Source: The Scotsman, 14th December 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 14th December 1908N.B. The SFA Rough Play Committee subsequently suspended the players ordered off for one month for "getting into grips and butting each other."
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 24th December 1908
A Rousing Game.During the past two seasons Aberdeen have held their own on the football field against Dundee, and, as the first game this season in the Scottish League at Pittodrie ended most unsatisfactorily for Aberdonians, great interest was manifested in the return fixture at Dens Park on Saturday. In these hard-up times, over 300 local enthusiasts took advantage of the "special" train to Dundee, which greatly pleased the promotors, who were somewhat doubtful of their venture. The local team left with the 10.30 North British train, so that there would be no hurrying on arrival, and in this they displayed wisdom in their action. It was a pleasant surprise to find the weather in Dundee spring-like, albeit a little cold, but just such a day as the footballer delights in. The crowd gathered very fast, and over 14,000 were permitted to witness a great first half, which was shorn of its brilliance in the second period by an unfortunte incident which occurred shortly before changing ends. To make a long story short, and only touch on the most interesting points which occurred, is all that may be expected here. Aberdeen lost the toss, and had to commence operation's with the sun and wind against them. There was cheering to be remembered when Aberdeen's right winger carried the ball well into their opponent's territory, and, in doing so, their play might he described as class. Dundee had a short visit to the other end, and when their attempts were frustrated by Mutch and the backs, there was a spell of slack play. Exactly fifteen minutes had gone when McEachern raced off on the right, crossing the ball very low but swiftly - there was too much spin on it for the two backs - Lennie gathered the ball, and, steadying till the curl stopped, planted the ball well into the net. A short time after O'Hagan scored, but the referee gave offside, and it was not till thirty minutes had gone that Macintosh gave away a penalty, and allowed Dundee to get level. Within a few minutes from half-time, the sensation of the afternoon occurred. Lennie had got away with the ball, and was tackled by Lee, who fell, but kept the ball between his legs, Lennie endeavoured to extract it, and, in doing so is alleged to have kicked Lee. Wether this was so or not we failed to oberve, but Lawson came across and kicked Lennie, which O'Hagan resented, and kept Lawson from doing further damage by holding him by the shoulders. The referee ordered both off, and we must say that "Charlie" got quite an ovation as he left the field without protestation. The period ended one goal each. There wasnot the same interest in the second period, neither was the play so good, but what there was of it went in favour of Aberdeen. By a pure accident, Dundee got on the lead for the first time. Hume slipped when attempting to stop Dundee's centre, and the ball was diverted from its course into the corner of the net out of Mutch's reach. Had this not been so, the goalkeeper was getting the shot all the way. Lennie was moving much beter during this half, and some of his runs were thrilling, and were bound to have counted with Charlie O'Hagan alongside of him. However, Lennie sent across a high ball with considerable force, which Crumley thought he could reach, but was deceived with its flight. With a less experienced player than McEachern, the effort would have gone for nothing, but the neat way he slipped in, raising the ball over the goalkeeper's head into the net, showed that there was thought behind the effort. There was very little to record after this except that desperation played a big part, and several incidents occurred which we thought deserved more summary treatment, but these were winked at, and the game fi.nished with the score 2 goals each.
Play and Players.In the open there was very little to choose between the two sides. At close quarters Dundee never looked like scoring, their shooting being straight on every time. Mutch cleared the shots with ease, and never looked troubled except once during the whole game, and it was a surprise volley from a half-back which he tipped over the bar. On the home side, Chaplin was the better of the two backs, and played a clean game, while Lawson, on being beaten invariably, took it with a bad grace. This was also Lee's game, who is regarded by most Aberdonians with as great disfavour as a previous player in the same position. Dainty and Neal were players of a different class, working for the ball without a taint of illegality about their play. Bellamy and Langlands were the best pair, Hunter being too well watched to get dangerous. Macfarlane was good, but Fraser made a lot of mistakes. Mutch was excellent on the home side, and but for Hume getting in the way, the score would have been 2-1. Coleman and Hume, as a pair, were better than Dundee's, while the halves did remarkably well, Macintosh being the pick. All the forwards played well, there not being a weakling in the lot. What the score might have been had O'Hagan not been put off, it is difficult to say, but we think that some of Lennie's efforts in the second half would have been utilised to some advantage. McEchern and Simpson deserve praise for their work which was always profitable, and at the same time possessed a charm about, it for neatness. McNair got on better against Dainty than at any time we have seen them together.
