Source: The Scotsman, 24th February 1908
THE GAMEThere was no mistaking the look of grim determination on the faces of the 22 players when the game started, and the queen's forwards had hardly got off the midline when a foul was given against Aberdeen. It was thus early apparent that, owing to the deceptive flight of the ball on account of the veering wind, a great exhibition of skill in manipulation was not to be expected. Aberdeen came back from the Queen's free kick, and a sweeping forward movement was checked by Richmond, the Queen's left back, a great power in defence. An attack on the other wing had no better result, Campbell sending Lennie and O'Hagan to the right-about. The Queen's we're making good headway, the forwards, ably supported by their rear ranks, beating up against the wind, and briskly manoeuvring when the necessary ground had been gained. The first really exciting bit of play was in the Aberdeen goal, where from a clever pass from Fitchie, who rounded Wilfred Low, McColl was left with a clear passage. The great internationalist is not some quick as he used to be, and before he got deliberate in, Colman - the De Wet of the Aberdeen defence - slipped through the attacking line, taking the ball with him. Then the Queen's Park back and goalkeeper had an anxious time. After sustaining a period of severe pressure, the Queen's front rank again got on the move, led by Fitchie, whose strong, clever play was giving the Aberdeen defence much trouble. The Aberdeen spectators trembled when they saw Fitchie getting into short range with the ball at his toe, but they were relieved when Hume beat the London amateur, and cleared with a fine punt. Fitchie was a wonderful worker, and when not attacking was assisting his half-backs, his particular Duthie apparently being to lend a hand in holding the elusive O'Hagan and Lennie. Good work by Hume at one end and Richmond at the other nullified attacks on the respective goals, and then Lennie nipped the ball away from Campbell, and clever play by the Aberdeen left wing and the centre-forward was cheered by the spectators. For a long time the Aberdeen attack was somewhat listless, the players not making much of the wind advantage. In fact, the Queen's Park, baffling against heavy odds were holding their own and attacking quite as persistently as the ground team. For a time the Queen's were kept on the defensive, grand work by Halkett McIntosh and Low defying their determined efforts to break out. Lennie, running in on Adam with the ball, was foul charged by McAndrew well inside the penalty area, and the Queen's Park player would have been justly punished had the referee granted a penalty kick.
A BRILLIANT SAVEFrom a pass by Murray, Muir headed in, and Adam sprang at the ball and held it on the line, falling as he did so. Lennie rushed in, and tried to kick the ball into the net from under the Queen's goalkeeper, but as he kicked ad and instead he was penalized, and the free kick gave the Queen's relief. Adam made a brilliant save, but it was a narrow escape. Aberdeen continued to press home the attack, and met a sound defence, Richmond, by cool, resolute tackling and strong kicking, beating back the eager Aberdeen forwards again and again. Smart work by Colman and Halkett broke up a clever movement by McColl and company, and the ball going to Murray, the Aberdeen centre was almost through when he was fouled, the referee failing to notice the infringement. McColl was clever - two clever in fact, as he lost several opportunities by over-elaboration in fancy work. Lennie was not getting much scope, but just to show that he could elude the watch-dogs, he danced round the astonished Fitchie - past master in tackling - and drove hard for the Queen's goal, Adams saving just as Murray, the Aberdeen pivot, was given off side in charging him. At the other end Hume, who was steady and sure, cleared close in on goal, and immediately McColl, well placed, shot weekly past. The Aberdeen attackers, disappointed in their efforts at short range, tried several long shots, which were invariably carried past by the wind. Once, however, Adams got a stinger to hold, and he sent the ball away while Richmond held off Murray. The Aberdeen forwards, now realizing the position - still goalless with the prospect of facing the gale in the second half - desperate efforts to score, but were repelled again and again. Muir, about to shoot at short range, was smartly robbed by the queen's centre-half, and then the Aberdeen Murray tried a snap-shot from far out, the ball just grazing the upright on the outside.
