Source: The Scotsman, 26th October 1908
THE GAMEColman, the Aberdeen acting captain, won the toss, and resolved to play to wards the sea, with across breeze slightly in his favour. From the kick-off the pace set was fast, Dundee settling down almost at once to methodical work, the Aberdonians, on the other hand appearing to suffer from excitement, and for a time failing to firm up. In an attack by Dundee, the Aberdeen defenders got relief in a free kick for a Dundee player's infringement. Lennie broke away on the Aberdeen left, and, stumbling, lost the ball, Dundee again dashing westward. Langlands, getting a pass when well placed, sent in a high shot, which Mutch coolly caught and sent out. Aberdeen then broke away. Simpson and Muir carrying the ball far down the field, and then centring to McNair, who missed the cross. A smart work by the Aberdeen men was getting lost through McNair's inefficacy, and Dundee attacked, only to be repulsed in dashing style by Hume. McIntosh fouled, and the free kick lead in Dundee. Macfarlane had a chance to try Mutch, but he shot over. There was no mistaking the earnestness of the players, the game being contested strenuously at all points, with Dundee still showing better control of the ball. With the rivalry so keen, it was not surprising that fouls were frequent. Following a clever run by the Dundee left wing, the ball was sent across to Bellamy, who, after outwitting the Aberdeen defence, shot past. A mistake by McIntosh spelt danger, until Hume, who was irresistible, dashed in and cleared. Away went the great Aberdeen left wing, O'Hagan and Lennie, their clever run being stopped when they had got well down on the Dundee goal. Dundee returned, causing Mutch to run out and clear. Swiftly the ball was carried to the other end, where Simpson finished a run at top speed by shooting for goal with great force. Crumley, springing out, caught the ball and sent it well up the field.
ABERDEEN SCORE: PLAYER INJUREDPlaying with dash and determination, the Aberdonians maintained the attack, and, lashing the ball from wing to wing, were soon back again in close proximity to Crumley. From the right to the ball went to O'Hagan, who, with masterly judgement, returned it to Muir. The ball when swiftly across the Dundee goal, and Muir had not a second to spare. Running round Chaplin, he got his foot on the ball and drove it into the net, beating Crumley by inches close to the upright and scoring a fine goal. As the ball flashed into the net Muir dropped like a log, and lay so still that the crowd saw at once that a serious accident had happened. The clubs doctor. Was soon on the spot, and a brief examination resulted in his pronouncing that the plucky forward, in his great effort, had broken a bone in his left leg a few inches above the ankle. It appears that after the kick which scored the goal Muir turned swiftly round, and his left foot being blocked by the right foot of Chaplin, one of the Dundee backs. Muir fell over Chaplin's foot, and twisting his leg, snapped the fibula. Muir was carried off the field by two Dundee and two Aberdeen players, and, after being attended two in the pavilion by the doctor, was taken to the Infirmary in the police ambulance. The serious nature of the accident was soon known to the spectators, and sympathy for Muir was mingled with a feeling of disappointment that the Aberdeen team had been weakened by the loss of a clever forward only 12 minutes after the start. It was felt that it was now all up with the home team, but in this respect the Aberdeen players soon provided the spectators with a surprise. But that misfortune calls out the heroic virtues was never more strikingly exemplified, for the Aberdeen players returned to their unequal task with great determination, and gave as much as they got, with something extra into the bargain. Fraser got into position and shot, Mutch saving cleverly, coolly dodging two Dundee players in the goalmouth. The scene of excitement was quickly changed, and a shot from Simpson caused Crumley uneasiness, one the Dundee custodian almost allowing the ball to slip out of his hands. Aberdeen applied keen pressure, the Dundee half-backs failing to hold the opposing four forwards, notwithstanding McNair's and conspicuous weakness in centre. O'Hagan and Lennie were splendid, and outwitted the Dundee defenders repeatedly. The Aberdeen left wing got down again and again, and one of Lennie's finishing shots was held by Crumley with nothing to spare.
