Source: The Scotsman, 14th September 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 14th September 1908
A Marked Advance.As an exhibition of football Aberdeen on Saturday treated their supporters to what might fitly be termed an extra dose of the scientific part of the "soccer" code. If they erred in any way it was in slightly overdoing the scientific side of the game. By adopting this system, however, they gave their opponents no end of trouble, who would have been more at home meeting stalwarts who could shoulder each other and keep the ball lofty. Donald Coleman lost the toss and his men were set to play against wind and sun, and it was not a very easy matter to gauge the strength and peculiar curl which the breeze had on Saturday. Once set agoing Aberdeen gave of their best. The fleetness of the forwards and the smart passing from the whole quintette instilled confidence in the defence, so that all worked with one aim to score a win. There were quite a number of humorous incidents in the first period, due to the peculiar ways in Which either man or ball was stopped in transit. It was only a question of time for Aberdeen getting what they were working for, the score coming from the foot of Lennie, though McNair was the chief participator in the move which led to the score. Airdrie put in some good work after this, but were met with a defence which was impregnable. Half-time came with the score unaltered, the home players resuming with some spirit which gave confidence that more was to come. They had to beat down a stone wall defence in Duncan, Rombach, and McLeay, whose clearing was very fine, with some luck thrown in. Airdrie took a bit of barred for a time ; one shot from Young being cleverly stopped by Mutch when it appeared to be going home all the way. The pressure, though hard for a space, was worn off by the home defence, but a more flagrant use of the penalty rule was never witnessed when the full award was made against Coleman who got entangled with Hunter and both came down inside the penalty line. Even if it were a case of giving a penalty, it was a moot point who was really to blame. However, nothing came of it, for Mutch, who had been distinguishing himself, brought off another daring save. Simpson had a grand drive which took Duncan all his time to clear, Muir sending over the rebound. Lennie and then O'Hagan all but scored, and then a partial clearance by Duncan sent the ball to Macintosh, who drove 'straight and true with nobody in goal but Rombach to clear. Two goals up settled the game, and Aberdeen were awarded the points for the first time at home against Airdrieonians.
Play and Players.We have little to add to our opinion, already expressed, as to the play, which showed a marked improvement on anything we have seen this season at Pittodrie. Of the players Mutch established himself as a very capable custodian, dealing with all kinds of shots in a masterful way. Coleman and Hume were excellent as backs, the latter being the stronger of the two. At half Wilson was untiring in his work, but was inclined to keep the ball too long at his toe. Macintosh and Low were also in fine form. The left wing put in a power of work, and got through the ordeal of meeting a strong defence very cleverly. McNair was a success, and though the right wing were not so prominent as the others their work was telling. Duncan, Rombach, and McLeay are in a class by themselves as defenders, and had it not been for them their side would have suffered severely. The halves were fairly good. Hunter was a trier,all the time, but was well watched, while Young was the best of the others.
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen were such a vastly improved team on Saturday that there was hardly any comparison in their play with that shown against Rangers. The "wasps" created a new record by defeating the 'Onians for the first time at Pittodrie. In our opinion the 'Onians will have a big say in the League competition this season. They have a finely balanced team. Hunter was well held by Macintosh, and if this had not been the case, the centre would have done some damage. He is a flier, but inclined to get off-side. When will we get referees thoroughly proficient in the off-side law? Saturday's official made one or two glaring mistakes. The players were inclined to get out of hand a bit, due to laxity over trivial trips which a referee ought to put down firmly at the start. O'Hagan as a rule is one of the best of tempered chaps, and though he got provocation we were disappointed when he retaliated. The goalkeeping has been the subject of plenty of discussion and varied opinions, but we do not think there was anything to find fault with in the display of Mutch on Saturday. Aberdeen A were at Peterhead on Saturday and won a hard game by 1-0. If they can now keep this up, they will yet make points. A new field is to be broken in on when they meet Rangers A on Saturday at Pittodrie. Dundee dropped a point to Falkirk on Dens Park, and were much below the form they displayed a fortnight ago against Celtic. Henry Low is keeping his place at left half, [with Sunderland] and was an outstanding player on Saturday. Brebner, who has been with Aberdeen since the amalgamation, has thrown in his lot with St Bernards, Edinburgh. The Saints have a fondness for Aberdeen lads, who have been the mainstay of their team during the past few seasons. If there are any more draws in the Glasgow Cup competition the League clubs will be up in arms. The fixtures have been upset this week, and any more re-arrangements is sure to cause friction. The threatened revolt amongst the English League clubs is simmering down to a more peaceful like attitude towards the F.A. The latter body, is too strong to fight, and can afford to look on with equanimity to the efforts being made to cause a strife. Many will regret to hear that the great and only " J. H." M?Laughlin, the Celtic chairman, and ex-president of the S. F. A., has had to give up his legislative duties at Carlton Place on account of ill health. There is to be a keen fight for the vacancy caused by "J. H. retiring amongst the clubs in the district he represented.
Source: Bon-Accord, 17th September 1908