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Kilmarnock 2 - 5 Aberdeen

HT Score: Kilmarnock 1 - 4 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Kilmarnock scorers: Beattie 44, Robertson 70
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong 2, Lang 3, Mills 15, Mills 17, Mills.

26/10/1935 | KO:


Four Goals Up in 20 Minutes


Close Game Pays on Heavy Pitch

For twenty minutes Aberdeen played brilliant football at Rugby Park on Saturday.

They were two goals up in three minutes and four in twenty minutes. Kilmarnock must be given credit for a plucky fight, but they never really recovered from these telling blows. What team could?
Weather conditions were deplorable. Drenching rain fell before and during the match, and the pitch was quickly churned into a sea of mud.
Under these circumstances it was remarkable that Aberdeen should produce such accurate and thrustful football in the opening stages, and this against the wind too.

Home Defence Mystified

Poor Kilmarnock were practically beaten before they had started. The quick, accurate short passing of the attackers had the home defence mystified for the first twenty minutes. Although Aberdeen subsequently held their own and always looked as if they had something in reserve, their football never regained the sparkle of that opening period.
In their first breakaway Kilmarnock almost opened the scoring. Beattie cut out to the right and flashed in a great shot which struck the upright. Had the ball found the net there might have been a different tale to tell. They were given no time to be bemoan their hard luck.
Quick as flash the Dons were at the other end and the ball was in the net. Armstrong fastened on to an up-the-middle pass from Thomson, eluded McClure and swerved between the backs to bang the ball past Miller.
Neither the spectators nor the home players had recovered from this lightning blow before Miller was again picking the ball out the back of the net. Armstrong again pushed the ball out to Benyon and Lang cut in from the left to whip the winger's cross into the goal.
Killie was given some twelve minutes to recover from these reverses, then Aberdeen administered the knock-out in the shape of other two goals in two minutes.

Mills's Quick Ones

Fraser placed a free kick perfectly and Mills bobbed up in the goal-mouth to head into the net. With seventeen minutes gone Leslie failed to intercept a Beynon cross and Mills registered a fourth goal.
Kilmarnock fought back courageously, and Roberts missed a great chance when a drive by Thomson struck the crossbar and dropped at his feet. Just before the interval the never-say-die spirit of the homesters was rewarded. Beattie and Roberts carried the ball through the Aberdeen defence in fine style, and the former beat Smith all ends with a great drive.
Early in the second half Kilmarnock were awarded a penalty. Robertson snapped up a ball which had beaten McGill and raced goalwards. The left back tore after him and fouled him. It was unfortunate for the homesters that just before Thomson had nipped in to send into the net the referee's whistle should go for a penalty. Milloy took the spot kick but sent high over.

Kilmarnock's Second

With twenty-five minutes gone Kilmarnock secured a second goal. Robertson gained possession of a Thomson lob, and while the Aberdeen defenders made a vain appeal for off-sides the centre ran on to score.
In the closing stages Mills put the issue beyond doubt with a fifth goal.
There was more confidence and better understanding in the Aberdeen defence than that of their opponents. The man in possession always held the advantage, and when a defender was beaten by an opposing forward he had little or no chance of making a recovery. In this respect Falloon was prominent in covering up his backs. Cooper was the better back.
Much of the credit for the success of the Pittodrie attack was due to the splendid support given them by the wing halves, Fraser and Thomson. Both showed a big improvement on the previous week's form, combining sound defensive play with forcefulness in attack.
While "the Aberdeen front line as a whole played well, the star was undoubtedly Mills. Not only did he have a hat-trick, but he was clever on the ball and kept plying his teammates with crisp, accurate passes.
Armstrong led the line with dash and skill, and his understanding with his inside men was well-nigh perfect. Both Beynon and Lang were in sprightly mood, and it was unfortunate that the left winger, who had newly recovered from a strained thigh muscle, should break down just before the interval.

Hard-Working Defence

The Kilmarnock defence cracked badly in the opening stages, but later played with more confidence. Although McClure worked hard the steadying influence of Tom Smith was missed at centre-half.
Although beaten five times, Miller could not be blamed for his side's defeat. Leslie was the better back, and in a mediocre intermediate line Milliken worked hard.
The attack was wholehearted, but lacked a general.


The Aberdeen players were involved in minor accident on Saturday. On the return bus journey from Kilmarnock to Glasgow the bus struck a sheep which was wandering on the road. The animal was killed, and the starting handle of the bus was broken.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th October 1935

Kilmarnock Teamsheet
Miller; Leslie, Milloy; Milliken, McClare, Ross; Thomson, Williamson, Robertson, Roberts (Rangers)
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Referee: H. Watson, Glasgow
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