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match report 1943-44 fixture list
North Eastern League 
Aberdeen 7 - 2 Dunfermline Athletic
Kick Off:    Pattillo 54, Ferguson 60, Pattillo 61, Ferguson 65, Ferguson 73, Pattillo 86, Ferguson 83.       Newman 14, Junior 28  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons' Great Recovery
THE Dons started the season with 7-2 victory over Dunfermline in the North-Eastern League at Pittodrie, yet they might easily have suffered a substantial defe They were down two goals at the interval, and deserved to be, because of their very sluggish play.

At the interval, nowever, Taylor, who had been half, switched places with Collier at inside right. There was instant improvement. The defence steadied up the half-backs went for the ball instead of waiting for it, and the forwards responded magnificently scoring seven times. Ferguson had four and Pattlllo three.

Johnstone, in Aberdeen's goal, had no chance with the two Athletic goals. There were times when his handling was none too confident, however, and his kicking left room for improvement.
When the tide turned in favour of the Dons, Cooper and Ancell were a grand pair of backs, although the former was at times inclined to go too far upfleld. Gavin was the best the middle division. Dunlop struck his game in the second half, and Taylor played a serviceable game both at left half and at inside right. Collier was good until injured.
Pattillo stood out in the attack. He missed chances in the first period, but his three goals were well taken.
Ferguson showed sound position judgment in the goal area, but his outfield work was below standard. He took his four goals smartly.
McSpadyen had some keen tussles with Harley. It was from the outside right's crosses that most of the goals materialised. Dryden was moderately good.
In the Dunfermline defence the outstanding men were Wallace, Harley and Forbes. Newman at centre is a very promising player.
The attendance was about 10,000.

Source: Press & Journal, 16th August 1943

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Ancell, Dunlop, Gavin, Taylor, McSpadyen, Collier, Pattillo, Ferguson, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet:  Wallace; Hogg, Harley; Forbes, Hart, Baxter; Dougan, Logie, Newman, Junior Farr], Christie


Referee: J. M. Jamieson, Edinburgh

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