Source: The Scotsman, 25th September 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 24th September 1907
Aberdeen lead the way.After their display at Dens Park on Saturday there was a quiet confidence amongst the players of the Aberdeen that they could do better, now that they had got into their stride. The crowd was a typical holiday one, numbering close on 8000, when the teams took the field. A fine athletic looking lot those Celts are, just the build for a hard, rousing game, and the conditions on Monday were favourable for such. Nimble and fleet were the Aberdonians in comparison when the sphere was set agoing. Lennie raised great hopes amongst the local supporters when he beat Hay and Orr with ease and centred accurately, but the ball was got behind without danger resulting. By the way, we should mention that there were two alterations in the Aberdeen team, while the Celts were reported at full strength, with the exception of Templeton and Young. Mackintosh relieved Stewart Davidson at half, while Wilson had to stand down owing to injuries at Dundee, Macdonald going on at outside right, and Tom Murray at centre forward. Halket stuck to Quinn like a leech, getting in front in the nick of time to prevent the Celt from having full force behind his shot. The pace was terrific at times, and great was the jubilation of the crowd when Lennie shot ahead with O'Hagan in attendance, parting to each other with perfect precision. The cross was well met by Macdonald, who had the ball in the net before McLeod knew where he was. There was no lying down with the Celts, and an adroit movement by the inside men let Quinn get the necessary momentum on the ball, which passed Macfarlane on the wrong side. Still another for Aberdeen, Macdonald doing the needful, and at half-time the locals were pressing for more. Aberdeen resumed briskly, a topper from Macdonald causing the Celt's custodian some trouble. A corner or two proved fruitless to the home side, and then the Celts demonstrated that they were an impor¬tant factor in the play, plying Macfarlane with some terrific shots. Coleman and Hume put in some great work, clearing in fine style, while the halves stuck in as hard as they could. The only fault to be found with Aberdeen occurred at this time, when they indulged in unnecessary kicking out. It would have paid them better to have kept the ball in and peppered away at McLeod. MacDonald had one brilliant run which ended in his being unceremoniously pulled down inside the line, but the referee had a knack of not seeing anything serious inside the line. A desperate attack was made by Quinn and his men to equalise, but without effect, a great game ending 2-1 in favour of Aberdeen.
Amongst the Players.Never has a revival in form come so opportunely as the present turn which Aberdeen took on Saturday and Monday. The Celts would have liked it otherwise, and would have been pleased with a draw. As a whole, the Celts gave a fine display. Orr found Lennie a big thorn in his side, the little man tricking him too often to his liking. It was here where the Celt's weakness lay, while the hales punted too strong for the forwards, who could not reach the ball in time. All the forwards worked hard, but some of their shooting was wild at times. Lennie was the star of the home side, with O'Hagan, Macdonald, Murray, and Muir following close up. W. Low and Halket were in top form at half, while Macintosh was Clever and has the makings of a half. Colman and Hume, though never brilliant were always sure, and put in good work. "Rab" was in the mood for work and did it to perfection.
Chatty Bits.The Aberdeen directors have been wearing a ten foot broad smile this week. Their dejected look has disappeared, and quite a jaunty air is to be seen on these much-abused officials. At last the team has touched its form, and there is rejoicing in the camp once more. "Old Internationalist" appears on the scene once more, but his remarks seem to have fallen flat, and are a little belated in appearance. It's a strange world this. Only a week or so ago these players were hooted and yelled at with derision. On Monday they were applauded to the skies. One player we know asserted that the players, as a body, were more dejected at their want of success than the spectators were, because they were triers all the time. It says a lot for Trainer Simpson's methods that he could turn out his men so fit after the punishing game they had at Dundee. Aberdeen would not have minded the penalty at Dens Park so much, but thought they were due one also. Without unduly touching W. Low's play, he had a very steadying influence on the play. There is no gainsaying the fact that he has made the left wing go better together than we have seen them this season. Macdonald, who has been somewhat disappointing this season, came away very strong on Monday. We are sorry to hear that J. J. Simpson is still suffering from his injury, and will be out of the team for another week. Wilson and R. Simpson are both on the injured list, but are progressing rapidly and expect to be fit again this week. The Celts spent the week-end at Muchalls and came on to Aberdeen on Monday forenoon. While they expected to have a hard run for victory they never counted on defeat. This is the first reverse they have suffered this season, and they did not altogether relish it, though they took it like sportsmen. Till a collapse occurs again all the failures of the Aberdeen will be forgotten for the time being. All the same, it was a great achievement, and has been a long time in coming, for Aberdeen deserved to win on the last two occasions the Celts were at Pittodrie. The gate on Monday totalled £204 all in. If the team stick in there is plenty of time to make up the leeway lost. The A team will have to buck up - a 6-2 defeat is not their true form. They complain bitterly of the pitch they played on. Over the Celtic match we hear there is a hatter who has a big order for headgear this week.
Source: Bon-Accord, 26th September 1907