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match report 1943-44 fixture list
North Eastern League 
Falkirk 2 - 10 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    H. Murry1 83, McKie 1       Brown (OG), Pattillo 15, Dryden 29, Buchan 67, Dryden 31, Pattillo 70, Buchan 80, Pattillo 74, Dryden 85, Dryden 87.  
Attendance: 2,500
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
New Record for Dons
ABERDEEN scored their greatest number of goals in a single match under North-Eastern League auspices when they beat Falkirk at Brockville by 10-2. It was also the biggest away victory recorded by any club since the League was formed.
Nor did the score flatter the Dons. They played telling football from first to last, and both in defence and attack outshone and out-played the opposition.

The Dons lost the first goal in the first minute of the match. McKee was the scorer.
The Pittodrie team showed great powers of recovery, and Pattillo equalised in seventeen minutes. Goals followed in an avalanche, Pattillo completing his hat-trick, Dryden scoring four, and Buchan two, while Brown, the home back, put through his own goal. Murray got a penalty goal for Falkirk near the finish.
Johnstone in the Aberdeen goal had his anxious moments, but was confident throughout. Cooper was the better back, but was frequently in trouble with Ogilvie.
Both Dunlop and Taylor at wing-half were grand. Gavin appeared cumbersome at times, but his positioning was excellent.
Outstanding feature Aberdeen's forward play was magnificent ball control under trying circumstances, and speed in making headway. The forwards showed great coolness and precision in the way they accepted their chances.

Fine Partnership

Another gratifying aspect of the attack was the success of the two boys on the right, Buchan and Cocker. For artistry and effectiveness, Buchan had no superior. Cocker is a very game player. He shirks nothing, and will come on with experience.
P»ttlllo was at his best. His third goal was a masterpiece. He thrived on the supoort received from Buchan and Bremner. The latter was very skilful and crafty, and, although he did not score, he made openings for a number of the other goals. Dryden had a very successful day, both in a playing and scoring sense, it was his best game for, a long time.
Falkirk were by no means so poor as the score would represent, but they were beaten by a team which is out to win the League championship, and which stands a good chance of doing so.

Source: Press & Journal, 4th March 1944

Falkirk Teamsheet:  Pidgeon; Brown, Neil; H. Murray, Syme, Jarvie; Ogilvie, H. Murray1, Rooney, McKie, Morrison


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Ancell, Dunlop, Gavin, Taylor, Cocker, Buchan, Pattillo, Bremner, Dryden.

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