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match report 1945-46 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Clyde 0 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow
RANGERS won their eighth League championship in succession on Saturday. It is a great reeord. They needed only one point to make certain of winning the "A" Division campaign. They beat Queen's Park by the odd goal in three, whereas Aberdeen had a goalless draw with Clyde at Shawfield.

There can be no denying the fact, however, that had Aberdeen, playing so well as they are at present, not dropped vital points to inferior teams in previous games, the fight for the championship would have still been on.
If ever a team deserved to win a match, it was the Dons at Shawfield.
On a ground which was iron hard, and in places dangerous, they were overwhelmingly superior to Clyde, but simply could not get the goal which would have meant victory for them.
That they did not score could not attributed to lack of trying. In the second period they simply bombarded the Clyde goal, but could not get the ball into the net. The homesters had amazing good fortune in keeping their goal intact. Three times the ball was kicked clear the goal-line with the Clyde goalkeeper out of position. On other occasions, it was headed out from under the bar with Sweeney nowhere near it. Yes, Clyde had all the luck and Aberdeen had none.

Heroic Defence

The Dons missed chances, course, and the most glaring was when Williams, with no one to beat but Sweeney, passed the ball across to Hamilton, who was given offside.
Apart from its luck, however, the Clyde defence must be given credit for a heroic fight against tremendous odds, for, in the second half, was a case of Sweeney and his backs, with the assistance McCormack, against the entire Aberdeen team.
After the Dons' great 4-1 victory over the Rangers the previous week, this goalless draw at Shawfield must puzzle followers of the Aberdeen team. Yet the Dons played just well as they did against Rangers, and, had the conditions underfoot been more suitable, there is no doubt whatever that they would have inflicted on Clyde just as big a defeat as they administered to the champions.
The Aberdeen defence was seldom in trouble. Henderson distinguished himself with a great left-handed save from Mathie. Cowie was in a class by himself at back. No half-back compared with Taylor, and forward Hamilton and Baird took the honours.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st January 1946

Clyde Teamsheet:  Sweeney, Gibson, Hickie, Campbell, McCormack, Duffy, Gellatly, Johnstone, Mathie, Dixon, Long


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

Unused Subs:


Referee: J. Pollock, Glasgow

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