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match report 1946-47 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Hibernian
Kick Off:  6:45 PM   Harris 29, Howie (OG) 80.       Cuthbertson 49  
Attendance: 29,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Howie Puts Through Own Goal to Give Dons Victory


TEN minutes from the end Howie, the Hibs right back, attempted to clear a cross from the right from Harris. The ball spun off his boot past Kerr into the net.
That was the goal that gave the Dons victory against the League leaders at Pittodiie last night by the odd goal in three and cost Hibs their unbeaten record.

A tough break for the Edinburgh team, who fought valiantlv with ten men for most of the game. Eight minutes after the start Gordon Smith, Hibs' star right winger, was injured in a tackle with Williams. He came back for ten minutes, but was merely a "passenger," and was forced to leave the field for the remainder of the match.
It's a bad blow for Hibs and there will always be speculation as to whether or not Aberdeen would have "made it" had the Easter Road team been at full strength.
The Dons were disappointing. The defence in particular did not inspire confidence. Backs and half-backs were hesitant against a Hibs' attack which moved speedily and was always dangerous.
Yet, with a little luck, the Dons might well have won more decisively. Kerr was by far the busier keeper and his goal had some narrow escapes.
Aberdeen's first goal came after twenty-nine minutes' play, and it was a well taken affair. From a throw-in by Dunlop. Hamilton backheaded the ball into the middle and Harris gained possession to beat Shaw and send into the roof of the net.
Four minutes after the start of the second half Hibs drew level. There was an air of mystery about this goal. When Aitkenhead got clear on the left and crossed the ball, Cuthbertson headed into the net. Johnstone, the Dons' keeper, never moved. He had no chance.
The winning goal I have already described and all that requires to be added is that Howie was being harassed by Williams when he made the error that decided the result.
There was more snap about the Aberdeen attack in this game and against a less steady defence than Kerr and Co. they would have got more than two goals.

Hamilton's Part

Harris had a good game - his best since the season opened. He was always on top of the defence and he spread play judiciously. The return Hamilton undoubtedly made for improvement in the line. The internationalist inside forward was back helping in defence one moment and forcing on the attack the next.
Kiddie did well considering he was facing Scotland's back, but Williams on the left met with little success. Baird was injured in the closing stages of the game and must be regarded as a very doubtful starter against Clyde at Shawfield on Saturday.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th August 1946


PITTODRIE'S 29,000 spectators at last night's Aberdeen-Hibs match were puzzled by an S O S issued at halftime.
Chalked on a board carried round the enclosure was a message asking one of the spectators "to come home to-night." Behind the strangely-phrased appeal was an urgent business-call for the man concerned.
Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, Dunlop, Waddell, Taylor, Kiddie, Hamilton, Harris, Baird, Williams.

Unused Subs:


Hibernian Teamsheet:  Kerr; Howie, Shaw; Fraser, Aird, McCabe; Smith, Buchanan, Weir, Cuthbertson, Aitkenhead


Referee: J. R. Boyd, Denny

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