Source: The Scotsman 03-09-1906
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 3rd September 1906
Another Gruelling.Few Aberdonians have any conception of how the game went at Ibrox. Since arriving home, I have heard there was weakness in goal, the same at half, and the front line on a par with last week's performance. The first half went all right, Aberdeen giving as good a display as their more experienced opponents, and it would have been only proper had the scores then read 2-2. To go somewhat further, with a little luck, it should have been 2-1 in Aberdeen's favour, for Gault, in rushing across received the shot which glanced off him into the net outside Mutch altogether. In going to pieces the last quarter-of-an-hour, the cause was mainly due to W. Low, Strang, and Boyle - the latter being injured. The other two seemed most affected with the heat, and were unable to come up to anything like their ordinary form. It was purely a day for "light weights," those carrying too much flesh suffered severely under the 90 degrees of blazing sun under which they tried to play football.
How It Came About.Looking squarely at the play in the first half, Aberdeen held their own, but that jade (ill luck) which seems still to dog their wanderings hugged them closely. It was well on in the second half before the Rangers got into their stride, and then their class was apparent. The winners displayed more familiarity with the ball than the Aberdonians have done this season, and latterly gave them a clean pair of heels. On the right wing there were faults, both men tiring perceptibly, and losing the ball when they ought to have stuck to it, or at least made an effort. This threw a great amount of work on the halves who, with the exception of Halket, were unable to cope with it. Mutch's saving was brilliant at times, but he could not withhold the solid attacks of the Rangers unaided. Gault was good, and Boyle indifferent, the best men being Lennie, Edgar, H. Low, and Halket.
Chatty Bits.No doubt about it, the Aberdeen felt the long tedious journey to Glasgow in such sweltering heat more than they ever did before. They fagged perceptibly in the second period. Our suggestion that Gault should take the penally kick was not acted on, and another went abegging. When will the players take counsel among themselves and see what can be done for the best interests of the club? Another question arises - Did the players get all the ball practice necessary preparatory to such a game as Saturdays? We have reason to think not, and plead that this, should be attended to. Our only change in Saturday's team would be that McKinley should be tried at centre, and Henry Low relegated to the half-back line. Walter Arnott expresses this idea in his "Comments on the Game." Owing to various meetings in connection with the East of Scotland and Scottish Leagues, the directors are not to meet to make a final selection for this Saturday till late in the week. The result was a sad blow to the Pittodrie spectators, who would pay better to send the "A" team away, was a common remark. The home spectators got grand value for their money on Saturday. There was a fine feeling of comradeship in the team. It was a feather in "Gowie" Robertson's cap to be captain of such a side. May he be able to repeat such a success this week at Dens Park. It will be a pity if his team is tampered on account of the first team's failure. Owing to the Qualifying Ties there was only one League game on Saturday. The players at Pittodrie could have been doing with a little less sun, and a little of the breeze which they will be getting later on. Wilfred Low is not a patch on what he was last season. He is either over-trained or gone stale. If a player goes this way the best thing to do is rest him. There is no doubt about it there is plenty of play in "Wilfie" Against St. Mirren this week there are any amount of rumours as to radical changes. Don't get panic struck over these reverses! Tom Strang wishes to be relieved of the captaincy of the team. It is a job he does not care about. "Gowie" Robertson seems to improve with age, for his display on Saturday was as good as ever. Not in his palmy days has he equalled it.
Source: Bon-Accord, 2nd September 1906