Source: The Scotsman, 4th March 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 4th March 1907
A Thrilling Game.Ideal conditions prevailed at Pittodrie on Saturday when Aberdeen and Celtic took the field to play their return League fixture. The crowd were rolling in when, five minutes after the advertised time of starting, the home side got away, Wilson making Adam's fingers tingle with a hot shot, within a minute of the kick-off. Fast was the pace and faster it grew, the ball travelling at a great rate from. end to end. The fast, dribbling blocked, and quick returns at both ends kept the spectators enthralled with excitement: Ten minutes after the start Celtic's front rank put in a lot of splendid work, several corners in rapid succession falling to them, and then from a run by Hamilton, Somers beat Macfarlane with a grand drive This only led to further exciting incidents, and that both goals did not fall was due, more to luck than anything else. Macdonald had been doing some tricky things on the wing, but Orr was just a trifle too wide awake for him. However, the home right winger got well away, and instead of trying Orr again he slipped to Simpson, who crossed to O'Hagan, and the latter. beat Adams with an unsavable shot. The visitors slowed down a bit after this, and Aberdeen taking full advantage kept up a hot siege on the defence, Adams saving several times single-handed when goals seemed certain. Bennett had a great run; Macfarlane, charging out, missed the ball but impeded the player, and the sphere went past the post before he could get at it. It was a near thing, but Aberdeen- kept the upper hand till half-time came. Aberdeen began as they had left off, going for all they were worth towards the Celtic goal. Corners galore came their way, Orr saving many good ones, while Adams was as frisky behind. Lennie capped a great run by beating Adams all the way with a truly magnificent run, the ball leaving his foot with plenty of pith behind it. Celts were getting more than they bargained for, and it was a bit of downright stupidity that let them equalise. Boyle fouled Bennett, and from the free kick the ball was kicked on to Brebner's arm. To the consternation of everybody the referee gave a penalty and Orr made sure of a goal, Macfarlane very nearly holding it. Aberdeen were away again on the top of the Celts and from a melee Adams presented O'Hagan. with a grand chance which he accepted, but the referee ruled offsides. Immediately after Simpson landed a beauty in the net, and again it was nullified for the same infringement, which nobody could see. The crowd went nearly mad at this as time was wearing on, and the home had their opponents almost run off their feet. The whistle sounded with the referee's award two goals each, but the spectators evinced their displeasure in no uncertain tone. The officials were prepared for any interference by the spectators, and except for a demonstration by a few of the most excited there was no serious scene at the finish. For a game which was so full of excitement, the crowd took their way out of the grounds in good, order, and showed their spirit of true sportmanship, however mad they felt at their team being spoiled of a victory by the two goals chalked off.
A Review of the Game.Certainly not this season have Aberdeen risen to the occasion like what they did on Saturday. Not all the class men money can buy could have done better, or given a cleverer exhibition than was given against the Celts. Aberdeen simply revelled in their work, and the two points which belonged to them were only made one through no fault of theirs. It was the first time that O'Hagan got a fair chance of showing his foot and head work at Pittodrie, and he would be classed a poor judge who was dissat¬isfied with the new comer's display. Nor could very much be said against any of the home men on Saturday. There were mistakes, but they were few and far between, most of them being covered up. But what was most apparent to us was the enthusiasm they put into their work, even against the odds put on to them. Hitherto, when a goal down they seemed to lose heart, but on Saturday the more that was done against them the more virile was their play. It was a great game, and everybody went away pleased with the value they got for their money except in the case of the referee, who was more off colour in his decisions than the players were in play. For the Celts, Hamilton, Bennett, and Somers caught the eye most. Templeton seldom got away as we have seen him do, Wolfie Low keeping a watchful eye on the Celt all the time. Orr was the pick of the defence while Adams proved most reliable in goal. The gate drawings amounted to over £230 all in.
Chatty Bits.Charlie O'Hagan signalised his reappearance from Interna¬tional affairs by scoring a lovely goal. His interpretation of the one disallowed is that he got the ball from Adams and scored, and could not be possibly off-side, while he did not impede him in any way, as we thought. It was the general impression that Adams had been impeded, and that was the reason for the goal being disallowed. In all our experience we never saw a crowd angrier than they were at the referee for disallowing Simpson's score. The officials had an anxious time till they saw the referee off by a different route that the Celts took. Not this season have the spectators been offered such a treat as they got on Saturday. There was not a dull moment during the whole ninety minutes. Those who expected the Celts to romp home easy victors got a disappointment. For once in a while Aberdeen's goal escaped twice when Macfarlane had left. it. Seldom has this occurred to Rah this season. There was little of the playing to the gallery on Saturday. Rab clearing in his best form is worth looking at, while he almost got on the ball at the penalty. Billy Brebner could not be blamed for the ball striking his arm, but it was his attitude which made the referee think he struck it. In any case, nine times out of ten the offence would have been overlooked. He did not see a more glaring one committed by Cray. Once Henry Low got into Bennett's ways the centre got little scope to dash away. Bennett is a little flier if he gets room, and early in the game he was the most prominent on the Celtic side. Hamilton was most in evidence during the second period. It was a foul off Boyle who back-charged Bennett, that led to the Celts' second goal. Lennie was as smart as ever on Saturday and gave Gray the slip easily. He had bad luck several times. When Adams tipped over the bar one great shot and a goal kick was given, the crowd went frantic. The goal which the left winger ultimately got was of the unsavable sort, and which lie alone can get. Macdonald, while not so fleet, has a lot of tricks in eluding an opponent, while his crosses are very accurate. Simpson played extremely well for a first appearance with his partner, and can improve on what he did with more experience. All the half-backs were in great shooting form. Halket had some nice drives toward goal, while his covering up when danger appeared was always well-timed. We should see another great game this week at Pittodrie. The gatemen and checkers hold their "annual at home" in the pavilion to-morrow night. On Tuesday the Aberdeenshire Cup and badges will be presented in the Bon Accord Hotel. Aberdeen have now fixed the Hearts for their return League fixture at Tynecastle on the Edinburgh holiday next month. This should be a paying one. The Salvation Army should have made a good collection at Pittodrie on Saturday. They had the biggest crowd of the season to deal with. Ward will not be fit for play this.week yet, and will require to give his ankle a longer rest. It is gratifying to find that Edgar will be fit to play in either of the elevens this week, if selected. The A's expected to take away a point at Brechin, but the forwards could do nothing right. We have often urged that Aberdeen had hard luck and the referee against them when away, but the home crowd got proof for assertions on Saturday. Were we to print a tenth of what we heard about that gentlemen we should be in for a libel suit sure. It would be a good idea for the letter to the editor Writers to send up their epistles to the League secretary, so that he might bring them before his committee to consider. We do not know if the Aberdeen will take any action in the matter, but there is certainly room for objection in some way.
Source: Bon-Accord, 7th March 1907