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Dewar Shield Final 
Aberdeen 2 - 2 Falkirk
Kick Off:    Armstrong, .       Stewart, Dawson  
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
This match attracted a good crowd for a Dewar Shield match and many feared it would be the last game they saw for a while as the storm clouds gathered over Europe. Aberdeen opened the scoring completely against the run of play after ten minutes when Armstrong headed past McKie. Falkirk had opened brightly and the left wing pairing of Dawson and Miller had the Dons defence at full stretch. Falkirk pushed Aberdeen back into defence and got a deserved equalizer after 14 minutes when Stewart's shot went in off the upright following a corner. Aberdeen restored their lead when Biggs scored with a rising volley after Armstrong lost possession. Their lead only lasted five minutes, and Falkirk equalized again through Dawson. Johnstone parried Carruthers shot out as far as the Falkirk winger and he made no mistake.
All the goals came in a frantic first half, and while both sides had chances to win the game in the second period, Falkirk were well worth another chance. Duffy had proved an able replacement for Keyes and Jimmy McPhie had the measure of Strauss, Aberdeen's South African winger.
This match and the game on the following Saturday were to be the last appearances from several players and Falkirk's great side of the late 30's soon broke up as players joined the forces or took part in war work. This was undoubtedly Falkirk's best side since the first decade of the century and they were capable of challenging for major honours-even the League title itself.
The League tables stood, as if frozen in time as a record of what was, and what might have been. Writing in the Falkirk Herald, Watchman commented: "It seems pointless now that this country is at war and football will be completely suspended for no one knows how long, to review the happenings of last Saturday in the sphere of local football. We shall always remember, however, that the Bairns finished with a win which made them the closest challengers to Rangers."

Source: Falkirk FC programme 31st January 2009

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, Cooper, Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson, Christie, Hamilton, Armstrong, Biggs, Strauss.

Unused Subs:


Falkirk Teamsheet:  McKie; McPhee, Peat; Duffy, Shankly, Murray; Carruthers, Anderson, Stewart, Miller, Dawson



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