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match report 1947-48 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 0 Celtic
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Kiddie 19, Baird 77.        
Attendance: 25,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Harder for Dons if Celts Had Had a McGrory

Home clubs had a black day in the Scottish "A" Division. Aberdeen and Queen of the South alone came out on top before their own supporters.

Exhilarating but not brilliant sums up the football at Pittodrie on Saturday. The Dons won because Kiddie and Baird grasped scoring chances.

Shades of Jimmv McGrory!

With a personality of the type of their present manager in the middle at Pittodrie on Saturday - with his agility, ball control and heading and shooting ability - Ceitic would have been a far bigger menace than they were.
Their inside forwards, Bogan, Rae and Evans, were keen, enthusiastic and hard working, but at close quarters they lacked the ability to control the ball quickly and make the "kill."
They probably had as many scoring chances as the Dons and simply failed to turn them to account. Some of their play in the outfield was good. It was in the target area that they failed.
The play of the Aberdeen forwards was jerky. It did not flow smoothly. There were two contributory causes - the keen tackling of the Ceitic defenders and the fact that Corbett held Stan Williams on a tight rein.

Hamilton Missed

The little South African missed the co-operation and craft of George Hamilton.
Harris didn't spare himself. Drafted from the right wing to inside left, he succeeded in making himself a continual source trouble to the Parkhead defence. He was the best Aberdeen forward.
Waddell was the keystone of the Pittodrie defence. Never showy, he did his job of barring the road down the middle in workmanlike fashion. He had a good game.
The Dons took their chances and deserved to win, but they will have to strike with more speed and determination if thev are succeed where Hearts failed, and beat East Fife at Dens Park this week in the League Cup.
Celtic had a resourceful centre half in Corbett, and Mallan, at left back, Played soundly. McAulay at half tried hard and often successfully to get his forwards on the move. He was the best wing half of the four. It was in attack that Celts' chief weakness lay.

Kiddie Picks His Spot

Their defence slipped up, however, when the Dons opened the scoring in nineteen minutes. Harris smartly whisked the ball into the middle following a throw-in. There wasn't a Celtic defender near Kiddie and the amateur picked his spot in the net.
Celtic's best spells were in the opening stages of each half. Victory wasn't assured for the Dons until Baird got a second goal thirteen minutes from the final whistle.
Kiddie lobbed the ball forward and Baird resisted a tackle by Mallan to lob the ball over the 'keeper into the net. The attendance was 30,000.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th October 1947

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, McLaughlin, Waddell, Taylor, Kiddie, Baird, Williams, Harris, Millar.

Unused Subs:


Celtic Teamsheet:  Ugolini, Ferguson, Mallan, Quinn, Corbett, McAuley, Hazlett, Bogan, Rae, Evans, Paton


Referee: R. G. Benzie, Irvine

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