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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Clyde

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Clyde

Div 1 (Old)

30/03/1912 | KO:

Poor Forward Play

At Pittodrie, before a poor attendance. The start was delayed owing to the absence of the referee, his train being late in arriving. Clyde early attacked, but Aberdeen retaliated, and McTurk was called upon to save a hot shot from Walker. The Aberdeen men kept the visitors closely confined to their own quarters, but poor shooting, and the influence of a strong wind, kept them from scoring. There was no scoring at the interval. The second half was practically a repetition of the first. Clyde showed up better with the wind at their backs, but were never very dangerous. It was, in fact, a somewhat slow and featureless game, in which the result - a goalless draw - was perhaps the most satisfactory. Both sides were best served by their respective defences. The forwards showed poor combination, and a tendency to fail near goal.

Source: The Scotsman, 1st April 1912

There were only about 4000 spectators at Pittodrie where, after a featureless game, Aberdeen and Clyde finished level, neither side succeeding in finding the net. The match was played in a hurricane of wind, which crate play interfered with the progress of the game. Yet reviewing the play it was a poor and listless game, and that no goals were scored was not to the credit of the attack on either side. Aberdeen were much the more aggressive side, but in their raids the Clyde were the nippier, but both lost chances at close quarters. There was much uneven play, and misjudgments were frequent. The pressure had counted, Aberdeen must have won, and yet the plucky defense of the Clyde was worthy a draw. The spectators were none too pleased at the display of the teams, and openly showed their disappointment. Both teams were below strength, each being without three of its regular players. Aberdeen had the wind in their favor in the first half, and once they had shaken off Clyde attack they took the game in hand, and except for a few bursts were on the offensive right up to the interval, and ineptitude among the forwards at close quarters lost likely chances of scoring.

Clyde were more in the I in the second half, and each goal was visited in turn, and the forwards on either side were equally at fault in front of goal. The defences were outstanding on both sides, although the half-backs did not place to their forwards as they might have done. Both sets of backs were sound, but most of the faults can be attributed to the forwards. Clyde's was the cleverer organisation, and showed the better football, but Aberdeen's were undone evenly balanced lot. If Aberdeen had one they would have been flattered. They had the more chances of scoring, but their attempts in that direction were crude in the extreme. Clyde's best men were Stevens, Carmichael, McAndrew, Walker, Gilligan, and Blair. Aberdeen were well served by Colman, Hume, Wyllie, Davidson, Soye, and McIntosh.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 1st April 1912

Aberdeen Teamsheet
King, Colman, Hume, Davidson, Wyllie, Millar, Soye, Walker, McIntosh, Wood, Neilson.
Clyde Teamsheet
McTurk; Gilligan, Blair; Walker, McAndrew, Collins; Young, Jackson, Allan, Carmichael, Stevens
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. S. W. Hamilton, Motherwell