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Fleming Charity Shield Final 
08/05/1909
 
Aberdeen 2 - 0 Peterhead
Kick Off:    Simpson, Edgar.        
Attendance: 1,800
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
The final tie for possession of the Fleming Charity Shield was played at Pittodrie, Aberdeen, on Saturday afternoon between Aberdeen and Peterhead. Ideal weather prevailed, and there were several hundred spectators present when the teams took the field as follows:-

Aberdeen: Mutch; Hannah, Hume; Davidson, JJ Simpson, Macfarlane; Hay, Towns, R. Simpson, Edgar, Neilson.
Peterhead: Lamb; Milne, Philip; Mac.intosh, Davidson, Pyper; Finty, Dempster, A. Cadger, Mitchell, W. Cadger.
Referee - Mister R. Bremner, Aberdeen.

Peterhead lost the toss, and kicked off against the sun. They immediately attacked, W. Cadger sending across a good center, which the centre forward sent over the bar. Aberdeen gradually forced the visitors back, and some interesting and exciting play was witnessed in front of the Peterhead goal. After Aberdeen had been aggressive for about 15 minutes, Peterhead had a run down, and A. Cadger gave Mutch a stiff handful to hold. Aberdeen again attacked, and the Peterhead goal had several narrow escapes. The visiting backs and goalkeeper defended well. Aberdeen's forwards were ably supported by their half-backs, who kept the Peterhead forwards well in hand. It was very seldom that Peterhead caught away, and when they did have opportunities they failed to follow the mark. R. Simpson was in good form. He had several excellent tries. Peterhead's defence paean to waver, Aberdeen seized the opportunity and attacked vigorously. A beautiful cross by hay resulted in R. Simpson finding the net with an unsuitable shot. Aberdeen attacked with much vigour, and 5 minutes from the close of the first. Edgar scored number two for Aberdeen after fine work by R. Simpson, who made the opening.

Aberdeen attacked strongly in the opening stages of the second half. Peterhead defended well, and Aberdeen's best efforts were in vain. Peterhead occasionally broke away, but their efforts in front of goal were not sustained, and the Aberdeen defence had no difficulty in driving them back. Aberdeen attacked almost continuously until the close. Peterhead's goal had numerous narrow escapes, but Aberdeen did not exert themselves. Peterhead's display was disappointing. There was no more scoring.

The gate amounted to about 25.

At the close of the match Sir John Fleming presented this shield to the winners. In handing over the trophy, he remarked that as a result of the competition a sum of 50 would be handed over to charity, compared with 47 last year. The result of this year's competition was very satisfactory.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 10th May 1909

 

The Charities.

With the exception of the Glasgow charities, which will be finished this week, senior football is now regarded as ended for the season. Last week there was a surfeit of games in Aberdeen, the proceeds of which all went to charity. Last Friday Peterhead, visited Pittodrie and played the Harp in the semi-final for the Fleming Charity Shield. Though there was only a moderate attendance, the game was contested with great spirit, and was notable for the many old faces on the Harp side who were once familiar to habitues of Pittodrie, viz. Billy Brebner, "Cowie" Robertson, Herd, and Mackie, who have still some "kicks" left in them. On Peterhead side, the two Cadgers caught the eye most, the centre forward being nippy and fast. This lad scored loth goals for his side in a manner that stamped him as a player above the average, though his "inches" will be against him.

On Saturday, Peterhead had to face different opposition, when they met Aberdeen in the final. It was evident that the holders were in no mood to let the shield slip from them, for they played hard, and only fine work by Peterhead's backs kept the scoring down, with some assistance from the crossbar and uprights. Simpson opened the scoring, and when Edgar added a second shortly after, the game was as good as won. Peterhead never looked like scoring after that, while Aberdeen did not put in too much pressure, being evidently content to keep their lead and keep their opponents from scoring. Aberdeen have taken the shield for the fifth time in succession, and at the conclusion of the game, Sir John Fleming, in a neat little speech, congratulated the players on their efforts in behalf of charity and intimated that he was informed over 50 would be the free surplus this year. John James Simpson accepted the shield on behalf of the team. The proceedings ended with a round of cheers for Sir John.

Chatty Bits.

Celts and Rangers will figure in the final for the Charity Cup. Let us hope there will be no riot on this occasion.
The Hampden riot is not yet finished for claims are being intimated for damages by all the parties interested.
So far as the signing season has gone, the Rangers have not made the sensational captures they did last year.
As they paid large sums for players and got little or no good play out of them, they are perhaps adopting a different course this year.
The captures are all going to England, and Dundee seem to be making the most of their surplus cash by buying up all the centre-forwards in the market.

On the other hand, Aberdeen seem to be jogging away quietly; but they will catch it hot if they have not got together a good team when the season starts.
General regret will be felt at losing McIntosh, who had become a great favourite with the Pittodrie crowd.
He should suit the Cells down to the ground, and will improve vastly at Parkhead, or we are much mistaken.
W. Low left for Newcastle this week, as he is wanted for the "Continental trip" with the United.
James Gault, who has been for the the past two seasons with West Ham, is back to Aberdeen but is yet unsigned.

Source: Bon-Accord, 13th May 1909

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Mutch, Hannah, Hume, Davidson, Simpson, MacFarlane, Hay, Towns, Simpson, Edgar, Neilson.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Peterhead Teamsheet:  Lamb; Milne, Philip; Mac.intosh, Davidson, Pyper; Finty, Dempster, A. Cadger, Mitchell, W. Cadger

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. R. Bremner, Aberdeen

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