FOUR GOALS IN TWELVE MINUTESMore than half an hour of the game had gone, and the Aberdeen players were no nearer improving their position, and the outlook for them was bleak indeed. The Queen's Park followers were delighted with the splendid stand made by their team, while the Aberdonian's were in an agony of apprehension. Then Queen's Park scored, and although the goal was cleverly taken by Fitchie, only the Queen's Park following cheered, for the Aberdonian's, who had witnessed the team pressing most of the time, were sick at heart and their hopes fell to zero. Not so the Aberdeen players. While there thousands of supporters longed for goals as Wellington longed for the help of Blucher at Waterloo, the players set to work to get them while yet there was time before having to face the storm. The aspect of the game changed with electrical suddenness, one the Aberdeen players seeming to be galvanised into new life. Freely swinging the ball from wing two wing, the Aberdeen forwards dashed through the Queen's Park ranks. Macdonald and Muir raced down the wing, and the ball was crossed to Murray, who, wheeling around with lightning rapidity, shot sharply into the net, completely beating Adams. What a cheer greeted the equaliser. Still attacking brilliantly, the Aberdeen forwards worked for goal, Richmond resolutely stemming the tide of attack. From a cross by Lennie, Murray headed in, and the ball was turned round the post, a corner kick following. Not for a second that the Aberdeen players rest. Lennie, getting the ball from Low, sprinted down the wing, slipped past Campbell, and crossed fast and low. Murray, running in, nipped up the pass, eluded Richmond, and drove the ball with great force into the net out of Adams reach, thus giving Aberdeen the lead, amid a scene of extraordinary enthusiasm, the spectators literally yelling themselves hoarse and dancing with the light. But the Aberdeen men were not done yet, and again and again they hurled themselves on the Queen's Park defenders. O'Hagan and Lennie and then Muir and Murray bothered the Queen's backs. From a break-a way Paul had a great run on the wing, and initiated a sharp counter-attack on the Aberdeen goal, the backs with difficulty clearing their lines. At the other end Lennie, in an offside position, stood still, and O'Hagan cutely ran on, misleading the Queen's defence. Lennie got the pass, and shot hard but a trifle high. Then came Aberdeen's third goal. Murray, getting a pass from Muir, slipped between the backs into a shooting position, and from 20 yards out scored a magnificent goal, the ball darting under the crossbar, and beating Adam all the way. The Aberdeen players continued to romp through the Queen's Park defence, and when the whistle sounded looked like scoring again.SECOND HALF There was no prospect of the wind falling at the beginning of the second half; indeed, two wards the finish the squalls became worse than ever. Even with a two-goal lead in face of such a wind, the position of the Aberdeen team was numbed to secure, but they soon warmed to the task of keeping the eager Queen's at bay, I and, as the result proved, did so successfully, there being no more scoring. Fitchie was most prominent in the Queen's attack, and no frequently dangerous he was closely watched, and every time he got the ball he had one or more of the Aberdeen players tackling him. At the start of the second. Fitchie sent the Paul out to call, but the speedy left winger shot past. Aberdeen were kept pretty much in their own end of the field, and did not open out and make headway so often as the Queen's had done against the wind. The Aberdeen defence, however, was magnificent. Mutch, the first time he was tried this half, a faulty clearance. It was a long shot, following a corner kick, from Campbell, the Queen's right back, and the ball run up Mutch's arms and rebounded off his face. Queen's Park forced another corner. McColl, although clever and tricky, failed to get settled for effective shooting, and the same is true of Fitchie, who was well held by Wilfred Low. Mutch saved from Paul, and then McColl kicked over. Hume and McIntosh were prominent in defence. With Queen's attacking fiercely, and the Aberdeen defending desperately, fouls were frequent, and feeling crept into the game, and even some of the spectators were affected, the referee having to give a few words of advice to an excited partisan. Mutch did some grand work during the heat of the Queen's Park attack, saving a high shot from far out on the crossbar, and fisting away a second drive with his left hand almost in the same spring. The game was exciting and full of incidents, and again and again regular melees near the Aberdeen goal brought out the soundness of the defence, Hume, Colman, Low, McIntosh, and Halkett working like Trojans' - kicking, heading, charging down opponents, and punting out any where for safety. A rocket shot from Richmond was cleverly returned by Hume, and then the Aberdeen forwards had a characteristic run towards Adam, Lennie leading the way. Queen's came back on the left, McColl and Paul showing brilliant footwork. A cute pass by McColl to Fitchie looked well, but Hume, ever on the alert, snapped the ball away. With such keen pressure, and the Queen's forwards so often in close proximity, the wonder was that the Aberdeen goal did not fall, but it was due to the tireless energy of the Aberdeen players, forwards as well as half-backs and backs taking part in the defence. Fitchie, getting a faultless pass from McColl, had the ball on the penalty