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Archie Baird Squad Index
Information:
1952-53 Squad Number:
10
Position:
Inside Left
Date of Birth:
08th May 1919
Birthplace:
Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
6' 1 1/2
Weight:
12st 7lbs
Signed:
09/06/1938
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:

Inside forward Baird joined the Dons in 1938 but had a long wait to make his Aberdeen debut due to the war. Scored in the Dons first national triumph in the 3-2 Southern League Cup win against Rangers in 1946. Was also a vital part of the Dons successful Scottish Cup side a year later. Represented Scotland in wartime internationals, Archie Baird joined St Johnstone at the end of the 1952-53 season.

Another link with this football club's past was lost forever on the 4th November 2009, with the sad news that former player and Aberdeen legend, Archie Baird, has passed away. However his memory will always live on at Aberdeen Football Club. Whenever the Scottish Cup comes around, talk will be of the side that carried off the crown in 1947, for the very first time, and Archie Baird's role in it. That will never die.

Archie Baird Interview taken from RedMatchday earlier this year

Being the oldest known living former Donwas not a burden that would have worried Archie Baird; after all he has been through some incredible experiences in what has been a memorable playing career and personal life. Archie had celebrated his 90th birthday on the 8th May andwas theonly surviving Don from the team that won the Dons first Scottish Cup in 1947.

Born in Rutherglen, Archie joined Aberdeen as a youngster of great promise in the summer of 1938. Aberdeen offered Archie a two-year contract which was unusual back then for any young player to be rewarded with more than a year's contract. "I had offers from Blackpool, Motherwell, St Mirren, Partick and others but my mother influenced my final decision due to the fact that Aberdeen manager Dave Halliday had good, honest eyes that were what clinched my move to Aberdeen. I had always admired the Dons and their style and moving to Aberdeen was a clean break. It all happened so quickly; six months after starting as a Junior I was away to Aberdeen and earning 4 per week with a 20 signing on fee. I set out on my great adventure in July 1938 leaving Buchanan Street station in Glasgow in the company of someone called Willie Waddell but not my right wing buddie from Strathclyde. By a strange coincidence there was another young player of that name with Renfrew and he too had just signed for Aberdeen. Willie was a fine player and we grew to become close friends for many years."

Archie soon began to realise what being at a football club like Aberdeen was all about as he started out in the reserves. "We got a taste of full-time training the month before the start of the season. Donald Colman was the trainer at that time; a quiet-spoken intelligent man. He made an immediate impression on me. When he entered the dressing room you could sense he had the respect of the hard-bitten pros. Donald was detailed in everything he did and that rubbed off on the players. He would advise players on their fitness and diet and the importance of living healthy. He was ahead of his time. He also got the best out of players and that was his real strength. Matt Armstrong was struggling to make it at Celtic but Colman transformed him at Pittodrie and he went on to become one of the best forwards ever to play for the Dons. I soon began to realise that I would turn to Donald for guidance as my form began to suffer and I lost confidence. I saw my friend Willie Waddell promoted to the first team and I was delighted for him but things were not going well for me and I was struggling to make an impact."

It was at that point that events in Europe were soon to have an impact on the whole country as Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939. All football was immediately stopped as every attention turned to the war effort. Events during those difficult times would have a huge bearing on Archie. "It all happened so quickly. Here I was in Aberdeen and trying to make my way as a professional player and also training to be an architect. A couple of months later I was conscripted and was very soon in France as a member of a medical corps unit with the ill-fated British Expeditionary Force. I missed the evacuation of Dunkirk, and only managed to leave France on the last ship out of St Nazaire. That was in the summer of 1940. By Christmas I was in the Western Desert, and by May 1942 had been captured by the Germans near Tobruk and handed over to the Italians. It was at El Adem when our field ambulance attached to the infantry unit had been surrounded by a squadron of German tanks. We ended up in a camp near Tripoli, called Suani Ben Adem. It was a filthy hell-hole, a huge rectangular strip of oasis surrounded by a wire fence and sentry towers. Prisoners were unable to do anything and many died there. What an eternity those four years seemed and how different from my teenage dreams; my twenty-first birthday spent in a tent 'somewhere in France'; my football confined to games for the unit team, a kick about with the lads and the occasional improvised training session. Since the war broke out I had played only two first class games, both with Leeds United as a guest player while I was stationed at Headingly Cricket Ground awaiting transfer to Egypt. Lying there under the clear Italian sky, I relived the excitement of playing against the pre-war Everton stars; Jones, Britton, Mercer and the great Tommy Lawton. But not even the good memory of scoring a goal for Leeds that day could make me forget the seriousness of my situation."

