Source: The Scotsman, 12th October 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 12th October 1908
Mounting up.There is a certain amount of pleasure to be derived in attaining top position, even though it may only be for a time. When, the final results were posted on Saturday night, there was quite a feeling of gratification that Aberdeen was placed on the top rung of the ladder in the Scottish League. During the three years Aberdeen have been in this competition they have never got such an exalted position in the table as they have gained this season. We have no doubt the players will make a strenuous effort to remain there, and if they do not ultimately finish top, they will not be far removed from it.
The Better Side won.Up to the point when Aberdeen scored their second goal the play at Pittodrie rose to a very high level. After that we were treated to play by fits and starts, as the humour suited them. Defending against a strong sun and a fair breeze, Aberdeen were put on their mettle when the inside left picked up a faulty clearance by Muteh and despatched it home three minutes from the start. The goalkeeper could hardly be blamed for the point, the first effort being deceiving, and he was only able to fist it out with the sun blinding him all the time. For the following twenty minutes the forward line worked like "niggers," their outfield work being brilliant and their shooting dead on. Lennie was rampant, and from a fine low cross Muir equalised. The suceeding goal was from the foot of the left winger himself. He tricked the back, and cut right into goal, the ball going past Massie at express speed. Seldom were the Thistle dangerous, being kept well in hand by the halves. Aberdeen had got the upper hand, and kept it till the breathing time came. On resuming, Mutch had another shot or two to deal with, and Lennie chipped in with a couple of good, drives at Massie. A wide pass from McNair let Blackburn away, and though the half stuck close behind him, he was able to get through, and, slipping the back, scored a beauty. This effort was the best the right winger has yet done, and evoked hearty plaudits all round the enclosure. It was a well-judged shot; and Blackburn deserves every credit for it. Thinking they held a sufficient lead, the home forwards took it easy for a bit, and the halves went in for some useless showy work in the art of dribbling. A gross injustice was done to Lennie when he scored a fourth goal which the referee "docked " for some infringement, presumably offside. Just on time the Thistle left got away, and sending in a cross shot which Mutch thought was going past, it took the edge of the post and counted. One of the Aberdeen defenders ought to have stopped that run, but dallied too long with the ball, till it got wheedled from him. Time was up immediately after this, Aberdeen leaving the field victors by 3-2.
Play and Players.The score by no means represents the run of the play. Aberdeen were easily the smarter lot, and ought, to have scored more goals had they cared to or put a little more effort into their play in the second half. The two Robortsons filled the eye most, for the Thistle, and McGregor at centre did some clever things. McKenzie and Gray had a hard afternoon's work holding the left wing. Massie kept a fine goal, and knows the force of Lennie's shooting. Mutch ought to have saved the second goal of the Partick's, otherwise what he got to do was done well. Macfarlane was rather timorous, as was to be expected, in his first League game. His punting was a bit flukey, but he excelled in tackling. Coleman was the best back on the field. Low was the best half; we have seen the other two better. The left wing were in a class by themselves, superior in every way to anything we have seen them do. McNair improves every time we see him, and so does the right wing.
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen enthusiasts are proud of their team just now. It is to be hoped that they will make an effort to keep their position. They have dropped five points this season, two of which ware practically thrown away at Shawfield. The play of the team is deserving of success, for they have been wholehearted in all their games. This was specially so at Falkirk, where they bagged two points that were counted on as lost. If they keep free from accidents, they should go a long way yet without incurring any loss of position. They will have a real test of their grit when they meet Dundee on Saturday week. The result of the Dundee game should sat the seal much in Aberdeen's future performances. McNair showed some fine touches at centre forward on Saturday, plying the ball well to his wings, while he did not attempt too much on his own. The third goal, which came from the foot of Blackburn, was a masterpiece of dribbling, and stamped the right winger as a player of more than ordinary ability. This fact some critics have not yet given the player credit for. Charlie O'Hagan's first article has "caught on" as the Yankees say. His future epistles will be eagerly looked for [Bon-Accorded ran a three-month series of articles by the player about his career from childhood to his current time with the Black and Gold. afcht]. Considerable surprise at the disallowing of Lennie's second goal was expressed amongst the thistle players. We heard after the match that the referee disallowed the point on the ground that O'Hagan was off-side. If that was the reason, the whistle should have sounded before Lennie scored, and not after the ball was in the net. Aberdeen have joined the new organisation to play for the Robertson Cup. We suppose this will be their last season in the Eastern Cup competition. Falkirk, Airdrie, Dundee, and Aberdeen will form the new League. The High Cup will still be competed for between Dundee and Aberdeen as the only participators. Frank Findlay, who left for Australia last week, was once a very fine goalkeeper, and guarded the uprights for the " Vics" in the late '90's. Latterly Frank came to the front as a cricketer, being one of the mainstays of the Crescent; and for the last two seasons he was coach to the University C.C. A deputation from the Aberdeenshire and District F.C. waited on Mr Alfred J. Findlay on Monday night, and presented him with a handsome gold badge from the members as a parting gift. Alf. left for Assam on Tuesday, and, we are sure, carries with him the best wishes of footballers, both juniors and seniors, for his success. Tom Drain is to assist Vale of Leven this season. Aberdeen did not re-engage the ex-Maryhill lad this season, and put him on the transfer list.
Source: Bon-Accord, 15th November 1908