Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th August 1910
STYLES COMPAREDDundee opened with a vigour and freshness of style which and once imbued confidence in the 5000 crowd. Throughout the whole of the first half the indulged in passing game which fairly bewildered the Aberdeen defence, and the occasional swings by the extreme wingers only added to the troubles of the visitors. As the game progressed, however, this combination fell away and gave place to the very admirable but really less pretty individual flashes which are so apt to meet with disaster at the feet of a sturdy defence. Aberdeen, on the other hand, were a long time in making up their minds to anything like a combination game. The last 15 minutes of the first half and the latter part of the second half of the heirs in this respect, still, never at any time did the approach the finish in outfield work shown by the Taysiders. It was in individualism that Aberdeen Shan, but it was also in that they failed.
ABOUT THE PLAYERSThere were those who had their doubts as to the advisability of playing King in the first team goal, but after his display on Monday night - which, by the way, merited flattery of Crumley - these may be looked upon as the illusions. In the first half the tall lad, who, it may be mentioned, has broadened considerably since last season, was invincible, and clever manner in which he dealt with the many ticklish shots of that period stamped him as a worthy successor to the man whose case occupied the attention of the English Association last night. His outstanding performance was the saving of a lightning drive from Bellamy, which, throwing himself full length, he saved at the expense of a corner. Once or twice his clearances were of the daring order, yet they were marked by a precision and confidence which orders well for his future. He was not at all to blame for Dundee's opening goal in the second half, but for the experience will teach him to abandon the hesitation which cost the second point - his only mistake in a creditable evenings work.
BACKS AGAIN SAFEIf ever two backs proved their worth it was Colman and Hume, who had a hard ordeal to go through. Their forte lay in their kicking, which was always of the resolute and well-directed order. There were many exciting passages between Hume and Bellamy, but the last-named usually clung too long to the sphere for the Aberdonian to be outwitted. As a pair the Aberdeen backs are as sound as ever, and the club could not be better served in that department.
HALF-BACKS STRONG AND WEAKAs a defensive trio the Aberdeen half-backs excelled. Yet it was owing to their failure to back up the forwards that the game on this occasion was lost. In the first half they were opposed to a set of forwards at once fresh-blooded, enthusiastic, and nippy, supported by that sturdy defence which has always been the pride of the Dundee team. So alert were they kept in their tackling - and it was well done - that they seldom had the opportunity to send forward those "slips" which are so essential in the letting off of a van. The line worked untiringly from start to finish of the game, and, although with the present talent at the disposal of the club they could not be improved upon, they must needs pay more attention to placing if that harmoniousness which is so necessary for a team's success is to be achieved.
DISJOINTED FORWARDSIndividually and collectively the Aberdeen forward line was inferior to that of the victors. The failure of the line was partially traceable to the misplacing by the halves, but the absence of system and the lack of cohesion amongst themselves was directly responsible. On many occasions the line got off promisingly, only for one of the quintette to keep possession for too long time, with the inevitable result that the effort was, as Aberdonians say, "foozled." One thing was evident, and that was that neither wing understands the other's play. Travers - a really clever individualist - and Lennie were scarcely ever in unison, and do not appear as if their styles well ever harmonise in the way that the public have been accustomed to see in those of O'Hagan and Lennie. Chaplin was invariably too high a wall for the little winger, and, try as he would, he could make little progress. Tom Murray distributed fairly, but his foot was less on the ball than a centre's should be. Macintosh, having failed to make an impression with science in the first half, indulged in go-ahead, bustling tactics in the second, but with no more success, and indeed during the game he appeared to be out of his element. Soye gave a creditable account of himself at outside right, and he invariably parted with the ball to good advantage.
DUNDEE SUMMARISEDThe success and discovery of the Dundee side was McLauchlin, the young forward just secured from Elgin City. In first period especially he had the Aberdeen halves chasing him, and he it was who initiated or developed many of the brightest passages in the Taysiders display. Another discovery was Lindley, lately obtained from Lincoln City. He kept Wilson working hard throughout the game, and sent over many fine crosses, although he fagged towards the finish. Comrie was the outstanding half, and the weight and robustness of Chaplin and McEwan kept up a sound back division, well supported by Crumley.
THE REFEREETom Robertson, who was referee, is quite a worthy in the football world, and a favourite with most crowds. And Monday night's match been at Pittodrie it is doubtful, however, if the veteran would have had his popularity endorsed. The truth is he was inclined to blow his whistle rather frequently, and is pulling up of the Aberdonians for offside on several occasions was not always unchallengeable. Travers had a goal in the second period seemingly from a legitimate position, but Mr. Robertson had just previously given offside. A humorous incident took place when Mr. Robertson suspended play until it terrier dog, which refused to obey his marching orders, was chased off the field by Crumley.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 17th August 1910
Source: The Scotsman, 16th August 1910At Dundee Aberdeen played a hard game, and were unfortunate in being beaten, as on the run of play there was not a goal between them. The score stood 1-1 for so long that most people thought the game would end in a draw, but another goal came Dundee's way just before the finish, and they wound up a fine opening game by winning. 2-1.
Source: Bon-Accord, 18th August 1910