Archie spent much of his time during the hostilities as a POW in Italy but it was his story of what happened after his escape that was truly a tale of human courage and compassion. After eighteen months as a captive, Archie and his close friend Harold 'Smudger' Smith escaped to the foothills of the Appenines, free, but still in enemy-occupied territory. They headed south after news of an Allied landing on the Italian coast suggested that would have been their best route. However the journey was an arduous one with German patrols prominent. Their route to safety was achieved by living off the land and the generosity of sympathetic Italian farmers and peasants they met along the way.

"We had encountered many dangers along the way but the local Italian people were humble, generous people."

It was on that long trek to freedom that Archie came across an Italian family that would go to 'adopt' him as one of their own for several months as the harsh winter set in. The Pilotti family were Italian farmers who looked after Archie as his good friend Harold and Tom who had joined them along the way, found similar families nearby to home the escapees. Archie made life-long friendships during those days and daily news of Allied advances helped raise spirits. Archie also by his association with his new friends managed to speak the language in time. As the German occupation waned by the day and news of the Allied efforts in Italy were successful.

"As we made our way to eventual freedom we could hear gunfire in the distance. The Germans were retreating north and their convoy was an easy target for our fighters and bombers. The activity in the air was increasing as we made our way north. We eventually arrived in a village called Sarnano where it was soon to become Allied occupied territory, my feelings were mixed as the Italian people did not really understand what was happening as the Union flag was raised in their town.

"I came back a completely different person. I went away as a raw young laddie and came back after experiencing a lot, I had more confidence in myself and as far as football was concerned I was thrust straight into the Aberdeen first team so it just developed from there. On my return to Falmouth I had started playing for my unit team and for Aldershot. By early 1945 I was stationed at Edinburgh Castle and playing for Aberdeen when I could get leave arranged. The Scottish Command then selected me for a tour of Orkney Islands and I met up with some players I would face in the coming months. However the most important day for me was stepping out at Pittodrie to face Hearts for the first time in seven years and I was at last, making my first team debut. The war ended in May 1945 and I was demobbed in September."

It was in January 1946 that Archie gained his one Scotland cap when he played against Belgium at Hampden. "That game should never have been played as the ground was covered in snow. The game ended in a 2-2 draw but the thick fog made conditions all the more difficult. Jimmy Delaney and Gordon Smith were alongside me in that side. It was not an ideal international to play in but the Victory International against England was something else. It was the last wartime international and was seen as a celebration of the end of hostilities. I was delighted to be selected for the Scotland team. I would be facing some famous names like Frank Swift, Len Shackleton and Billy Wright. The Saturday before the international we were playing Partick at Firhill. I went down in a tackle with Jacky husband and I knew at once that I was seriously injured. On the Monday I had to call off from the Scotland team as the injury worsened. It was a sad day for me although my team mate George Hamilton took my place."

The highlights of Archie's Pittodrie career came in the Dons Southern League Cup win in May 1946 and the Scottish Cup a year later.

"I had a month to recover from that injury to make it for the final against Rangers. We prepared in Largs for three days before the game and we also had to contend with the butt of all jokes as Aberdeen had never won a national trophy at that time. The game was a real highlight for me personally as I scored a goal in the opening minute. Andy Cowie sent in a long throw and George (Hamilton) flicked the ball on with his head. I managed to leap past George Young to score. When Stan Williams scored just before half time, the big Aberdeen contingent was convinced we had done enough. Rangers back though and the game was tied at 2-2 as we moved into the final minutes. In the last seconds George Taylor popped up with a sensational winner and the cup was ours.

"A year later we took the Scottish Cup as well after beating Hibernian. There was a huge Aberdeen following that day as supporters came from all over, as far away as Orkney and Shetland; a true north east invasion. It was an amazing experience and after we lost a goal in the opening minute we came back to win with Stan Williams scoring the winner. I took up a position at the near post as Stan cut in from the bye-line. I was shouting at Stan to cut the ball back, but he flicked the ball in at the near post for a great goal. Stan later admitted to me that he heard my shout but he noticed Hibernian keeper Kerr move off his line in anticipation."

