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Empire Exhibition Tournament First Round 
27/05/1938
 
Chelsea 0 - 4 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM         Strauss 4, Thomson 18, Armstrong 20, Hamilton 75.  
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
CHELSEA PROVIDED NO TEST FOR NEW DONS

TIRED, LACKADAISICAL, ENGLISH SIDE WERE BEATEN AFTER 18 MINUTES

HAMILTON CALMLY DELIBERATE IN SCORING BEST GOAL OF FOUR

Aberdeen's handsome victory over Chelsea in the Empire Exhibition football tournament at Ibrox last night should not be taken at its face value. As a test of the newcomers, Adey, Hamilton and Hume, it was of no value whatever. In other words they were not a cup-fighting side as Sunderland were against Celtic.
Their display invited the comment that it is a blessing that this was not the first of the Exhibition games' or the crowd would have been soured into boycott. It was as bad as that.
The scoring instinct of Strauss put Aberdeen ahead in the fourth minute. He came in to anticipate a cross from Smith and found Jackson hopelessly late in his attempt to save.

NOT FOOTBALL

Chelsea were tip-tapping the ball about with miscarrying passes or running into the tackle which was obviously not too welcome. Hopes of a contest were dulled with a second Aberdeen goal in eighteen minutes. Armstrong was doing one of his wriggles just outside the penalty line when someone found another use for his designing feet.
Thomson crashed the free kick in spellbinding fashion into the top corner of the net.
In a couple more minutes it was all up with Chelsea, Aberdeen going three ahead with a goal that wiped this feckless Chelsea team completely out. This goal was a very clever affair. Hamilton sensed an Armstrong manoeuvre and slightly altered position to give Armstrong the ultimate scoring pass.

HAMILTON'S GOAL

We will finish the tale of the scoring with Hamilton's goal seven minutes from time. This was a cool and studious score. Getting the ball just inside the penalty line, Hamilton wasted no time in working for position, but seized the range and aim immediately and dispatched an all-the-way scoring shot unerringly into the far high side of the goal.
I sincerely hope Aberdeen do not fancy themselves over this win. They are still far from being a good team, though we must remember they are in the reconstruction period.
It is going to take them some time to get back to their Cup final day of two years ago.
Live-wire Armstrong has still to find the spark from his two new inside mates. But I qualify that very emphatically by saying that this was no game in which to judge.
The Aberdeen forwards were left to do practically as they liked and were asked to do no concentrated, collective attacking.

SHOULD IMPROVE

Still in the confidence in their lead Aberdeen should have knit themselves into a better team. Aberdeen will know the value in the succeeding rounds. It was difficult to judge Adey at left back. He had really little to do, but the impression was that he is a first timer who will need loads of recovery.
My best impression was of the weighing up half-back play of Dunlop and Thomson, for Aberdeen, and Burgess, at inside right, for Chelsea. Nearly all the rest were not worth the proverbial two peas, though Strauss longed for the old pass from Mills, McKenzie or Fraser.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th May 1938

Chelsea Teamsheet:  John Jackson, Ned Barkas, George Barber, Len Allum, Allan Craig, Sam Weaver, Dick Spence, Harry Burgess, Joe Payne, George Gibson, Peter Buchanan.

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Adey, Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson, Smith, Hamilton, Armstrong, Hume, Strauss.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: T.Thompson, Northumberland

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