East Fife v Aberdeen: Match Statistics

Aberdeen Statistics

Competition: Scottish League Scottish Cup League Cup
Matches Played 28 7 13
East Fife Wins 8 3 6
Aberdeen Wins 16 1 6
Drawn Matches 4 3 1

Totals (for League, Scottish Cup and League Cup):

Matches Played 48
East Fife Wins 17
Aberdeen Wins 23
Drawn Matches 8

Total Number of Goals Scored (in all three competitions):

East Fife 70 Aberdeen 102

The first ever encounter between East Fife and Aberdeen (apart from East Fife v Aberdeen 'A' matches in the Northern League) was a Scottish Cup second round tie at Bayview on 5 February 1927. A crowd of 9,000 attended the match, fully expecting to see the First Division side record a convincing victory over the Second Division Fifers. It was not to be, however, as East Fife held the 'Dons' to a 1-1 draw; Centre Forward Jock Wood scoring for the Methil Men. On the following Wednesday, East Fife made the long trip north for the replay and caused a sensation by beating Aberdeen 2-1 with goals from Jock Wood and Phil Weir in front of a 12,000 crowd. Understandably, Aberdeen were reported to be 'astonished' at the outcome, but what is even more astonishing is that East Fife progressed to the final of the competition by beating Dunfermline Athletic, Arthurlie and Partick Thistle before losing 3-1 to Celtic. Just over eleven years later, the two sides were drawn to play each other again in the Scottish Cup at Bayview - this time in round three. The circumstances were identical to the first encounter - East Fife were a Second Division side whereas Aberdeen were in the top half of Division One. A crowd of 17,000 turned out to witness the encounter on 5 March 1938. Mills opened the scoring for the visitors against the run of play after 17 minutes, but Cowan equalised for the Fifers just before the interval. In the second half the home side piled on the pressure but found Aberdeen 'keeper Johnstone in top form and once again the match finished all square at one goal apiece. Was history about to repeat itself? Over 300 East Fife supporters believed it was and made their way to Pittodrie for the replay four days later. Incredibly, East Fife repeated their remarkable feat of 1927 as they emerged 2-1 victors with goals from Herd and Millar in front of a crowd of 25,499. Against all the odds, the Second Division side reached the final of the competition once again that year after beating Raith Rovers in the Quarter Final and St Bernards in the Semi Final. This time, however, there was no repeat of the 1927 defeat by Celtic as East Fife beat Kilmarnock over two games to bring the Scottish Cup to Fife for the first time.

Below: Aberdeen 'keeper Johnstone foils another East Fife raid during the East Fife v Aberdeen Scottish Cup tie at Bayview on 5 March 1938, with Aberdeen wearing black and gold stripes. Aberdeen's first choice colours were the same as East Fife's at this time and traditionally it was the home side who changed jerseys in the event of a clash.

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