Source: The Scotsman, 20th April 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 20th April 1908
Aberdeen's Bad Finish.With the last of their Saturday games at home we expected that the local players would have made a supreme effort to beat the "Hibs" on Saturday, and thus regain some of the fame they won against St. Bernard. It was the old story of ineffectiveness at goalmouth, with a recklessness when crossing at long range. From the start Aberdeen raised the hopes of the spectators by the way they carried the ball into the Hibs' quarters, but, though they did this often, their shooting was wild to begin with, and then exasperatingly weak when they had the measure of their opponents. It is no exaggeration to say that, they ought to have had three goals to their credit at half-time, but they only got one to count from O'Hagan, and the Hibs equalised, which took the glamour away of the point carried. The second period was a poor one in every respect; even the backs shot with more accuracy and trouble than did the forwards, but for all this assistance no further progress was made, and the teams retired with one goal each to their credit.
The Players.Henderson, who performed between the posts for the Hibs, proved a very capable understudy to the great Harry Rennie, who could not have done better supposing he had been in the place. The backs were none too steady; in fact, their kicking was fluky at times. The halves were good, and of a fair forward line Harker and Hagan shone best. On the home side Mutch played a safe game, and might have saved the goal had he not appealed for offside in the attempt at saving, which just kept him that second too late in getting at the ball. Coleman and Hume played remarkably well, and seldom were beaten. Halket was easy the best of the halves, Low being off colour, while Macintosh was off injured a good while, but was never so prominent as he usually is. Of the front line, Murray played the poorest game we have seen him do this season. He roamed about too much, and left his place vacant without anybody there. O'Hagan and Macdonald were the best of the five, and it was through no fault of theirs that more goals were not scored. Lennie got in some fine runs, but his shooting was off the mark every time, and McEachran attempted to do more than he was capable of doing. Chatty Bits. Aberdeen scored another win over Dundee last week for the High Cup, thus maintaining their superiority for the season. At home of late the Aberdeen team have been giving very disappointing displays. Result, poor attendances. This will continue so long as the players pursue their lackadaisical policy of play. On Saturday there was not a player in the home side worth the maximum wage for all they did; still we believe they are holding out for more. On the other hand the public are crying for something new, so it will be well for the Aberdeen directorate to note this. If there is one thing the public dislike it is being trifled with, and this is how they feel over the St. Bernard and Hibs games. It was tantalising to witness the many chances which Aberdeen threw away on Saturday, and points being so badly wanted to keep the club in a good position. The most or the best they can do now is to finish six points better than last year, but they were expected to and should have done better. Aberdeen have to beat Clyde on Saturday to reach 36 points, their total, after beating Queen's Park, being 34. Everything considered, they should have been farther up with a little more earnestness in their play. They have gone down to soft things unaccountably. Since writing the above we qualify ourselves by admitting at once. that there was a connerable improvement in the play on Monday against Queen's Park. Simpson played a great game at inside right, and was as nippy a forward as we saw on the field. McEachran was seen to better advantage, some of his crosses being superb. Four points in an afternoon is not bad work. Aberdeen A have still the Wanderers to meet before they finish their Northern League card, and the difficulty is to find a suitable date for them. Should the Dewar Shield final not come off on Saturday Aberdeen A and Dundee A will play off their Northern League fixture. Next Tuesday the first round of the Fleming Charity Shield Ties will be played at Pittodrie, when Aberdeen play the University. With so many other games on we hope the public won't forget this event. There will be a big crowd to see the "Gunners" at Pittodrie tonight. We hear that Aberdeen will have out a new player or two on trial. Craigie the Montrose back, did not turn out for Aberdeen on Monday night as expected. Signing-on at Pittodrie seems to be a very slow affair. We understand that by the end of this week a definite understanding will have been arrived at as to who are to go and who will stay. The time is approaching when other clubs will lie at liberty to: touch Up those who have not signed. Of course transfer fees will be required in all those going un¬less they sign for a Southern League club. The time is approaching when other clubs will be at liberty to touch up those who have not signed. There is bound to be some changes, and many names are being mentioned, but on enquiry nothing is vouchsafed as to what may happen. This will be the last week of our half-time results at Pittodrie this season, and we trust our patrons have been satisfied with the service. By another season we may introduce some new features into our "Programme," which has exceeded all previous records in circulation during the past season.
Source: Bon-Accord, 23rd April 1908