Looking back at his playing career, one player stood out from the rest as far as Archie was concerned;

"George Hamilton was the best player to play for the club. George was the complete player and it was a privilege to play alongside him. It was all so different in those days, there wasn't a great deal of influence from the manager regarding tactics or coaching. Any success we had was usually down to us playing off the cuff as it were."

After finishing his career in 1956 after three seasons with St Johnstone, Archie immediately began working for the Scottish Daily Express as a north east beat reporter. Despite offers to go full time as a journalist, Archie continued with his career as a PE teacher, a profession he had taken up during his time at Pittodrie.

"You have got to look at the whole picture and I count myself lucky to have survived the war. That was the big thing. To have been able to come back and play football again was a great thrill. To be honest I have never looked upon myself as being unlucky during the war and I don't have any regrets."

Archie Baird - Aberdeen Record

Season

Apps

Goals

1946-47

19

7

1947-48

22

7

1948-49

7

1

1949-50

23

6

1950-51

40

10

1951-52

27

6

1952-53

6

0

Total

144

37


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
27/04/1939
Aberdeen 5-2 Buckie Thistle
Dewar Shield R1 1L 19 Start
14/08/1939
Buckie Thistle 5-7 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield R1 2L 1,000 20 Start
10/03/1945
Falkirk 2-1 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 25 Start
17/03/1945
Raith Rovers 1-4 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 3,500 25 Start
24/03/1945
Aberdeen 3-1 Heart of Midlothian
North Eastern League 10,000 25 Start
31/03/1945
Aberdeen 2-2 East Fife
North Eastern League 8,000 25 Start
07/04/1945
Dundee 1-4 Aberdeen
North Eastern League 13,200 25 Start
14/04/1945
Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers
North Eastern League 6,000 25 Start
21/04/1945
Aberdeen 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic
North Eastern League 6,000 25 Start
19/05/1945
East Fife 2-1 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup R1 1L 6,000 26 Start
26/05/1945
Aberdeen 2-1 East Fife
Mitchell Cup R1 2L 12,000 26 Start
09/06/1945
Falkirk 2-1 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup SF 1L 4,000 26 Start
30/06/1945
Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Aberdeen
Mitchell Cup F 2L 12,000 26 Start
07/07/1945
Aberdeen 1-3 Heart of Midlothian
North Eastern League 5,000 26 Start
11/08/1945
Aberdeen 3-0 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 26 Start
15/08/1945
St. Johnstone 2-1 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield R1 1L 4,500 26 Start
01/09/1945
Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26,000 26 Start
08/09/1945
Aberdeen 2-0 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
15/09/1945
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26,000 26 Start
22/09/1945
Aberdeen 4-1 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 26 Start
24/09/1945
Aberdeen 1-3 Dundee
Mitchell Cup 12,000 26 Start
29/09/1945
Partick Thistle 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 31,000 26 Start
13/10/1945
Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 65,000 26 Start
20/10/1945
Aberdeen 1-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 26 Start
27/10/1945
Queen of the South 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
03/11/1945
Aberdeen 3-1 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 26 Start
10/11/1945
Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 26 Start
24/11/1945
Third Lanark 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
01/12/1945
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 26 Start
08/12/1945
St. Mirren 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
22/12/1945
Aberdeen 2-0 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
25/12/1945
Queens Park 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 26 Start
29/12/1945
Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
01/01/1946
Falkirk 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 26 Start
02/01/1946
Aberdeen 3-0 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
05/01/1946
Aberdeen 5-0 Queens Park
Div 1 (Old) 19,000 26 Start
12/01/1946
Aberdeen 4-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 26 Start
19/01/1946
Clyde 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 26 Start
26/01/1946
Aberdeen 7-1 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
02/02/1946
Morton 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 26 Start
09/02/1946
Aberdeen 2-1 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 26 Start
16/02/1946
Hamilton 3-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 26 Start
23/02/1946
Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen
Southern League Cup G1 16,000 26 Start
02/03/1946
Aberdeen 4-1 Hibernian
Southern League Cup G1 18,000 26 Start
09/03/1946
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Southern League Cup G1 14,000 26 Start
16/03/1946
Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock
Southern League Cup G1 15,000 26 Start
23/03/1946
Hibernian 3-2 Aberdeen
Southern League Cup G1 35,000 26 Start
30/03/1946
