Source: The Scotsman, 20th January 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 20th January 1908
A Rough Game.There was no occasion for several of the passages that occurred in the game at Pittodrie, and which did not contribute to the reputation of the Rangers as a playing team. We could have been doing without the wild leaps of Hendry or the deliberate fouls of R. G. Campbell, for which free kicks in each case were awarded. The punishment did not fit the crime by a long way, a fact which the crowd were not slow to realise. We are astonished that any of the local players are able to do training this week, and as it is we learn that six of them were more or less injured and unable to do their usual routine work on Monday. The game started at break-neck pace, the left-wing on each side being prominent. Good football was being shown by the forwards; the halves backing up the attack at every point. It was a pull-baker, pull-devil, sort of game, the first real chance of scoring coming to Lennie, who shot rashly past with an oblique shot. Shortly after Smith had a glorious chance at the other end, but Colman, hanging well on, spoiled the parting effort. Lennie was giving Gordon the slip too often and some of Hendry's bull-like rushes at the left-winger to cover up the half's weakness invariably resulted in the back getting left, though danger was meant all the same. Spiers had one or two creditable runs, but he never looked like getting home, for the simple reason that Macintosh stuck to him like a leech. Time wore on, the only production of hard football being corners to either side, of which there were quite a number granted to either side. Resuming, Rangers made off as if business was their sole aim, but Rab and his confreres were invincible, Colman chipping in with some grand work. Smith sent in several trimmers to Rab, but he was on the spot every time. So on the game went, neither having the pull to any extent, the special items being the number of fouls granted. In one particular instance we thought Campbell got off lightly when he switched the legs from under Murray in a most deliberate manner. At the very close Aber¬deen ought to have scored had any of the inside men followed up as they should have done, for Lennie had Newbigging on all fours, and a gentle tap was all that was required to do the need¬ful, and with this the whistle sounded time, and never a goal scored during the whole ninety minutes.
Play and Players.As far as real saving work was concerned, Newbigging had by far the most work to do, and the Rangers' backs, while strong in kicking, tackled very poorly. The halves were the best line of the team, Smith on the left being the best forward. Macfarlane had nothing difficult to do, and both Coleman and Hume were the better backs and did nothing shady. Halket was not a great success against Smith, but he did some very clever things all the same. Macintosh and Low were a shade better than their captain, while the forwards worked hard, the left and centre being prominent. Simpson was again afraid to go in, and sup¬ported Macdonald a little better than last week, but not nearly so well as we would like to see. In a sense a draw was about a fair index of the play.
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen had another big gate on Saturday, and the chance of another this week. Rangers were well pleased at going away with a draw, and went back to Callander light-hearted. They were resting Kyle, Gault, and Craig for their tie with Falkirk. The play of Hendry and Campbell did not commend itself to Aberdeen spectators, who gave vent to their feelings in no un¬stinted manner. It would appear as if the Rangers had set their mind on the cup, as their training at Callander will continue for another week. The Rangers fancy Aberdeen do not require to go for a change, having plenty of good "caller " air at home, which cannot be got so readily in Glasgow. It seems to be the proper thing now to put teams away for special training before cup ties. Dundee are away to Doune this week. Aberdeen's forward play on Saturday was superior to the Rangers, and had more vim behind it. The fault was that they did not follow up when the defence was beaten. Macdonald was far from well during the second half, and only pluck to stay the game made him turn out. In this case it has been wisely decided not to include Macdonald in the cup-tie eleven for this week. The infusion of new blood should tend to good results, and we are not sure but they will play well for a chance of "getting a show." The A's gave a creditable performance - in drawing with Kirkcaldy United away. The point comes in handy. When the Harp failed, Peterhead made sure of the final for the Aberdeenshire Cup. On Saturday Keith Strathisla got their dismissal from Peterhead by 11 goals to 1. Looks like a cricket score! In, the Huntly and District League competition, Macduff Fife beat Turriff by, 4 goals to 1. The former look like making a name for themselves in the football world. The pity is that Macduff should not have a chance of appearing in Aberdeen. It is reported they have some good players.
Source: Bon-Accord, 23rd January 1908