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Aberdeen 7 - 1 Hamilton

HT Score: Aberdeen 3 - 0 Hamilton

Scottish Alliance Shield
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong, Armstrong, McDermid, Armstrong, Armstrong, Armstrong, Armstrong.
Hamilton scorers: King

18/02/1933 | KO: 15:00

The Humbling Of Hamilton

Brilliant Victory for Aberdeen "A."


Hamilton, with the exception of three men, sent their recognised League eleven to oppose Aberdeen A in the Alliance Shield at Pittodrie.
From the way the game went, however, the positions might have been reversed. It was difficult to believe that the Pittodrie side was a faithful representation of the A team and that their opponents, whom they defeated easily, were for the most part players of First Division standing.
Aberdeen A played their best game of the season and made the opposition seem very ordinary indeed. Three up at the interval, the Young Done scored four more goals in the second half, Hamilton replying with one.
For Armstrong, the reserves' centre-forward, the game was a personal triumph. He scored six of his side's goals, and gave a sparkling display of leadership. The manner in which snapped his chances was truly inspiring, and he gave the impression of danger whenever was near goal.
McDermid gave Armstrong the pass from which he opened the home account, and the centre drove home the second after Beynon, the new left winger from Doncaster Rovers, had struck the bar. Bob McDermid, lying handy, banged in the third following a free kick by McGill before the interval.
After King had scored for the visitors on the resumption, the home team took complete command, and Armstrong finished off a fine move by O'Reilly by cleverly beating the Hamilton 'keeper. The home centre was irrepressible, and scored two more goals within a minute of each other, the first from a delightful Johnston cross, which he headed neatly through, and the second from another judicious O'Reilly pass. Just before the end Armstrong capped a splendid afternoon's work by scoring his own sixth and his side's seventh goal, receiving the ball from Robertson to dash in and find the net with a glorious shot.

Notable Performance.

Aberdeen A deserved the cheers of the meagre crowd for what was undoubtedly a notable performance.

From goal out the winners were strong and confident. The defence, indeed, was seldom seriously tested, and the one or two good shots from the Hamilton men were ably dealt with by Cumming.
All three half-backs put up a great show, Thomson, in particular, being ever prominent both in attack and defence.
Armstrong received best support from the right wing.
Johnston, in the extreme berth, was positively brilliant, and time and again beat several opponents with ease. His crosses, too, were the acme of perfection.
Robertson was a splendid partner to the Dundee lad, and gave further proof of his great ability. McDermid's presence steadied the line, and "Bob" carefully "nursed" Beynon, who was making his first appearance for his new team.
The newcomer did several smart things in the first period, but missed a number of likely chances after the cross-over. One must give him more time to settle down in his new surroundings before passing judgment.

Crawley Well Watched.

Hamilton were not an impressive company. Morgan, in goal, had a hard afternoon, and made quite a few brilliant saves. Allan did not enhance his fine reputation as a right back, Bulloch being the more reliable defender. The visitors' mid-line was only fair, and King was their best forward.
The renowned Crawley never got a chance, so well watched was he by Thomson.

Source: Press & Journal, 20th February 1933

N.B. According to the Press & Journal, a team of 40 men worked from early morning on the day of this match to clear the pitch of snow. The workforce was drawn from the local unemployed and had been sent from the Cleansing Department depot at Poynernook Road.
The match photo shows piles of the white stuff along the front of the enclosure.
Hamilton Teamsheet
Morgan; W. Allan, Balloch; Dougall, Hill, Cox; Thomson, J. Allan, Crawley, McLaren, King
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Tom Small, Dundee
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