A Retrospect.If my readers will care to go back with me to the end of May last season, and look at the composition of the Second League team Aberdeen then had, and what they now have as representing first-class football, not a little of their non success is explained away. At the end of last season the Aberdeen management were without any definite agreement as to whether they would be admitted to the "charmed circle" or not, hence they stayed their hands in so far as making a plunge for players they might not require. It was only after their admission that the services of Lennie were got, along with.Ward, to strengthen the front line. The attack has undoubtedly been the weak part all through. True, they have risen to the occasion when teams like the Celts, Hearts, Rangers, and Third Lanark had to be met, while with what might be termed, without offence, inferior teams, they have failed to bring home points which they ought to have won. One splendid credential the players have received from the southern press is that they play too fine football against some of their opponents, and lack the robustness necessary to rush them through on heavy grounds. When all these things are taken into account, Aberdonians ought not to be dissatisfied altogether with the first season of their team in the League. Some clubs I could mention never reached double figure points in their first season, and 24 points is not at all bad for a start. I hope to see their first year's experience set to good advantage for next year.
Chatty BitsAberdeen finished their first season in the Scottish League on Saturday. The Glasgow Time's says they have justified their inclusion in this body from a playing and financial point of view. There are many "croakers" in the Granite City, who think they should have done better than 24 points. It is so easy to manage a football club outside that the officials have to bear the brunt of the team's good or bad play. While I have pointed out any mistakes that have arisen during the season, the directors and manager, I know, have been imbued with the best of motives for the welfare of the Club. The play at Port on Saturday was another instance of many we have seen this season. Given a good day, and decent footing, Aberdeen would have won easily. Robertson was in deadly form on Saturday, and came away with some dangerous rushes. Ward did not clinch, in so well on the left wing as on the right. Most of the players stayed in Glasgow till Monday, and were present at the Anglo-Scots' match. Wilfred Low had to be left at home owing to his injured finger. He expects to be fit this week. The Reserves had a look on at the Aberdeenshire final. They were pleased that their conquerors had won. Peterhead players got a rare reception from their 600 supporters after the game. The presentation of the Cup was made in the Recreation Room of the Pavilion after the match was over. Ex-Baillie Glass presided, and in making the presentation referred to the incalculable good which the appearance of Peterhead and Huntly in the final would do in the county so far as the game was. concerned. In handing over the Cup to Mr. T. Mackie, the Chairman trusted that the game would, continue to prosper and expand in their midst. Mr. Mackie, who has played the game in his time, and who was one of the pioneers of the "soccer" code in Peterhead, thanked the Chairman for his remarks, and threw out one or two kindly hints for the Association to work on. The question of cheaper railway fares for football teams is worth taking up, and should not be lost sight of. Votes of thanks were accorded to the referee; Mr. Nisbet, and the Chairman for presiding, and the proceedings, which were short and harmonious, closed. There was a great reception awaiting the special train when it arrived at Peterhead. There will be a rush for Inter-City, and East of Scotland League games till the end of April. Aberdeen have fixed Hearts for Saturday, and Dundee for 7th April, in the latter competition.
Source: Bon-Accord, 22nd March 1906
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 19th March 1906