Aberdeen first came up against Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup away back in March 1939, just months before war was declared on Germany later that year. Jock Pattillo was perhaps an unlucky Aberdeen player as he was just coming to his prime leading the Aberdeen front line when the events in Europe curtailed his competitive career. Pattillo went on to become a prolific scorer for the club during the war years in the various league and cup competitions that were hastily arranged. It was on the 4th March 1939 that Pattillo scored two sensational goals to knock Queen of the South out of the cup in a tense Pittodrie quarter final. Pattillo was given a standing ovation as he left the field after the Black & Gold's 2-0 win. His performance was all the more remarkable considering he was brave enough to carry on following a nasty head clash with Queens' Watson after only ten minutes.

It was while his direct opponent was off the field that Pattillo took advantage to put Aberdeen ahead. George Hamilton went on a run down the right before setting up Dave Warnock whose inch-perfect cross found Pattillo in splendid isolation. Pattillo steadied himself before unleashing his trademark 'spoon' shot that flew into the net t the delight of the big Pittodrie crowd. With the visitors back to full strength after the influential Watson returned to the fray with his head all bandaged up, Queens came back into the tie and caused Aberdeen no end of problems. The home side were further handicapped when Frank Dunlop was injured and had to go off for treatment. 1939

The Dons defender returned soon after but with his leg heavily strapped up, he took up a position as an outside right; effectively a passenger in the days of no substitutes. That encouraged Queens to attack Aberdeen in a bid to level the tie and the home side were certainly under pressure. The visitors support; several hundred sprinkled across the Pittodrie terracing were up in arms when Harkness went down in the box but no penalty was awarded. Referee Willie Webb walked away from the Queens forward who was lying on the ground after Aberdeen's Wilf Adey made the tackle. Aberdeen rode their luck on that occasion but keeper Johnstone was barely called into serious action and the game was effectively over in 67 minutes when Pattillo struck again. Biggs, Strauss and Warnock combined to set up the diminutive Pattillo to hit Queens hard once again. Aberdeen were certainly fortunate on that occasion but having played with Dunlop injured, the team showed enough character to get through to the last four. Backed by a noisy home crowd, Aberdeen held on in the closing stages as they protected their lead to see them safely through.

Aberdeen; Johnstone, Cowie, Adey, Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson, Warnock, Hamilton, Pattillo, Biggs, Strauss. Queen of the South; Mathieson, Savage, Anderson, Fitzimmons, Watson, Dawson, Oakes, Harkness, Hay, Law, Lang.

In 1950 Aberdeen again came up against Queen of the South at the quarter final stage and were disappointed to go down in a Pittodrie replay. The 2-1 defeat was a huge let down for the club who had high hopes of going all the way that year. In the first meeting at Palmerston the Dons came away with a 3-3 draw. It was all Aberdeen from the outset who raced into a 3-0 led after a whirlwind 15-minute opening spell. The visitors won the toss and elected to play with a strong wind behind them. Aberdeen took the lead after four minutes when Harry Yorston prodded the ball home from close range after Tom Pearson took advantage of an error by McAvoy.

2003Aberdeen continued to press and increased their lead nine minutes later. George Hamilton headed on a free kick and Yorston slammed the ball past Henderson to shock the home side. Hamilton again pierced the fragile Queens defence in 15 minutes to set up Pearson to put Aberdeen three goals ahead. At that point Aberdeen were totally in control and looked like increasing their lead. However McAvoy hit back in 21 minutes to reduce the deficit. Despite the wind advantage in the second half with the home side, Aberdeen still never looked in trouble and seemed certainties to go through to the semi finals. With the home support in despair an incredible closing spell saw Queens' rally to level the tie. McBain reduced the leeway in 80 minutes as the Dons defence crumbled. A minute later McAvoy headed an incredible equaliser as the Dons three-goal lead was whittled away. The closing minutes were frantic for Aberdeen as the home side tried in vain to snatch a last gasp winner.

Queen of the South; Henderson, Sharpe, James, McBain, Waldie, Hamilton, Houliston, J Brown, C Brown, McAvoy, Johnstone. Aberdeen; Watson, Emery, McKenna, Anderson, McKenzie, Harris, Stenhouse, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Pearson.

