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match report 1938-39 fixture list
Dewar Shield First Round First Leg 
Aberdeen 5 - 2 Buckie Thistle
Kick Off:    Brady (Pen), Baird, Williams, Armstrong 33, Brady 90 (Pen).       Shewan, Shewan  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen



WATHATEVER honours were going in the first of the home-and-home ties in the Dewar Shield between Aberdeen and Buckie Thistle at Pittodrie last night went to the Highland League lads.

It was Buckie side in name only, for the Banffshire eleven included seven Rothes Victoria players. Feature of the match was the spirited fight-back by the visitors after they had lost three goals with thirty-three minutes gone.
True, the Dons were handicapped by the loss of Taylor, who was off threequarters of the game because of a leg injury. But once Shewan had opened the Buckie account the visitors gave as good as they got and right to the end they kept the Dons on the hop.


At the start Aberdeen held the mastery and. after Shewan had twice brought the best out of Kelly, Brady scored from a penalty given away by McCombie. A couple of minutes later Baird took the ball in his stride to give Murray no chance, and when Armstrong made it three it seemed to be all over.
However, the best was still to come. We had reckoned without the fighting qualities of the north men. Before the interval Shewan got away to beat Kelly with a grounder that went in off the foot of the post.
Brady was in the Dons' middle line in the second half, leaving Strauss with the left flank to himself. Right away Williams netted the homesters' fourth. After that Buckie held a territorial advantage and it was but their due when Shewan reduced the leeway. Showing some neat work the Thistle had bad luck several times. Allan had Kelly beaten all ends up with a shot that caught the woodwork and rebounded off the keeper's shoulder for a corner.


The last kick of the game brought another goal for Aberdeen. Strauss was pulled down in the penalty box and Brady scored from the spot.
The Dons were not impressive. They eased off after their early success and never quite got in touch again. All through the visitors were triers, with Mur- ray. Innes and Wilson defending grandly and Meldrum. Shewan and Smith providing the best attacking plan.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th April 1939

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Kelly, Cooper, Adey, Scott, Waddell, Taylor, Williams, Baird, Armstrong, Brady, Strauss.

Unused Subs:


Buckie Thistle Teamsheet:  Murray, Innes (Rothes Victoria), McCombie (Rothes Victoria), Forsyth (Rothes Victoria), Wilson (Rothes Victoria), Ross, Meldrum (Rothes Victoria), Allan, Shewan (Rothes Victoria), Smith, Mitchell (Rothes Victoria).


Referee: S.Hilton, Aberdeen

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