ABERDEEN THE SUPERIOR SIDEAberdeen were now undoubtedly the superior side, the play of the backs in particular being excellent, while the half-backs were also doing well, all three working hard and untiringly. Colman was holding Fraser every time, greatly to the Dundee man's annoyance, and Mcintosh was keeping a close watch on Hunter - too close for the Dundee man's freedom of movement, and the result was that sly digs and kicks were going. Once, however, Hunter went too far in a wild charge behind, and McIntosh and the Dundee centre were shaping for a pugilistic encounter, when the referee interfered with a word of warning to both players. From a corner kick well placed by Fraser, Dainty sent in a deadly header, but Mutch caught the ball and kicked it out. In a spell of Dundee pressure, Colman and Hume covered themselves with glory. At last Dundee again got on the spot, and Wilfred Low, miskicking, drove the ball into his own goal, Mutch fisting it over the bar with difficulty. From the corner kick, there was an exciting scrimmage in the Aberdeen goalmouth. The ball was got away, and Lennie, after a clever run, in which he beat opponent after opponent, shot into goal, Crumley, with his usual skill, saving. Dundee were effective in the open, their weakness being in finishing, the shooting being invariably high. Several times Hunter, well placed, shot over. It was left to the Dundee midline to equalise, Langlands capping some smart half-back play with a high shot, which had Mutch beaten all the way. The Aberdeen replied in a determined mood, the outcome being a dashing run by Simpson, and a raking shot which Crumley cleverly saved. When the play was being carried to the Aberdeen end, Lennie was left writing on the ground in agony, little winger having received a kick in the back in about with Lee, the attention of the referee being drawn to the incident by the Aberdeen linesman. Lennie and received the attentions of the Dundee trainer, but was obviously sick and in pain, as he was unable to control or follow the ball when it came his way. In the closing minutes of the first half, the Aberdeen goal was closely besieged, offside spoiling several Dundee efforts, while a terrific low shot was brilliantly saved on the ground by Mutch at the expense of a corner. The hearts of the Aberdonians sunk when they saw the team returning to the field only nine strong, Lennie being unable to resume; but their enthusiasm was raised to a high pitch by the dashing play of the nine. From the kick-off Simpson carried the ball along the wing to the west goal, where he crossed. Low headed in strongly, Crumley catching the ball and throwing it out. Again Crumley was called upon, and had McNair been smart enough to get the ball from the goalkeeper's weak kick he might have scored. With only nine men, Aberdeen had, perforce, to play the one back game, and when Dundee broke away they were off side. Aberdeen returned to the attack, O'Hagan forcing the play in masterly style. Lennie was loudly cheered on reappearing, but he was so lame as to be useless. Again O'Hagan was prominent, sending in a great shot, which Crumley tipped over. An exciting bit of play was seen when Hunter, beating all opposition, finished with a fast low shot, which Mutch stopped. The game was fought out with grim determination by both teams, the attack on each side being met by a resolute defence. Fraser and Macfarlane, the great Dundee wing, were held time after time by Wilson and Colman, and on the Aberdeen left wing passes sent out to Lennie were lost, owing to the outside man's crippled condition, the result being that O'Hagan, the brainiest player on the field, had to transfer his passes to the right, where Wilson did his best to take Muir's place in helping Simpson on. Bellamy raced off on the Dundee right, and had a clear field until Low overtook him and deprived him of the ball, amid the cheers of the spectators. Hunter frequently penalised Dundee by being given off side. Handicapped as they were, Aberdeen had as much of the game as Dundee, and in attack were much more dangerous. Hunter was penalised for holding Mutch, who had come out to clear. In the subsequent play, which was fast and exciting, both goalkeepers had to show their powers, and what they had to do they did well. In the last 10 minutes the crippled Aberdeen team completely outplayed Dundee, and the visitors' defence had the severest trial of the day, and so hard pressed were they that the resorted to kicking the ball out of the enclosure. Lennie, after being practically dormant for half-an-hour, showed remarkable agility, and led some heroic attacks on the Dundee goal. From one of his passes, low sent in a terrific shot, which Crumley stopped on the line, if, indeed, the ball was not over the line. Aberdeen maintained their strong pressure right to the finish, but look was against them, and they failed to secure the winning goal, the result being - Aberdeen, 1; Dundee, 1. Dundee were lucky in drawing, for, had Muir and Lennie not been injured, the visitors must have been badly beaten. The amount drawn at the gate and stands was £347 12s 9d.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 26th October 1908
