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match report 1938-39 fixture list
Scottish Cup Quarter Final 
Aberdeen 2 - 0 Queen of the South
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Pattillo 10, Pattillo 66.        
Attendance: 34,950 (Visitors: 1,420)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen


IS this to be Aberdeen's year? They are now on the last lap of the short but arduous journey that leads to Hampden Park, fame and fortune. The Dons have a grand opportunity to bring the Scottish Cup north for the first time in history.

Will they seize it? There's one thing sure and that is if they intend to succeed they will have to play better than they did against Queen of the South in the fourth round at Pittodrie on Saturday.
They won by two goals to nil, but they were not convincing. They got off to flying start when they took the lead in ten minutes, but not until the second goal arrived twenty-one minutes after the start of the second half did their supporters breathe a sigh of relief.


It was a hard and fiercely contested game. The football was only of a moderate standard, but there was no lack of excitement. and the fact that Queen of the South looked capable of snatching the equaliser any time kept the crowd on its toes.
Although the Aberdeen defence was by no means impenetrable it was generally sound. It was the attack that disappointed most. The forwards never moved with the fluency and purpose that marked their play both against Falkirk in the third round of the Cup, and against Hearts in the League game.
The two men who played the leading part in taking Aberdeen into the semi-final for the eighth time were Nicholson and Pattillo. The Dons' skipper and centre half was the backbone of the defence.
He it was who threw a spanner into the works of the Queen of the South attack. Pattillo was the best home forward. He was tireless, and gave the Dumfries defence no rest. The visitors failed in their efforts to curb the activities of the Dons' leader - and he scored the two goals that carried Aberdeen forward.
Johnstone, in the Aberdeen goal, was not overworked, but it would be to the advantage of the team as a whole if the keeper and Nicholson cultivated a better understanding. More than once on Saturday this pair went for the same ball.
Cowie gave a splendid display at right back. It says much for the former Dundee player that Lang, the Queen of the South left winger, was little in evidence. Adey was not so successful against Oakes. The left back was often beaten in the tackle, but he stuck to his job tenaciously, and kicked strongly.
Dunlop and Thomson, the wing half-backs, played their part both as attackers and defenders. The right half received a painful ankle injury early in the game, but pluckily carried on although it was obvious that it pained him to kick the ball.
The story of the forwards is not so pleasant. Next to Pattillo in order of merit comes Strauss. The South African was a fast and dangerous raider, but he did not receive enough of the ball. Biggs did not play well. The inside left did not seem to be completely recovered from the injury received against Hearts.


Hamilton, too. disappointed. Only occasionally did we see the clever and cultured inside forward of the previous week. One example, however, was the first goal. It was Hamilton that paved the way for this point. Warnock, his partner, did not impress. The winger seems to have lost form.
Queen of the South put up a hard fight, and had their forwards been able to round off their outfield play the Dons might not now be awaiting the semi-final draw with the same keen interest. Mathieson, in goal, played well, and Anderson, at left back, vied with Cowie as the best back afield. Watson, at centre half, although he found Pattillo a difficult problem, was another stalwart in defence. He was off the field having an eye injury attended to when Aberdeen scored their first goal.
Fitzsimmons was the better of two hard-working wing half-backs. Oakes was the most dangerous attacker He was speedy, and carried a powerful shot. The inside forwards were disappointing, particularly Law, who had poor game. Hay was a plucky leader, but he was given few chances.


It is stretching the truth to say that Queen of the South were unlucky. It's goals that count, and in this all-important phase of the game the Dons proved superior to their opponents.
Pattillo gave Aberdeen the lead after ten minutes' play. Hamilton with a clever run turned defence into attack. He parted to Warnock. and the winger, after making ground, sent the ball into the middle. It appeared as if Pattillo had allowed the ball to run too far ahead, but the centre put in a spurt, and beating Mathieson to the ball, placed it wide of the keeper and into the net.
The deciding goal also came from Pattillo. Biggs sent Strauss away on the left, and the winger's cross fell to Warnock. The right winger shot, but it developed into a cross, and Pattillo brought the ball down to send into the net.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th March 1939

