Source: The Scotsman, 9th December 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 9th December 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 9th December 1907It is estimated that the Aberdeen Corporation Tramway receipts benefited to the extent of about £40 by the football match at Pittodrie on Saturday.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 10th December 1907
Record Crowd - Poor Football.Never in the history of local football was there such an en-thusiasm aroused over a game as that between Dundee and Aberdeen last Saturday. If you were not there you can have no idea of the excitement which prevailed. First and foremost, the spectators dumped themselves down at the turnstiles by the thousands at 2:15; previous to that they had been working smoothly. Then the crush began, and it was no easy matter for those in charge of the whirlgigs, and those responsible for order, to keep good humour. The primary cause was the early kick-off; people could not get sooner, and there were hundreds who arrived too late, while not a few, in their impatience, scaled the walls, more from excitement than with a desire to cheat the exchequer. There was a heartfelt sigh of relief on the part of those responsible for guiding in the crowd, who got more threats than thanks for their labours when the crowd were safely housed without any serious accident. It was quite apparent to the novice that the management were taken by surprise at the numbers which turned out to see the game. Hitherto a dozen turnstiles, have easily overtaken the crowds that have patronised the game at Pittodrie, but another half-dozen will be required to meet the same sort of crowd in the near future. But before all this was done the game had commenced, and those outside were soon aware of this by the cheering inside. The attendance proved to be a record one for Aberdeen, the drawings amounting to £398 9s. 6d., which beats the previous Queen's Park cup tie by about £50.
The Game.The excitement was intense outside the enclosure, and spread itself amongst the players, who signally failed to do themselves justice from a football point of view. Aberdeen were never seen to approach the same high level in play as they were seen on the May holiday against the Celts, nor did Dundee show the fine forward work we saw when they played Queen's Park. In¬dividually and collectively the players failed to give a great exhibition of sustained brilliance. There was a flash now and again, but the shooting was exceptionally wide of the mark. In our opinion Dundee made a bad mess of their finishing work, which compared unfavourably with Aberdeen's. Evidently Aberdeen were well prepared for Dundee's bursting tactics at the start, for the defence collared the ball every time before there was the semblance of danger. Aberdeen's hopes rose when play went towards Crumley, and a splendid header by Halket all but took effect. Where Ecky failed Murray made sure with his foot; in the melee which occurred Tom drove fast and sure into the net. There was just a little too much of the clear at any price after this, until towards the finish of the half O'Hagan planted a beauty in goal, which Murray assisted through with his fist. This was the only mistake Tom made, and it was pardonable in a way; otherwise the goal was a good one, but had to be disallowed for the infringement mentioned. Without leaving the field the teams set off again, this time with more vim. Everybody was taken by surprise when Hunter eluded the defence, and scored a soft goal before minutes had elapsed. There was some spirited runs till the finish, but the defence on each side proved stronger than the attack. Many chances were missed, tricky touches were observed and checked, while the referee administered one or two well-merited rebukes for shady work. All these things in the nature of the game occurred, but there was nothing tangible in the way of scoring, the game ending in semi-darkness with the score 1 goal each.
The Players.Crumley did well in goal, but his backs in front of him bore the brunt of the attack. Dainty was the star in the middle line, Lee being too unscrupulous in his work to our fancy. A fine forward line who worked well together made it difficult to say who was most prominent, but Tommy McDermott made some lovely openings for Webb and Hunter. Macfarlane we have often seen to better advantage, while Fraser was troubled with nerves. "Rab" gave much the better show as a custodian; what he did get to do was done in his own way. Though not so powerful looking as their opponents, Colman and Hume did everything equally as well as their more experienced rivals. At half our trio were sometimes brilliant; not one was better than the other, and their share in the result was no mean one, Halket and O'Hagan were below their form, due to their both suffering from injuries. Murray was the best of the bunch, while Simpson and Macdonald were a trifle timid. You will find many backing each side as being superior to the other, but on the day's play a draw was a fair index of what occurred.
Chatty Bits.The great game has come and gone, and everybody seems satisfied with the outcome. The drawing proved a record, and so did the attendance, and still there was room for more. Dundee officials were quite satisfied with the result, and their share was something worth going home with. The divisible gate totalled £324. 13s. 8d., and the stands £73 15s. 10d: a total of £398 9s. 6d. This would represent, ticket-holders included, an attendance of over 16,000. There was much anxiety amongst the home officials as to whether Lennie would be able to turn out. Muir was in readiness, in case of emergency, but was not required. We suppose the Abercleen officials could be doing with a few more gates like Saturday's before the season closes. If the team goes on as well as they are doing there is no doubt the public will support them. Everybody who was anybody was at Pittodrie on Saturday. City Fathers, ministers, lawyers, busy business men, staid journalists, men of letters, and all sorts were rubbing shoulders with each other. There will be some difficulty in getting all the men fit for Saturday's game. The want of good reserve forwards will tell on the success of the team, if any of them are laid aside for a spell. Macfarlane, of Dundee, is reported to have twisted his knee. on Saturday, and will-be unable to play this week. He may all right by that time. Had Tommy Murray not touched that ball with his hand, it was through, in our opinion, before the offence happened. Aberdeen would have had a second goal. To take a point from Dundee just now is regarded, by those -competent to judge, as a great performance. At this time last year Aberdeen were struggling away further down the table, with little prospect of improvement. If they keep up their present form their position at the end of the season should not be far off the top lot.
Source: Bon-Accord, 12th December 1907