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Queens Park 1 - 5 Aberdeen

HT Score: Queens Park 1 - 4 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Match abandoned due to fog.
Queens Park scorers: McLelland 33
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong, Love, Mills, Beynon, Mills.

28/03/1934 | KO:

DONS WIN AS THEY LIKE.

In their League encounter with Aberdeen at Hampden Park, Glasgow, last night - this match had to be abandoned owing to fog in December - Queen's Park were outclassed in practically every division. The forwards could make little impression on a solid, resourceful Pittodrie defence, while T. G. Smith, T. Kerr Campbell, and H. Dickson were distressed by the quick, intelligent thrusts of the Aberdeen attackers.
Smith was at fault when the initial goal was lost, his failure to deal with Mills's shot from fully eighteen yards after fourteen minutes being unlike the safe, confident 'keeper he has been in previous games this season. Five minutes later, Kerr Campbell failed to kick clear when he had the time to steady himself and place the ball to a colleague. Dashing in, Benyon gained possession and shot a fine goal. In twenty minutes, following a corner-kick, loose work by Dickson allowed Love to record a third. Queen's Park fought back, and in thirty-three minutes McLelland smartly reduced the leeway. They almost secured a second, a forty yards drive by Stewart striking the underside of the bar and dropping on the line, but the referee, in a good position to judge, refused to allow a goal. A delightful passing movement by the Aberdeen forwards ended in Armstrong registering a fourth from a fast cross from Love.
The Amateurs' hopes of retrieving themselves received a bad blow shortly after the resumption, when Stewart had to retire to the pavilion with a torn muscle, which may keep him out of the game for some time. Aberdeen, although not bringing all their power into their bid to increase their lead, continued to dictate the run of the play, and it came as no surprise when they went further ahead through Mills, who headed a fifth goal.
The attendance was the poorest of the season, 2000 being a generous estimate.

Source: The Scotsman, 29th March 1934

Queen's Outclassed at Hampden.

MILLS GETS TWO GOALS.

These clubs carried through at Hampden Park last night the League fixture abandoned in December owing to fog. The attendance was the smallest of the season. There could not have been more than 1500 present.

Aberdeen had Armstrong and Robertson in the attack, while Queen's included J. McKelvie, a reserve player, in the half-back line.
The game proved a drab, uninspiring affair. For this Queen's were entirely to blame. They could not rise above stodgy mediocrity, and Aberdeen won as they liked.
The Amateurs were beaten within twenty minutes, during which the home defenders, goalkeeper and two backs, each made a fatal mistake.

Poor Attempt.

G. Smith made a poor attempt to save an eighteen yards drive by Mills, the ball travelling under his body as he got down to it. The right back, Campbell, was blameworthy when Beynon brushed past him to register a splendid second goal with a slanting shot into the far away side curtains. Finally, Dickson was bested close in by Love, who notched the third goal.
It was a long time before Queen's forwards were seen, so effective was the marking of the Aberdeen defence, but after thirty-three minutes McLelland registered a good goal with a header following a fast centre by Crawford.
Stewart, the centre-half, also deserved a goal with a forty yards shot which struck the crossbar and descended near the goal causing the few spectators to make a loud noise in demanding a goal. However, the referee witnessed the incident and refused a goal.
A fourth goal for the Dons was scored by Armstrong after Love had placed the ball perfectly.

Smith Shines.

Early after the resumption Stewart, the home centre-half, retired with a torn muscle. Queen's, however, played up brightly, due in some measure to the fact that Aberdeen were resting on their oars. Smith, the visitors' goalkeeper, effected several clever saves before Mills added a fifth goal for his side with a well-taken header from a corner kick.
The further proceedings were wearisome. The Amateurs were simply outclassed. The defenders blundered in the early stages, and the forwards were always in the grip of the Aberdeen half-backs and backs.
Aberdeen's play was of a nice close texture. Fraser was conspicuous at right half, while Mills and Beynon made a scheming left wing, with Armstrong a direct and profitable leader. Love was also clever on the right wing.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th March 1934

This match was rearranged from 16th December 1933,after the original fixture was abandoned eight minutes from the end, due to fog. That game was reported thus: Eight minutes before the end of the encounter at Hampden Park, Glasgow, the referee, realising the futility of carrying on in the dense fog, abandoned the game with Aberdeen leading by 3-1. It was surprising that the match was started at all. With the players invisible thirty yards from the touchline, it was infrequently that anything was seen of the game, which was farcical. Only by the shouts of the contestants and the cries of the spectators was it possible to get any idea of how the play was running. Occasionally players would come into view, and then be swallowed up in the gloom as the ball was kicked ahead or across to the other wing. When the referee, after a consultation with the linesmen, ordered the sides to the pavilion, the Aberdeen players left the ground protesting vigorously at the decision. As far as was seen of the exchanges, Aberdeen were the more enterprising and incisive side. Warnock, Moore, and Mils were always in communication, and the dash of the centre-forward sorely disconcerted the amateurs' defenders. Aberdeen took the lead by means of a penalty kick twelve minutes after the start. As the ball bounced awkwardly in front of Lyon, and then rebounded over his head, he knocked it down with a hand. There was no need for that, as no danger threatened. Mills was entrusted with the kick. He drove the ball strongly for goal, and though Smith palmed it against the inside of a post, the goalkeeper was powerless to keep it out. A few minutes later, McLelland equalised from a free kick, many being of the opinion that Lyon was the marksman. Mills registered a third goal for Aberdeen in the second half, but it meant nothing for the teams will require to start off again on equal terms later in the season.

Source: The Scotsman, 18th December 1933

Queens Park Teamsheet
T. G. Smith; T. K. Campbell, H. Dickson; R. Grant, J. Stewart, J. McKelvie; J. Crawford, T. Bremner, D. McLelland, L. Fitzgerald, W. Browning
Attendance: 1,500
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: Baillie
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