Partick Thistle 0-0 Aberdeen
Southern League Cup G1 20,000 26 Start
24/04/1946
Hamilton 0-2 Aberdeen
Victory Cup R1 2L 9,000 26 Start
27/04/1946
Aberdeen 2-2 Airdrie
Southern League Cup SF 20,000 26 Start
30/04/1946
Aberdeen 5-3 Airdrie
Southern League Cup SF REP 45,000 26 Start
04/05/1946
Aberdeen 1-1 Kilmarnock
Victory Cup R2 1L 15,000 26 Start
11/05/1946
Aberdeen 3-2 Rangers
Southern League Cup F 135,000 27 Start
13/05/1946
Kilmarnock 0-3 Aberdeen
Victory Cup R2 2L 20,000 27 Start
18/05/1946
Clyde 4-2 Aberdeen
Victory Cup R3 27 Start
08/06/1946
Irish League XI 1-2 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 27 Start
10/08/1946
Third Lanark 0-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 27 Start
14/08/1946
Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 27 Start
17/08/1946
Aberdeen 6-2 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 27 Start
21/08/1946
Motherwell 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 27 Start
24/08/1946
St. Mirren 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 27 Start
28/08/1946
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 29,000 27 Start
04/09/1946
Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 27 Start
07/09/1946
Falkirk 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 27 Start
01/01/1947
Aberdeen 0-4 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 27 Start
22/03/1947
Aberdeen 6-2 Heart of Midlothian
League Cup SF 36,201 27 Start
29/03/1947
Dundee 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 35,500 27 Start
05/04/1947
Aberdeen 0-4 Rangers
League Cup F 82,684 27 Start
12/04/1947
Arbroath 0-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup SF 22,000 27 Start
19/04/1947
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
Scottish Cup F 82,140 27 Start
26/04/1947
Queens Park 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 27 Start
03/05/1947
Aberdeen 4-2 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 13,500 27 Start
05/05/1947
Aberdeen 2-2 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 27 Start
07/05/1947
Aberdeen 2-0 Falkirk
Dewar Shield SF 1L 10,000 27 Start
14/05/1947
Aberdeen 3-0 Hamilton
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 28 Start
17/05/1947
Heart of Midlothian 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,844 28 Start
09/08/1947
St. Mirren 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GA 8,000 28 Start
13/08/1947
Aberdeen 0-2 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 40,000 28 Start
23/08/1947
Queen of the South 1-2 Aberdeen
League Cup GA 14,000 28 Start
26/08/1947
St. Mirren 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 13,500 28 Start
30/08/1947
Aberdeen 2-0 St. Mirren
League Cup GA 20,000 28 Start
06/09/1947
Motherwell 2-0 Aberdeen
League Cup GA 21,500 28 Start
13/09/1947
Aberdeen 9-0 Queen of the South
League Cup GA 25,000 28 Start
20/09/1947
Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 28 Start
22/09/1947
Aberdeen 1-6 Falkirk
Dewar Shield SF REP 28 Start
27/09/1947
Aberdeen 8-2 Leith Athletic
League Cup QF 17,000 28 Start
04/10/1947
Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 28 Start
11/10/1947
Aberdeen 0-1 East Fife
League Cup SF 30,000 28 Start
18/10/1947
Aberdeen 1-2 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 28 Start
25/10/1947
Partick Thistle 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 28 Start
01/11/1947
Aberdeen 2-2 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 28 Start
24/01/1948
Aberdeen 3-1 Raith Rovers
Friendly 8,000 28 Start
31/01/1948
Falkirk 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 28 Start
07/02/1948
Nithsdale Wanderers 0-5 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R2 2,600 28 Start
21/02/1948
Hibernian 4-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 37,000 28 Start
28/02/1948
Aberdeen 3-0 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 28 Start
06/03/1948
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 17,937 28 Start
26/03/1948
Clyde 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 28 Start
03/04/1948
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 43,800 28 Start
17/04/1948
Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 28 Start
19/04/1948
Aberdeen 2-1 St. Johnstone
Dewar Shield SF 2L 10,000 28 Start
21/04/1948
Aberdeen 4-0 Highland League Select
Caledonia Trophy 1L 9,000 28 Start
24/04/1948
Highland League Select 2-4 Aberdeen
Caledonia Trophy 2L 5,000 28 Start
01/05/1948
Crystal Palace 3-0 Aberdeen
Friendly 15,000 28 Start
14/08/1948
Third Lanark 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 29 Start
18/08/1948
Aberdeen 1-0 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 29 Start
21/08/1948
Dundee 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 29 Start
28/08/1948
Aberdeen 2-0 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 29 Start
31/08/1948
St. Mirren 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 29 Start
04/09/1948
Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 29 Start
06/11/1948
Aberdeen 1-4 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 29 Start
04/05/1949
Aberdeen 3-3 Peterhead
Dewar Shield PR1 1L 29 Start
07/05/1949
Peterhead 0-1 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield PR1 2L 29 Start
