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Benefit Match 
04/05/1951
 
Plymouth Argyle 2 - 2 Aberdeen
    Billy Strauss Benefit Match
Kick Off:  6:45 PM   Strauss 15, Dobbie 68.       Hamilton 36, Hamilton 70.  
Attendance: 11,586
Venue: Home Park, Plymouth
Hamilton's Two Goals For Dons
by NORMAN MACDONALD

A 12,000 crowd, which included a strong contingent of Scots at present in the Navy, watched Aberdeen play Argyle in a benefit match for Billy Strauss, the former Aberdeen player, at Holme Park yesterday. The match was drawn 2-2.

Delaney, Yorston and Baird were all missing from the Aberdeen team, which was seldom seen in top gear. Only when in arrears and towards the end did the Dons go all-out, and in the closing minutes the home team had a series of lucky escapes.
The match produced plenty of artistic football and the crowd were not slow to show their appreciation.

Martin's Success

George Hamilton, who claimed both Aberdeen's goals, was his side's beat forward, though Tommy Pearson's ball-jugglery earned him the plaudits of the crowd.
Another player who proved a great hit was Freddie Martin, who did some spectacular work in goal. His clutching of high balls was magnificent.
Though less methodical than the Dons, the Plymouth team kept the Aberdeen defenders busy by keeping the ball on the move. They took the lead through Strauss after fifteen minutes.
Hamilton equalised in thirty-six minutes, and in sixty-eight minutes Dobbie again gave Plymouth the lead. Two minutes later the Dons were again on equal terms, Hamilton scoring following a Pearson corner.

Source: Evening Express, 5th May 1951

AS a football combination they were a cut above the Argyle but Hamilton was the only forward with scoring ideas.
One man who was desperately keen that the Dons should put up a good show at Plymouth was George Taylor, the former Aberdeen half-back. George has settled down as assistant trainer with the English League club.
Another former Aberdeen player who watched the game at Plymouth was Charlie Smith, the right winger, who joined the Pittodrie staff from Yeovil. He is now coach with Newton Abbot F.C.

Source: Evening Express, 7th May 1951

Plymouth Argyle Teamsheet:  Bill Shortt, George Silk, Pat Jones, Tony McShane, George Robertson, Johnny Porteous, Billy Strauss, Peter Rattray, Harold Dobbie, George Willis, Alex Govan.

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Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Martin, Emery, Shaw, Lowrie, Young, Harris, Boyd, Bogan, Rodger, Hamilton, Pearson.

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