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Div 1 (Old) 
01/11/1930
 
Rangers 4 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Fleming, Fleming, McGowan, McPhail        
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
ABERDEEN CRACK UP After Good First Half.
Striking a game after half-time vividly reminiscent of last season's Championship form Rangers at Ibrox Park on Saturday reduced Aberdeen to a defensive force which proved totally incapable of resistance towards the end, the result being that the League Champions finished with a clear lead of four goals. For about 30 minutes Aberdeen played free touchline football, failed to recognise one big chance provided by Yorston, and then gradually petered out dismally.
Rapid and vigorously aggressive football by Morton threw a chance in Fleming's way, which the winger promptly accepted, and, after the interval, the former continuing to display positioning and dribbling which must have come as a revelation to his most loyal adherent, brought Rangers' attack along in such rampant style that goals followed from Fleming, McGowan, and McPhail.

Good Play by Buchanan

In this game of a return to almost last season's standard Buchanan, Rangers' right-half-back, gave a first class exhibition of solid co-operation with his wing and fluent distribution and shooting. He was a master of defence, as Morton was a master of attack.
Aberdeen's weakness at centre and inside right must certainly come under the review of the Northern team-builders.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 3rd November 1930

 
Aberdeen cracked in the second half of their match with Rangers at Ibrox, and fell by four goals to nil. The score flatters the Glasgow team, which although superior in the second period, was not four goals ahead of the Pittodrie side.
The feature of the match was the grand form shown by the Dons' defence. Seldom have they played so well, and it was unfortunate that they were beaten four times.
The mid-line failed to play to form, while in an attack which showed plenty skill but lacked marksmen, McDermid and Smith were best.

Rangers Held.

Rangers were no better than Aberdeen in the first half, but improved in the second. For the champions, Gray, Craig, Fleming, McPhail, and McGowan were good.
Aberdeen more than held their own at the start, but the only player to have a try was McLean, and it was a poor one.
The first real thrill came when Fleming got away and crossed a nice ball, which McPhail crashed against the underside of the crossbar.
Jackson was holding Morton in cheek this stage, but a dangerous cross by Fleming was well held by Smith.
A fast raid by Aberdeen saw Smith, on the left, drive in a great effort, which Tom Hamilton did well to stop with one hand.

Chance Lost.

In a race with 'keeper Hamilton for the ball Yorston got possession and squared in front of a yawning goal, but there was not an Aberdeen forward up to accept a glorious opportunity.
A goal at this stage would have put the visitors on the high road to victory.
Rangers attacked spiritedly, and only fine anticipation by Smith kept McPhail from counting.
Both sides were palpably ineffective in front of goal, but the home team gave the impression of being the more dangerous attacking force. This was proved when four minutes from the interval Fleming guided a cross by Morton past the Aberdeen 'keeper.

Good Goalkeeping.

Aberdeen made a promising start in the second half, McDermid and Yorston being prominent, but at the critical moment Smith's pass was intercepted.
Morton stole away on the Rangers' left, and Brown gained possession, but his shot was without sting.
Aberdeen were for the most part hemmed in their own territory, and Smith In goal was doing great service. He did exceptionally well to get down to a ground shot by McGowan. Two corners fell to the homesters, but were not improved upon, the Aberdeen defence still battling strongly.

Fast Scoring.

With seventeen minutes gone, Smith pushed away a shot by Fleming, but Morton, lying beside the post, slipped the ball into the net.
The half was well advanced ere Aberdeen made their first dangerous attack. McDermid driving narrowly past.
Rangers held a decided advantage this half, and when McGowan ran half the length of the field to score a third goal, Aberdeen were a well-beaten side. It came as no surprise when McPhail accepted a Morton pass to take the total to four.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd November 1930

Rangers Teamsheet:  T. Hamilton; Gray, R. Hamilton; Buchanan, Meiklejohn, Craig; Fleming, Brown, McGowan, McPhail, Morton

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Jackson, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, McDermid, Yorston, McLean, Smith.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: T. Morrison, Falkirk

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