OUTSTANDING forward at Pittodrie on Saturday, when Aberdeen beat Dundee United by three clear goals, was Mortensen, of Blackpool, who figured at inside right for the Dons.
Aberdeen have been fortunate to secure the services this "flier," who ranks among the best of the guest players who have donned Aberdeen's colours.
Mortemsen, who is now a member of a bomber crew, had an unpleasant experience recently when making a practioe jump from a plane; he was nearly strangled by the rip cord. Fortunately, he suffered no ill-effects. After a spell in the west of England, where he helped Bath City, Mortensen has now been sent north.
He is a natural footballer. His ball control is magnificent, but his greatest asset is the speed with which be gets off his mark with the ball at his foot.
It took the Dons a long time to gain the mastery on Saturday. The attack did not work well with Gourlay at centre. Then Gavin was injured. He played at outside right for a time, but a great transformation took place When he returned to centre-half, with Pattillo centre and Gourlay on the wing. From then the Dona produced their real form.
The Dons take three points from this game as the result having soored the greater number of goals over the two matches between the teams. Johnstone, Cooper and Dyer were strong in defence, and Taylor forced the game at wing half, while Gavin, although handicapped by his injury, stood up well to Juliussen.
Pattillo played in three positions - outside right, centre-half, and centre-forward - and was good in them all. He scored two grand goals. Mortensen had the third. Gourlay was a success at outside right.
United's best men were Brownlee, Fordyce, Morgan. Juliussen and Gardiner.
Source: Press & Journal, 15th February 1943