Source: The Scotsman, 21st October 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st October 1907
A Point to the Good.Last season, Aberdeen gave away all the points to Third Lanark in their League engagements, but on Saturday they improved on this by securing one point in the first engagement. It will be the general opinion but that for a stupid blunder they might have taken the two points. Aberdeen tried a rearranged front-line on Saturday, which, if persisted in, will bring better results in the future; but we are just afraid that the shifting process will be continued, and more, points lost before a halt is made in the re-modelling of the froth line. Against a fairly strong breeze and sun Aberdeen went away in style, O'Hagan and Simplon both having real hard luck in getting shots blocked by the merest accident on the part of the defenders. Though this half was barren of goals, Aberdeen more than held their own, and played the superior game to their opponents. The fault, which we commented on at Falkirk, was again apparent, twice when Murray might have scored had he shot instead of trying to run the ball home. Third opened strong in the second half, and gave the home defence plenty of work, which, they took quite easily, Colman shining on several occasions. The visitors' shooting also lacked vim to be very dangerous, and after several corners Aberdeen transferred the play. Simpson hooked on to a clearance by Halket, and passing well out to the wing, Macdonald raced McQuaker for possession, and getting there first had the run of the day. Macdonald crossed the ball beautifully, and Murray simply glided it into the net out of Brownlee's reach. But for hesitancy on the part of Simpson and Murray they should have scored twice after this. Instead, however, they allowed the Third to get away. Tarbet scored a soft one, which Low or Hume might easily have stopped, or for that matter Macfarlane could have made a jump sharper, as he did on several occasions previously. Aberdeen pressed at the finish, but could not get the winning goal, and had to be content with a draw of one goal each.
The Players.Macfarlane only made one mistake, and it was excusable. His play otherwise was class and free from blemish. Colman was the better of the two backs, Hume-not being so sure as we have seen him. We have seen Macintosh and Low in better form than they were against the Third. The latter tired perceptibly, and seems to require more training to make him last the pace. Halket was the king of the lot, and put in as much work as the other two, while he held Fairfoull to a nicety. Macdonald and Simpson when they got the ball always made good use of it, while Murray, if he would shoot oftener is the best centre yet tried. O'Hagan was superb in his feeding, but Lennie had always a couple on his top. He was too well watched to shine. Brownlee kept a splendid goal, Hill being the better of the two backs, McQuaker kicking out of bounds when there was danger near. Sloan was an ideal centre-half, while Tarbet and Cross were the best in the front line.
Chatty Bits.R. S. M toll has at last been re-admitted to the Queens Park. He has decided not to start play till he gets into proper training, and will play a game or two for the Strollers. There was another sensation last week when it became known that Templeton of the Celtic was on the transfer list. That this famous player should go back to Kilmarnock is only natural, seeing he has a business down there. We understand Aberdeen put in an offer for him without success. Under the circumstances, we are of opinion that the player took the proper course. St. Bernards benefited by their sojourn in Aberdeen last week, for they secured two clever players in Murray and Simpson of the East End. Simpson is the catch of the two, and was wanted at Pittodrie, but did not take the chance. Peterhead drew with the Hearts at Fraserburgh on Saturday in the first round, of the Aberdeenshire Cup. Each side scored two goals, though it is admitted that Peterhead were the better side on the day's play. The re-play will take place at Peterhead. The rest of the ties in the first round of the Aberdeenshire Cup are due on Saturday. There should be several good games. Footballers have contributed well to the Lifeboat Saturday movement. With the collections and the game last Saturday a sum of over £20 has been realised. The game with the "Spring Chicken" Company had to be abandoned on account of the weather last Thursday. Aberdeen made their first gain against the Third Lanark on Saturday. Hitherto the Warriors have bagged the points on every occasion. Why don't, the Aberdeen forwards try to shoot oftener? They do better in practice. We should not be surprised to see Drain drafted into the half-back line soon. He is doing splendidly with the Reserves, while some of the first are falling away. Aberdeen's invalids are all progressing. Edgar was a spectator for a short time on Saturday, but did not look well. Muir is all right again, and will be fit for a place in either team on Saturday. Colman's engagement for one month with the Aberdeen expired on Saturday. That he has given every satisfaction cannot be gainsaid. We understand that Colman was re-engaged on a permanent basis after the game last Saturday.
Source: Bon-Accord, 24th October 1907