In 2003 Aberdeen manager Steve Paterson was all too aware of a cup upset when he took his Aberdeen side to face Queen of the South in the cup. Paterson had masterminded the downfall of Celtic during his spell with Inverness so the Dons manager was wary of facing a lower division club as Aberdeen manager. The Dons had just returned from a training spell in Spain and had new signing Steve Tosh making his debut. Queens had former Scotland keeper Andy Goram making his 750th senior appearance and gave Aberdeen a tough time of it in front of their own support. Dons keeper David Preece was called into action on several occasions. Aberdeen should have taken an early lead when D'Jaffo headed past from a Rutkiewicz cross. Goram was called into action when he dived to save a Chris Clark shot in 26 minutes. Russell Anderson saved the Dons when he deflected an O'Neill volley past the post. Steve Tosh almost put Aberdeen ahead with 25-yard drive that went inches past the post. Despite Queens giving the Dons a tough time in the opening half, it was Aberdeen who finished the game in the ascendancy, taking the tie back to Pittodrie for a replay.

In the Pittodrie return only 6,068 turned up to see Aberdeen outclass Queens' in front of their own fans. The stay away fans missed a flurry of goals in the first half. Aberdeen supporters turning up to see a goal fest were delighted as Derek Young, Laurent D'Jaffo and Russell Anderson all on the mark in a first half dominated by the Dons. Aberdeen opened the scoring in 15 minutes. Just as the visitors weathered the early Dons storm, Chris Clark's free kick caused problems in the visitors defence and Derek Young slammed the ball home from close range. D'Jaffo scored the Dons second from an acute angle after the impressive Stephen Payne crossed to the back post. In 25 minutes Russell Anderson got in on the act headed past Scott from six yards. It was all Aberdeen at that stage and the only disappointment for the home crowd was that they did not add to their tally until late on when D'Jaffo scored his second goal. Queens had pulled back a goal with Wetherston penalty by way of a consolation but the Dons looked impressive throughout as they would go through to face Dundee in the next round. 2008

Aberdeen; Preece, McGuire, Deloumeaux, Anderson, Clark, Sheerin, O'Donoghue, Tosh, Payne, D'Jaffo, Young. Subs; McAllister, Rutkiewicz, Fabiano. Queen of the South; Scott, Renicks, Anderson, McColligan, Aitken, Thomson, O'Neill, Bowey, McLaughlin, Paton, O'Connor.

The 2008 Scottish Cup semi final defeat to Queens has haunted the club for years. The Dons, having an incredible season after their European run, had knocked Celtic out in the quarter final stages and were looking forward to a trip to Hampden in May. In truth the Dons management team underestimated Queen's that day, the players did, we all did. With such a strong Aberdeen connection; Steve Tosh, John Stewart, Neil McFarlane and Jamie McQuilken, not to mention Billy Dodds in the coaching staff, these players know and understood the pressures facing the Dons on the day probably more so than some of the Aberdeen players. The First Division side also had some very good players; Dobbie who is now at Swansea, Harris at Blackpool, Burns at Dunfermline and McDonald at Hearts. These players rose to the occasion. Some of the Aberdeen players did not.

Queen of the South: MacDonald, McCann (Paton 90), Thomson, Aitken, Harris, Burns, Tosh, MacFarlane, McQuilken, O'Connor, Dobbie (Stewart 42). Subs Not Used: Grindlay, O'Neill, Gilmour. Aberdeen: Soutar, Maybury (Young 80), Diamond, Considine, McNamara (Mackie 62), Nicholson, Severin, Foster, Aluko, Maguire, Miller. Subs Not Used: Langfield, Duff, Touzani.


P

W

D

L

F

A

Pittodrie

3

2

0

1

7

3

Palmerston

2

0

2

0

3

3

Neutral

1

0

0

1

3

4

Total

6

2

2

2

13

10

4th Mar 1939

Aberdeen 2:0 QOS

Q Final

Pittodrie

Pattillo 2

34,950

11th Mar 1950

QOS 3 :3 Aberdeen

Q Final

Palmerston

Yorston 2, Pearson

12,000

25th Mar 1950

Aberdeen 1:2 QOS

Q Final Rep

Pittodrie

Hamilton

32,000

25th Jan 2003

QOS 0:0 Aberdeen

Rnd 3

Palmerston

5,716

18th Feb 2003

Aberdeen 4:1 QOS

Rnd 3 Rep

Pittodrie

D'Jaffo 2, Young, Anderson

6,150

12th Apr 2008

Aberdeen 3:4 QOS

Semi Final

Hampden

Considine 2, Nicholson

24,008