line in an unmarked position. He turned to shoot, and from his toes the ball was kicked away by Low. Tired of defensive work, Low tried to open up the game, and with the ball at his feet ploughed through the Queen's, being stopped by the ball going into touch. When the Aberdeen forward line got on the move, Murray distributed play very cleverly, O'Hagan and Lennie making the better progress owing to Macdonald's weakness against Richmond, who was not particular in his treatment of the light outside right. Murray, by clever dribbling, almost got through. Not for long could Aberdeen keep the ball in Queen's territory, and Mutch was again called upon, saving smartly from McLean. A breakaway by Muir almost brought about the downfall of the Queen's goal, O'Hagan not being up in time to drive Muir's pass across the goal. Some keen attacking by Aberdeen was next witnessed, Murray, when sent in a run for goal, being tripped up near the penalty line. McIntosh took the kick and passed out to Lennie, who sent in a hard drive, Hume saving, while Murray, who had run in, was given offside. Lennie had several runs, but McAndrew was too fast for him and sent into touch. Queen's forced many corners, but could make nothing of them. A foul 30 yards out nearly cost Aberdeen a goal. Richmond, taking the kick, shot hard, Mutch springing to the upright and turning the ball round the post. Shortly after Mutch again saved a long shot at the expense of a corner. Notwithstanding their great efforts, the Queen's could not find the net, their forwards, with their close passing, being checked every time by the active Aberdeen half-backs. Near the close of the game, Lennie and O'Hagan burst away on the left, and a dangerous run ended by Lennie crossing, a find chance being lost to Macdonald failing to get up in time. 2 minutes from time Fitchie shook off all opposition, and from 15 yards out sent in a terrific drive, which passed a few inches outside the upright. The Queen's Park never slackened their efforts until the whistle sounded, but they were beaten by a tireless defence. The game was won and lost in the closing 15 minutes of the first half, when Murray's brilliant play in scoring three grand goals made the Aberdeen teams position secure. For the defence in the second half Aberdeen deserved to win. The amount drawn at the gate was £270 8s 3d, and at the stands £74 15s 3d - a total of £345 3s 6d, representing an attendance of between 13,000 and 14,000.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 24th February 1908
Aberdeen "Cocks o' the North."Aberdeen may fittingly claim this title after their clever win on Saturday over Queen's. Park, which entitles them to enter the semi-final round of the Scottish Cup. Unfortunately for all concerned, the weather was dead against good football, and it prevented thousands of people from coming to see the game.. It was wonderful to see so many spectators on such a day braving the elements for two hours and a half to get a good view of the game, and those who were present must have been disappointed in what they witnessed. For the fourth time in succession, so far as Aberdeen were concerned, Mr J. B. Stark, Airdrie, took charge of the game, and got the men out after a perfect drencher of a shower had passed. The wind was in the south-west and blowing half a gale when Halket won the toss and chose to play towards the pavilion end, the Queen's having to face the breeze and bright sunshine, which peeped out at intervals between clouds. The visitors were first on the move, keeping the ball low and working it well down towards Mutch; they caused some anxiety till Hume relieved. For the most part of ten minutes Aberdeen kept play in the vicinity of Adams, but they found the ball so difficult to control that their shooting appeared wild and somewhat reckless. Richmond and Campbell worked hard at this time, and kept out many good crosses. This pressure was getting monotonous, the ball going out of play so frequently that spectators were getting anxious as to what was to happen. With thirty minutes gone, a change took place. The Queen's got away on the right, but McColl having missed on a previous occasion there seemed no great danger till Fitchie fastened on and with a fine drive the scoring was opened, Mutch being deceived with the curl on the ball. This success was only short-lived, Tom Murray breaking through from the kick¬off, and when in a position which looked impossible to shoot from he let drive and Adams was beaten to the world. It was only beginning now, and till the close of this period the spectators got the worth of their money. Murray was next in evidence with a screw shot from twenty yards out and had his side two up; nor was he done, for he took a third goal from a difficult angle, which was the best of the lot. Half-time came with the home side leading 3-1, a useful but not too comfortable advantage. There was little in the second period of note; for the most part Queen's pressed, but their tactics were not such as to cause their own followers to feel they were sure of a win, while Coleman and Hume, aided by the halves, stuck to their men and prevented many likely shots going in. Mutch got several warm ones to hold, and_under the circumstances, he did splendidly. Too close passing did not pay with such a wind, which was blowing with greater force, and made the ball fly away with the slightest touch. It never appeared as if there was to be a goal in the closing portion, and so it turned out, the game ending as in the first half, 3-1 in favour of Aberdeen.
