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Rangers 2 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Rangers scorers: McPhail 37, McPhail
Aberdeen scorers: Mills.

07/11/1936 | KO:


Prevent Aberdeen Win at Ibrox


Dawson and McPhail - those were the players who prevented an Aberdeen victory at Ibrox on Saturday. Dawson it was who frustrated the Dons in the first half when, with the wind behind them, they had three-fourths the play.
McPhail was the match-winner. He seized two opportunities near the interval, and that proved sufficient to give his side victory.
Had the Dons shared the points nobody could have complained. On play the Light Blues were lucky to be two goals ahead at the interval, and for their magnificent fight back in the closing stages of the game the Dons were worthy of draw.

Fortune Frowns

After Mills had reduced the leeway eleven minutes from the end Rangers had their backs to the wall. These were anxious minutes for the Light Blues. The ball was rarely out the home penalty area, and Aberdeen and Rangers' players were involved in a glorious mix-up. The Dons tried all that they knew to get the ball past Dawson, while the home team fought desperately to hold them at bay. Defence prevailed, but had Dame Fortune bestowed one of her smiles on Aberdeen it would have been no more than they deserved.
The Aberdeen forwards played polished football, and were more impressive a line than the home quintette. Rangers had an advantage in that their inside trio was heavier and stronger than that of Aberdeen.

Dawson's Brilliance

Against a less brilliant 'keeper than Dawson the Dons would have been at least two goals up before Rangers opened their account. Two saves of Dawson will not be easily forgotten. The shots would have beaten most goalkeepers.
Mills hit the first from a free kick six yards inside the penalty area, but Dawson with a lightning sideways dive turned the ball round the post for a corner.
His second was even more spectacular. A masterly movement by Mills left McKenzie in possession, and the inside right shot hard. The ball was travelling at a terrific pace and seemed certain to enter the net when Dawson, with an acrobatic twist, shot out a hand to push it over. Only the 'keeper knows how he prevented the ball entering the net.

Rangers' Lead

Rangers took the lead after thirty-seven minutes' play. Smith worked his way out to the right before slipping the ball into the middle for McPhail to shoot into the roof of the net. The second counter came just on the interval. McPhail gathered a return pass from Kinnear and went racing through to send in a fierce shot. Steve Smith got his hands to the ball, but could not hold it, and it came to rest in the net.
With the wind and a two-goal lead Rangers played confidently in the second half until Aberdeen's great revival.
Aberdeen's defence fought pluckily, but it did not inspire the same confidence as the Rangers' rear division. Steve Smith had one or two good saves, one in particular in the first half, a raking drive from Souter.
McGill generally had the measure of Souter, who did not impress, but Cooper never got a grip of Kinnear, who was always a source of danger.
Fraser showed a return to his old form at half-back and was Aberdeen's most effective middleman, combining defence and attack skilfully. Only in the closing stages did Thomson reveal his best form. Previous to that his distribution was weak.
Falloon did a lot of valuable work in defence, and he made a good job of holding Smith, but he lacked the personality of Simpson.

Mills Takes Honours

To Mills go the honours in attack. The Inside left showed considerable improvement on recent displays, and was probably the best ball-worker afield.
The Rangers' defence recognised Strauss as the danger man of the attack, and he was so closely guarded by Gray and Kennedy that he was given no chance. He was handicapped by a severe ankle injury fifteen minutes after the start.
In an effort to get rid of Simpson, Armstrong adopted the role of rover, but he never succeeded in shaking off Scotland's pivot.
McKenzie tried hard to force play, but met with little success, and although Beynon was a sprightly right-winger was too closely shadowed by McDonald to be as effective as usual.

Reliable Home Defence

Although sorely pressed in the closing stages, the Rangers defence was generally Reliable. Dawson, of course, was the outstanding personality, but Gray and McDonald were a sound pair of backs.
Simpson was a powerful centre-half, and he worked like a Trojan when the Dons were making their bid for the equaliser. Brown and Kennedy were strong and forceful wing halves.
McPhail was the most impressive forward. Strong and virile, he was always dangerous in possession, and initiated many of the attacking movements. Smith was a robust and dangerous pivot, and Kinnear a fast and clever left-winger.
Venters and Souter, on the right, seldom took the eye.

£1100 FOR Aberdeen's share of the "gate" Ibrox on Saturday amounted to £1100.

Source: Press & Journal, 9th November 1936

Rangers Teamsheet
Dawson; Gray, McDonald; Kennedy, Simpson, Brown; Souter, Venters, Smith, McPhail, Kinnear
Attendance: 57,000
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: J. M. Martin, Ladybank
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