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North Eastern League 
23/09/1944
 
Rangers 1 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Neil 48       Waldron 40, Waldron 54.  
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
The Dons Were Masters at Ibrox
DUNDEE'S position at the top of the North-Eastern League table is not now so secure as it was a week ago. On Saturday they were beaten by the odd goad in three at Dens Park by Falkiirk, whom the Dons defeated at Brockville by five clear goals three weeks ago.

The Dons, on the other hand, had a meritorious viotory by 2-1 over Rangers at Ibrox, and, along with Dunfermline Athletic, are only two points behind the leaders, and the Dons have two home games in succession.
The Pittodrie team's success at Ibrox is all the more creditable because of the fact that the management had take the risk of playing McKenzie, the Jamestown Athletic recruit, for the first time owing Thomson calling off the last minute.
There should be no hesitation calling on the services of McKenzie when required in the future. He played as if he had been in senior football for years. Well-built, he is very strong in the tackle, as Rangers' players will admit. His headwork is reliable, and he often places to advantage.
The Aberdeen team as a whole played well, and were certainly superior to the Rangers on the day's play. If the score had been 4-1 it would have been a more accurate reflex of the run of the game.
Johnstone had some masterly saves in goal. Cooper was cool and dependable at right back, and Frank Dunlop was a success at left back. The outstanding half-back on the field was Russell. His positional play was exceptionally good. Young Crulckshank, too, came through with credit.
Waldron was a great forward. He took his two goals well, and led the attack brilliantly in the second half. Pattillo vied with Venters for the honour the best inside forward. Green worked hard, and Buchan and Munro were serviceable on the wings.
The Rangers' attack failed because of the relentless tackling of the Aberdeen defenders. Venters, poorly supported, was always a danger. Woodburn and Watkins stood out in defence. Neil had Rangers' goal.

Source: Press & Journal, 25th September 1944

Rangers Teamsheet:  Shaw; Frew, Craven; Watkins, Woodburn, Dougal; Rutherford, Cargill, Neill, Venters, McCormack

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dunlop, Russell, McKenzie, Cruickshank, Buchan, Green, Pattillo, Waldron, Munro.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: W. Brown, Bellshill

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