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match report 1945-46 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 3 - 0 Partick Thistle
Kick Off:  2:15 PM   Baird, Williams, Williams.        
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Fine Tearn Work Gives Dons Easy Victory

WITH Celtic drawing at Dumfries and Hearts, Hibs and Motherwell going under yesterday, Aberdeen, who beat Partick Thistle 3-0 at Pittodrie, are now established in second place on the League table.
Their next two games are at home, against Queen's Park who are next to the Dons on the table, and against Rangers, who are leaders by 11 points.

Rangers' win over St Mirren yesterday makes their leading position with 39 points unassailable. On their form against Partick Thistle yesterday, the Dons ought beat both Queen's Park and the Light Blues on their next two outings.
The Thistle were well whacked. At no time did they give the Dons' defence really serious trouble. They have to thank their defence for the fact the score was not greater in favour of the Dons.
The Dons were on top of their game. It took them a long time to get in the lead - there were several near misses prior to this.
After Baird opened the scoring however, the Dons went on to win comfortably.
Williams gave them a two-goal lead at the interval, and the little centre got one of his typical goals from close range in the second half.

Sweet Harmony

There was splendid team work in the ranks of the Dons. There was no overkicking by the backs, and the half-backs and forwards showed splendid co-operation.
Henderson did his work well in goal. Cowie was the best back afield. His tackling was strong, and he always sent the ball forward to advantage. McKenna made him a sound partner.
The half-backs were again a stron trio. Green was forceful. Dunlop had a good grip of Sharp, and Taylor excelled in constructive work.

Happy Return

Every forward pulled has weight. George Hamilton, playing his first game at Pittodrie for nearly four years, was an artist on the ball. His opening -out work was particularly effective.
Baird also had a good game at inside left, and Williams was always harassing the Thistle defence. He took his goals very cleverly. Pattillo performed very creditably at outside right, but McCall, while playing well enough, was not direct enough.
McFarlane, the Thistle goalkeeper, might have saved the second goal. McGowan and Curran were sturdy backs, while Parker was outstanding at halfback. There was not a good forward in the Thistle five.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd January 1946

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Henderson, Cowie, McKenna, Green, Dunlop, Taylor, Pattillo, Hamilton, Williams, Baird, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Partick Thistle Teamsheet:  Mcfarlane, McGowan, Curran, Husband, Parker, Candlin, Campbell, Brown, Stark, O'Donnell, McGeachie


Referee: D. Mitchell

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