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match report 1907-08 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Clyde 2 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    McAteer (pen), McLean       Muir, Lennie.  
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow
These teams played off their return League fixture at Shawfield, Glasgow. The game throughout the first half was evenly contested, though play never reached a high standard. Aberdeen showed more method than their opponents at the start, and their first goal was obtained as the result of a fine run by Muir. Coleman handled inside the penalty area, and from the penalty, McAteer equalised. In the second half Clyde played the finer football, and were much superior to Aberdeen, who appeared to put no life into their game. MacKay after a fine run gave Clyde the lead with a fine shot. Near the close Lennie equalised for Aberdeen and the game ended :- Clyde, two goals; Aberdeen, two goals.

Source: The Scotsman, 27th April 1908

The Aberdeen and Clyde teams finished their respective lists of Scottish League fixtures on Saturday at Shawfield Park, Glasgow. The spectators numbered 2000. Teams:-

Clyde: McTurk; Gilligan, Watson; Lonie, McAteer, Chappell; Morrison, McCartney, McLean, Hall, Murray.
Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Colman, Hume; Halkett, McIntosh, Low; McEachern, Muir, Murray, O'Hagan, Lennie.
Referee - Mister D. Philip, Dunfermline.

Clyde kicked off, and in the opening run a good shot was sent in, only, however, to be easily cleared by Macfarlane. After a few exchanges in midfield, the visitors got to the other end, where a hard drive from Muir was only a foot wide of the post. Clyde quickly retaliated, and from a miskick by Hume they had a good chance to score, but Hall's shot was luckily blocked by Colman. Aberdeen again became aggressive, and Muir from a pass of Low's scored with a fine shot. After Aberdeen scored Clyde took the game in hand, and McAteer the equalised the scores by converting a penalty, and, although they continued to the interval to have the better of the exchange's, they failed to add to their score.

Clyde and all the pressing in the earlier stages of the second half, and Aberdeen's goal ran several narrow escapes. Two corners fell to the home team in succession, and each time the visitors were lucky in getting rid of the ball, as it hovered in dangerous proximity to Macfarlane. It was not that the Aberdonians were playing a poor game, but that their opponents were performing much above the average. Clyde had not a weak man on the field, and if they had been able to shoot better during the long-sustained period of pressing, the would have made victory secure. Aberdeen could not always be on the defensive, and it was left to McEchern to raise the siege, but he found Watson a very difficult fellow to beat. Clyde came away again, and McLean rushing between the backs, scored a second goal for Clyde. Lennie, after being a passenger for the most part of the game, electrified everybody by clean beating Gilligan, and running close in and scoring a lovely goal.

On the whole the Clyde had the better of the exchange's, and had the one they would scarcely have got more than their cue. Only in the last 10 minutes to the Aberdeen forwards justify their reputation, while the home forwards were in fine form all through. The Clyde defence also proved the better, Colman and Hume being at times very lucky in keeping their goal intact.

Drawings, 40, all in, representing an attendance of 2000.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 27th April 1908

p>Divided Points at Shawfield.

The play of the Aberdeen forwards in their last League game left much to be desired. Listlessness characterised their movements more or less throughout the game, and but for the defence showing up well, Clyde would have won easily. It was evident that the Clyde wished to get equal with their friends at Hampden in the number of points, which they would have accomplished had they won the game., The old story that a game is never won till the whistle blows was shown to be true. Aberdeen were thought to be a beaten team shortly before time, when Lennie raced away on his own, slipped the half and got round the back, shooting with tremendous force into the corner of the net. This equalised the game, and there was little time to do anything more when the whistle sounded. Clyde may have felt sore for they played hard to win and deserved to do so, but they allowed their chance to slip. Aberdeen, as already stated, did not force matters, the right wing being the best, and the halves and backs in good trim, and it was well for them that they were so.

Chatty Bits.

The sensation of the signing-on season so far has been the transfer of Charlie Thomson to Sunderland.
It would be interesting to know the details of this transaction in view of the reputed wages. Thomson had at Tynecastle.
More than one player and club will be disappointed at this transfer, for it was generally agreed on that Thomson would stay nearer home.
The feature of the game with Woolwich Arsenal last week was the fine performance of Dalgarno, a local junior, at centre-forward.
This player has all the qualifications of a class player, and in the company he was in was as good as the rest.
The Arsenal people were so struck with his performance that they made repeated offers and visits to him without avail.
Dalgarno plays for Mugiemoss and seems to have a mind of his own, making business first, and the game a pleasure.
In this he is quite right, though there are many players floating about with a reputation who are not nearly so good in play.
Of the juniors tried on Saturday against Dundee A Murphy was the best. It is a pity that he has not more to spare in height and weight, otherwise he is a grand little player.
McPherson, the Macduff flier, has the makings of a good player, though inclined to be a little selfish on Saturday.
Towns is a junior who is worth looking after, and comes from a good school.
Aberdeen played Hearts at Tynecastle on Monday in an East of Scotland League, and were beaten by 2 goals to 1. The two goals scored by the Hearts were from penalties.
Halket and O'Hagan were absentees froth this game on account of injuries, their places being taken by Davidson and an Edinburgh junior.
This youngster created a good impression, so much so that the Hearts were after signing him on the spot.
The Aberdeen manager was having none of this nonsense, however, and carried his quarry safely away. He was given another trial against Falkirk last night.
There seems quite a demand for good juniors just now, but they are difficult to find, that is, the right ones.
If everything goes right the final tie for the Fleming Charity Shield should be played on Saturday.
The spectators were not at all pleased with the team which Woolwich Arsenal put on the field last Thursday.
Neither, do we understand, were the Aberdeen management, who were led to believe that their full team was to play.
If the Arsenal come north again they will have to treat the public better or their share of the gate will suffer considerably.
After all, Simpson is to remain with Falkirk, having resigned for them. There were rumours that he was going to a club in the west.
Dundee have re-engaged Fraser, their outside-left.
To-morrow clubs will be at liberty to approach players who have not been signed for the current season.
There is bound to be a scramble, for there are quite a number who have not "booked" for another term.
Some will get burned, as usual, over this business, while others may make a good bargain.
Monday being the Edinburgh holiday, there was, a fairly large crowd at Tynecastle. We have seen a bigger holiday audience.
Aberdeen's position in the league table is fairly creditable after their bad start.
They have made a distinct advance on previous years, and if they keep it up they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Clyde and Port-Glasgow are the bottom dogs and will have to be voted on. They have strong opposition this year from Kirkcaldy.
The Rovers are enlarging their playing pitch, and doing everything they can to make a good case for promotion.

Source: Bon-Accord, 30th April 1908

N.B. This was the replay of the match abandoned on 4th January

Clyde Teamsheet:  McTurk; Gilligan, Watson; Lonie, McAteer, Chappell; Morrison, McCartney, McLean, Hall, Murray


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  MacFarlane, Colman, Hume, Halkett, McIntosh, Low, MacEchern, Muir, Murray, O'Hagan, Lennie.

Unused Subs:


Referee: Mr. D. Philip, Dunfermline

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