A Chapter of Accidents.The fun of a Rectorial fight is nothing compared to the excitement derived from watching those great rivals, Dundee and Aberdeen, engage in a game of Association football. There was no mistaking the interest in the event of the football season. Two hours before the kick-off, enthusiasts were at the gates waiting patiently to get in before the crush came. When the gates were opened, there was a steady stream of people pouring into the grounds, till it was estimated that over 14,000 were looking on when the teams took the field. The start was made five minutes earlier than advertised to allow for full time being played with safety. It was Aberdeen's day of misfortunes. They won the toss, and that was all the luck that came their way for the afternoon. Dundee started, but their progress was timely stopped. Aberdeen having to act on defence for a little a cheer from the great mass betokened that something was being done to please them. Lennie and O'Hagan had got in a bit of work that suited the popular tastes, but the Dundee defence crowded on all sail to prevent any damage. Finding the left wing were getting more than their fair share of work, play was speedily transferred to the right where vigilance was not so strict. Result, a goal in nine minutes by Muir. There was sudden cessation of the cheering when it was seen that Muir was unable to rise after he had scored. Something serious had happened, for the players crowded round, trainers ran, and then a medical gentleman appeared, and, with assistance, the injured player was carried into the pavilion. Word was passed out that the left leg was broken above the ankle, and that the player would not appear again. Amongst the spectators it took a deal of interest away from the play. Amongst many there was an expressed opinion that this was too severe a handicap for Aberdeen to stand up and play the game to a finish. Short-handed, the home side gave Dundee points in every department, except perhaps at centre forward, where it should be explained McNair was suffering severely from rheumatics, and quite unable to do himself justice. It is quite safe to say without exaggeration, that on play Aberdeen should have led at half-time by a couple of goals, instead of which the score read 1-1. With Muir in his place some of the many chances he would have netted, we are sure. The second half saw Aberdeen top dog for most of the time. Mutch got really little to do in comparison with what Crumley was tried with. Lennie went lame, and was late in turning out, and even when he eame he was limping badly. "Sailor" Hunter was too well watched, try as he liked, to get round McIntosh, and the great Bellamy was seldom seen in the picture owing to the predominance of W. Low. who has spoiled the reputation of more than one Dundee player in his short career. There were one or two spasmodic bursts on the part of the visitors, but that machine-like forward work which we have read about was conspicuous by its absence. Even at the finish, with a decent bit of luck, and a less capable custodian than Crumley, Aberdleen would have won. Let us give them every credit for playing an uphill game, and achieving a moral victory against odds, though in plain print the score reads 1-1.
The Play and Players.Crumley proved the only stumbling-block to Aberdeen's success an Saturday. He saved his side time and again. Lawson and Chaplin are only a pair of fair backs; the former has increased in bulk and kicking-power since he was tried by Aberdeen, but he has to come a bit yet. The halves worked hard, but were not above doing a dirty thing, Lee being entirely responsible for Lennie's accident. Dainty not only played well, but was clean throughout, a tip which the others could emulate with benefit. Macfarlane was the best forward, and we have seen him better. Fraser worked by fits and starts. "Sailor " Hunter would have liked to "down" Macintosh, but "Mac" wasn't having any. Langlands' play suffered through Bellamy messing the passes given. Seldom have we seen Aberdeen rise to the occasion as they did on Saturday. There was a general feeling of regret at the unfortunate accident to Muir, but they thought what would please Jimmie best was that they should not get beat. Mutch again did well. Colman and Hume were ahead of the Dundee pair, and for downright triers, Aberdeen's halves did better than their opponents. They held a complete front line in check; while Lee, Dainty, and Neal could not keep two sound and two dicky forwards in hand. O'Hagan shone as the best forward on the field. He had the defence on a string most of the time, and had there been sound men alongside of him, goals would have been plentiful. Simpson came next, and the game will rank as one of the best "Bobby " has played. Lennie and McNair can hardly come in for criticism under the circumstances in which they were placed; while we are sure we only re-echo the wish that Jimmy Muir may have a speedy recovery.
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen could be doing with a few more. "gates" of the same size as that of Saturday. It does not happen that £347 12s. 9d, comes pouring in every week. If it was so, the club would soon be able to buy anything. Quite a gloom was cast over the spectators when they learned that Muir had got his leg broken. Many thought that it was only a twist that was the matter, and that he would appear again, but when they saw the poor lad carried away general regret was expressed. Muir has been, such a favourite with the spectators and also with the players, that their sympathy has gone out to his relatives in Glasgow. Those of the Dundee who made the ball the prime object got on well enough, but there were others who thought their best policy was to get at the man first and the ball after, and got left. We don't mention names. The treat of the second half was the resourceful play of O'Hagan. He had two halves and both backs on a string at times, and wandered the lot. Though Lennie got a nasty knock from Lee, the popular left winger expects to be fit for the Hearts match on Saturday. It will be a big disappointment to Lennie if he is unfit for this week. McNair was practically unable to do either himself or the team justice, and a mistake was made in playing him, for it injured his reputation greatly. In view of the form Dalgarno displayed at Lochgelly we should have no hesitation in giving him another trial. There is play in this lad. There have been various rumours that a new centre-forward was to be got this week, but so far as we can learn there has been nothing done yet. Was King keeping goal on Saturday at Kirkcaldy? We hardly think it possible he could have let six past him. We are told he got very little assistance from those in front of him, and Kirkoaldy were on the top of their form.
Source: Bon-Accord, 29th October 1908