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Bobby Ancell Squad Index
Information:
1948-49 Squad Number:
3
Position:
Left Back
Date of Birth:
16th June 1911
Birthplace:
Dumfries
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 9
Weight:
11st 10lbs
Signed:
07/01/1949
Career History:
Mid Armadale
St. Mirren 17-02-30
Newcastle U. 28-08-36 2750
Carlisle 1939-40 (War Guest)
Blackpool war 1941-42 (War Guest)
Rochdale 1941-42 (War Guest)
Blackburn Rovers 1941-43 (War Guest)
Derby County 1943-44 (War Guest)
Burnley 1945-46 (War Guest)
Aberdeen 1941-42, 1942-43, 1943-44 (War Guest)
Dundee 21-07-44 150 (Player-Trainer)
Aberdeen 7th Jan 1949, Freed 30th April 1949 (Player-Trainer)
Dundee 02-05-1949 Berwick Rangers 29-11-50 (Player-Manager) Dunfermline Athletic 17-06-1952 to 26-07-55 (Manager) Motherwell Manager 28-07-1955 Dundee 31-03-65, Assist-Coach 28-09-68 Nottingham Forest Scout 09-69
 
Profile:
Aberdeen are likely to have a Scottish internationalist at left back in their North-Eastern League game against Dunfermline on Saturday. He is Robert Ancell, the former St Mirren defender, who is now a Newcastle player. He is in the Army.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th August 1941

Wartime guest player with Aberdeen, then signed as player coach 7th January 1949 and released 30th April 1949

A l t h o u g h one of Aberdeen's most recent acquisitions, he is no stranger to Pittodrie, having guested there frequently during the war. Now in his twentieth season as a professional footballer, he has worn Scotland's colours against each of the other three countries and vividly recalls the thrill of his first 'National against Ireland at Belfast in 1937 while playing with Newcastle. A linotype operator to trade, at present he is engaged full time on football. Most embarrassing moment was as a very young senior having none-too-happy a game against David Ness of Partick, who picked the ball from touch, threw it to Bobby, and said, "Here, son, have a kick at it now!'" Angling, gardening, and golf share his interests, and, playing off 4 handicap, he was runner-up in the Scottish Professional Footballers' Tournament last summer.

