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Aberdeen 3 - 1 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 3 - 0 Celtic

Scottish Cup Quarter Final
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong 8 (Pen), Mills 20, Armstrong 22 (Pen).
Celtic scorers: McGrory

09/03/1935 | KO:


Penalty Goal Leads to "Crack Up."


Aberdeen have never reached the final of the Scottish Cup competition. Saturday, however, was the sixth occasion which they have qualified for the semi-final and hopes are high in the north-east that this will be the "Dons' year."

It is something of a coincidence that Celtic, three times conquerors of the Dons in the penultimate stage of the tournament, should this year provide the stepping-stone into the last quartet.
Six times previously have the clubs met in the knock-out competition and Saturday was the first occasion on which Aberdeen have emerged victorious.

Spirit That Counts.

The Dons are not a great side but the team spirit is well developed, and this may carry them further in the competition.
They fully deserved their victory over the record holders of the trophy at Pittodrie.
The will to win spirit was much in evidence in the Aberdeen ranks and although Celtic fought hard they could not withstand the fierce Aberdeen onslaughts in the second half.

Plenty of Thrills.

It was a good game. Both teams went at it hammer and tongs and there were plenty of thrills and not a little good football at times.
Unfortunately, however, Celtic tempers became ruffled after they had fallen in arrears, and there were one or two incidents which are better forgotten.
One in particular in which Napier and Fraser figured in the second half looked like having serious consequences, but the breach was healed when the players ultimately shook hands.

Granite-Like Defence.

Celtic were seen at their best in the first period. Their football was neat and studied but their skill was wasted against a granite-like Aberdeen defence.
Several of the Dons displayed traces of nervousness and over-anxiety during the first half, but after the interval there was a metamorphosis.
Strangely enough this coincided with the missing of a great scoring opportunity. In the opening minutes of the second period Moore lobbed a ball up the middle, McDonald missed his kick, and Armstrong, with nobody to beat but Kennaway, sent against the keeper's legs.
The chance was lost, but it proved to the Aberdeen players that the Parkhead defence was not impregnable and from that period onwards the Dons tore into the opposition.

Crowd Delirious.

Eight minutes had gone when the crowd went into ecstasies. Armstrong was going through from a Benyon header when he was interfered with, and the referee awarded a penalty. The centre took the kick himself, and although Kennaway got his hands to the ball he could not keep it out of the net.
Twelve minutes later the crowd were delirious. Napier was pulled up for a foul on Moore, Fraser placed the free kick nicely, and while the defence concentrated on Armstrong, Mills nipped in to head the ball into the net as it rebounded off the ground.

Another Penalty.

Before the crowd could regain its breath, the Dons were awarded a second penalty. Mills was unfairly hampered in the act of shooting. Armstrong was again entrusted with, the spot-kick. Kennaway knocked down his shot, but the home leader followed up to tap the ball into the net.
Celtic, who were a trifle unfortunate not to count in the first half when McGill cleared a McGrory header from a corner on the goal-line, reduced the leeway in the closing minutes. Napier lobbed a free-kick into the goalmouth, and McGrory first-timed the ball into the net.
The Aberdeen defence has seldom played better. It was always master of the Celtic attack.

Smith Safe.

Steve Smith was a sure and confident 'keeper, and was excellently protected by Cooper and McGill, a pair of swift-tackling and strong-kicking backs.
Falloon, however, was the hero of the Aberdeen defence in the first half. Times innumerable the diminutive Irishman crashed into the Celtic attacks to clear with head or feet. He clung to McGrory like a leech, and rarely has the Parkhead team's dangerous leader been more subdued.
Fraser was the hardest working half-back afield. He has played more brilliantly, but made a good job of "policing" Napier, and yet found time to urge on the attack on occasion.
Thomson was a strong defender, once he had lost his initial nervousness.

Moore Pays His Way.

Moore, who was not a success at Easter Road last Monday, showed a big improvement. He is still deficient in speed, but he paid his way by his clever distribution. The Irishman was injured near the close, and had to go to outside right.
Armstrong was a speedy and elusive leader, and he caused the Celtic defence many anxious moments in the second period.
Mills, although more subdued than usual, did a lot of clever opening-out work, and his goal was a well-taken affair.
Beynon was a fast and dangerous raider on the right wing, and gave Morrison an uncomfortable afternoon, while Ritchie Smith kept slamming the ball into the centre from the left first-time.
Kennaway, in the Celtic goal, got plenty to do. He saved well, and had no chance with the shots that beat him.