Football form takes queer twists. Against Hearts the forwards were Aberdeen's match winners. Last Saturday, in their fourth round Scottish Cup-tie it was the Dons' defence which took the honours. A leg injury to Dunlop some twenty minutes after the start had an upsetting influence on half-backs and forwards, and there was a spell when we expected the visitors to equalise at any minute. But the backs held out grimly till the forwards had found their feet again. Many times the Queen's forwards, well in on goal, shot hard, only to see their efforts charged down or blocked. Good covering-up work frustrated the men from Dumfries, who, however, lacked punch in the goal area.
Johnstone in goal was safe, and handled cleanly. Adey, after a shaky start, defended stoutly, and gave a wholehearted display. Cowie was the best back afield. Time and again he emerged from a ruck of players with the ball at his feet, ran to the half-way line, and let his forwards away. Dunlop, in front of him, was almost a passenger, so that Cowie had to do two men's work and he did it well, being particularly strong in the tackle. And, if either of the backs failed, Nicholson was usually in position to stop the man, having fallen back in anticipation. He was the star of the mid-line. Thomson had a quiet game, while all that can be said of Dunlop was that he was plucky in carrying on with such a painful injury. On occasion, Cowie took shies for Dunlop, when the discovery was made that his throws were as lengthy as the half-backs. Forward, Pattillo was the man who mattered. Gone was his awkwardness; he distributed play well, and snapped up chances. None of his colleagues in the front line touched true form.

The Game

Warnock forced a corner, and took it beautifully. Then Oakes broke away and let loose a fast-rising shot which Johnstone did well to tip over the bar. Biggs let Strauss away, and the winger forced Savage to concede a corner. Play was fast, ranging from end to end. Watson was escorted off with a cut eye in a collision with Pattillo. With ten minutes gone, Hamilton let Warnock away with a beautifully judged pass. The winger crossed, and Pattillo was up to net. Oakes was shooting often and accurately, and Johnstone had to look lively to push one of his efforts over.
Just after Watson returned to the field, Dunlop was taken off with a leg injury, but resumed at outside-right. This had an upsetting influence on Aberdeen. Queen of the South did most of the pressing thereafter, and the only dangerous Dons' move came when Pattillo got through, only to see his shot, travelling away from the 'keeper, slip past the post. Then a piece of luck for Aberdeen! A shot by Harkness hit the post with Johnstone beaten, and the ball was scrambled clear.
Half-time: Aberdeen 1; Queen of the South 0
Pattillo had the ball I the net shortly after the interval, but was given off-side. A slip by the visitors defence let Warnock through, but the winger was slow to seize the chance. Later, Biggs netted, but the point was chalked off for a previous infringement. Time and again Cowie came to Aberdeen's rescue. Then, with 22 minutes of the half gone, hats were in the air. Strauss slung the ball into the centre, Warnock's shot was diverted and Pattillo rushed into net.

Source: Aberdeen Bon-Accord and Northern Pictorial, 9th March 1939



Aberdeen is suffering from a severe attack of Cup-tie fever to-day.
In every workshop and place of business football enthusiasts were showing the symptoms in the forenoon. As the time for stopping work approached temperatures were high.
At 3 p.m. will come the crisis - at Pittorie Park when Aberdeen and Queen of the South face each other in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.


The medicine to effect a cure may be bitter or it may be sweet - it all depends on_the result.
Long before Aberdeen people got out of bed to work up excitement over the Cup-tie, hundreds of Queen of the South supporters were on their way to Aberdeen.
The first of the enthusiasts from Dumfries were in Aberdeen about five o'clock this morning. They had started the long journey of 215 miles from the Border country by bus and car last night. From then on until the early afternoon Cup-tie visitors arrived by rail and road.
Queen of the South will have plenty of support. Close on 1500 of their supporters will be at Pittodrie to cheer them on.


A special train from Dumfries arrived at 11.40 am., bringing 720 people, and it is estimated that near), 700 came by bus and car.
Many of the Queen of the South supporters came bedecked with their team's Royal blue favours. Those who had not the time to get them before leaving Dumfries found plenty of sellers waiting for them in Aberdeen.
The trade in black and gold favours among supporters of the Dons was also brisk.
The crowd at Pittodrie to-day has been drawn from a wide area. It was necessary to run the train from Perth in duplicate, and special trains bringing North enthusiasts were run from Macduff, Elgin. Lossiemouth, Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Source: Evening Express, 4th March 1939

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, Adey, Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson, Warnock, Hamilton, Pattillo, Biggs, Strauss.

Unused Subs:


Queen of the South Teamsheet:  Mathieson; Savage, Anderson; Fitzsimmons, Watson, Dawson; Oakes, Harkness, Hay, Low, Lang


Referee: W. Webb, Glasgow

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