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Div 1 (Old) 
15/11/1947
 
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Heart of Midlothian
Kick Off:  2:40 PM   Kiddie 61.       Sloan 88  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Brown's Great Keeping Robbed Dons of Victory
THERE was a touch of pathos as well as drama about the Dons' draw with Hearts at Pittodrie. They were unlucky./p> A goal by Sloan, the Tynecastle right winger, two minutes from the end, robbed them of victory.
The players laboured hard to put a period to their run of non-success, which has lasted since October 4. They failed on the post.
Aberdeen deserved a better fate. They did not play brilliant football. They weren't a patch on the triumphant Dons of last season, but they were honest-to-goodness triers.
This is not a belated effort to whitewash the team. Their troubles are still with them and will be until they find the cure in the form of new players, but had they won on Saturday it would not have been undeserved.
Sloan scored the goal that saved a point for Hearts, but the man who really prevented an Aberdeen victory celebration was Jimmy Brown, the Tynecastle 'keeper.

Wonderful 'Keeping

Despite a wet and slippery ball, he performed some remarkable feats of legerdemain. It was the most immaculate display of goalkeeping that has been seen at Pittodrie for many a day.
With his name might also be coupled that of Andy Cowie, the Dons' right back. He, too, was something of a miracle man in the matter of turning up at the right moment when a goal seemed certain. Twice he headed off the line with Johnstone out of position.
Defensively Aberdeen were comparatively sound. McKenna played his part, and Waddell, who has been called on to fill all three half-back positions, is entitled to be satisfied with his display at right half.
It was Dunlop's first game since September 22, and his play certainly suggested that he is not yet thoroughly tuned up.

Forwards Erratic

The Pittodrie forwards were like a motor that has been left standing in the cold - they started all right, but had a habit of spluttering out. There was something missing.
Perhaps the return of George Hamilton may help the machine to tick over more smoothly.
They had no really outstanding personality on Saturday. The best of the line was Harris. This can be said for them, however - they were less reluctant to shoot than in recent matches.
Hearts' ace defender was, of course, Brown, but Parker, at centre half, did a power of useful work. Cox at right half showed sound constructive ideas in the first half.
The Edinburgh team re-formed their attack midway through the second half. Slaon and Currie joined forces on the right, Kelly took over the leadership and Urquhart went on the left wing.

Kiddie's Goal

I cannot recall a Hearts player touching the ball when the Dons scored from the time Johnstone threw it clear to Taylor until it landed in the net in sixty-one minutes. The left half sent ahead to Millar and the winger in turn transferred to Williams. The centre emerged from a tackle and sent along the ground to Kiddle. The right winger had positioned himself near the centre and took deliberate aim before netting.
Hearts' goal in the eighty-eighth minute came like a bolt from the blue. The ball went from the middle to the left. Urquhart centre-cum-shot was met by Sloan in the goalmouth and the ball was in the net in a twinkling.

Source: Press & Journal, 17th November 1947

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, Waddell, Dunlop, Taylor, Kiddie, Harris, Williams, McCall, Millar.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet:  Brown, Mathieson, McKenzie, Cox, Parker, Laing, Sloan, Urquhart, Currie, Dixon, Kelly

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Referee: W. J. Livingstone

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