Source: The Scotsman, 9th November 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 9th November 1908
The Bairns' Slackness.Several items of interest contributed to put more than usual interest into Saturday's game with Falkirk. A win meant Aberdeen going to the top of the table again, assuming that St Mirren found their masters at Airdrie. This contingency was discussed by many before the game began; and, while they saw the home side do their part, a little later in the evening, our "Results" gave forth the intelligence that St Mirren had lost. The attendance at the start was not so large as the visitors expected in view of previous games; but, after the Masonic procession had finished, there were quite 8000 spectators present. At the last moment, Blackburn had to cry off, and McEaehran took the place. mcNair kicked off in ideal weather for a game. Falkirk caught the eye at once. Getting into their stride, and swinging the ball from wing to wing, they kept Aberdeen's defence busy. The outfield play of the visitors' vanguard was very fine, but they displayed a great lack of concentration when near goal. When Aberdeen did get a turn, there was some sting in their attack, Henry being unnecessarily severe in dealing with Lennie. A word of warning from the referee did not stop the back from having his elbow in occasionally. It fell to McEachran to open out the play, and eventually to the opening goal. So far, the right wing had been doing nothing, and were neglected, so that the 'Varsity player gathered up the ball from his own penalty line, and set off, eluding first the half, and then back. Drawing the right back on to him, he passed finely to Lennie, who had a clear run in, and scored with a fast oblique shot. Aberdeen held their own till the whistle sounded. On restarting, the visitors gave Mutch several hot shots to hold, and it was a simple case of miskick which let Davidson score. The goal was a good one, and deserved on the run of play. Aberdeen looked like a beaten team after this, but they came away strong after this, and when O'Hagan snapped up an opening he put new life into the play, which was brilliant after this. McNair was getting through on his own, when one of the backs brought him down inside the line, and R. Simpson scored his fourth penalty goal for the season. Aberdeen may be said to have romped home easy winners after this. Lennie ought to have scored another goal, but he drove wildly over, and Simpson almost did the trick with a trimmer, which hit the bar. The whistle sounded in semi-darkness, with Aberdeen winning by 3-1.
Play and Players.Had Falkirk scored in the first twenty minutes it would only have been commensurate with their play. Simpson and Davidson on the extreme wings put in some fine work, but the inside men were too slow in finishing, and their own shooting was from long range, which gave Mutch a clear vision. Collins was the best of the halves, and put in some fine feeding work to his wing men. Gibson was the best back, Henry resorting to shady work in his dealing with the left wing. McKenna is a clever goalkeeper, saving some fast shots. There was a tendency on the part, of the Aberdeen defenders to place tne ball too frequently to the left, a move which the visitors clearly saw and checkmated. O'Hagan was the first to grasp this, and swung the ball on to the right, who spelt danger every time. Lennie was bright, but was closely watched, and Charlie found the big back a troublesome customer to get round. McNair vas judicious in his passes, the fault I have to him being his desire to beat a man when he could part with the ball, but this is a fault which most players have. It was the second half before Simpson and McEachran were seen at their best; and they were clever in outfield work and dangerous at goal. Macintosh was the best half from start to finish. Low had a stiff job to hold Simpson, which he did most effectively in the second half. Halkett seemed to tire, and had a strong wing against him. There was nothing between the backs, and Mutch was only once in real danger of doing anything wrong, but he recovered beautifully. Aberdeen should give several teams a pretty rough journey for points if they can keep the present team immune from accidents.
Chatty Bits,Falkirk did not belie their reputation on Saturday, and furnished as fine a game as has been seen at Pittodrie this season. They were seen at their best in the first half, when they put in some clever work. No better wing men than Simpson and Davidson have been seen on Pittodrie this season. Their inside men seem to be the weak spots. There was too much wing play on the part of the Aberdeen forwards, and we should like to see them swing the ball over when a man is unmarked. McNair got in some useful work, but Anderson kept in close touch with him all through. Wilson did not wish to act as reserve for the first team on Saturday, but preferred to play for the Reserves. There are some good players to be picked up just now out Buchan way, and we should not be surprised were one or two of the ElIon players to get a trial. They seem to be built on sturdy lines, and are just the sort to he encouraged. Rowdyism was prevalent on Saturday at football matches at Falkirk and Dumbarton. The referee seems to have been the victim in both cases. The pity is that so many spectators can only see through one pair of spectacles. We shall hear more of these cases shortly. as they will have to be reported on, anti then the Powers will step in and make the clubs suffer.
Source: Bon-Accord, 12th November 1908