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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Rangers

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Rangers

Div 1 (Old)

29/04/1916 | KO: 15:30

Rangers' Lucky Draw at Pittodrie

The Rangers, with a weak eleven, were lucky t o get a draw at Aberdeen. The local team were also below strength, but the substitutes, particularly Mackay and Paton, two Gordon Highlanders, on the right wing, showed up well. The Rangers quite held their own in the first half, but were well held in the latter portion, and had Hempsey to thank for keeping the home marksmen out. The Aberdeen goal ran two thrilling escapes in the last two minutes of the game, but on the general run of the play Aberdeen should have won the points. About 8000 spectators.

Source: The Scotsman, 1st May 1916

This is the closing League match of both clubs for the season. Both teams are nearly at full strength, and a most interesting game should be witnessed. The kick-off has been changed to 3:30 P.M. To suit the convenience of the visiting team. A collection will be taken up during the game to provide footballs for soldiers at the front. There are a host of applications for balls from boys at the western front, from the naval division, and also from the Gordon highlanders, who were interned at Sennelager, Paderborn, in Germany. The management make an appeal for a good response.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 29th April 1916

The game at Pittodrie was good in parts, like the curate's egg. Rangers had some difficulty in scraping together aside, and if the 11 appeared quite good in defence, the attack was far below the Ibrox standard. It was at no time convincing, even in the first period, when it did slightly better than the spasmodic home forwards.

On turning round the latter improved 50%, thanks principally to a revival on the right, where Mackay and Paton, two Gordons, made the pace a cracker for Taylor and "Sneddon." Cumming was eager, but too well watched, and in this period Archibald and Walker gave Gordon and Manderson a lot of running about. Hempsey it was who saved the goal of two, and certainly a point for Rangers. At the other end, in the last minute, Brewster's head saved Aberdeen, who am a however, on the general run of the play, ought to have won. It was by no means a bright game, but there were real interesting stages and not a few thrilling episodes, principally around Hempsey in the second half. Anderson was just as clever in the home goal. Perry and Gallacher gave a good display against Alec Bennett and Brander. Hempsey, Manderson, Gordon, Muir, and Bennett were the best Rangers. All the home defenders gave of their best, and Paton and Cumming were the pick of the forwards.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 1st May 1916

Aberdeen finished the season in 11th position in the League table.
Rangers Teamsheet
Hempsey; Manderson, Taylor; Gordon, Muir, Sneddon; Bennett, brander, Lister, Branscombe, Macrae
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
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