Source: The Scotsman, 21st April 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st April 1908
The Queen's Park Visit.There was a fairly large turnout on Monday night, notwithstanding the early start, to witness the return League fixture with Queen's Park and Aberdeen. Paul and McLean were the principal absentees from the visitors, and Muir was still unable to turn out for the home side. Play was much faster than in the game against Hibs, and the players kept their places better, so that we had quite an open game to watch. Aberdeen opened well, their out-field work being crisp and invigorating, the forwards moving nicely together. It was no surprise when Simpson opened the score with a trimmer, which the goalkeeper never got near. The Queen's made some headway after this, some clever bouts being seen between their attack and the home [defence] in which the latter invariably came out top. Ultimately, Murray got on a second goal from an effort in which Lennie shone along with O'Hagan. When the interval arrived, Aberdeen had the comfortable lead of two goals. The teams were soon at it again, and R. S. McColl looked once or twice as if he was to get through, but either Macintosh or Colman proved his stumbling block. Somehow the Queen's could do nothing right, at close quarters; not even The great Fitchie could find the target. Twice Mutch got a handful and came out clear, and on other occasions the ball was sent behind. At the other end Aberdeen kept up a hot siege for a time, which ultimately ended in McEachran sending a lovely cross which Murray converted with his head. There was no further scoring, though the pace was kept up to the finish, Aberdeen winning by 3 goals to nil.
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 dis-appointing 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 Aber¬deen 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 commendable 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 to-night. 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 be 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. 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