Source: The Scotsman, 30th December 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 30th December 1907
Rough Game at Greenock.There was by far too much attention paid to the man instead of the ball in the game at Cappielow on Saturday. If there was anything remarkable it was the number of times the men were laid out winded or otherwise damaged for the time being. The Morton players purposely and with good effect played a spoiling game, and it began early. Aberdeen found the pitch of the narrow side for their usual game, and when Lennie was going beautifully for goal he got the feet whipped from under him, a penalty being granted. Without hesitation. Nobody seemed inclined to take this gift, Halket ultimately trying his kick which proved a miserable failure. Some time after Macfarlane only partially cleared a shot which Morton, lying handy, promptly despatched into goal. Aberdeen pressed a lot after this, but they never found the true range for goal. The second half was a repetition of the first, except that Aberdeen were a trifle worse, in this respect that they went back to the old tactics of trying to run the ball through instead of shooting from longer range, which we thought would have paid better. So on it went till the last minute, when. Morton got their second goal, a gift in a way, for time sounded before the ball was removed from the net.
The PlayersMorton lave a strong defence, who have no conscience as to charging, while their halves are willing workers if not scientific in their methods. The play of the forwards suit the requirements of the ground - quick to seize any opportunity that may occur. On the Aberdeen side the defence did well, and what we said about "Rab" and Greenock we still adhere to, that he should not have been played there. Both goals were of the soft order and ought to have been saved. The halves were indifferent at times, but the forwards, though they did smart things in the open, were woefully weak at goal-mouth. In fact, it was the poorest display we have seen them give for a long time. They will have to improve in this department during the week, or we predict the New Year tour will be a failure.
Chatty Bits.A Happy New Year to all our readers. This has been a busy week in football, and we expect to see many changes in the table next week. Morton completely upset the calculations of the Aberdeen team, who were hustled and bustled off the ball quite unceremoniously. The journey, too, took a lot out of the players. It was rather long and very, cold, which made those undertaking it feel benumbed for some time. Coleman got into hot water with several of the players for stopping the left winger, and it looked as if a scene were to occur. Donald kept his head on and came through the ordeal successfully. There was too much temper shown at times. How did Halket miss the penalty? Ask him. Murray was very closely watched on Saturday, and was allowed little chance to get away. Another victim to over-watchfulness was Lennie, who generally had a couple of men on his top. Hume was the most resourceful back on Saturday. His clearing at times was brilliant. We publish too early to give an account of the New Year games. The possibilities of the leaders will receive more attention this week than ever they have done. To our way of, thinking Falkirk have much the heavier programme to get through, and if they lose one the others will be on them. At present we have before us one of the finest tussles that ever took place in the League for the flag. The "gate" drawings have been down to zero during the past few weeks, and not a few clubs are feeling the strain very badly. If the Scottish ties do not come to the rescue, there will be a few bankruptcies. Owing to the first round of the Consolation Cup having to be played on the 11th of this month, the Aberdeenshire Cup semi-finals will have to be postponed for a week or so. Arbroath drew the poorest crowd they have ever done at Pittodrie on Saturday. This was entirely due to the weather. It was a miserable day from a spectator's point of view. We were glad to see Toman back in his place again. He did not do too much, but what he tried he made ground with. Gowie Robertson was the hardest worker on the field. Jim Muir was easily the best forward, and some of his crosses ought to have materialised had he been supported with a good centre. The Aberdeen team left Aberdeen on Tuesday for Glasgow. Their headquarters will be the Adelphi Hotel during their sojourn in the west. The International Souvenir, which the Aberdeenshire Juniors have issued in connection with the visit at Pittodrie to-day, is a very welcome production. It ought to sell well, and thus recoup the enterprise of the juniors.
Source: Bon-Accord, 2nd January 1908