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Aberdeen 4 - 2 Third Lanark

HT Score: Aberdeen 3 - 2 Third Lanark

Scottish Alliance League
Aberdeen scorers: Taylor, Smith (Pen), McGill, Brady.
Third Lanark scorers: Craig, Hulme

04/09/1937 | KO: 15:00

Campbell Shows Promise for Aberdeen

Except for the opening twenty minutes of the game, Third Lanark "A" were never in the picture at Pittodrie on Saturday.
The first half was a very one-sided affair, the homesters doing the bulk of the attacking. The visiting side never seemed to fit together as did the homesters, and but for theur rugged defence and smart keeping by Hall they would have lost more than four goals.
Campbell, the eighteen-year-old Keith winger, showed great promise at outside right for the Young Dons. The crowd was disappointed when he received a rib injury midway through the first half.
Campbell found little difficulty in beating the back, and crossed a very accurate ball.


The best player on the field was Mackie at right half.
Kelly was none too steady in goal, but had two sturdy backs in McGill and Newton. Donald and Morrison (Hall Russell's), who was given a trial at left half, played soundly.
Taylor was a capable leader of a strong attack, while George Scott showed some clever touches. Brady took his goal well, and Smith was often prominent.
Best for Third Lanark "A" were Hall, Carruthers, Morrison and Mason.
Craig put the visitors in ahead against the run of play following a free kick against Donald.
Taylor was not long in equalising from a Campbell cross. The homesters then took the lead through Smith, who counted from the penalty spot.
Hulme equalised from a goalmouth scrimmage, but McGill restored Aberdeen "A's" lead from a free kick from twenty-five yards range. The young Dons attacked strongly for twenty minutes on resuming, but it was not until well through the half that Brady raced in to add a fourth goal.

Source: Unknown, September, 1937.

N.B. The trialist - Morrison was listed as "Newman".
Jack Campbell was able to return to the field of play after a few minutes, and before half-time.


Third Lanark "A" were no match for Aberdeen "A" at Pittodrie on Saturday in a game packed with incidents and accidents, when they were decisively beaten by four goals to two, before a crowd approaching the 7000 mark.

Aberdeen "A s" superiority was much greater than the score suggests. The Third's reserves, though showing up well in the opening half, were on the defensive for the greater part of the second period.
Before receiving a painful injury to his rib midway through the first half, Campbell, the eighteen-year-old Keith winger, created a very good impression at outside right. He possesses a good turn of speed, rounds his man nicely and centres a good ball.
Despite his injury Campbell returned to the fray to complete the game in straps.
Mackie, at right half for Aberdeen "A," was the star man afield, his effective distribution of the ball being one of the high lights of the game.


McGill took the honours in defence, while Taylor was the pick of an attack that carried no weaklings.
Carruthers, the Thirds' pivot, though giving away a penalty in the first half, was the mainstay of the visiting team. Hall showed well between the "sticks," while Mason and Morrison took a lot of holding in the first half.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play early in the game, Craig taking advantage of a well-placed free kick. Campbell was responsible for the equaliser, beating two men to let Taylor through to score.
The Young Dons took the lead from a penalty, Smith being the marksman. Though Hulme succeeded in levelling matters, McGill sent in a rocket free kick to restore the lead in the homesters' favour.
Thirds never left their own half during the first twenty minutes of the second half, but came more into the picture before the end. Brady completed the scoring with a lob over Hall's head.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th September 1937

Third Lanark Teamsheet
Hall; Rhodie, Johnstone; Young, Carruthers, Holt; Hulme, Mason, Morrison, Craig, Brown
Attendance: 5,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: A. Kerchar, Stirling
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