Celtic Backs.

Hogg was the better of two backs who wavered under determined Aberdeen pressure. Geatons took the honours at half-back, being strong in defence and mobile in attack.
McDonald never got a real grip of Armstrong; while Paterson was rarely in the limelight.
Napier and Buchan were clever in attack, and McGrory, against a less tenacious pivot than Falloon, might have got more goals, but the line as a whole could make nothing of the Aberdeen defence.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th March 1935


Enthusiasts Invade Aberdeen.


Injured Taken To Infirmary.

In their advance to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at the expense of Celtic, the Aberdeen team played before the largest crowd in the history of football in Aberdeen.
There were 40,105 people within the enclosure. In the swaying mass of humanity several people fainted before and during the match and were carried away on stretchers.

Hurt When Barrier Collapsed.

Near the close a barrier in the shilling enclosure fell. The crowd behind it was flung to the ground, and several people were crushed or trampled on. Only two required medical treatment, however. The injuries to one of them, Mr Alexander Morrison Murray, a farm servant, Logie Cowie, Stonehaven, were serious enough to make necessary his admittance to the Royal Infirmary. The other man was Mr Andrew Smith Melville, 28 James Street, Peterhead, who was allowed to leave the institution after treatment.
At another part the ground Mr David Ross, a young labourer, 18 Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen, sustained a wound on the head and was taken to the Infirmary to have the cut stitched.
Hundreds of people who arrived just before the gates were closed jostled and pushed their way through the dense crowd searching for a vantage point.

Scramble for Places.

Up and down the steep slopes on the skirts of the ground they cimbed like mountain goats in their effort to view the match. Many never got a glimpse of the game but stood listening to "running commentaries" from those In front of them. Indeed, there were some who left the ground without having seen the ball kicked. At half-time a man in the crowd took a carrier pigeon from a basket and released it with a message of the progress of the game for a destination "somewhere in Buchan." A second pigeon was sent off with the full-time score.

Early Invasion.

All forenoon one saw in the city streets the makings of Pittodrie's record crowd. By road, rail and sea Aberdeen was besieged by thousands of people.
The first of the strangers within the gates were Celtic supporters. They arrived in the early hours of Saturday morning, some by train, some under the cover of tarpaulins of lorries, some by sea, and some on bicycles. One contingent of Celtic followers had their cycles painted green and white, the team's colours.
The travellers by lorry and by sea had an adventurous journey. Three young unemployed Glasgow men walked to Leith, where they volunteered to help to coal an Aberdeen trawler in return for a free trip to Aberdeen.

From "A' th' Airts."

During the forenoon thousands poured into the city from all parts of the north of Scotland. It was estimated that 5000 people came by train, bus, motor car and on cycles from coast towns and country districts as far as 100 miles distant. Even Dundee set aside for the day its intercity rivalry and sent 250 Soccer enthusiasts to Aberdeen in a special train.
Shortly after mid-day the streets pulsated with life, and then came the rush to Pittodrie culminating in the closing of the gates shortly before the kick-off with the attendance record at Pittodrie smashed.

Quick Transport.

The transport arrangements for taking the crowds to and from the scene of the Cup-tie were admirable.
Adopting a system of through trams to Pittodrie from all parts of the city the huge crowd found quick and ready transport at their service.
The congestion of traffic between Castlegate and Union Terrace at the close of the match when motor cars flowed unceasingly from Pittodrie was marked, and was an argument for the Castlegate loop-line to prevent trams cutting across the line of others from Pittodrie and causing delay.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th March 1935


Accident at Dunblane : Thirty Pitched in Heap: None Badly Hurt.

Late on Saturday night a furniture van returning to Glasgow from Aberdeen with supporters of the Celtic Football Club got out of hand at the notorious corner on the new Road at Dunblane, crashed through the wooden fence and a hedge, and overturned at the foot of a steep embankment.
The occupants, about thirty in number, were thrown violently on top of one another, and for a few minutes there was a scene of indescribable confusion. It was remarkable that none was killed, and that only some half-dozen were injured, although a good many others sustained cuts and bruises.
Doctors attended to the worst cases at the police office, and three were removed to the Stirling Royal Infirmary.
Last night all were sufficiently recovered to be able to return to their homes.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th March 1935

Celtic Teamsheet
Kennaway; Hogg, Morrison; Geatons, McDonald, Paterson; Delaney, Buchan, McGrory, Napier, O'Donnell (H.).
Attendance: 40,105
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Martin, Ladybank
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