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match report 1939-40 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Celtic 1 - 3 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Murphy (Pen) 55       Biggs 25, Christie 57, Strauss 71.  
Attendance: 30,000
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow

4th Successive Victory over Celtic

Now Back in Championship Firing Line


Against Celtic at Parkhead last night the Dons were as good as they were bad at Fir Park last Saturday.

By baticg Celtic 3-1, I should think they have set up a Scottish League record. It was their fourth successive victory over the Green and Whites. I don't think any other club can claim such a distinction.
Aberdeen are forgiven for the Motherwell lapse. This latest success puts them right back in the Championship "firing-line."
They outplayed Celtic at Parkhead. A continuance of this form, and the flag may yet land at Pittodrie, but the Dons are so inconsistent, can we rely on them? They had no easy passage at Parkhead. It was a hard game.
Played at a fast pace tempers became as sultry as the weather. There was a stone-throwing incident in the second half, and near the finish of Nicholson was involved in a "scene " with a crowd of Celtic players.
This all ended with the referee having a word or two with McDonald.


The Dons, the better team, were more compact in defence and nippier, and more ingenious and enterprising in attack. At Motherwell it was difficult to select an outstanding player; last night it was equally difficult to choose a player who was really bad.
Johnstone was in magnificent form in goal. Cowie was the best back afield, and let me say Cooper was little behind. The left back was confident and strong. Thomson was the No. 1 half-back. Nicholson did not improve his game by becoming ruffled, but Dunlop played well.
Honours in attack must go to Biggs. The inside left was brilliant in the first half. He was back playing in defence and up urging on the attack. He scored the first goal, and did the spadework in connection with the second. Strauss was always a menace, and his goal - Aberdeen's third - was the best of the match. Hamilton, too, showed an improvement on recent form. Armstrong and Christie were the least prominent, but neither could be written down as a failure.
Celtic's defence was never at ease, Geatons was the best half-back. Lyon was injured, and had to take the wing berth after the interval. The attack lacked penetrative power. They could not master the Dons' defence. Divers was the best of the five.


There was little between the teams in the opening stages. I thought Aberdeen looked slightly the more methodical. The first real try came from the Dons.
Christie went off on the right, danced away from Morrison and crossed well. Biggs darted through to meet the ball with his head, but Kennaway saved.
In ten minutes Aberdeen were unlucky not to take the lead. A free kick taken by Dunlop came sailing across the goalmouth, and Strauss raced in from the wing to head the ball against the upright. Kennway was well beaten. Celtic, however, were by no means idle.


With twenty-five minutes played Aberdeen got a goal they richly deserved. Armstrong picked up a slip from Thomson and quickly set through to Biggs. It was an excellent slip and the inside-left showed his appreciation by sending the ball into the corner of the net.
When the second half started Celtic rearranged their team. Geatons went to centre-half, Lynch to right-half, and Lyon to outside-right.
Biggs broke through on the left for Aberdeen and although brought to his knees by Hogg he recovered to send the ball against Kennaway.


With ten minutes played Lyon was cutting in on the Aberdeen goal from a lob from Crum when he was brought down by Cooper and Nicholson.
Murphy took the kick and levelled the scores.
Two minutes later the Dons regained the lead. Biggs carried the ball half the length of the field and then crossed perfectly, the ball passing over Morrison's head to Christie. The right winger nodded it against the upright and caught the rebound to send into the net.
Armstrong, who had been off for repairs, resumed after this goal and both sides were keen, too keen at times, and Cowie fell writhing to the ground after a tussle with Crum.
The Dons increased their lead in twenty-six minutes. Christie made ground and when he crossed Strauss fastened on, side-stepped Hogg and dashed through to score.

Source: Press & Journal, 24th August 1939

Celtic Teamsheet:  Kennaway; Hogg, Morrison; Geatons, Lyon, Paterson; Lynch, McDonald, Crum, Divers, Murphy


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, Cooper, Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson, Christie, Hamilton, Armstrong, Biggs, Strauss.

Unused Subs:


Referee: J Taylor, Kirkcaldy

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