Source: The Scotsman, 16th September 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th September 1907
A Change without, Effect.We foreshadowed last week that several changes were to be tried in the Aberdeen team against St. Mirren. The non-responsible critics got their way, but the desired result was not attained after all. What is to be done next? Saturday's opponents were determined to win the points at any cost, for they came north on Friday, rested during the day, and stepped on the field as fit as fiddles for the points. First impressions, they say, are unreliable, for Aberdeen put in a nice bit of play which ended in Bobby Simpson scoring ere a minute had elapsed from the start. Murray missed an open goal shortly after by sending over, while Muir lost control of the ball when he ought to have banged it home. These mistakes meant a great deal to the Saints, for once they got into their stride, they made the home defence sit up. The goal was bound to come, for Macintosh was flukey in his kicking, while Drain lost his pace. Paton, just getting on the ball at the right time, equalised. Aberdeen made a rush or two, but the halves were wanting in following up, and the first half ended honours even. The Saints swooped down, on the re-start, like one man, and fairly took our breath away when they scored, Macfarlane making a feeble attempt to save. After being pinned to their own end for a spell, the homesters made a great attempt to square the game, but their ineffectiveness at goal-mouth was appalling. Every one of them had a chance at one time or another, but nary a foot could get on the leather till it was sent away by a Saints' defender. Down went their hearts, and Aberdeen had to act the part of defenders till the finish, Rab being defeated by a fast, straight shot which we expected to see cleared. It was all over now but the shouting, the Saints taking full points from Pittodrie for the first time in the League by 3-5.
>b>Plain Talking.On Saturday's play we should say that Macfarlane had an off day. Hume was the better of the two backs, but lacks polish and does not take the fancy of the crowd by wild rushes: he gets there, all the same, every time. Macintosh was dis¬appointing, and he was responsible for two out of the three goals by missing his man. Drain is in want of training, and only lasts about twenty minutes at top speed, and then goes to pieces. Davidson and Halket were good, but neither has touched last season's form. The forwards were good in the open, their failure being at close quarters, where Simpson seemed the only one able to shoot straight and often. Lennie is falling away, and Murray does not prove a success at inside-left. Wilson was severely left alone, and hardly got a decent cross to materialise. Muir was better at outside-right than in any position we have seen him in yet. The Saints are a fine balanced team for height and weight. Their defence was strong and sound, while their halves, if not polished, were effective. The forwards are a fine go-ahead lot, converging towards goal every time, while every one can shoot on the run. On the whole, the Saints deserved their victory, but we cannot congratulate the referee on his handling of the game, which was too slack at times when the excitement ran so high.
Chatty Bits.St. Mirren-went away happy on Saturday as it was the first time they have taken full points away from Pittodrie. They were exceedingly anxious to do so, and that was their reason for coming through on Friday afternoon. The Pittodrie version of the Gordon affair is, that he signed for St. Mirren before they had an opportunity of seeing him. It was not a question of terms at all. There is a pretty strong feeling that Aberdeen had the worst of the refereeing on Saturday, not that we usually favour this idea, but he gave some funny decisions. When Murray was brought down inside the line, he claimed a penalty for two reasons, as he was badly kicked on the ankle. There was a want of understanding amongst the forwards, and there was a little too much of the ball going to the left. Wilson never got a decent chance the whole time, while the right wing were starved. W. Low's suspension ended on Saturday, and he is glad that he will get into the thick of it again. We should fancy he will like to open against Dundee, for he has played some fine games at Dens Park. It seems that Henry was not the means of getting Stewart put off the field on Saturday, but Hooley, the inside left. Sunderland seem to be making Henry the handy-man of the team, for he has appeared in the front line and scored, while he was in the middle line against Manchester City. Gault made his debut for West Ham on Saturday, but gave away a penalty. Otherwise he played a great game. Hannah, of the Reserves, is making rapid progress as a sound back. Once he gets a bit faster he will have to be reckoned. with. Aberdeen A will have another stiff hurdle at Lochgelly on Saturday. The Harp are quite proud at getting the use of Pittodrie, because they will have no opposition in town. They were after Central Park, but the terms asked were a bit thick. The public should turn out to see this fixture, as Elgin City have some good youngsters.
Source: Bon-Accord, 19th September 1907