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AFC - Match Report
match report 1937-38 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 5 - 0 Hibernian
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Scott, Warnock 51, Warnock 68, Warnock 69, Armstrong 85.        
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Warnock Shows the Way
Aberdeen's decisive victory over Hibs at Pittodrie will undoubtedly help to restore the confidence of the players. The Dons thoroughly deserved the points, but the score is apt to create a wrong impression. The standard of football served up was poor. Aberdeen were the better balanced side, but they would not have won by such a wide margin had it not been for the opportunism of Warnock, their right winger. Not only did he score a "hat-trick," but he also provided the cross from which the fifth goal was scored.

Generalship Lacking

Hibs were an enthusiastic team, but they lacked a general. With a steadying influence in attack or at half-back they would have been a much more dangerous combine. There were few passages of really brilliant football, although the exchanges were fast and keen. Both forward lines were disjointed - Hibs' to a greater extent than that of Aberdeen - and there was little of that close cooperation between half-backs and forwards which is the foundation of a really successful team.
The Dons held a decided territorial advantage in the first half, but the old fault of "shooting shyness" was again in evidence. They led by a single goal at the interval, and there was an element of luck about Scott's counter. The inside-left gained possession on the left and swung the ball into the middle. There is little doubt that it was meant for a cross, but Culley misjudged the flight of the ball and it landed in the net.

Better Work

Aberdeen were a more business-like combination in the second period, and with six minutes gone they increased their lead. Warnock got his head to a cross by Scott, and when Culley succeeded only in knocking the ball down, the right-winger followed up to send into the net. With twenty seven minutes gone Warnock netted a third goal. Armstrong let him clear on the right, and he ran on to give the Hibs' keeper no chance. One minute later Culley palmed out a shot by Armstrong, and Warnock was lying handy to send into the net before the keeper could recover. Armstrong completed the scoring five minutes from the finish, when he smashed a cross by Warnock into the roof of the net.
The Dons' defence was sound, but it must be admitted that the opposition was weak. Johnstone did all that was required of him in a clean and confident manner, while McGill was the steadier and more polished back. Newton was kept busy by McIntyre, but played fairly well, although his kicking was inclined to be wild.

Thomson Best

Thomson was the most effective half-back, combining defence and attack smartly. Falloon was a safe defensive pivot, and Devine put in a lot of hard work on defence. Honours in attack go to Warnock, who proved himself possessed of a fine positional sense. Armstrong was a dashing leader, although he has been seen in more dangerous mood, while McKenzie, although he was clever on the ball, too seldom threatened Hibs goal. Willie Scott was seen at his best shortly before the interval, when he forced on play in fine style. Strauss is missing Mills. It was the inside-left who provided the South African with many of his scoring chances last season.
There were too many young inexperienced players in the Hibs team. Culley, in goal, might have saved at least two of the goals, and did not inspire confidence. Logan was the better back, Prior losing his grip on Warnock after the interval. The half-backs were too busy in defence to lend the attackers sound support. Miller and Birse got through a terrific amount of work in defence. The Hibs attack was lacking in cohesion and thrust. Had they been less impetuous they would have been much more dangerous. McIntyre, on the right, was clever and crossed a dangerous ball. and Egan occasionally took the eye, but none of the others impressed.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th October 1937

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, McGill, Newton, Devine, Falloon, Thomson, Warnock, McKenzie, Armstrong, Scott, Strauss.

Unused Subs:


Hibernian Teamsheet:  Culley; Logan, Prior; Birse, Miller, Rice; McIntyre, Finnigan, Milne, Egan, Nutley


Referee: Mr. W. Webb, Glasgow

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