Source: The Scotsman, 13th January 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 13th January 1908
The Leaders in Luck.Very disappointing indeed were the Falkirk on Saturday at Pittodrie. We were on the outlook for some great forward play and some of the shooting for which the leaders have been famed. Of neither did we see very much, Aberdeen's half-backs reducing the attack to a feeble quantity indeed. To begin with our story at the beginning - the crowd was large, but not so large as expected. The ground was still in the grip of frost, but not so much as to render the pitch unplayable or dangerous. Aberdeen, having lost the toss, kicked off towards the west goal, Leishman stopping the break-away. The home side were not to be done with, O'Hagan slipping Anderson beauti¬fully placed well out to Lennie, who had a shot on his own. Repeating this within a few minutes, Leishman handled inside the line, a penalty being granted for the infringement, which we did not think was altogether intentional. Murray took the kick, shooting straight at Allan, who saved, though Macdonald very nearly made amends by shooting over the line. Aberdeen were certainly pleasing their supporters up till now, Falkirk being seldom in the fray except defending. At length Anderson drove well ahead, Davidson getting a clear run, which Coleman tried to stop, and the ball being swung across, Skene netted. Macfarlane might have saved this, but Hume should have stopped the centre. In any case Aberdeen were a goal down after having all the play. The home forwards went off again and a couple of corners brought the equaliser from the second. Alan saved the first and granted another, and from his save O'Hagan let drive at Allan, and on the rebound Lennie made the goal sure. The Falkirk flier, Simpson, got away shortly after this, but with Low on his track he was yards off the mark when he shot. MacTavish made the only decent mark of the lot which Macfarlane saved well. Up till the end Aberdeen were doing the bulk of the pressing,
Among the PlayersAllan kept goal very cleverly for the visitors, while for the amount of work they got to do the backs were easily the best pair on the field, Leishman standing out prominently. Anderson was the best in the mid line, Reid being unscrupulous, while Collins was neat when he got the ball, but was often outwitted. Of the forwards MacTavish appeared to us the hardest worker, the others showing but poor form to what we had expected. Macfarlane was never in danger of letting anything past him but the one shot which opened the scoring. All the others lacked sting behind them, Colman and Hume being quite able to keep the wings in hand. Too much praise cannot be given the halves, whose work was great at all times. W. Low held Simpson every time, and had the famous right-wing tied up. Macintosh worked hard and untiringly, while Halket, though not so good as usual, did very well. O'Hagan was the star of the front line, his play being always effective, and along with Lennie he formed the strongest wing on the field. Murray was good, but was wide several times in shooting. Simpson proved rather selfish and practically starved Macdonald, who was left unmarked often and had splendid opportunities if they had only come his way. But the old weakness was still there - a good shot would have sent Falkirk home pointless.
Chatty Bits.The gate drawings on Saturday were a long way short of the Dundee record. All in, the money totalled £230 1s. There was no complaint about having to wait outside on Saturday. The extra turnstiles took all in as they came. Falkirk, who were at Stonehaven all last week, went home on Saturday, after the game at Pittodrie. Mr. Nicol thought the "Bairns" were playing very much under form, and was surprised at them. The reason for the forwards' inactivity was not far to seek, in our opinion. They had a half-back line to meet, which gave them little room to move. Wilfrid Low was in his element on Saturday, and demonstrated what he can do when occasion requires it. It was far from championship form that we saw from Falkirk on Saturday, and they will have to buck up for the next few weeks, for they cannot afford to lose points with the Celts so close at their heels.
Falkirk. v. Aberdeen(AT PITTODRIE PARK, JANUARY 11, 1908). The "Bairnies" took the field last week 'Midst muckle faucht and din. "Now see and score," Man. Nicol said, "And gie's anither win." But ere the game wis lang begun, Oh! they waur seldom seen, For they had reckoned a' without The lads frae Aiberdeen. The Granite City men arose As they ha'e daen afore, And beat the great Falkirk doon ; Bit still they cudna score. At last the Falkirk broke awa' - Their great front line got set - And ere the Wasps kent faur they waur, The ba' wis in the net. This only served tae stir oor men. At length they got their clue, And Lennie scored frae nae far oot; The scores waur equal noo. The struggle wis begun again, Wi' baith teams tryin' sair, And "Good old Wasps" they wud ha' won If they had jist,ta'en care. The Falkirk is a great, great team, O' that there is nae doot ; But Aiberdeen had them on toast, And should ha' knocked them oot.
W. A. M. F.
Source: Bon-Accord, 16th January 1908