05/11/1949
Falkirk 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 30 Start
12/11/1949
Aberdeen 3-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 30 Start
19/11/1949
Stirling Albion 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 30 Start
26/11/1949
Aberdeen 3-0 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 30 Start
03/12/1949
Heart of Midlothian 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 23,000 30 Start
10/12/1949
Queen of the South 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 30 Start
17/12/1949
Aberdeen 5-0 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 30 Start
24/12/1949
St. Mirren 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 30 Start
31/12/1949
Aberdeen 1-2 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 30 Start
02/01/1950
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 23,000 30 Start
14/01/1950
Aberdeen 4-0 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 30 Start
21/01/1950
Aberdeen 3-2 Clyde
Friendly 8,000 30 Start
28/01/1950
St. Mirren 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R1 20,000 30 Start
04/02/1950
Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 50,000 30 Start
11/02/1950
Aberdeen 3-1 Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Cup R2 42,000 30 Start
18/02/1950
Partick Thistle 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 30 Start
25/02/1950
Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 65,000 30 Start
04/03/1950
Raith Rovers 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 30 Start
11/03/1950
Queen of the South 3-3 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 12,000 30 Start
15/03/1950
Aberdeen 1-2 Queen of the South
Scottish Cup QF REP 32,000 30 Start
18/03/1950
Aberdeen 2-0 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 30 Start
25/03/1950
Motherwell 5-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 30 Start
01/04/1950
Aberdeen 1-2 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 30 Start
10/04/1950
Dundee United 1-2 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield SF 1L 7,000 30 Start
22/04/1950
Aberdeen 6-2 Stirling Albion
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 30 Start
26/04/1950
Aberdeen 6-2 Highland League Select
Caledonia Trophy 1L 30 Start
29/04/1950
Aberdeen 2-2 Huddersfield Town
Friendly 15,000 30 Start
01/05/1950
Aberdeen 2-2 Peterhead
Dewar Shield PR1 1L 30 Start
05/05/1950
Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee
Benefit Match 30 Start
02/08/1950
Aberdeen 6-2 Aberdeen Reserves
Friendly 16,000 31 Start
12/08/1950
Aberdeen 4-3 Clyde
League Cup GD 28,000 31 Start
16/08/1950
Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen
League Cup GD 40,000 31 Start
19/08/1950
Morton 0-2 Aberdeen
League Cup GD 18,000 31 Start
26/08/1950
Clyde 4-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GD 20,000 31 Start
30/08/1950
Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers
League Cup GD 42,000 31 Start
02/09/1950
Aberdeen 6-1 Morton
League Cup GD 25,000 31 Start
09/09/1950
Airdrie 2-5 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 31 Start
16/09/1950
Aberdeen 4-1 Hibernian
League Cup QF 1L 42,000 31 Start
20/09/1950
Hibernian 4-1 Aberdeen
League Cup QF 2L 35,000 31 Start
23/09/1950
Dundee 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 31 Start
26/09/1950
Aberdeen 3-5 Manchester United
Friendly 8,000 31 Start
30/09/1950
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 31 Start
02/10/1950
Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian
League Cup QF REP 52,000 31 Start
03/10/1950
Aberdeen 1-5 Hibernian
League Cup QF RE2 50,000 31 Start
07/10/1950
St. Mirren 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 31 Start
14/10/1950
Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 31 Start
21/10/1950
Aberdeen 5-3 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 31 Start
28/10/1950
Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 50,000 31 Start
04/11/1950
Aberdeen 1-2 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 31 Start
11/11/1950
Partick Thistle 1-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 31 Start
18/11/1950
Aberdeen 5-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 31 Start
25/11/1950
Raith Rovers 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 31 Start
02/12/1950
Aberdeen 2-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 31 Start
09/12/1950
Aberdeen 4-2 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 31 Start
16/12/1950
Morton 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 31 Start
23/12/1950
Aberdeen 1-1 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 31 Start
30/12/1950
East Fife 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 31 Start
01/01/1951
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 31 Start
02/01/1951
Hibernian 6-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 31 Start
13/01/1951
Celtic 3-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 45,000 31 Start
20/01/1951
Clyde 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 31 Start
27/01/1951
Aberdeen 6-1 Inverness Caledonian
Scottish Cup R1 22,000 31 Start
03/02/1951
Aberdeen 2-4 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 42,000 31 Start
10/02/1951
Aberdeen 4-0 Third Lanark