The Players.Adams kept goal splendidly and be was ably assisted by a couple of fine backs, Richmond doing some capital work with Campbell not far behind. Macandrew appeared to us as the best in the middle line, Murray being too robust in his work. In the front line McColl was suffering from an old injury and was not himself, while Fitchie stuck to the ball too long to meet with success. Had the Queen's forwards all been like Sim and McLean they might have turned the tables. Mutch did well for Aberdeen and only lacks polish to be a class man. The backs were extra good, especially in the second half, and so were the halves, who were practically unbeatable. It was Tom Murray's day out, and he did enjoy himself, his three goals being of that kind which he alone and no other body seems to be able to get. On the day's play the left wing came next, but they were well watched, while Muir and Macdonald also did well. To Mr. Stark a word of praise is due for his careful handling of all the games we have seen him in in the last and this round of the ties.
Chatty Bits.The breakdown in the weather meant, a loss of £100 Aberdeen on Saturday. Many people stayed away on account of the elements, while others turned back when the blinding hail storm burst just before the start. Nevertheless, Aberdeen had the largest "gate" on Saturday, the total reaching to £345 3s. 6d. This is £90 short of the record with Dundee. It was a good idea to have the Oakbank Pipe Band present to relieve the tedium of waiting. The boys went solid for Aberdeen every time. The Queen's were very reticent as to their team, and did not select it till Pittodrie was reached. It seems that they expected some of their other players north, and only those who were present were selected after the special train arrived. The ties have proved a gold mine for Aberdeen, and they may never be so lucky again for years. Their share of the re-play at Hampden will be nearly £250. Glasgow showed its appreciation of having such an event sent to them by turning out in thousands, almost £600 being taken at the receipt of custom. That the Aberdeen officials were anxious on Saturday was apparent, for their team had gone through an excessive amount of work and stood it well. Notwithstanding the stiff breeze, they were as frisky as young kittens on Saturday, when they met Queen's Park. Lennie was so well watched by Macandrew that it took all the wiles the winger could command to get away. In the two games in which Mutch has figured as understudy to Macfarlane he has acquitted himself with credit. Rab might have played on Saturday, but the doctor said there was a risk if he did go on the field. The management decided to let him rest and get properly sound before playing him, much to Macfarlane's regret. The team selected to meet Scotland at Birmingham on Saturday is an exceptionally strong one, and will make the visitors travel the whole ninety minutes. The Scotch team and officials leave Glasgow on Friday morning at 9 o'clock, en route for-Birmingham. This is the first of the Scotch Internationals, and we will see how they fare. Mr. Duncan, the Chairman of the Aberdeen F.C., delivered a very instructive paper to the newly-formed Referees' Association, on Friday evening. The lecturer was heartily thanked, at the finish, for his paper, which contained many valuable hints. We expect to see Aberdeen in the final provided they keep clear of the Celts. The Queen's Park officials were greatly surprised when we in¬timated to them that the Hibs. were out of the ties. They looked on them going all the way to the final. Kilmarnock have created the surprise of the round, and it looks as if the south and north were doing great things this year.
Source: Bon-Accord, 27th February 1908