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match report 1943-44 fixture list
St. Mirren 1 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Pattillo 17, Pattillo 44.  
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Dons in Top Form
The match was at the invitation of Glasgow Corporation as a part of the holiday-at-home programme.

Source: Press & Journal, 17th July 1943



WELL done, Aberdeen! On Saturday the Dons deservedly beat St Mirren, the holders of the S.F.A. Summer Cup, by the odd goal in three at Hampden before a 20,000 crowd.

The Dons left behind them a very fine impression. They played football which, in the opinion of several leading men in Scottish football affairs, was equal to the best produced by any of the Southern League clubs. That is high praise indeed, and proves that the Pittodrie men are more than capable holding their own in any company.
In the first half particularly, the Dons had the Saints reeling. There was perfect understanding in their ranks. There was all-round cleverness, any amount of punch and speed, and a combination which made the St Mirren defence look very ordinary.
When it is considered that the Paisley team defeated Rangers in the Summer Cup final on the same ground the previous week, the Dons' success is all the more praiseworthy.

Always on Top

It is true that in the second half St Mirren showed improvement, and gave the Dons' defence a lot of trouble, but it can said that at no period of the game were they superior to the North-east men.
There was not a weakling in the Aberdeen team. Four men, however, stood out, and are worthy of special mention They were Johnstone in goal. Gavin at centre-half, Pattillo at centre, and McSpadyen at outside right.
Johnstone has never played with greater confidence His fielding of the ball was magnificent, and he saved a penalty-kick in masterly fashion at a crucial stage of the game. Gavin was tower of strength Ever in the thick of the fray, he always contrived with head and foot to part with the ball to advantage.
Pattillo was a grand leader. His two goals were beautifully taken, but his general play was sound throughout. His leading out work was very effective. McSpadyen was brilliant in the first half. McLatchie, the wing back, who had mastered the famous English internationalist, Stan Matthews, a fortnight previously, as no other back had done, was reduced by McSpadyen's exceptional cleverness to the rank of a very ordinary player.
Of the other Aberdeen players. Ancell and Dyer at back did their part well. Dunlop and Taylor at wing half were very effective in their constructive work.
Stan Mortensen, the Blackpool man, at inside-left, was not properly tuned up, but worked hard throughout. Gourlay and Dryden also did their share.
Wear in goal stood out in the St Mirren team. He saved the Saints from a heavier defeat.

Colquhoun, Linwood, who got the Saints' only goal. Jess and Deakin also did well for the losers.

Source: Press & Journal, 19th July 1943

St. Mirren Teamsheet:  Weare; Drinkwater, McLatchie; Cowan, Kelly, Colquhoun; Jess, Stenhouse, Linwood, Deakin, McLelland


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Ancell, Dyer, Dunlop, Gavin, Taylor, McSpadyen, Gourlay, Pattillo, Mortensen, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Referee: R. Calder, Rutherglen

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