Scottish Cup R2 28,000 31 Start
03/03/1951
Aberdeen 1-2 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 31 Start
10/03/1951
Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 75,000 31 Start
17/03/1951
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 31 Start
24/03/1951
Aberdeen 3-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 31 Start
07/04/1951
Aberdeen 1-2 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 7,500 31 Start
14/04/1951
Aberdeen 4-2 Falkirk
Dewar Shield SF 1L 31 Start
16/04/1951
Aberdeen 2-1 Sunderland
Friendly 17,000 31 Start
18/04/1951
Heart of Midlothian 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 31 Start
25/04/1951
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee
Mitchell Cup 12,000 31 Start
28/04/1951
Third Lanark 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 13,500 31 Start
14/07/1951
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
St Mungo Cup R1 35,000 32 Start
21/07/1951
St. Mirren 2-4 Aberdeen
St Mungo Cup R2 14,000 32 Start
25/07/1951
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
St Mungo Cup SF 27,000 32 Start
28/07/1951
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
St Mungo Cup SF REP 28,000 32 Start
01/08/1951
Celtic 3-2 Aberdeen
St Mungo Cup F 80,000 32 Start
06/10/1951
Aberdeen 1-4 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 32 Start
13/10/1951
Queen of the South 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 32 Start
20/10/1951
Third Lanark 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 32 Start
10/11/1951
Aberdeen 4-2 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 32 Start
17/11/1951
Stirling Albion 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 32 Start
24/11/1951
Aberdeen 2-2 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 32 Start
01/12/1951
Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 32 Start
08/12/1951
Motherwell 3-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 32 Start
15/12/1951
Aberdeen 3-1 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 32 Start
22/12/1951
St. Mirren 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 32 Start
29/12/1951
Aberdeen 3-4 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 32 Start
01/01/1952
Dundee 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26,000 32 Start
02/01/1952
Aberdeen 2-1 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 32 Start
05/01/1952
Airdrie 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 32 Start
12/01/1952
Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 32 Start
19/01/1952
Aberdeen 2-3 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 32 Start
26/01/1952
Aberdeen 3-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 32 Start
02/02/1952
Rangers 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 32 Start
09/02/1952
Aberdeen 2-1 Kilmarnock
Scottish Cup R2 19,000 32 Start
16/02/1952
Partick Thistle 1-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 32 Start
23/02/1952
Dundee United 2-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 26,407 32 Start
27/02/1952
Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee United
Scottish Cup R3 REP 30,000 32 Start
01/03/1952
Raith Rovers 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 32 Start
08/03/1952
Dundee 4-0 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R4 40,000 32 Start
22/03/1952
Morton 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 32 Start
29/03/1952
Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 32 Start
12/04/1952
Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee United
Dewar Shield SF 1L 32 Start
19/04/1952
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 32 Start
21/04/1952
Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee
Mitchell Cup 2L 32 Start
26/04/1952
Dundee United 4-1 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield SF 2L 32 Start
09/08/1952
Motherwell 5-2 Aberdeen
League Cup GC 8,000 33 Start
16/08/1952
Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GC 40,000 33 Start
23/08/1952
Aberdeen 0-1 Motherwell
League Cup GC 25,000 33 Start
27/08/1952
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GC 22,000 33 Start
27/12/1952
Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 33 Start
01/01/1953
Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 21,000 33 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
1952-53
2
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
1951-52
23
0
5
0
0
0
4
0
1
0
0
0
27
0
6
8
0
2
1950-51
27
0
5
10
0
4
3
0
1
0
0
0
40
0
10
5
0
0
1949-50
18
0
6
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
23
0
6
6
0
3
1948-49
7
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
1
2
0
1
1947-48
13
0
3
7
0
4
2
0
0
0
0
0
22
0
7
6
0
3
1946-47
14
0
6
2
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
7
1
0
1
1945-46
26
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
26
0
9
16
0
8
1944-45
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
3
1939-40
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1938-39
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
Totals:
130
0
35
23
0
9
17
0
2
0
0
0
170
0
46
58
0
23
Total Appearances/Goals: 170 46  

Scottish International Caps
Season Date
Match
Tournament
1945-46 23/01/46
SCOTLAND v Belgium
Friendly
Total Appearances: 1