loss one goal would have been fatal for the Dons. They won 9-0 to pip Motherwell for a place in the match-play stages by a fraction of a goal.

Bad Spell

Goals were cheap at Broomfield on Saturday. Seldom have I seen many "gifts." As the score indicates, Airdrie were more generous than Aberdeen.
The fact that the Dons conceded four goals suggests that the defence had a bad day. This its not strictly correct. Two of the goals might have been prevented and I'm afraid Fred Martin must accept the responsibility.
The big keeper seems to have struck a bad spell. Other players can make mistakes and get away with it, but when the goalkeeper slips up the finger of accusation points directly at him.
Martin is a good keeper. He will get over the bad spell, and the quickest way to do so is forget the last two games.

Round the Corner 

The Aberdeen forwards gave a dashing display against Airdrie They played with more skill and cohesion than their opponents.
Harris brightened up after an unprofitable first half and joined with Hamilton in the attacking movements. Allister was never particularly prominent. The former Chelsea half-back has sound ideas when in possession, but he will have to show more speed in going into the tackle.
The Dons seem to have turned the corner. A different spirit was abroad amongst the players in the dressing room after Saturday's goal-scoring revel.
The pressure was gone. Chaff and laughter had replaced the strained atmosphere which has been the order of the day since Ihe opening of the season.
The victories over Third Lanark and Airdrie don'i make the Dons a championship team, but they should certainly go a long way towards restoring confidence. They are in the right mood to burst East Fife's unbeaten record at Pittodrie this week.

Source: Evening Express, 20th October 1952
Airdrie Teamsheet
Walker, Pryde, Cross, Cairns, Rodger, Quinn, Seawright, McMillan, McGurn, Welsh, McCulloch
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Broomfield Park, Airdrie
Referee: G. Mitchell, Falkirk
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