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen had several consoling features on Saturday to overweigh the unfortunate one which took place at Dens Park. They had the share of a good gate and a point on the League table, while their excursion turned out a success. Further, the " A" team secured a brace of points, which lifts them well up in the Northern League table. Nor was this all. The "gate" at Pittodrie was almost double what has been the case in the past few matches the "A" team have figured in. Hume got a rather painful kick on the leg at Dens Park, which has caused him considerable trouble during the week. We are in thorough sympathy with our friend Charlie O'Hagan, who was made to suffer the indignity of leaving the field for an offence which in the eyes of those who saw it was a most trifling one. As becomes a good kid, he took his orders without demur, and got cheered for his bearing through a trying ordeal. The incident seemed to take a great deal of interest out of the game, but it nowise stopped the feeling amongst the players. O'Hagan will, not forget the reception he got on his arrival at Aberdeen, where he was carried shoulder high from the station. To have seen the enthusiasm at the station one would have thought that the Scottish Cup had been won, so great was the ovation to the players. One thing we thing right to point out, however, is that for the sake of the game such incidents as occurred on Saturday should never be countenanced by the authorities, and ought to be put down. For this reason, that it gives the anti-footbailers a nice peg to demonstrate their antipathy to the game. If the weather keeps as open as it has been during this week, there should be one of the largest crowds at Pittodrie on Saturday that have been present this season. The Celts will prove the most attractive fixture of the series so far.
Source: Bon-Accord, 17th December 1908
The Player's View of His Sending OffUnusually for those far off days, we have a detailed viewpoint of his dismissal from Charlie O'Hagan in his own words. He wrote this in his column "My Football Reminiscences" in the Bon-Accord:
The Dundee Episode.Since I penned my last article, another incident, has loomed up in my football career, and rather an unfortunate one I must admit, and my dismissal from the field at Dens Park may show my character in a different light than that which I was generally credited with, but if the true facts were fully known to the public I am certain their sympathy would be with me, and the episode in which I was one of the chief actors would soon pass into oblivion. This week I am deviating from the subject which I originally intended writing about, but I am anxious to put the bare facts of the Dundee match before all northern enthusiasts, and thus allow them to digest, and weigh up the matter for themselves. In the first place, I emphatically state that I should never have been ordered off, and in his decision the referee committed as big an error of judgment as it is possible for a knight of the whistle to perpetrate. I stood for a moment in blank amazement when he directed me to the pavilion, but I speedily realised the gravity of the situation and walked in the direction indicated with an air that would have done credit (so I am informed) to a drum-major in the Guards. It is not at all a dignified position to find one's self in, and my thoughts as I trooped off are indescribable. All our lads were extremely sorry, and expressed their displeasure at the referee's action, but when that official decides, it is the best policy not to question his ruling, but to acknowledge it at once. The action never deserved such punishment, but this is poor consolation to me indeed. The Glasgow press was very considerate in its treatment of the affair, and expressed its views in no half-hearted manner, but I noticed one of the Dundee dailies held different views on the matter, and openly accused me and likened my "crime" to the attitude adopted by Jimmy Quinn on that memorable occasion when he took up the cudgels on behalf of a clubmate at Easter Road. "I had no business to fight Lennie's battles," it said, but here again it was incorrect; for I did not want to fight, but, on the contrary, I strove to save the little chap from the assault which I imagined. Lawson intended continuing. Lennie had been illegally floored by Lawson, whom I immediately caught and held in such a manner that he could do no further damage. We stood in this manner for a few seconds wrangling, and tried to impress each other in a way other than that adopted by chivalrous-like gentlemen. Yet we never dared to strike, nor did we, "butt" each other's heads, as the referee has complained. In. fact, this is the chief point in the charge which I must answer for before this article appears. In a few hours' time I will be steaming south to Glasgow to defend myself before "the powers that be," and even though I can vouch for my innocence I'm very much afraid that I'll go the same way most professional followers tread when they are summoned before the Rough Play tribunal. Therefore, I am forced to agree with the view entertained by most of the Aberdeen followers, and that is that I shall be reluctantly compelled to rest for a short period and watch with interest how my club will fare at the approaching busy season. I am sorry for the club, for it must suffer to some extent as well as me, and here I might suggest that the International Board of Control should seriously consider the advisability of altering their law and at least only punish the offender and not the organisation with which he is connected. But I won't be kept long in suspense, and if fate decrees adversely, then I will move swiftly across the Irish Channel and spend Christmas in the Dear Homeland.
Source: Bon-Accord, 24th December 1908