Source: Match Programme, 2nd April 1949


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
30/08/1941
Aberdeen 4-0 Dunfermline Athletic
North Eastern League 30 Start
06/09/1941
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
North Eastern League 10,000 30 Start
13/09/1941
Aberdeen 7-1 St. Bernards
North Eastern League 30 Start
10/10/1942
Aberdeen 8-1 Raith Rovers
North Eastern League 8,000 31 Start
17/10/1942
Hibernian 0-7 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 5,000 31 Start
24/10/1942
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United
North Eastern League 7,000 31 Start
31/10/1942
Aberdeen 1-1 East Fife
North Eastern League 6,000 31 Start
07/11/1942
Heart of Midlothian 5-3 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 7,000 31 Start
05/12/1942
Raith Rovers 2-6 Aberdeen
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 2,000 31 Start
12/12/1942
Aberdeen 5-1 Raith Rovers
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 8,000 31 Start
19/12/1942
Dunfermline Athletic 2-3 Aberdeen
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 3,500 31 Start
26/12/1942
Aberdeen 6-1 Dunfermline Athletic
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 12,000 31 Start
02/01/1943
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
North Eastern League 7,000 31 Start
09/01/1943
Aberdeen 2-0 Raith Rovers
North Eastern League 5,000 31 Start
16/01/1943
Hibernian 0-5 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 31 Start
23/01/1943
Aberdeen 4-1 Dunfermline Athletic
North Eastern League 6,000 31 Start
30/01/1943
East Fife 1-0 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 2,500 31 Start
06/02/1943
Heart of Midlothian 2-6 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 2,500 31 Start
20/02/1943
Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,000 31 Start
27/02/1943
Aberdeen 8-3 Heart of Midlothian
North Eastern League 16,000 31 Start
06/03/1943
Aberdeen 4-1 East Fife
North Eastern League 12,000 31 Start
13/03/1943
Raith Rovers 1-1 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,000 31 Start
27/03/1943
Dunfermline Athletic 0-0 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 2,000 31 Start
03/04/1943
Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup R1 1L 3,500 31 Start
10/04/1943
Aberdeen 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic
Mitchell Cup R1 2L 12,000 31 Start
17/04/1943
Aberdeen 3-1 Morton
Friendly 8,000 31 Start
24/04/1943
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup SF 1L 10,000 31 Start
01/05/1943
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
Mitchell Cup SF 2L 15,000 31 Start
08/05/1943
Raith Rovers ABANDONED 0-0 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup F 1L 2,000 31 Start
15/05/1943
Raith Rovers 1-1 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup F 1L 10,000 31 Start
22/05/1943
Aberdeen 4-5 British Army
Benefit Match 25,000 31 Start
29/05/1943
Aberdeen 6-2 Raith Rovers
Mitchell Cup F 2L 14,000 31 Start
17/07/1943
St. Mirren 1-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 20,000 32 Start
14/08/1943
Aberdeen 7-2 Dunfermline Athletic
North Eastern League 10,000 32 Start
21/08/1943
Raith Rovers 3-2 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,000 32 Start
28/08/1943
Aberdeen 4-1 Rangers
North Eastern League 12,000 32 Start
04/09/1943
Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 5,000 32 Start
11/09/1943
Dundee United 2-0 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,500 32 Start
18/09/1943
Aberdeen 3-0 Falkirk
North Eastern League 7,000 32 Start
02/10/1943
Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,000 32 Start
09/10/1943
Aberdeen 3-0 Heart of Midlothian
North Eastern League 5,000 32 Start
13/11/1943
Aberdeen 0-5 Scottish Command
Friendly 32 Start
20/11/1943
Falkirk 2-2 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 32 Start
27/11/1943
Aberdeen 6-1 Raith Rovers
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 5,000 32 Start
04/12/1943
Raith Rovers 2-1 Aberdeen
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 3,000 32 Start
01/01/1944
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee United
North Eastern League 8,000 32 Start
02/01/1944
Aberdeen 0-2 Rangers
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 10,000 32 Start
03/01/1944
Aberdeen 0-0 East Fife
North Eastern League 32 Start
08/01/1944
Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 1,500 32 Start
15/01/1944
Aberdeen 5-2 Heart of Midlothian
North Eastern League 32 Start
29/01/1944
Dundee United 1-7 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,000 32 Start
05/02/1944
Aberdeen 3-1 Falkirk
North Eastern League 5,000 32 Start
12/02/1944
Rangers 3-2 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 32 Start
19/02/1944
Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,000 32 Start
04/03/1944
Falkirk 2-10 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 2,500 32 Start
25/03/1944
Aberdeen 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic
North Eastern League 4,000 32 Start
01/04/1944
Aberdeen 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic
Mitchell Cup PR1 6,000 32 Start
29/04/1944
Raith Rovers 2-1 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup PR2 5,740 32 Start
08/01/1949
Aberdeen 2-2 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 37 Start
15/01/1949
Hibernian 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,500 37 Start
22/01/1949
Third Lanark 2-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R1 26,000 37 Start
29/01/1949
Aberdeen 0-2 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 37 Start
05/02/1949
Aberdeen 0-0 Glenavon
Friendly 12,000 37 Start
12/02/1949
Aberdeen 0-2 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 42,000 37 Start
19/02/1949
Falkirk 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 37 Start
26/02/1949
Aberdeen 4-2 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 37 Start
05/03/1949
Albion Rovers 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 750 37 Start
12/03/1949
Aberdeen 4-0 Albion Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 37 Start
19/03/1949
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 37 Start
26/03/1949
Queen of the South 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 37 Start
02/04/1949
Aberdeen 0-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 37 Start
09/04/1949
Clyde 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 37 Start
16/04/1949
Rangers 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 37 Start
20/04/1949
East Fife 1-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 37 Start
30/04/1949
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 37 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1948-49
15
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
1
0
0
1943-44
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
26
0
8
1942-43
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
29
0
6
1941-42
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
Totals:
15
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
59
0
14
Total Appearances/Goals: 16 0